Friday, June 6, 2008

A Girl Has To Start Somewhere

So how about a little introduction before I jump in with other posts?

Ok, well... Oh, dear. Now how to sum up my entire existence? Hmmm...

How 'bout I just "share ten things about myself" instead, okay ? Thanks. That takes the pressure off for a detail-oriented, shades-of-gray person like me.

1. I live in Pennsylvania, though my growing-up years were spent all over the Midwest, with a stint in southern Virginia for my college years. Those years were enough to solidify “y’all” as a permanent part of my vocabulary, by the way, so don't be surprised if it pops out. After all, our language does lack a plural form of "you". The gap was ripe for filling, and "y'all" just slid right in there. I sometimes get the, "Where're you from, anyway?" look when it slips out up here in the North, but I can't help it. I'm just glad the linguistic vacancy was taken before moving to this region, where the local plural "you" is --are you ready for this? -- "y'unz." Yes, really.

2. I live in the city right now. Well, technically, we’re a few blocks outside of city limits. But our house is 48 inches from our neighbor on the left, and just 28 inches from the one on the right, with a city bus stop just a few steps from our front door. I still think that’s living “in the city”, don’t you?

3. I am a Christian. Amazingly, I am loved, forgiven and called to a full life that cooperates in the purposes of God Himself in this world. All of this only by the mercy, power and grace of God through Jesus. If you want to see just how gracious God is, and how tough a nutcase He will patiently work with, look no further. I am Exhibit A.

4. Speaking of patient grace extended to me... I’ve been married to my husband, Dan, for nearly 15 years.

5. I’m the mother of four children, 3 boys and 1 girl, aged threeandaHALF through elevenandaHALF (If you’re a parent, you know how important those halves can be to a kid.)

6. I’ve been given the awesome task of parenting a child with special needs, which include high functioning autism.

7. I have the amazing privilege of being a trans-racial adoptive parent to a child born of a different mother, in Ethiopia, yet rooted deeply and forever in my heart as my own.

8. I am homeschooling my children. This has not always been the case, but we were propelled into it by circumstance and the special needs in our family right now.

9. Though I've officially been a "SAHM" for as long as I've had children, I was a birth doula for several of those years. The realities of life without a live-in nanny (or any child care), with a child for whom focus on attachment was a primary need, and while homeschooling, have meant that the 24/7 on-call status of a doula is just no longer doable for me. For now. I loved working with birthing women and their families, but for now I'm just a good listening ear for anyone whose birth stories and musings have worn out their welcome elsewhere. We birth junkies are good for that, at least.

10. I am befuddled by the question, "What kind of music do you like?" My best answer is, "GOOD music! Whatever the genre." That's a little too egocentric to actually say, of course. But my taste in music is eclectic, to say the least, often to my husband's amusement. He never knows if he'll find me rockin' out, weeping to opera, steppin' to the hip-hop, dancing rumba with Juan Luis Guerra, getting all contemplative, praising God gospel-style, feelin' the drums, bopping to oldies, going about my business to an Irish jig, feelin' Froggy, blues-y or classical, or getting sappy with Delilah. The infinite variety in human creativity is amazing. One of many things I can't wait to experience in Heaven is the MUSIC! Can you imagine?!

That's it! That's ten. That wasn't so bad.


Donna Cooper said...


Love your blog : )
I just started to blog a few days ago, and looking for others with some of the same interests. I am a Christian, and love the Lord with all my heart. Love to worship and sing God's praises. I have an 8 year old son, Jonathan with HFA, and an 18 year old daughter with? (she's a teenager so that probably should be a special needs catagory!) Anyway, always looking to share with other Christian Moms.

I'd love you to check out my blog sometime.

God bless,

Jeana said...

You think they look funny at you there. Try saying "y'all" in England. They have no idea what you mean. I had no idea how often I used that word until that trip.

Anonymous said...

I thought I'd send you a quick note now and come back after kids are in bed to dig deeper into your blog. We have a lot in common, 3 boys, 1 girl (mine are younger though and my girl is the oldest), I homeschool, am a Christian (obviously since you read my post on my Quiet Time Basket), married (for 12 years) and came close to being a doula.

I'm a total birth junkie also. So the year before I got pregnant with my oldest, I'd decided to become a doula. I did all the "prereq" stuff and stop just short of taking the weekend course and test (because of the money). Then I got pregnant and the rest is history. I still have a deep, deep love of everything birth-related and hope to certify when my children are older. In the meantime, I help out friends and family members and read everything I can get my hands on! =0)

So rest assured... I'll be back. And I leave comments so you'll know when I've visited. =0)

Thanks for visiting today. Come back anytime. I'm busy trying to get my fourth birth story written up. Hope to get it posted soon.

Nice to meet ya!

Karen @dixielandcrafts said...

So nice to meet you. I loved reading your blog. We seem to have some things in common, Christ, 4 kids, adoption, homeschooling

Looking forward to keeping in touch!

God Bless, KC