(updated 3-27-15)

Welcome to Cultivating a Home, formally LNO with Rhonda Ellis.  So happy to have you.

Here’s a little about my family.

My husband John and I have been married for 29 years.

John is a self-employed engineer.  He loves his job.  Among many other enduring qualities about him, he’s hard-working, a server, neat, sees a need and hops to it, and can just about do anything.

We have six kids.

John III is 25. He graduated from the University of Florida in Mechanical Engineering and also earned his MBA.  (The photo above is our whole family at his graduation.) He’s crazy about the great outdoors, loves everything speedy, is adventurous, mechanical, and finds enjoyment in teaching others skills like hunting, fishing, and more.

Alexis is 23. She graduated from SCAD – Savannah College of Art and Design and immediately got a job in advertising in another state. I’m still crying. She is fun, gentle, a great conversationalist and ever-so-techy.

Daniel is 21. He’s at college, majoring in business administration and minoring in Portuguese and International Business. He loves soccer, drumming, online buying/selling, and cracking us up with his subtle humor.

Kelsey is 19 and in her first year at college – nine hours away. She loves leading worship, playing guitar, planning events, and making chocolate covered everything. She likes to make all feel welcome and included.

Laura is 15. She plays volleyball and basketball. She loves friends, book series, basketball, volleyball, and Lecrae music. She’s currently living in Brazil for five months, going to school, experiencing the culture, and becoming fluent in Portuguese.

Heather is 14. She’s hilarious and fills our home with laughter. She’s super athletic, with volleyball and basketball being her favorites. She loves the great outdoors and anything adventurous. She flat knows how to prepare for a party.

I’ve homeschool these kids and am on the final two. Hallelujah. (Oops. Did I say that?) It’s been so much fun being home with them all day with the biggest challenge also being. . . being home all day with them. I believe God used homeschooling in my life, more than anything else, to teach me and chisel me.

I ran a home business for nearly 21 years, rose to the top, and it is through this wonderful experience that I have gained so much that has prepared me for this ministry.

I teach women once a month in my home, occasionally speak to women’s groups, write this blog, and hope to write a book, do podcasts, and create and sell products that would help you in parenting and making your house a home.

I would love for you to pray for Cultivating a Home. Thank you so much.

Rhonda I’llbesigningmynamelikethiseachtime…beendoingitsincemyveryfirstemail ellis

  1. Jennifer Holland

    I witnessed Heather jumping off that platform into the pool as I walked into the office. I CAN NAME WHO WAS FILMING THIS! (hee hee, but I won’t). On the outside, I was laughing hysterically….on the inside (Being a Mommy) my heart sank to my belly!!!!! LOL!
    I am soooooooooooooo excited you have your blog up and going! I look forward to reading your entries! You have been such a mentor to me, being a new mom, and I appreciate your words of encouragement and wisdom! I am praying for you and excited to see how the Lord is going to use you….and this blog to help, teach, encourage others. Thank you for your obedience to HIM, so that others will be blessed by HIM through you!!! Love you! Jen

    • Rhonda

      Jennifer, you have seen a lot ’round these parts. Ha.
      THank you for steering me to blogging – and showing me some that you like so I could get the idea of individual writing styles and being myself when I write. Your guidance helped me a lot. I’m so thankful for you. Love you.

  2. Terri Brantley

    Rhonda, it’s been a privilege to know you and your sweet family for more than 20 years. You and John have been great parents and have raised awesome children, each unique in their own way and each one with a servant’s heart. You are truly the Proverbs 31 woman. I’m so excited to see you sharing your wisdom with the world! All this and quite funny too! Did I forget to mention what a giver you are too???!!! There is so much about you that I admire but this is your blog, not mine so I’ll keep it short. Keep sharing wisdom and bringing smiles to everyone……you’re doing a great work! Love you my friend!

    • Rhonda

      Terri, haha. I’m thankful to have learned so much from you. Remember when you watched my kids for a week and taught them the “duck walk” and other awesome things. We both have Mr. and Mrs. Winge to thank for so much mentoring, don’t we. Now, I’m watching and learning about being a fun grandma from you!

  3. Kristin

    I simply cannot wait to learn more from you and your wonderful family. I have always wished I could have spent more than a few days in your fabulous home filled with the Lord and laughter! Now after 20 years of knowing you from afar I will get to do that!

    • Rhonda

      Kristin, thank you for your encouragement. I’m so glad that we met long ago. I hope this blog and the videos are helpful to you and your friends. Miss you bunches.

  4. Kim

    Rhonda, I am enjoy your blog, very inspiring! As I am reading it I hear your voice and smile.

    • Rhonda

      Kim, thank you for your encouragement. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I do hope it reaches women at just the right time in their journey with the Lord – and that it brings laughter as well!! Thanks for saying you hear my voice – remember Susan IP teaching us the importance of that? I’m thankful for her!!

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