Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Tagged by Emma

What I was doing 10 years ago:
I spent the year after college graduation working at a United Methodist Church Campus Ministry. April 1998 I was booking flights and raising money for a large group of students to go on a mission trip to Haiti. Did you know that the average annual income of a Haitian that year was $106? At that point in my life, I had never heard of the Orthodox Church.

Five things on my To Do List today:
1. get all lesson plans for my substitute teacher to the office secretary

2. set up the overhead projector for the sub

3. enjoy a little half-hour good-bye visit from my family before heading off to coach my Speech & Debate Team at the State Championships.

4. Drive south with the debaters.

5. Remember to pack the guitar into the car, to bring down to my cousin.

Laundry, bathrooms, etc., etc. will all be waiting for me when I get home this weekend after the tournament.

Snacks I enjoy:

Something homemade and with substance: For instance, chocolate is good but homemade chocolate brownies are better than, say, chocolate tootsie rolls. This cake looks good too.

Ice Cream
Hummus and warm flat bread

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

We could easily afford for my hubbie to finish his schooling and start whatever community development projects needed help.

I think I might homeschool my kids instead of teaching other people's kids.

However, I'd still want to work with other kids in drama and public speaking. Maybe I could volunteer coach a Speech & Debate Team. Also, maybe I'd teach a free childbirth class to pregnant teenage girls (there are lots of them!).

I would go on tons of mission trips with OCMC (especially if I could bring my kids & hubbie with me!)and pay for lots of college students to go too.

I would go visit Abbess Mariam and her orphanage and do a drama program with those kids. I read an article from their art teacher in a 2006 issue of The Orthodox Word about how art helped the kids heal and rehabilitate.

I better stop or the list could go on and on and might include land and orchards and green construction...

Five places I have visited:
Papua New Guinea - the Highlands and Sepik region
Juarez, Mexico
Siena, Italy
Little Rock, AR (we loved the brew pubs and book stores!)
Nuremburg, Germany

Five jobs I have had:
Church Secretary
Cracker Barrel cashier
High School Teacher

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  1. Thank you for this blog. I really needed some inspiration today after receiving a snide comment about being a working mother. I am not Orthodox, but really enjoy this blog! It shows that you CAN work and still be devoted to your family.

  2. Katy, I'm so glad. Thanks for encouraging me with your feedback. May your week be full of love!