I’m joining the rest of the lovely ladies here on the blog and sharing 10 things you might not know about me!
1. I grew up a PK (pastor’s kid).
My dad was a Lutheran Pastor. And I grew up in the church. Not literally, of course. We usually lived in a parsonage, often one that was next door to the church. But my life centered around attending Sunday School and church, reading the Bible, and attending catechism classes.
I can look back on my childhood and understand now just how special my heritage was (even if at the time I didn’t always appreciate it!).
2. One of my favorite places to live as a child was in Utah.
As a PK, I moved around a lot when my dad took different parishes. One place he took a “call” was Utah where we lived for four years. My dad served at a small Lutheran church in Tooele, Utah just south of Salt Lake City.
Aside from remembering that’s where I got the chicken pox, I also remember swimming in the Salt Lake and being crusted with salt after drying. I remember hiking and camping in the majestic canyons near our home. I also remember walking the streets of Salt Lake City and eating at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
3. My twin daughters were born premature.
In fact, they were born NINE weeks early (at 31 weeks). They only weighed 3 pounds each and had to stay in the NICU for a month. Leaving them at the hospital and returning home without them was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
Now they are both seniors in high school and beautiful young women on the inside and out.
4. I’ve experienced a miscarriage.
I had three miscarriages to be exact. I never realized how heart-wrenching miscarriages are until I had one. There’s such a sense of loss and fear and discouragement that’s coupled with loneliness in the grieving process.
While each of my miscarriages was difficult, I rejoice in knowing that someday in heaven I have three children I finally get to see face to face.
5. I don’t do the grocery shopping.
My husband gets all of the groceries in our household. He loves finding good deals. He uses coupons. And he only buys the things we need (and not the pack of donuts and extra candy bars that just happen to end up in the cart when I get groceries).
6. I actually don’t like much of any kind of shopping.
I rarely go shopping much to the disappointment of my three teenage daughters. I’d rather allow my husband to have all the pleasure of the shopping experience (I’m self-sacrificial like that!). He loves sales and Black Friday and getting gifts. And he’s actually quite good at it!
7. I’m a crazy cat lady.
If you were to visit my home, I admit, you’d find the cats ruling as miniature kings and queens. All FIVE. Yes, that’s no typo. I have five cats.
You’d see them sprawled on the kitchen table taking baths. You’d see them at the bathroom sink drinking from the facet. You’d find them at a certain cupboard meowing and being rewarded each and every time with a treat. You’d hear lots of baby-talk addressed to the kitties. And you’d even find them on the kitchen counter, eating a gourmet dinner of soft cat food from a can.
8. I’ve been watching one TV show for 15 years straight. Can you guess what it is?
I honestly don’t have much time to watch TV. And even if I did, we don’t have cable. With the big cumbersome antenna my husband rigged up on top of our roof, we get a few basic channels. So that helps in keeping the temptation to overdose on entertainment at bay.
Nevertheless, I admit, I do have one television show that I watch regularly, without fail. And what show has had the ability to hold my attention year after year?
Yes, I’m a Survivor fan. It used to be a date night for my husband and me. But once our kids got into high school they graduated to watching it with us, which is a lot of fun too.
9. My favorite place to vacation is . . .
No, not Disney World or a castle in Germany or beaches on Cape Cod or Mammoth Caves or Yellowstone (all of which I’ve visited and enjoyed).
Actually my favorite place to vacation is my home state of Michigan. I’m lucky to live in the prettiest state in America (not biased in the least, am I?!). From beautiful Lake Superior sunsets to the amazing sand dunes on Lake Michigan to the windswept rocky lighthouses on Lake Huron—Michigan is simply stunning.
Every summer we try to explore new places around the state, and after living in Michigan for almost 18 years, I haven’t run out of places to go!
10. I like winter.
As you can probably guess, we get plenty of winter in Michigan. I’m one of those weird people who complains when it reaches the 40’s in January and the snow begins to melt. When it’s winter, I like it to be cold and snowy. It makes spring all that much prettier and welcoming!
Do you and I share any similarities? I’d love to know which ones!
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