20 Random Things About Me.

In less than a month I’ll be blowing out my first year anniversary candles for this blog.  I am so blessed by this online community.  Brave writers who have surrounded me and cared for me as if I was standing in your living rooms, or sitting at your kitchen tables with cups of tea and copious amounts of chocolate as we share hopes and dreams.

I have laid open my soul and allowed you all to trace your fingers on the red, raw edges of some of my deepest pain.  Through your words and your Christ-mindedness I have experienced a healing, a renewal.  There are not enough words to fill this screen to tell you all how much I cherish these friendships and to express my gratitude. 

So today I thought I would give you some more insight into this life that you all have blessed:

1.  I have been happily married for the past 21 years to the love of my life.  My husband has been a constant and his gentleness and care has often cradled this sometimes fragile heart with aching tenderness.  I am blessed to be his wife.

2.  I am the mama to two amazing teens, both with hearts after God.  It is amazing to watch these two incredible people, with dreams perched and ready for flight, make their own way in this big old world.  I have been blessed to experience motherhood with Mikayla and Dylan.

3.  I am from good Dutch stock.  My mother was born in Holland.  I am proud of this heritage that knows how to brew a decent cup of coffee,  appreciates the finer qualities of a good pastry and dessert before dinner.  These roots have also left me with a love of double salted black licorice… my mouth waters just thinking about it.

4.  I am a student mom.  Currently I work full time and have been attending school part time.  This coming September however, I will be taking the plunge and leaving my job of 9 years to pursue my degree in Social Work.

5.  I am a Star Trek nerd.  I love all things Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and the new J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies.  “Live long and prosper”

6.  Along the same line I am also a huge fan of Marvel Superhero movies, especially Iron Man.

7.  I love a good glass of red wine, particularly an Australian Shiraz.  I love curling up in the corner on the couch, the weight of the wine glass in my one palm and a good book laying open on my lap.

8.  I cannot read a non-fiction book without slashing it through with bright highlighters and scratching notes in margins.  For this reason whenever we do book studies in our small group my husband and I cannot share a book. I think it may annoy him.

9.  I am a country music fan.  There is something about a melody tied with story that gets me every single time.  My favourites include: Keith Urban, Allison Krauss, Brad Paisley, The Civil Wars, Johnny Cash, Little Big Town and the Dixie Chicks

10.  I love hockey.  I am from Canada.  You can’t not love hockey and be Canadian.  Most specifically I am a Montreal Canadiens fan.  Their goalie, Carey Price #31, is my favourite player – there is just something about watching him mind a net that makes me smile.

11. I am a voracious reader. I have books piled upon books in my house.  My husband believes that books have been secretly having little book babies in our house because I can’t have knowingly purchased that many books.

12.  I am deathly afraid of snakes.  Yes, deathly afraid.  I just have to think about those slithery, beady eyed creatures and I get the heebie jeebies.

13.  I have been known to have potty mouth.  For some reason taming the tongue is more than work for me – it is my Everest.  I wised up when my kids started charging me $2 for every swear word.  Thankfully God is helping me with this one!

14.  I love to cook.  I often find that I don’t have the time but when I can get into my kitchen there is nothing more soothing than the sound a knife makes when slicing through onions or potatoes.  I especially enjoy baking bread.  The kneading, the yeasty smell, the golden brown crust – what’s not to love?

15.  In the Spring/Summer, my favourite place to be is my garden. After a long day at work, sinking into an Adirondack chair with a glass of the aforementioned wine is a lovely experience.

16.  My favourite books in English class when I was High School were:  Anything by Charles Dickens, Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte, The Pearl: John Steinbeck, Silas Marner: George Eliot and Stone Angel: Margaret Laurence.

17.  I love all things Jane Austen, particularly the movies Sense & Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.  Matthew Macfadyen is the best Mr. Darcy – in my opinion of course.

18.  I answered the call of the preacher lady when I was 13 years old however, this is the first year that I have cracked open the spine of my Bible almost every day and felt life pour out of its pages. 

19.  Reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts changed my life.  I remember reading the first chapter while on holidays.  I was sitting by the river and heard God’s whisper on the wind when He asked me “Do you want to be saved?” – I think y’all know the answer I gave Him.

20.  Fellow bloggers I consider mentors.  Nikki at Simply Striving, Alia Joy at Narrow Paths to Higher Places, Karrilee at Abiding Love Abounding Grace, Jennifer Peterson at Running This Thing Called Life, Lisa-Jo Baker and Crystal Stine.  Their words have found me in some of my darkest places and surrounded me when I have needed to read words that my soul needed to hear.  I am forever grateful that God has used them to speak into my life.

I had such fun putting this list together.  How about you?  I’d love to get to know you more.  Tell me a little bit about yourself?




  1. Girrrrlll… Right back at ya! I can. not. WAIT til October!!! This is beautiful – and I love all the same people!!! So thankful that ya’ll are my Tribe!

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