I now have five kids — three boys (ages 13, 11 & 9), a 4yo girl and a toddler girl who is nearly 2.
I’ve been married for 15 ½ years.
We had a phenomenal honeymoon because my husband Martin won it. Airfare and six nights at the Palmilla in Cabo. We were broke and ate at taco stands in San Jose del Cabo. We couldn’t afford even one meal at the resort.
I really admire my husband. He is full of integrity, he’s humble, talented, smart and hard-working. And he’s funny. And handsome.
We are in our 9th year of homeschooling.
The longer I homeschool, the more I’m convinced we’re in it for the long haul.
We use Sonlight Curriculum, plus a smattering of lots of other stuff.
I’m happy to be homeschooling for my own learning pleasure, as well! I’ve learned a ton, especially in history.
I’d like to live in a home we designed together, but on 10 acres or more.
I enjoyed living in New Orleans, but always said it was a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there permanently. Did you know N.O. has more canals than Venice? But most of them are underground.
I spent the summer I turned 19 in Ketchikan, Alaska.
In Alaska, I worked at a cold storage, a.k.a. “fish disassembly plant.”
Consequently, I can gut a fish faster than anyone I know.
More than 12 years ago, my Mom was given 6 months – 2 years to live.
Because of the “short time” we had left, my Mom & Stepdad started coming over every week for dinner.
They still come over regularly. Right now, it’s every other week.
We alternate weeks for cheffing responsibilities, so at least once a month, I get a “free” dinner from my mom!
I love coffee.
My favorite frou-frou drink is an extra-hot almond cappuccino, but Starbucks discontinued carrying almond flavoring!! I haven’t yet found one that I like as much. 😦
I think lattes are for wimps. My husband knows that, but he still drinks vanilla lattes. I think he’s secure in his non-wimp status, though.
My husband is the supreme coffee-maker/coffee snob in our household.
I also like tea, especially at night.
My current fave tea is Chinese “restaurant” tea — oolong and green teas with jasmine. Or Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla White Chai tea (having a hard time finding that tea, now).
I love baseball.
I remember being in college, not having time to sit down and watch any games, because my time was eaten up by other things… so now I give thanks, nearly every game I watch, that my life is slow enough that I can take in a baseball game.
When I was a kid, we usually went camping one weekend a month.
My Mom says that the one thing she and my Dad did well together was camp.
I still LOVE to camp.
My parents divorced when I was 15. Not enough camping, I guess. 😉
My husband’s parents divorced when he was 2.
We were determined to do things differently and break those patterns of divorce.
I thought since that goal was so Godly, things would be easy. They weren’t. Still aren’t.
However, we have reached that goal, and will continue to reach it, with thanks and praise to God!
My first job was babysitting, which I loved.
My first “real” job was at McDonald’s at 43rd Ave & Thunderbird Rd. in Glendale, AZ.
I am still very nice to all fast food employees. They are under-appreciated
Working 2.5 years at McDonald’s paid for my first semester of room & board at college.
I cussed like a sailor from ages 10-16.
I stopped cussing when my fellow McDonald’s employees said, “I thought Christians didn’t cuss.”
I’ve always thought it ironic that my non-Christian friends kept me more accountable to Godly principles than my Christian friends did.
I went to college on a full-ride scholarship.
I was fairly smart, but I did NOT deserve that scholarship! I was a very small fish in a very large pond.
I love missionaries and missionary stories.
I never had a birthday party as a kid.
My parents still don’t do “celebration” very well.
That’s OK; they have other fine qualities.
I had three close neighborhood friends growing up: Jennifer Phipps, Debbie Brown, and Torre Walker.
It makes me sad that I have no contact with those three girls now… I have no idea where they are. I did run into Torre’s mom at Costco one day, and I gave her my contact info to give to Torre, but Torre never contacted me. 😦
At school and church, my best friends were Lori Bryson and Brian Schmidt.
In high school, my best friend became Holly Bourns, partly because Lori got a boyfriend.
I still keep in touch with Lori, Brian & Holly. Facebook rocks. 🙂
I’ve always made friends more easily with boys than girls.
After I got married, that was a completely useless skill, and I had to learn how to be friends with women.
My taste in music is a little odd.
I still like rock’n’roll, even though I’m now “old” and can’t keep up with all the new music.
Growing up, I always wanted to be an architect.
After going to school for it (and doing fairly well), I decided that it was not how I wanted to spend my future.
Now, my husband is basically an unlicensed architect, and often brings home his work to show me, and listens to my opinions and thoughts about the plan.
I played volleyball, basketball, and softball in junior high and high school.
The high school I went to was a very small Christian school. We belonged to a state-wide association of similar schools, and my senior year, we took State in basketball.
Also in my senior year of high school, I was co-captain of that basketball team, but in the middle of the season, my celiac disease flared up, and I struggled the rest of the season. By the time the season ended, I wasn’t even a starter.
I love Mexican food.
I still have the key to my second apartment in New Orleans. The apartment was over an uptown dive called Norby’s. The owner (Norby), always called my roommate Marilyn, “Maryland.” I did a little search, and it seems that the original Norby’s has been replaced by an Italian restaurant by the same name. I KNOW the original owner would not have had an Italian restaurant. The original Norby’s was a bar, populated by slow-moving old men who spent their days debating the merits of Tulane vs. LSU.
I love to be outdoors, and in the water, but I have terribly fair skin that does not stand the sun & wind very well.
I got in the best shape of my life after my second son was born, doing a Body for Life challenge.
I believe moms should let their sons be BOYS — loud, dirty and gross — but not at the dinner table.
I’ve never been drunk, though I have been tipsy a few times.
I’ve never been stoned.
I was a virgin when I got married.
However, I did drink, underage, in college — one or two beers here & there.
I smoked cigarettes from ages 19-20.
My first cigarette was hand-rolled tobacco, and I knew how to do it from seeing way too many friends rolling joints.
I messed around too much, dated too much before my husband. I didn’t understand that the idea was to keep oneself PURE, not just a technical virgin.
the sun came out this morn' without fanfare...
a greying blanket covered all the vale.
instead of forcing its warmth-giving face
to pull the cover back and dry the damp,
it moved on higher, leaving undisturbed
the clouds that bless'd our morning with light drops,
and let its light shine dimly on the land
as filtered through a cloth, soft on the eyes.
The raindrops sprinkle glasses, windshield, face.
i feel afresh the touch of Heav'nly grace
that such as i could be so bless'd in this,
a simple shower, making my heart glad.
the overcast that met me at my door
has made me smile upon this fine, wet day. ~Adam Bertrand