Together we have 5 children - 3 boys, 2 girls, from teens to 20-somethings. We have home schooled all of our children, 3 of whom now have undergraduate degrees and are employed. Of those, 2 are simultaneously working on continuing their education.
The most important thing to me is being a follower of Jesus Christ and the greatest blessing is seeing my children following Jesus as well. Being salt and light for the kingdom of heaven to which I hold my primary allegiance is my primary goal in life. I want to point to Jesus and hope to help others experience the delight of knowing Him and loving Him and being in the family of God. I am inadequate at conveying that reality, but I will continue to make my feeble attempts as long as He gives me the grace to do so.
I love to learn. I love to think. I enjoy reading, playing racquetball, socializing at the gym. I love appreciating the simple pleasures of life - hugs, words, ocean breezes, coquinas. I love to help people smile more, love more, be more free. I love my God and the people that He has given me to love right here. There's so much to love, isn't there?
My husband is a leadership and communications consultant. Colin K. Dunn and Associates offers a variety of training opportunities and helps companies develop and implement strategic plans. I am one of the associates, primarily assisting with course development and revision. You can view his you-tube video on "How to Use Mind-mapping to Get a Job" here.
Unfortunately, I'm a messy and a wannabe-organized person. These two personas wrestle within me. There's always too much junk around and never enough time to clean up because there's too much living to do. I often lie in bed at night just thanking God for the great life He's given me and asking forgiveness for not managing it better. Being thankful, I know, is a gift in itself, but I believe it is a gift we all have access to, and the thanksgiving seems to multiply the sense of blessing and the value in living. When I allow myself to give in to a complaining spirit, life seems to get heavy and the joy drains out. Then I realize that I have failed to cultivate a thankful heart. As soon as I recalibrate my attitude, the heaviness begins to lift and life again regains its freshness. So life may be messy and I may wish I was more organized, but I don't need to allow that to make me miserable.
We live in Virginia, but we love to travel. Having served in the military both as a veteran and a spouse, I am fortunate to have lived in many places and visited even more. One of the things I appreciate about blogging is being able to continue visiting so many different places through the blogosphere, as well as different people and perspectives. It's a fun hobby.