About

Substance Over Shadows is a personal blog inspired by Colossians 2:

These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
– Colossians 2:17

My name is Karen Francis. I am saved by grace and a daughter of God. I am a California native currently living in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. I am the wife of a pastor. I am the mother of 3 beautiful daughters, one of whom we adopted in 2017. I am a barre teacher, Usborne book lady, self-proclaimed pencilligraphist, selective grammar snob, baby sleep enthusiast… and I love finding shadows of the gospel in the day-to-day moments (and sharing them here).

You can also find me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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