I don’t think I was very good at it, and no, I had never been in prison myself before. But many of the men were just hungry to hear about Jesus and few were willing to go, so I went. Usually I was just there for moral/prayer support for the ones doing the ministering. I will say that it was pretty life-changing to be inside a prison and to interact with the prisoners.
I went on a mission trip to Paris. We were working with a church there, so we stayed in their basement. Every morning included walking to a local bakery for baguettes and other pastries (did I mention that I gained 10 pounds on this trip?).
Our trip also included visiting every major historical site in Paris, including The Louvre art museum.
We also spent some time at a YWAM station in London. It was a tough mission trip, but somebody had to do it. Looking back, it was a really great experience, and I’m glad I got to go.
5. I met my husband at a pro-life volunteer meeting.
I was 21, and I was new in town. I had decided that I was through with living life for my own enjoyment, and I wanted to do something to make a difference for someone else. Right after making this decision, I saw a little paragraph in our church bulletin about a maternity home/crisis pregnancy center for unwed teen moms. I decided I would go to the volunteer meeting. I met my husband there, even though I wasn’t looking for him! We were engaged 6 months after our first date.
6. I love vanilla everything.
Ice cream, frosting, candles, lotion–anything! Vanilla is my favorite scent and flavor. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, too, but I prefer vanilla in most cases. I’ll almost always choose just plain vanilla ice cream over chocolate (unless cookie dough is an option!). I’ve been told this is boring, and my husband thinks it’s just plain wrong, but I don’t care. It’s me. 🙂
7. I’m an introvert.
I love being around people sometimes, and I love close friendships. But I require a certain amount of time alone in order to feel rested and rejuvenated (and sane). This can be a challenge as a homeschooling mother of 5. I’m thankful for a husband who recognizes my need for solitude and helps me find it.
8. I prefer tea to coffee.
When I was in high school, the coffee trend was just taking off, and one morning before school I drank a few too many cups and then felt a bit sick. Ever after that it’s never had the same appeal for me.
9. I wear skirts and dresses most of the time.
My love for dresses began when I was a teenager. One of my favorite things to do was go to thrift and consignment stores and buy vintage dresses. Which I would wear with my Doc Marten lace-up shoes. I still love the look of a dress with lace-up boots. So, I started wearing dresses and skirts, not because I had to or I believed God required it of me, but simply because I love them.
Later, I appreciated the modesty and femininity that skirts afford, and I wore them exclusively for over 10 years. But then my ever-practical husband said he thought pants made a lot of sense, especially for things like hiking, exercising, and other activities. I still prefer skirts and dresses, however, and you’ll usually find me in one!
10. I spent many of my growing up years in Texas, and I still say y’all.
And although my mom is a born-and-raised Texan, the Texas accent didn’t rub off on me. Oh, and I also occasionally still say “dude.” In fact, just the other day my 4-year-old said, “I mean, dude. What’s up with that?” Oops. Wonder where he learned to talk like that?