Welcome! The stories I have been collecting for years are finally making their way into print. Thank you for giving them life by reading and sharing them with others. I pray they speak grace to your journey as they do mine. Jill



I bought a magnifying makeup mirror. It would be nice if my friends would tell me I have a mustache. Thanks for nothing. Fixed that right away. For a woman who recently had a mustache you would think I didn’t have much self pride however I do. A lot of it. I looked at myself …

May Day!!!

It’s May 1st, aka “May Day”. For centuries this has been a traditional spring holiday.  The day is celebrated by dances, singing and food. As a child I remember being in a little german village, Leavenworth, WA on May Day. We watched a traditional may pole dance, with girls dancing with long colorful ribbons, weaving …


Jill Riley, M. Ed.

Jill Riley, an adopted Korean American, was raised in North Idaho during the height of the white supremacy movement of the 1980’s.  She met her husband, a Montana native, while in college in Seattle, WA.  After completing her education she and her husband moved to Billings, Montana to raise their family.

Her love of telling stories, blended with humor and passion for people allows us unique insight into the life of a survivor of abuse, serial abandonment and neglect.  Jill’s faith has overcome an authoritative, over religious home to become strong and resilient and more grace filled than she ever could have imagined.

Jill’s work has included more than twenty years as a minister, serving as both pastor and consultant in many different denominations. Her entrepreneurial spirit and pastors heart led her to start 3 churches in Washington and Montana. She is also a business consultant specializing in strategic planning and organizational development.

Jill Riley is an excellent communicator both in person and in print.  A popular speaker/teacher she shares stories that speak with honesty and raw vulnerability on the topics of faith, mental illness, parenting and life as a broken women in need of grace.