Getting to Know Me – 32 Tidbits of Fun!

In celebration of my 32nd birthday this week, I thought I would write out some things about myself to help you get to know me, The Ministry Mama, a little better. They’re just tidbits of little quirky information things about myself or things I think about.

As much as I love blowing out candles, I hope you enjoy!

32 Tidbits about The Ministry Mama

1. If I could go anywhere in the world I would visit Uruguay, a country I fell in love with while watching a missionary’s presentation on a living room wall.

2. My greatest writing inspirations come from conversations I have with other ladies about their ministries, questions, and heartaches.

3. Our family loves to visit aquariums.

4. Pinterest is one of my frequent time-wasters.

5. One of the most exciting projects I was a part of was writing a fictional Christian story a few years ago in a summer writing club. The work was never finished but Lord willing, someday it can be picked up again.

6. I am notorious for starting books and never finishing them. Very similar to blog posts, I have 36 unfinished drafts and many more ideas in my head!

7. One of my favorite things about parenthood is reading children’s books I’ve never read before or listening to them on audiobook.

8. My ideal writing space is any quiet place.

9. The one and only pet we have ever had since we have been married is a hedgehog named Herman, that turned out to be a girl! We never could get out of the habit of calling her Herman.

10. My favorite colors are sapphire, lime green, and silver.

11. Turquoise is my favorite color to wear.

12. Summer is my favorite season!

13. I graduated high school with 100 people from a small country school in Texas.

14. My favorite home decoration is my real longhorn skull that hangs on our wall, we call it Bullet because it has a huge bullet hole in the forehead, which is now covered with a medallion. My mother’s friend gave it to her before she gave it to me.

15. Hydrangeas and yellow roses are my favorite flowers.

16. I am a sucker for Masterpiece Classics on PBS.

17. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are one of my weaknesses.

18. Chicken fried steak is another, which is a fancy my mother and I share.

19. I am most self-conscious about my teeth.

20. I prefer hoodies as my most comfortable winter lounge wear.

21. One of my dreams is to have a flower and vegetable garden.

22. Staring out a window helps me think and clear my mind.

23. One of my most embarrassing moments was when my son threw himself down on the floor in a fit in the middle of a large airport when I was 7 months pregnant and trying to pull our luggage.

24. The worst meal I ever made was scrambled eggs in a cast iron skillet in the first few weeks after we were married. Black chunks should not be in your eggs!

25. My way of wearing shoes is finding a pair that I like and wearing them until they are worn out and ready to fall apart, and then going to find another new pair and starting the cycle again.

26. I wish ladies wore stylish hats like they did in the ’20’s.

27. Chips and guacamole are my favorite late night snacks.

28. My hope is to one day record an album either a solo album or with my family.

29. I have a soft spot in my heart for little old people, they make me feel a connection to my grandparents and great-grandparents whom I spent regular time with as a child.

30. Being a bold witness is one of my greatest struggles.

31. Sentimentality and I stick together like glue.

32. God’s love never ceases to amaze me. He always comforts and loves me, showing me in the most special ways. He also always like to challenge me to increase my faith, to which I am very thankful once I am through the circumstances that cause me to live by faith.

33. (One to grow on) I love to create surprises for other people but do not like them for myself. Except for a baby shower my friends gave me for our first son, that was a fun surprise!

So, there you go! Maybe we share some things in common now that you never knew before which makes life exciting.

More Birthday Wishes!

Husband's Birthday

Happy Birthday to my darling husband! I say darling, because the word, when found in the Bible means, “my only, as not to be replaced.” My husband is my only, and would never be easily replaced.

He is younger than I am by about 16 months and I am already planning his 30th bash for next year! Happy 29th, Darling!

We have made some snickerdoodle cake pops from The Baking Robot’s recipe. Snickerdoodles are his favorite cookie and the cake pops turned out scrumptious! We have a couple of special gifts on the way, as well as his parents coming in. This will be a special weekend for them. Despite what he may think, they are actually coming to see him for his birthday, not just the grandkids!

I have not written very much about my husband on the blog yet. He is a loyal person with a fun personality. God has certainly put him the ministry that He created him for. As a child he grew up in a very musical family that helped him be prepared for being the music director and choir director in our church. He also had the opportunity to learn how to professionally paint with a man in their church directly after he graduated from high school. This prepared him to be able to paint and help our church go through renovations a couple of years ago. I am amazed also at seeing his personal and spiritual growth since we have been on a regular (non-college, non-night-time-job) schedule! He has really been advancing in leadership, preaching, and teaching children in both Sunday School and our mid-week Bible program. He is an encouragement to me on a regular basis and I pray that I can be the same to him on a daily basis.

God made a special man when He created my husband and I know that He has created a special birthday for him this year!

Happy Happy Birthday!


Birthday Boy

My second son, who I like to call Dos on the blog, turns 6 years old today!

He is a blessing all wrapped up in a great big smile! He is one of the smilingest kids you will ever meet. He has a tender heart and way about him that will melt your heart.

God has created him with an awesome ability to put things together and take things apart. He may be a future mechanic! He also is very artistic and can draw amazing pictures. He has just finished Kindergarten.

Birthday Collage

With my oldest son I guess in some ways I expect him to grow up but then I look at Dos and think, where has the time gone? Our sons are 18 months apart and my oldest wrote him a birthday card that told him that he was his best friend. I know life changes but I really cherish these times where they are close friends. I hope they always stay close.

Dos loves giraffes and was able to have a special birthday cake, well, interesting should really be the way to describe it. My homemade icing really did not want to participate with being spread on the cake, but he was happy, so that’s all that matters!

I know God has special plans for him, like all of our children. I just hope I am the mother he needs to help him get to where God wants him to be. I do not want to stand in the way or discourage him. I hope he follows God when the road is tough and the future seems dark.  I know his smile will encourage many people in his life.

I love you dear boy! Thank you for being a little sweetheart!