Once upon a time I was a stay at home mom raising three active boys. When our first bundle of joy was a newborn with colic, countless people wearied me with their well-meaning comments, such as, “Oh, enjoy these days; they grow up so fast!” I thought, If I hear that one more time I will scream!
Well guess what, they were right! I can hardly believe I am now a full-fledged empty-nester, MIL to three lovely daughters-in-law, and soon to be first-time grandmother.
I am now also re-discovering myself. That was kick-started when I remembered that I not only “had a life” before I had children, I had a life even before I was married! So it only stood to reason that I just needed to figure out who I am in this stage of life. Finding the new me is an ongoing process…new, fresh, often painful, always adventurous. But by God’s grace, I am ready for the challenge.
I’m very fond of Starbuck’s Tazo Chi Tea Lattes. Fonder, yet, of buttered popcorn. (Seriously, does popcorn not speak of what kind of God we have?)
I enjoy gardening, sewing, decorating, reading, hiking, and road trips.
I’m a happy camper in the kitchen – cooking, baking. I prefer to wash dishes by hand. (With a few holiday exceptions.)
My roots are in the Midwest. But I’ve lived in the South and it captured a permanent place in my heart. Consequently, my palate delights in both Potato Lefse and Turnip Greens. Just not together.
The upper part of our continent has another piece of my heart. For seven years I served in Northern Ontario as a missionary. It was there I learned to drink tea with evaporated milk. (Here, with cream and honey.) And eat Bannock. (Much like baking powder biscuits.) No one whips up a batch of Bannock quite like a First Nations mom! I’ve eaten fish stomach and moose nose soup.
Amazingly, my heart is not fragmented by all these various pieces. They fit well together; each helping to form who God intends me to be.
Creativity is in my DNA. I’m enthralled by what can be done with color, fabric, and cast off stuff. But I’m even more captivated by what God can do with cast off people.
I’m a writer and author. My first book, “Secrets About Guys (that shouldn’t be secret),” is the result of living with only guys for 28 years! It’s written for teen and college-age girls, but it seems that females of all ages like it because it gives the inside scoop on males. And I think moms of boys will like it because it dishes info that I wish I’d known when I was raising mine. Thing is, I had to raise them, (and host all their friends), (and do a tad bit of fun research), before I could know that stuff.
I am now working on completing a cookbook and have promised myself that 2012 is the year we’ll see it in print.
My husband is my hero.
My heart’s desire is to love God and love people.