There is a fun game of blog tag going around right now. I've officially been tagged by Rachel from Rachel's Blatherings. Once you've been tagged you are required to share seven unknown things about yourself. I've had so much fun reading other people's seven things (Rachel, Amy, and Jocelyn) I hope that I can think of seven things interesting enough to share with you.
1. I was born blind in my left eye. That eye is about twenty percent smaller in size than my right eye. I used to be very self-conscious about it when I was younger. Now I can see how God used it to be a character builder for me. I had eye surgery when I was two years old in Memphis, TN. That surgery saved my eye, but not my sight. It was a pioneer surgery, in fact Mom says that I had about forty international doctors following me around the whole time. That surgery is used now when a baby is first born and they are able to save the baby's sight. I love that I got to be a part of that. I even think one of our friend's babies may have had the same surgery just recently. I like to think that maybe Lyndsay's surgery was the same and that she may be able to see because of what they learned from my surgery. I have never known anything different so it doesn't get in my way. I can shoot hoops, drive a car, and most people only notice the difference when they first meet me. My friends say that they don't notice it anymore.
2. I am a sleep talker and walker. I have some VERY embarrassing childhood moments because of this that I will share at another time. : )
3. I have always dreamed of being a novelist. I have tried SEVERAL times to write a novel and the sad fact is.....I don't have any talent for writing fiction. : ( I'm pretty good at coming up with really creative names and characters and that is about as far as I get. : )
4. One of my best memories of being a teenager is a mission trip that I got to go on with my youth group to Mexico City. We built a medical center and put on a Vacation Bible School. I fell in love with the people and their generosity and joy in the midst of poverty. One man supported his family by running a small store that was the size of my bedroom closet at home. He was an amputee and I knew he had no other way of making an income. He must have given up a month's wages keeping us supplied with soda pop while we worked. He always had a HUGE grin on his face and had a joy that was amazing. The trip was life changing for me. My parents picked me up from the airport and drove me to cheerleading camp. That was culture-shock! I went from a world of selflessness to a world of selfishness overnight. It taught me a lot.
5. I get teased by my family for being a cereal addict. I would choose to eat cereal over almost any other food, and I have picked it over dessert many times. It doesn't matter what time of day it is, I'll eat it. I don't think I've ever met a cereal I didn't like either. My husband gets pretty frustrated with how fast a box of cereal disappears in our house. When I get done with a bowl, the milk at the bottom needs more cereal, and then oops, I poured too much, so now I need more milk. It's a vicious cycle. I wonder if there is a Cereal-Aholics Anonymous????
6. I am also very addicted to coffee. I used to not care about how I got the caffeine, but my Uncle Ken has spoiled me. He sells the best coffee on the planet. He roasts the beans fresh and I just can't drink Folgers or Yuban anymore without doctoring it up with milk. I've become somewhat of a coffee snob, BUT I'll take anyway I can get it. : ) (By the way- If you live in Washington State and are a coffee fan, find a Whatcha Know Joe or a Planet Joe shop http://www.wkjoe.com/where.php I know you'll agree it's the best) When I can't get Uncle Ken's coffee, I settle for some from Costco that's really good, too.
7. The things I cherish and treasure the most in my life are the relationships God has given me. I am so blessed by the people who love me and by the many people I get to love. I started praying for my husband when I was in the fifth grade. I have prayer journals that we read out of at my bridal shower. God was so faithful to me in answering those prayers in Pat. I love being his wife, and Karissa's and Amy's and now Benjamin's Mommy. I have the best family in the universe! I have a great church family and awesome friends. I am very content and grateful for my life.
The End.....hee hee.... This is a pretty long post. Maybe I am a novelist after all. : )
Now my turn to tag. OK, Kim Basten, Crystal Briden, Becky Bowersox, Kate Jones, Charity Alonso, Kate Borchert, and Laurie Lorenzen (If you can find the time during your adjustment with Kojo)......You've been tagged. Can't wait to learn more about you. I love your blogs by the way.