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Toads and Rubies is a safe place. A place of authenticity. There is no need for armor or walls. You can come and be both vulnerable and reflective. My perspective, just as yours, is unique to my own experiences. My hope is that my words will be relatable and thought provoking. I want you to be encouraged, motivated and inspired. I am, by nature, an encourager, not a writer. But, I find these two things colliding for the moment, and combined they are bringing me new life.

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It absolutely delights me that you are here. If you are new you can read my official bio below.

If you are going to stick around for any length of time please click on the button below for my “unoffical bio”.

Officially: By day Courtney Gunter is a school counselor, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. By night, she is also a school counselor, wife, mother, daughter, and friend.

She is currently in her 12th year as an educator. She spent six years in the classroom, teaching both fourth and first grades. She is now in her 6th year as an elementary school counselor. She counts it a true blessing that she gets to do a job she loves everyday.

She is also wife to Chris Gunter who is a high school football coach in a small town in Arkansas. She is mom to Collins (9) and Calloway (5). They keep her busy and loving life. They also, at times, drive her crazy and make her question if she knows at all what she is doing!

Now that the official business is over, please click on the button below to really get to know me, because official makes me uncomfortable.

“Since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”

2 Corinthians 3:12

One Word



 “ Be bold, be brave enough to be your true self.”

-Queen Latifah.