About Me

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Who is Brianna Renshaw?

Proud to be a coal miner’s granddaughter, I’m from wild and wonderful West Virginia, but I’m currently residing in Scotland, PA with my husband (Dan), 7 year-old daughter Monkey, and my 2 year-old son Baby Bud who has Down Syndrome. My husband and I met in college and have been married for 14 years. I’m a Children’s Minister, a published writer, and an aspiring author.

What is a Pocketful of Playdough?

A heaping helping of faith, a sprinkling of motherhood, a pinch of running and a dollop of writing.

What Do Others Have To Say About Pocketful of Playdough?

Alana from Writercize explains why she likes the title of my blog: It tells me you’re sure to be fun and witty and tell it exactly how it is – messy and imaginative and a work in progress – which is exactly what I want to be reassured of when I read through a blog. I want to relate to the writer and be excited to see what in the world will come out next!
Several people have commented that my blog is honest, including Dawn from The Write SoilI love the honesty in your posts. Each day, I check to see if you have a new one up.
And Pam from 2Encourage commented: You aren’t afraid to be honest about your thoughts and feelings and fears.

Where Do You Start?

These are my favorite posts by category:


Brother John
Flash of Fiction


Saving Cinderella
How to Run like a Princess


God Sightings
Scripture in Picture

Coping with my Grandmother’s Alzheimer’s Disease

What Alzheimer’s Has Taught Me About Writing
This Isn’t Alice in Wonderland

1,365 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Oh Brianna, I love your plans for Makayla and the sacraments. It has been such a joy and a privilege to witness the growth in your relationship with God, as well as walking with you on the writers’ journey. God has blessed you with so many wonderful qualities, not the least of which is your ability to write with honesty, and yet, whimsy. I am so glad we are friends.

    • Wow, Pam! Your words have truly moved me. Thank you. I am so glad we are friends too. You have been such a blessing in my life. As for Makayla’s sacraments, I truly appreciate your support.

      I would never describe myself as whimsical, but this blog seems to bring out the tiny whimsical part of me :)

  2. Brianna, It is lovely to hear from you again and I would love to stay in touch with you. I love the plans you have for Makayla and I too was raised in the Catholic religion, however I have found that the Evangelical Lutheran church is the niche I have been looking for my entire life. I belong to a wonderful congregation here in Phoenix, AZ and I cannot imagine being anywhere else. I have found the unconditional love and acceptance here that I have always longed for. Very family oriented congregation. It is so good to hear from you again. Pauline

    • That’s what I love about FUMC in Chambersburg – the congregation is loving, warm, accepting, giving, helpful and also very family oriented.

      It is very good to hear from you Pauline! I look forward to keeping in touch!