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It was so much fun reading all your questions here.  Oh my!  You guys are going to keep me busy for a very long time–I have tons to answer.  It will be a joy!

One of the things a few people said was, “We want to know more about YOU!”

I thought about that this weekend.  I guess that as much as I try to share here about my life, my family, my journey in the Lord, and my daily stuff, well, there is always so much more that you don’t know about me.   I always think there are so many more important things to share about than me and my not-so-very-interesting life all the time. 

But since you asked, today I thought I would fill you in on a few extra, totally random, little tidbits about me and what makes me tick.

~~~  I HATE snakes.  Like, really hate them!  They were cursed to the ground for a reason as far as I’m concerned.  I just see one and every single hair on my body stands up on end.  Yuck.  Spiders follow a close second.

~~~  Fast driving freaks me out.

~~~  I don’t know about that growing old gracefully thing.  How in the world do you even do that?  I have no idea how I got to be this old this quickly.  I feel like I was 18 just a few years ago…but the mirror is telling me a whole new story these days. 

~~~  I have been a vegetarian for 24 years.  It is just a way of life for me and I never even think about eating meat.  I do cook it for my family, but much of what we eat is vegetarian.  Many of you asked me to share what we eat, and I will absolutely begin to do that soon.

~~~  I will never do yoga. Period.

~~~  I absolutely love rain.

~~~  If I had to live my life all over and choose a career again…I’d be a mom.

~~~  I am as crazy about Anthony today as I was the day we married almost 15 years ago.  I adore my husband.  He still makes my knees go weak.

~~~  Integrity is so important to me.  Our yes must always be yes.

~~~  I don’t watch R-rated movies.  If it’s not good enough for a child to watch, then it’s not good enough for me either.

~~~  I love getting into bed and having clean sheets.  If I had time, I would wash our sheets every single day.

~~~  I absolutely HAVE to bath before I get into bed at night.  Zero exceptions. 

~~~  I fail more times than I can count.  So thankful for God’s grace and mercies which are new every morning.

~~~  I love hot tea with milk.  Iced tea is positively awful.

~~~  For almost 15 years Anthony has made our bed every single morning.  Works great for me.  Rocking husband!

~~~  Cadbury’s chocolate is just my thing.

~~~  I miss my family in South Africa something ridiculous.  I have been gone for ten years, and it still does not get easier. Thankfully, God has been so gracious to allow me to see them every couple of years.  For that I am so, so thankful.

~~~  Once upon a time I was a make up artist.  I loved it.  Giving busy moms tips on how to look the best they could for their husbands was so much fun–because I think it’s important.

~~~  I’m obsessed about all things colorful.  The colors of the walls in our home change frequently. Truth be told, I probably paint our walls more in one year than most people paint in a lifetime. Right now turquoise, orange and yellow are my colors of choice.  My dear husband gave up a very long time ago.  “Rather a paint fetish than diamonds,” I tell him.  Dude cannot argue with that.

~~~  I used to change my hair color just as much as the color of the wall in our homes.  But then I got older (and maybe just a tad wiser too). 

~~~  Artichokes are totally revolting. 

~~~  This is the first year that I can vote ’cause I’m an American now.  It’s been rather interesting. I have never paid much attention to politics.  I usually leave that to my hubby.  But this year is so different–I have been taking it all in–watching, seeing what happens, and trying to make an educated decision about who I feel is the best man for the job of president.  One thing I do not get is how nasty politics gets. Oh my word!  That and how billions of dollars get spent on campaigning alone…when our desperate neighbors on the other side of the ocean are literally starving to death even as I write this.  Those billions of dollars could feed hundreds of villages. To me, something seems so very wrong with it.  One thing I do know is that my vote will never go to anyone who does not passionately protect the lives of unborn children!

~~~  Sometimes I look at pregnant moms and my heart longs for another baby in my womb.  I feel sad that I can never experience the miracle of pregnancy again.  But then I look at the seven beautiful blessings whom I have been loaned for such a temporary time here on this earth, and I feel so, so exceedingly blessed.

~~~  I have two tattoos.

~~~  A pet peeve?  People who leave shopping carts in the middle of no man’s land when the sign kindly says PLEASE RETURN YOUR CART HERE.  I think it’s inconsiderate.  I teach my kids kids to always take the cart back–no matter how far away we are parked…simply because the store asked us to.

~~~  I so miss having a mom.

~~~  I couldn’t have cared less about football a short while ago.  But this season we have all fallen in love with Tim Tebow.  Now I think I may possibly be a Broncos fan.  My kids think it’s hilarious that I didn’t give the game two minutes of my time two months ago, but now I think I’m kinda liking it.  Crazy how life changes.  Although, if I had to choose, I’d still pick rugby any day.

~~~  I would absolutely love a country home.  I’m beginning to think that I’ll have to wait for heaven to get it though. 

~~~  I lie in bed in the wee hours of the night thinking about what can be done to save the lives of more and more orphans. 

~~~  Skiing is my worst!  I tried it once and counted the minutes for it to be over. Spending hours on my butt in the snow was not my idea of fun.  You can totally have it, thank you very much. Give me the beach any day. 

~~~  I wanted two children.  Anthony wanted four (I told him he was completely out of his mind!).  Now we have seven.  I guess God’s ways are definitely not our ways.  Whew!

~~~ I love bright pink, salad and Indian food (not together), my heated blanket, fleecy sheets, beautiful perfumes, sunflowers, sandals, brightly painted toenails, seeing children find their forever families, a neat home, good friends, sleeping in, cozy slippers, summer days, veggies on the grill, date nights with my love, and reading a wonderful novel. These are a few of my favorite things.

~~~  I have tasted and seen that the LORD is good. 

There you have it. These are a few of the things that make me me.

Lots more answered questions to follow in the weeks to come.