I was reading a new blog I discovered at Unique Family Vision and loved the way the author captured the important things about who she is. Since I have a few new faces in my followers area, I thought it might be nice to do the same.
- I am convinced that God steered me towards becoming a teacher so that someday I would find the confidence within myself to teach my own children at home.
- Before I was a teacher I worked in the relocation industry, mostly international. One of my favorite clients was the United Nations. At my desk was an open World Atlas where I would highlight the many countries I moved people to and from. To this day, it still haunts me that I helped relocate thirty UN relief workers to Rwanda just weeks before the massacre. I still think of them and pray that they made it out alive.
- I never thought I would be a stay at home Mom. I always held the belief that women must be able to support themselves and their children at all times. It was hard to let that go and trust in my husband and our relationship. For my family, it was the best choice I could have made. For after having my sister as a care giver, there was no way I could put my child in daycare.
- I would love to adopt an older child someday. I was approached by someone I know who works in the foster care system and had preliminary meetings to inquire about the adoption process. Greg is not fully committed to the idea of adoption and I hope that someday he will be. Perhaps when our children are older....
- My husband is the kindest most generous person I know. He has supported my every desire; to quit my job to pursue graduate school full time, to leave my career in teaching for a career in parenting and to completly shift our family’s way of life with our choice to homeschool. He has given me all I need and just about everything I want and for that I am ever grateful.
- For over a year I volunteered at a homeless shelter. There were nights I would come home and cry for the families that do not know stability, sobriety, and unconditional love. I learned so much from this experience.
- My only great travel adventure has been to China where I studied karate. I went with several people from my dojo as part of a cultural exchange. As part of this program, I studied with Tai Chi experts, worked out at the Beijing Sports University and actually performed in front of the Shaolin Monks.....at the Shaolin Temple! I walked the Great Wall and visited the Temple of the Sun. I longed to be one of the many couples in Beijing, bringing their newly adopted baby home.
- I have lived in my home for over ten years. I have no desire to leave it but I have a list a mile long of what I would like if I ever did more. Maybe room for chickens........
- I have to always have a book going. I am always looking for recommendations. Right now I seem to be in a children’s lit phase, trying to keep up with my daughter’s reading. Some books I have recently read and enjoyed are: The Princess Academy, Rules, and The Year of Ms. Agnes. I am also reading about how to keep my worm compost healthy, how to knit and how to cook gluten free! What are you reading? Would you recommend it?
- I have come to believe that we have friends for different reasons. After a particularly painful ending to a close friendship last year my sister in law shared with me that some friends are with us for a reason, others just for a season. I am blessed to have a wonderful friend of 15 years who I speak to at least once a week. I know that if ever I need someone, she would be there for me as I would be for her. Friendships are funny things, sometimes strong, sometimes weak, some are sister-like, others are toxic. Part of my growth has been to learn the difference, understand their purpose and nurture their development.
This year has been about change, growth and education, not only for me but for all the members of our home. I enjoy sharing bits and pieces of it on my blog and am so grateful and thankful for the advice I have been given, the suggestions I have received and the new friends I have made!