More than you ever wanted to know about me... :)
1. I was born in Athens, Georgia, on a very cold March morning.
3. Well…let me clarify that. My parents were foster parents to 20+ babies/toddlers/young children (mostly newborns) and I was the middle child to the nth degree.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
in all your ways acknowledge him,
19. But I truly love the learning process, too. I'm not in it for all the wrong reasons. ;)
This is the extreme western end of Montana (Glacier, to be exact) and is what most people think of when they think of Montana...where we lived looked nothing like this.
The gravel road to Glasgow.
49. That year, I found out I was highly allergic to cats.
50. And also highly allergic to dust.51. And mildly allergic to everything else the doctor tested me for (dogs, trees, grasses, mold...).
52. Glasgow was the type of area where people would leave their cars running unattended in the winter while they shopped at the grocery store (we're talking negative temperatures here, and all of the cars had block heaters).
53. We never left our car running outside the grocery store.54. But we did have to get a block heater installed before the really cold temperatures came...which was October. Early October.
55. Wal-mart was about 2 1/2 hours away from us in Williston, North Dakota; we never went. But on the way to Lustre, we were very excited to stop there at the Pizza Hut after days of eating McDonald's food during the drive.56. The nearest Dairy Queen was in Minot, North Dakota, which was about 3 1/2 hours away. We did go to that Dairy Queen once, and they have the best Blizzards we have ever tasted. So if you're ever in Minot, you should go.
57. Jason and I chaperoned the senior trip. There were 7 seniors. (I told you it was a small school.)
58. The seniors wanted to go to the huge mall in Edmonton, Canada.
59. We spent a week at a mall. We went to Canada to go to a mall. 60. I don't like malls.
61. I made an exception for this one.
A full size ice rink that the Edmonton Oilers (professsional hockey team) practiced on.
All of this was inside this mall! There was also a miniature golf course, an amusement park, a water park (with bungee jumping, which two of the seniors did), two sets of movie theaters, and two full food courts. There were sections that were city-theme (one was named Bourbon Street, with store-fronts that looked like you were walking in New Orleans, and one was a Parisian street that was stunningly beautiful) as well animal exhibits throughout the mall.
62. I took a few pictures of Jason throwing some calves when he helped with branding in the Spring. I just had to find a way to fit those pictures on the blog...
The ones in cowboy hats are
the ones who know what they're doing the ranchers. All of us who were new to Lustre were invited to Branding Day to watch and, if interested, to help throw some calves. Jason is in the center (seated), our pastor's wife is videotaping the branding, and the dorm father/track coach is in the ball cap.
Jason with one of his students. The ranchers also vaccinated on branding day with a vaccine gun.
63. The only day it rained in Lustre the entire time we lived there was the day we packed up our things and moved back to Georgia. Naturally...
64. I have never experienced so much sensory overload (even with three children) as I did when we came back from Montana to Georgia: billboards everywhere, signs everywhere, restaurants everywhere, stores everywhere...
65. We spent the summer (1996) in the Athens area and enjoyed the Olympics fervor (soccer was in Athens), and I saw the torch being carried along the major road outside of the medical office I was working at the time. We have a small collection of Olympic pins framed.
66. Jason and I were able to go with his sister Cindy, her husband Kerry, and some friends of theirs to an equestrian Olympic event at the International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia.
67. The fall of 1996 brought another move for another teaching position for Jason--this time to the Christian school in Norlina, North Carolina. He taught Social Studies in the middle school.
68. They hired me, too. To teach. In the high school. Me.
69. I taught three computer classes, two 9th grade English classes, and 9th grade Health.
70. My eleven year old son just read that last one and said, "You taught in a high school?!"
71. Hurricane Fran hit when we were living temporarily in a modular home.
72. I didn't know it yet, but I was pregnant at the time with my firstborn, who is now eleven years old and just learned that I used to teach in a high school.
73. I had morning sickness every day for the first 5 months.
74. The morning sickness quit when I stopped teaching and began working two part-time jobs instead.
75. I thought that perhaps the morning sickness was because of stress from teaching until I had morning sickness every day for 5 1/2 months with Josiah. It lasted "only" 4 months with Grace.
76. While I was teaching in the high school, I decided that I wanted to homeschool our child once he reached school age. I have nothing but respect for teachers in public and private schools; it was the toughest job I ever had, and opened my eyes to a lot of things.
77. Before teaching, it never occurred to me that perhaps the teachers watched the clock at the end of the day as much as the students! ;)
78. We moved back to the Athens area (again) at the end of the school year, and I became (and happily remain) a stay at home mom.
79. Robert was one month old at the time. Packing with a one month old after having a C-section is harder and more tiring than packing to move across the country, even if you're packing up less stuff.
80. We moved here to our present home in 1999 when Robert was 2 years old. We had already moved briefly to South Carolina before moving here.
81. That makes 4 states we lived in within 4 years.
82. We got a dog before we got a second car. (Jason doesn't like it when I say that, but it's entirely true.)
83. The dog we got was a bull mastiff named Wyatt. He was an excellent dog, especially with rough-and-tumble boys. Wyatt died when Grace was an infant; now the younger two children in particular (with the help of their Daddy...ahem!) are conspiring to get another dog.
Robert and Wyatt in 2001
84.Despite the challenges, homeschooling is a really good fit for our family. We are able to spend more time together, we have a lot more flexibilty...and many, many more reasons.
85. I love the ladies in my homeschool support group. I have found many godly women through that group, and several are my friends.
86. They bring much-needed perspective on various struggles and my favorite meetings with them are the ones that end at close to midnight. (Seriously!)
87. I enjoy playing around with photo software way too much and have made some buttons for my blog and a friend's blog.
88. I finished my "100 things" button before I reached the halfway point with this list. It's another piece of chocolate, of course.
89. My favorite music artists are Andrew Peterson (Christian folk music artist) and tobyMac (Christian hip hop/rap artist). As an aside, I recently heard one of Andrew Peterson's songs, Mystery of Mercy, performed by Caedmon's Call.90. I have become a little more talkative since I began blogging.
92. I still love to read, and I don't watch a lot of TV.
93. That's probably because we don't have cable (and never have).
94. There was a time when we couldn't even pick up anything with an antenna.
95. So we have the digital converter box that they claim will allow us to watch fantastically clear TV programming.
96. Now, however, we rarely pick up NBC through the converter box.
97. I know how to iron very well but don't. Or, at least, I avoid it for years at a time. The ironing board makes a great hoodie rack leaning against the wall in Robert's room.
98. I have two dressy purses that I haven't used in...oh...at least 15 years but I keep them anyway, and I have one purse I use daily until it falls apart. I don't like shopping for purses because what I really want is one that is exactly like the one I have at the time...which, of course, they don't make anymore.
99. It's the same reason I don't like shopping for shoes...or one of the reasons I don't like shopping for shoes.
100. I will order the same thing at a restaurant more than nine times out of ten. Not surprised, huh?
As promised...here is my giveaway!
I have two books to give away to one winner:
- Motherhood: The Guilt That Keeps On Giving by Julie Ann Barnhill (bestselling author of a great book my friend Donna recommended called She's Gonna Blow!)
- Quiet Moments of Hope for Moms, a devotional by Ellen Banks Elwell
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