I’m a pastor’s daughter. No telling what those words bring to mind for you, but for me it was a gift. My parents showed a consistent example of genuine relationship with Jesus. We also moved a LOT! Not sure if that part was a gift. 😉 I have lived in nine states and 21 cities to date. Now I live in Colorado and have since 1997.
Writing about myself doesn’t come all that easily for me. I can give you facts and stats, but true getting to know you stuff is a challenge. (deep breath) Here goes. I’m the youngest of four kids. I’ve always been a singer and sang with my two sisters in a trio since I was three. From then it was any size group from solos to huge choirs. That was my thing. I still absolutely love to sing. It is one of my greatest passions. I’m also a not so accomplished pianist (meaning: took lessons, didn’t practice, picked it up again many years later). I am, however, an accomplished baker and I am a great cook. My mother, Mary Edwards, taught me these skills. I adore creative outlets that produce something of purpose and that everyone in my family can enjoy.
When it comes to friendships, I need girlfriends who can tell each other anything, even the hard to hear stuff and it just makes the relationship better. I tend to be closest with people who inspire me to be better. I’m drawn to those who excel at the things that I am challenged by, like productivity and self-discipline. I’m too detailed and deliberate at times, so I have to work at being faster and more productive.
I love movies! Those that make me laugh and cry are the best, and I tend to cry easily. I cry over everything it seems, no matter what emotion I’m feeling. Come to think of it, that’s probably causing some dehydration in this dry climate I live in.
We live near the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Littleton, a Denver suburb. We love camping as a family, but rarely do it more than once per year. Perhaps this has something to do with the time it takes to prepare for all the amazing campfire cooking I like to do out there. I may have spoiled my family for any regular camp food and now they won’t settle for less. (Or maybe I won’t settle, hmmm…) Camping is the one activity that we all enjoy and can do together in the great outdoors.
Brad and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in June of 2015!
We met at the wedding of our eldest siblings after having written a few letters with their encouragement. His brother married my sister. Super cool family dynamic, brothers married sisters! Ever see the movie, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”? Anyway, Brad was only 14 years old at the time (but quite grown up as 14 year olds go, plus he’s really tall and I’m really short). I was way older and wiser at 16. (tongue in cheek) We began to correspond by hand written letters called “mail” between Michigan and California or whatever state I lived in during that time. Eventually the letter writing petered out.
Fast-forward – I’m now 21, he’s almost 20 and we are reunited in Florida because his family is visiting from Michigan. I’m home from school and we’re both much more grown up. (chuckle 😉 ) So the sparks fly and we start writing letters again and over the next two years visit each other on Christmas break and in the summer.
Here we are today.
Brad is a guy who actually does dishes and laundry without complaint and just rocks the whole helpmate title! For real.
He is truly part of me. That whole “two become one” thing is fact and doing this life without him is unimaginable. I’m so thankful to have Brad.
Aaron – Two years after the wedding, our son Aaron was born. As of today he is 23 and lives on his own with friends. Aaron also has a heart for missions and ministry, really a heart for people in general. In following that heart, he is currently serving as an intern for our church. Growing up we saw his strong personality and now all of those traits are being honed into powerful leadership skills. He’s our super social butterfly and at 6’4” with that face and gorgeous smile, he does get attention, but remains focused on his goals. Aaron makes us proud as parents and truly humbled by the grace of God. We are grateful for Aaron and the man that he is.
Adelle – Two years after Aaron, came Adelle. She’s our only girl and what a tiny cutie she was and always has been. Adelle is full of life and love and really is a giver and servant at heart. She was my little helper girl from a very young age. She too has a wonderful passion for missions and a desire to serve God with her life. She feels a call to be a youth pastor and has spent six months with YWAM (Youth with a Mission). As a 21 year old and somewhat quieter than her older brother, she has branched out and blossomed in a beautiful way. What a thrill to have her still at home with us, for now anyway. She is one of my best girlfriends. We Netflix binge together! True bonding. We are undeservedly blessed to have Adelle.
Ethan – Last, but not the least is my son Ethan. He’s a creative machine, full of energy and love. He came along 10 years after Adelle and has captured my heart as fully as the first two. God knew how hard it would be for me if I had an empty nest so soon. Ethan will keep Brad and I busy for a good while yet and we are thankful for it. I am homeschooling Ethan as well as I know how and totally by the grace of God. It is one of the more challenging jobs I have had, but when I see the progress Ethan makes, it’s also one of the more rewarding. Ethan is very loving and affectionate and just to keep it that way, I had him sign a contract to that effect when he was first able to write his name. (Great tip for moms of preschoolers.) He did so quite willingly and has stuck to it all these years. He’s now 11 and I can always get a hug and a kiss out of him.
Those are the highlights of my story. Thank you for reading along and getting to know me a little better!