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10 Things I Love About Me

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When I was digging out land to start my garden (my 8 year old took this)

I’ve received a lot of subscribers lately who might not know who I am.  I thought I would give a little insight as to what I do, who I am, and what I like.

1. I am a minimalist, which for me means that I won’t own things unless they are in use currently.  Once I am done with something I pass it on to another.  I may own less than 30 items of clothing and don’t like “decorations” of clutter collecting dust in my home (so if it isn’t a candle, a scripture in a frame, or photo, I don’t have decorations). The list really goes on and I find ways regularly to limit my possessions, but it is a personal choice that I don’t believe in forcing others to do.  I want what I own to have purpose, while also being mindful of where they came from and who made them.  I feel like being into simple living and minimalism changes me daily and makes me so mindful of everything I do, which I really like.

2. I am a descriptive and animated person.  I could blame it on my lonely childhood where I used to talk to myself in the mirror since I had no one to really talk to and am making up for it now, but really, I am just a wacky lady.  I talk a lot and will sing at random or do a little dance while food shopping.  I am just known to embarrass people who are not used to me, while the people who know me well just shrug it off because they know how I am, so it doesn’t phase them (I am so thankful for them).

3. I like learning about people.  I am so into hearing love stories and how people met.  I like learning about stories behind friendships and activities that families do together.  I like to know what makes people do what they do and live as they live.  I like to try to put myself in others’ shoes without being in them (not to be them, but to understand them).  I try to find compassion and understanding even for those whom others may feel don’t deserve to live.

4. I don’t care what people think of me, in the way that I am who I am, and will not change for others. The unfortunate part of this is that I am a sensitive person who takes rejection poorly.  I break easily, yet am strong willed and stubborn.  I have never been easily swayed by peer pressure and like to be calculating about consequences. I like to learn from both my own mistakes and the mistakes of others.

5. I am the resources adviser for Justice Network. I am the writer of 95% of the blog posts there and write the monthly newsletters too.  I help work at the events and help in the planning process of new ones. I am their photographer, I share current events at meetings, and I co-run the social media sites.   My hope is that people will understand and learn about human trafficking around the world and the injustices done through poverty and wars.  I want people to be more conscious about who makes the things they buy, since slave labor is rampant.  I long to see sexual exploitation erased and hearts of the afflicted comforted.  I see traffickers as those who must have been hurt themselves somewhere down the line, that they believe it necessary to treat others poorly, and for them to also be given a way to be helped (even if that is done while in prison for a time). Restoration is incredibly important for all people.

6.  Although I am currently affiliated as a member of an Anabaptist Mennonite church (for over 3 years now).  I am not limited strictly by my denomination, though feel most connected to this one than I had any of the other churches I’ve attended.  Anyone who is a believer in Christ as the son of God and Messiah is my brother or sister, no matter our differing opinions.  I am a Christian, but the term has sadly been given a poor representation here and there, which is why you may see me saying I am “Anabaptist” or “Mennonite” more than a “Christian” since those titles are known as non-oppressive peaceful  people and for their outreaching of loving standards.

7.  I am obsessed with my husband.  It just doesn’t stop. I met him when I was 16, over half my life ago. Each day I feel butterflies and get all thrilled that he is mine.  I really like us.  I am definitely the touchy-feely type and am glad he is mine for life.

8.  I homeschool my sons, though get frustrated doing so on some days, but see it as something worth continuing at this point in time.  They are such amazing little guys and I am blessed to have them.

9.  I have only been quilting since September 2014!  With it being a newer hobby, I am hopeful that it will be a permanent hobby since I have so much fun doing it!

10.  I have dreams and goals in life.  Some I have accomplished or am living now, and others are things that I may never reach.  I really want to live in the will of God and have His hand direct my life, and I believe he has given me talents to be used for His glory.

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My oldest friend Rachel and I
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