- I am a beginner.
- I make a LOT of mistakes, and my greatest strength may be that I know how to say I'm sorry. (As a matter of fact, I have been known to take responsibility for things that were clearly not my fault such as natural disasters. If I'm too apologetic I'm really sorry about that.)
- I have a really great husband who drives for UPS (that's right ladies...I have my own UPS guy!) He is my best friend and even though he's a student in my class (that's right, I'm sleeping with one of my students) he's my greatest teacher.
- I have two AMAZING kids who I wish I knew how to duplicate for others. They were the kind of babies that loved to cuddle on the rocking chair and who never ever stopped publicly demonstrating affection for me...even as teenagers. Seriously. They have hearts bigger than anybody I know.
- I'm lucky enough to have a daughter-in-law who I actually love and appreciate. She's really good for my kid.
- I have an unofficially adopted daughter who is amazing and brilliant and brave.
- I am a counselor, a teacher and a pastor. How I became a pastor (associate pastor...I don't preach) is a complete mystery to me. I'm still flabbergasted at that title.
- I like to completely upset people's idea of what it means to be a Christian. (I even hesitate to use that term...I don't think I mean what I think you think I mean by that word.) If you can figure out that parenthetical comment we're off to a great relationship.
- I love to play with words. (See previous parenthetical comment.)
- I love to play with clay and paint, but I haven't actually done much of that lately. (Note to myself: find time to do more of that.)
- I do life with some of the most brilliant and loving people on the planet who sometimes irritate the heck out of me. (This is mostly because they insist that I show up when I would rather be in a hole.)
- The reason I am even remotely sane is because of the people I'm telling you about.
- I love yoga, but haven't done much lately. (Note to myself: find time for yoga.)
- If you're tweaked by the concept of a Christian loving yoga and you'd like to keep reading this blog, you're really going to have to chill...and keep an open mind.
- My history is in process...I'm making it up as I go along.
- I'm trying really hard to make good choices for myself. I really wish someone would have clued me in to this concept some time before I was 30.
- I get a huge kick out of my 85-year-old mother-in-law who lives with us and who occasionally walks into my bedroom at inappropriate moments. (Maybe I should install locks?) She's got more of a social life than I do and is still driving in crazy Minnesota road conditions. And she loves Sudoku because "oh yah, it's good for yer brain."
- Jobs I have had in my life: nurse, bridal shop salesperson, claims examiner for a class action lawsuit, cell phone salesperson, personal attendant, graphic designer for business forms (before computers did this), and job coach for handicapped adults.
- I am on the board of a really cool ministry called Providence Ministries. You can read our blog here. Here's a post I wrote while visiting in October. I was working with a good friend of mine who's staying in Haiti for the year to volunteer her services as a pediatrician. Providence is a little ministry that's something like a foster home in Haiti and we do some education work too. What I love about it is that it's all Haitian-run on the Haiti side of things. No Americans in there mucking it up. (Not that there aren't some really great American missionaries...but there are a few out there mucking it up.)
- I have two Cocker Spaniels who make my life really interesting (one of them loves chewing on underwear) and I lost my old friend Feather this past summer. I thought her death would kill me but it turns out you really can survive the death of a dear pet.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
a little about me
For those of you who don't know me or for those of you who have made the understandable mistake of thinking you know me (how could you know me when I barely know myself?) here's a little bit of an orientation: