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10 Random Things About Tami

We are on Part 2 of our series on Random Things to know about the Throne of Grace team. If you missed last week’s post revealing the confessions of Molly, you can catch up HERE.

This week, we get to know Tami a little better! Tami has been a part of Throne of Grace since August of 2011. She keeps us all on-track, organized, and well-fed — among a long list of her other talents! Let’s see what she has to share today…

1. I LOVE chocolate, but when given the option of a lemon or chocolate tart, cake, or pie, I’ll often pick the lemon one. 

Here’s a pic of a lemon chiffon pie, which my mom sometimes makes for special occasions.  I always loved it and still consider it one of my favorite desserts.  I have a feeling it’s what influenced my lemon dessert preference.


2. Growing up my favorite color was blue.  I still like blue a lot, but I now tend to prefer red.

3. I have a California accent.

When I first met my husband’s Grandmother (who was from a small town in rural South Carolina), she told me I was a little hard to understand and had a “twang”.  I’d never thought of my accent that way before! Lol!  I tend to pick up on any accent I’m around for any length of time, however, so whenever we’d visit her, I’d make an effort to make my accent more southern, and she seemed to have an easier time understanding me. 🙂


Meanwhile, I loved hearing her country accent and old-fashioned phrasing – some of which I’d never heard before!  We were able to video tape her a few years later talking about her life and growing up on a farm.  She died only a few weeks later, so my husband and I both cherish that footage of her!

4. I love to bake and often bake things from scratch, but for some reason I’m terrible at baking cakes. 

About a year and a half ago I made these cake balls for a baby shower from the cake disaster I had to try and quickly salvage.


Thankfully, this batch of cake balls came out well, but I’ve even made cake ball disasters!

5. My mom is a math teacher and my dad is an engineer, but I can hardly do simple arithmetic in my head. 

The apple fell pretty far from the tree on that one…

6. I would much rather go to a geeky sci-fi movie than a romantic comedy chick flick. 

My husband is so lucky 😉

7. I was a theater major in college, but I never waited tables.

8. I’m really clumsy.

I’ll often do things like bump against a wall or doorway, bang dishes together, or trip over air.  My husband isn’t sure if he should believe me that I used to take ballet, but I have pics to prove it 🙂


9. My husband’s allergic to cats and dogs so we don’t have any pets, but if I had to choose, I’d say I’m much more of a cat person. 

We tried to have a couple dogs growing up, but it never worked out.  We had our cat, Scotia (aka Scoey), however, until she died when I was in college.


1o. I have actually been inside of and eaten lunch at Club 33 at Disneyland!


If you’ve never heard of Club 33, it’s an exclusive, little-known, members-only club tucked away in the New Orleans section.  I got to go with my family for an event through my dad’s work.  As you can see from the above pic, we went when I was 8 or 9, so I don’t remember it very well, but I do remember it being pretty cool!

So, that’s 10 random things about me!  I’d love to hear something random about you, too!

Have you ever eaten anywhere exclusive?  Do you have an unexpected favorite dessert?  Or – what I’m secretly hoping for – do you have any tips about baking cakes?? 🙂




10 Random Things About Molly

If you missed my introduction yesterday to our 3-week “random” series, you can catch that HERE.

So, in an effort to bare a little of my crazy soul…here are 10 Random things about me:

1. My first car was a ’72 Buick Skylark.

It was given to me as a gift from my (at the time) 85-year-old Nana. She had wisely decided it was time to give up driving! What a boat it was! Two bench seats, an AM-only radio, and a trunk big enough to provide seating for a couple extra friends. 🙂

Buick Skylark_9.27.12

2. I was born in the wrong century.

It’s a fact. The early 1900s would have been a much better fit for me. My all-time favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and I’m a big Downton Abbey girl! (Side note: If you haven’t fallen in love with the Crawley family of the PBS Masterpiece Classic show, you really should! You’ve got to give yourself about 3 or 4 episodes to get used to the British accents and figure out the massive cast of characters, but then you’ll be hooked! And then you can come back and thank me.) As I was saying…Both Downton Abbey and Anne of Green Gables are set in the early 1900’s, which used to be called “The Turn of the Century”, but now that I’m getting so old, I can’t call it that anymore. For my kids, the “turn of the century” goes waaaaay back to 2000!

Anne of Green Gables

Downton Abbey

3. I abhor glitter.

Yes, I know abhor is a very strong word. But it’s true! I don’t do glitter. Ask my daughter. She’ll tell you we have had to THROW AWAY perfectly good princess costumes, Barbies, and even craft projects lovingly made at preschool. I mean really, it gets stuck to my fingers and ends up in such awkward places. The worst is when you look in the mirror at the end of the day and discover you’ve had a nice piece of glitter on the end of your nose for…who knows how long? Rest assured, there is no glitter on a Throne of Grace journal. NONE. Our products are made in a glitter-free environment.

4. I am desperate to go to Disneyland!

I know, funny, because I live in Southern California – just 30 minutes from the Happiest Place on Earth! I haven’t been in 3 years, which I realize isn’t that long, but I’ve got small children and they don’t even remember the place!


Last Disneyland trip in 2010.

I’ve got Italian roots and would LOOOOVE an opportunity to visit Italy some day but I have to admit that if I were given the choice today, right this minute…I’d choose Disneyland! And you know what, the cost to take my whole family to Disneyland would just about buy me a ticket to Italy! It’s outrageous…

5. My absolute favorite city is San Luis Obispo, California.

Now, I should qualify this statement by saying I have not had the opportunity to do a ton of traveling , so maybe my point of reference is a little narrow…but I can’t imagine any better place to be! A little taste of heaven on earth, in my opinion! I had the blessing of living the SLO-life (as the locals call it!) for 4 years while attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. It was there that I met some of my dearest friends and met my husband, which makes the town all the sweeter! I spent an additional 4 years traveling back and forth between Orange County and San Luis Obispo while we endured the years of long-distance dating. Kevin and I then chose to bridge the gap between our Northern California and Southern California families by getting married there. If we could have found two teaching jobs in SLO we would have settled there, but jobs were hard to come by (even before the economy tanked!) because so many college students come to the area and then want to stay. It will do that to you! Here are some of the highlights:

1700 Osos Street

Old Victorian Homes – this is the one I lived in!

Farmers Market

Thursday Nights at Farmer’s Market Downtown

Bubble Gum Alley 2

Bubble Gum Alley – yes, a whole alley covered with used chewing gum! Disgustingly awesome!

6. My favorite way to study the Bible is through Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).

I just completed my 12th year in BSF and I can’t wait for year 13! BSF classes meet all over the world and cover, usually, one book of the Bible for the whole year (September through May). I think there are 8 different studies and they are adding a 9th year in the book of Revelation in 2014. That will be exciting! I need the discipline of daily time in the Bible and the benefits of meeting with other women to discuss and hear teaching on what we have studied. They also have an amazing children’s program. I’m very thankful for the way God has used BSF in my life, and the lives of my children to build up our Bible knowledge and give us a passion for following Jesus!

7. My favorite flavor in the world is chocolate chip cookie dough.

Is there anything better?? I don’t care what form or fashion – freshly baked cookies, little balls of dough in my frozen yogurt, blended into a milkshake, or, the best of all – straight up cookie dough batter! I’ve been known to make a double batch – one to bake and one to eat! Don’t worry, I did abstain during my pregnancies, but if I die from salmonella poisoning, at least I’ll die happy!


8. I will not go barefoot in a hotel room.

Have you ever worn white socks and walked around a hotel room floor for 5 minutes? Disgusting! Totally disgusting! If you don’t believe me, do the sock test for yourself. Even my best stain remover secret, Zout, can’t get it all out! I think it just might be more sanitary to walk barefoot on the pavement than the floor of a hotel room. I mean, the heat of the sun sanitizes the pavement, right? The Garibaldi family has been trained. Flip-flops or slippers (that are only used for hotels and get a ride in the washing machine when we get home) always travel with us when we have a hotel stay.

9. I had my tonsils taken out 2 years ago.

The surgery came after a long season of illness and battles with allergies. Recovery was a horrific experience I would never want to repeat… The promise that you can eat all the ice cream and popsicles you want is a terrible lie! Sugary treats actually intensified the pain! BUT, I can (thankfully!) say that it has helped and, in the long run, I’m glad I did it.

Last, but definitely not least…

10. I had my first date ever at the age of 22 – with my (now) husband!

Here we are at Guiseppi’s Italian Restaurant in Pismo Beach, California:


Ahh…16 years ago…Man, we look so young!

It’s been fun digging into the depths of my randomness with you! I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey. Tami will be here next week with her random list. I’m looking forward to that! In the meantime, we’d love to know some more about YOU!

What on my list strikes a chord with you?



Almost a Year…

The end of this month marks the one-year anniversary of the Throne of Grace blog. I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for a year!! Even more amazing to me is that God has faithfully given us words week after week. If you’ve been with us from the beginning, you may remember I had my doubts! If you missed that original post, you can read it HERE.

I still feel empty!!!

The reality that I’m completely dependent upon the Lord remains clear, despite my prideful desire to feel like I’ve got a handle on this!

I said it a year ago, and I’m reminding myself today…it’s just the way God wants it! This blog belongs to HIM…

We pray that our time together over the past year has in some small way been a blessing to you! We pray God is using the words He gives us to encourage you, challenge you, and bring some smiles your way as we all seek to put Jesus first in our homes, work, ministry, and lives!

One of the goals we have for this next year is to build up the community of Throne of Grace friends. I’m not talking about more readers and more subscribers – unless that is God’s will for His glory! I mean we want to get to know all of you better, and want to reveal a little more of ourselves. More authenticity, more connection, more two-way conversation…more FUN!

So to get the ball rolling, Deb, Tami, and I will be taking the next three weeks to share some random facts about ourselves.

Some things silly.

Some things serious.

Hopefully all things that will give you greater insight into the hearts behind Throne of Grace!

Check back tomorrow for Round #1. I’m up first! I’ll give you a sneak peek…Can you guess what this photo has to do with me?

Bubble Gum Alley 2

By His Grace & For His Glory,molly