It’s been a little quiet here on the ToG Blog! That’s because it’s been a lot CRAZY at the Garibaldi House! We officially started Summer Vacation on Monday so the last couple of weeks have been every shade of BUSY! It feels wonderful to be slowing WAAAAY down. We will get back on track next week with a much-overdo Prayer & Praise Monday post.
So if you’ve got a prayer need or a praise you’d like to share, please send it our way! Prayer requests received by noon on Friday (pst) will be included in the Prayer & Praise post the following Monday.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our posts of randomness the past two weeks! We’ve been giving our readers a better look into the lives of the Throne of Grace team. If you are just joining us, you can catch up on the random confessions of Molly HERE, and Tami’s random revelations HERE. We have definitely loved hearing from YOU! Keep the comments and questions coming!! 🙂
Now, last, but not least…Here’s….DEB! Deb joined the Throne of Grace team in August of 2010. I credit Deb with being used by God to revolutionize Throne of Grace. She helped set us on a path that brought our creativity to a whole new level! It was kind of like Extreme Business Makeover. Among other things, Deb has taught Tami and I how to expand our horizons and embrace “off-center”. – M
Take it away, Deb…
1. Although we met in Ohio while attending college, my husband and I were both born in the state of South Carolina.
He was born there while his Dad was serving at the Air Force Base in Charleston. I was born there while my parents attended college in Greenville. It has made requesting extra birth certificates for adoption paperwork easier!
2. I got married when I was 20.
I was one of those girls who bragged, “I will not fall in love with the first guy I meet in college!” And guess what? I did! Ray was my small group leader. Our college put freshmen into small groups with an upperclassman to help get settled into campus life. I met him my second day of college, went on our first date a week later, and the rest is history! (By the way, Ray had bragged to his roommates that he would never date a freshman!)
Here’s a pic of the night we met:
3. I was captain of the cheerleading squad my senior year of high school.
I lost my voice before cheering for my first game as captain and was bummed that I could not fulfill my job to shout “Hit it!” to begin each cheer…totally lame! I actually really loved cheerleading, but never could do a back flip which I regret (again lame to regret such a thing, but I do!).
4. I grew up in Columbus Ohio…and I am a Michigan fan.
This puzzles many people, especially if you know how crazy Columbus is about their Buckeyes. It’s like I have committed treason! I didn’t care about football in high school so when my brother told me we should be Michigan fans, I believed him (he later went to OSU and converted…still praying for him! hehe). The funny thing is, when I met Ray he was a huge Michigan fan and would have never married an Ohio State Fan. Seriously. Not even joking. Wouldn’t have even had a first date.
Here I am at The Big House:
5. My son just lost his first tooth.
He was just 2 days away from finishing first grade. My mommy heart was worried that he would be in his teens before losing his front teeth…the things I (we?) worry about!
6. My favorite TV show of all time is Gilmore Girls.
Love Lorelai and Rory. I got to visit the set once and stood on Lorelai’s porch…happy moment.
7. I do not like camping.
Don’t try to persuade me to think otherwise. I know many of you feel that it is the best thing to do in life…and will spend hours telling me all the many benefits of camping. I have gone in all kinds of weather, I have gone in a tent, I have gone in a camper, I have gone to many different locations…I just don’t get it. If I have time off for vacation, I would like a working toilet…just sayin’.
8. I was terrified of the freeways in CA when I first moved here.
Okay, so 3 years later I am not totally comfortable driving on them, but have come a long way. First of all, in Ohio we call them highways…which means something different here in California. Secondly, most highways in Ohio only have 3 lanes in one direction…it might get up to 5 lanes going through a city, but not for long (you can drive through a city in about 10 minutes and then you are back in the middle of cornfields). When I get on the freeway here there can be 6 lanes plus an HOV lane…and it goes forever…you can drive for hours and be in traffic the entire time. And don’t even get me started on the motorcycles (they are allowed to drive between cars…I know my Ohio peeps are freaking out!)
9. I used to be a wedding planner.
I loved it! I got to help plan and decorate…I even did flowers. So many of my friends were on a tight budget, and I loved helping them create a beautiful event. During the ceremony, I used walkie-talkies and even had an ear piece so that I could keep track of the bridal party. The best part? Being in the back and getting to congratulate the couple first when they walked back up the aisle! I always would say, “Congratulations, Mrs. _____ “, and get to see the bride’s reaction at being called her new name…priceless!
Here are two couples that allowed me to be their wedding coordinator (did I mention I was their high school Sunday School teacher first?)
10. I worked at an eye doctor’s office for 7 years and I hate eye balls.
If you have something in your eye…sorry, you are on your own. I cannot look in it for you or help you see if you have an eye lash in it. Nope.