I have two beautiful daughters. One who is currently a fiesty twelve year old, who has a strong independent spirit. She is a huge blessing with her sense of humor and happy nature. The other just arrived in June of 2016. She has a calming presence on the family. We believe she could have been named Joy as she always smiles. I have been married 14 years to a husband who makes me laugh harder than anyone else, and a God who has blessed me beyond anything I deserve. My greatest hope is to meet Jesus someday and my second greatest hope is to have a big family, through I have learned through my infertility that family sometimes is not necessarily whom you procreate, but whom you love and whom loves you back.
I consider my greatest strength to be my ability to love others as I love myself, and my greatest weakness is my mood swings and forgetfulness. I don't like when people bad mouth other people, make fun of the less fortunate, or be unkind. I exaggerate everything, and love sharing a good story. I forget my keys daily... at least, and have locked them in my car... running, on more than one occasion. I seldom know where my purse is.
I love kids, and kids books, and though my husband never would admit it, I think he adores the kid in me. He's my exact opposite in most ways, but in our great ability to love one another we are the same. I swear I made the better decision on our wedding day, because without him, I would spend a lot of money, have a dirty house, and have made way too many decisions on a whim without thinking out the full consequence. Without me, I honestly believe he'd have much more worldly success. Though this is true, he did say, without me, he'd be missing out on his greatest joys: me and the girls (and our dogs).
I tear up at commercials, am addicted to the Internet, and possibly own more books than I have read in my lifetime. I love movies, but prefer tv series, and dinosaur bones fascinate me. I believe Americans have way too much stuff, and are way too wealthy for our own good. Some days I feel beautiful, but I hate seeing pictures of myself, because they always accentuate my flaws.
I believe I have lived a fascinating life, and others would be blessed to have experienced it. I'm more cheerful in the morning than any other time of the day, and need at least eight to ten hours of sleep to survive the evening. Oh, and I'm a writer. Not, because I'm published or talented, but because with every essence of who I am, I love to write.
I may never graduate college, as I am a three time college dropout. I may never see anything beyond this continent. I might never be viewed as someone who has experienced great success in my lifetime, but I have loved. I do my best to love everyone, treat everyone with respect, and though I fail on occasion, it's the only true talent I have. If I die, having loved as many people as I could, I will have considered my life a success. Though sometimes it has not been returned, I realize some of us are more gifted than others in this area, and hope that someday it will be returned. If not, they are missing out on one of God's greatest gifts to us, not just his love to us, but our love for one another. It feels better to love than to be loved, and often we forget that.