Hey…I’m glad you stopped by my blog. If you read my first blog post you’ll see that I started this as a reluctant blogger. But it’s been exciting to see what God wanted to teach me thru this new thing. Now on to the personal stuff:
I am a mom to four amazing and often annoying kids. I won’t post their names on here because two of them are teenagers…that should be explanation enough. But I will instead refer to them by their ages. For example, “Right now all my kids are supposed to be asleep but Fifteen is in his bed taunting Eleven in the other room and all I can hear is a mumbling from one room and Eleven shouting for Fifteen to shut up. It’s happened at least five times.” Lovely and absolutely true. Now don’t be confused. Five was actually being used as a number. I do not have a five-year old. Currently (I keep this part updated) my kids are: Twenty (girl), Eighteen (boy), Thirteen (boy) and Eleven (boy). And I really do love them and think they are amazing. And annoying.
On to Hubby…I may refer to him by name, Bill, or call him hubby. I don’t think he’ll care so that’s easy. He was my high-school sweetheart (although he was well out of high school when we started dating…”cradle robber” has been occasionally mentioned but never by me. ;)) We have been married for twenty-five years and it was the best earthly decision I’ve ever made. He’s not perfect but thank God for that because neither am I and how unfair would that be?
Me? I’m really tall and I can’t tell you what color my hair is because it changes often and I don’t want to admit that it’s getting grossly gray. I like to sing, read and write. I believe that creativity and lack of clutter may be inversely related so let’s just say that I’m quite creative. (Which means I live amongst piles and stacks of things I need to get to and I can never seem to find my keys.) I’m learning (very slowly) to play guitar. I think deep down I’d like to be a rocker but I’m told I have a “sweet sound” and that I sing like Allison Krauss, so that’s not likely.
My first book, Where the Pink Houses Are, is a love story set in Ireland. It’s about second chances and learning that no one is beyond redemption. It’s available on Amazon. Some libraries carry it and if yours doesn’t, you can request it. The book info is here. My second book, Where the Yellow Flowers Grow, is another love story (of course…because that’s just fun) and it is set in the same quaint Irish town as the first with some continuing characters and some new. You can find it on Amazon as well.
Other than the things I’ve just mentioned, one of my greatest passions is reaching out to some of the poorest but most incredible people I’ve ever met. I volunteered for two years with an organization that brought clean water to the people of Sierra Leone in West Africa. A part of my heart will always be there. In early 2013, my now eighteen year old and I went to the Dominican Republic for a medical missions trip. You can read more about that here and here. I’d love to answer any questions you may have about the need for clean water in Africa and/or my experiences in the mission field.
Now just a little about this blog. I’m writing it because I believe God wants me to. I’m hopeful that He will use it to grow me and hopefully occasionally encourage a reader or two. Please do leave comments. I read every comment. As a matter of fact, I’m really counting on some good comments and questions because I probably only have about a weeks worth of blog posts floating around in my head…after that…well…let’s just say you’d better leave me some comments!
Thanks for stopping by!
oh…and my cute family pic was taken by: SjBridgeman Photography
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