Monthly Archives: August 2009

We Sold Our Van

I want to interrupt my normal “100 Things About Me” series tonight to say goodbye to the first vehicle I have ever missed after getting rid of it. I hope you are not too disappointed! 🙂

About 3 years ago, we bought a 1997 Dodge Caravan within 24 hours of knowing we were in need of it. It was a short search but one that was most definitely led by God. It now officially belongs to someone else. I hope it serves him well!

Thank you, God, for providing this van for us. Please help it to be as useful and loved to its new owner as it was to us.

100 Things About Me – #33

I have not had many favorite colors. For some reason I usually just pick a color and stick with it. The only ones I can remember since childhood are blue and pink.

Amazingly, my favorite color seems to be shifting now. Wanna guess what color? C’mon, you know you want to. Go ahead!

Okay, my favorite color right now seems to be yellow! What’s yours?

100 Things About Me – #32

I love studying personality types! As a matter of fact, somehow the topic came up this evening, and I was involved in conversation about it for 3 hours! It was so interesting!

I was first introduced to personality types using the Myers-Briggs test, but I think Type Talk (a book) is much more useful than the test because it gives explanations for every possibility.

If you are wondering, I think I am an ESTP. What is your type?

100 Things About Me – #31

I’m a country girl. I wasn’t raised on a farm, but my grandparents, who lived across the road from us, had a garden that we got to help with. Most of the vegetables we ate were home grown. I’ll never forget the wonderful smell of dirty potatoes!

We also had apple trees and tons of natural space to run around in. We were allowed to walk and ride our bikes up the road with no adult supervision. We had woods to play in and our own rope swing hanging on a tree.

While the city life that I now live is convenient, I don’t think I will ever be a true city girl. My country roots will always show through!

100 Things About Me – #30

Two years ago at Thanksgiving, we got together with Luke’s whole family to celebrate an early Christmas together. Since I was 7 months pregnant, we could not travel far from home. I was grateful and felt very special when I learned that Luke’s family was willing to drive all the way from Mississippi and Tennessee all the way to Pennsylvania to spend time with us!

I took on the project of handling almost all the planning of this gathering of 21 people. I did research for cabins, along with planning the food, events, and sleeping arrangements. It was a busy couple of months, but guess what?!

I thoroughly enjoyed myself! We had a great time together (even though it went way to fast), and on top of that, I learned how much I like to plan! I doubt I’ll ever be a professional planner, but it is cool to know that I can plan relatively well! You never know! That may come in handy some day!

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100 Things About Me – #29

I have no natural organization skills. My idea of organization (at best) has always been just to have everything out of sight wherever it fit! Fortunately, my husband came up with a brilliant plan for organization that works!

Luke’s idea is to throw tradition out the window and to basically put things where it makes sense. For instance, I always spot treat my laundry in the kitchen because the lighting is bad in our laundry room. Because of this, I store my stain remover in the kitchen pantry instead of in the laundry room.

Luke’s system really works, and it has made my life SO much simpler. So, honestly, I am glad I have no natural organization skills. Otherwise, it would be harder to adopt a new and better system!

100 Things About Me – #28

I put babies to sleep. I am not quite sure what it is about me that puts babies to sleep, but it almost never fails. If I pick up a baby, sleep is bound to happen while the baby is in my arms!

I find myself wondering if I’m so boring that I even put little babies to sleep. I’d rather think, though, that I have such a peaceful and calm nature about me that makes others relax and fall asleep! 😉

100 Things About Me – #27

When I was in the 5th grade, my grandpa gave me a very difficult decision to make. He offered to pay for either piano lessons or for me to play the flute in the band. After much thinking, I chose the flute (although I would still love to be able to play piano)!

The very first time I tried to play the flute, I could get no sound out! For some reason I chose it without ever getting a sound out. Of course, I did eventually get the flute to play and now, 23 years later, I am still playing.

I no longer play regularly – usually only for offertories at church along with whatever practice makes that possible! But regardless of how often I play my flute, I think I will always enjoy it!

100 Things About Me – #26

This is one of my more personal “about me” posts, and it is a bit hard to explain, but I will try. 🙂 I am recovering from tone deafness.

It all began, when I noticed once that my dad talked to me in a tone that sounded like he was upset when I had done nothing that I knew of to cause him to be upset. I was completely boggled and slightly hurt.

Then a good bit later, my husband asked me  (very nicely) why I was upset with him. I was shocked!  I wasn’t a bit upset! Then realization struck. This was the moment when everything began to make sense!

Daddy was not upset with me that day! He didn’t even realize he had talked to me like that! I have the same tone issue. It is a learned tone that to me just sounds matter of fact, but to most other people, sounds like I am upset.

Since I am aware of it, I work hard to control that tone, but it is very difficult to stop doing something that I never knew I did. Not only that, but I can’t trust my own judgment of tone. It is like my ear for tone is warped due to my own use of it.

Because of my “tone deafness”, it is very easy for my kids to use the tone that they have so often heard by their mom without my noticing it. Then when I do notice it, I have to control my own tone when I try to help them control theirs. It is very difficult! Fortunately, I have God to help me do what seems impossible!

I would like to point out that since that day when my dad seemed upset with me, he too, has become aware of his tone (without my help). He is also working on it. Pretty cool, huh?

I believe I have come a long way in allowing God to work on getting rid of my tone deafness, but I still have a long way to go. I will continue to work on it because no matter how hard it is to master, it is worth it to control the hurt I could cause to my children and the generations to follow!

100 Things About Me – #25

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I love the smell of rain! Today I had to run out and close the windows in the van because it was starting to rain. Because it wasn’t raining hard, I was able to take in that wonderful scent of rain! There’s just nothing quite like it!

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