Points: grey crayon (18) (?)
I am widowed
I am a female
I am 66 years old.
My birthday is: June 2nd.
I live in Seattle WA USA
I'm a very satisfied happy and committed Christian believer. I've been blessed since birth. I grew up on the East Coast of the United States. There were three themes that my parents centered our life around.
The first was God, The Second was music. The Third was Education. If it didn't have to do with these three themes we probably were not spending a lot of time on it. We were brought up to love God. We were trained as musicians and we received great educations in the public school system.
You may wonder why I keep saying we. Well there were eight children. Our lives changed dramatically when I was about 13 to 14 years old. Some women from our church asked my parents if our family would come together and put on a musical program. I remember them telling my mother and father that all of us were singing in different choirs. They reasoned that we could sing together. Little did we know that the one program would turn into an explosion of invitations. The rest of my teenage years were spent singing, traveling and being in religious, services, camps, concerts and a little bit of local celebrity.
One thing that my mother and father stressed was that we were not entertaining. My mother said that what we were doing was ministry. This has left an a deep impression on my life. Whether I'm playing the piano, singing, writing or in my job as a high school administrator I know I'm in ministry.
Life has been interesting for me. I gradated from a Bible School in Canada. After marriage I went to the UW and graduated with a B.A.in History. I earned a teaching certificate. I taught school. Later I returned and earned a Master's degree and an Administrator's Credential. For the last 17 years I've been a school administrator.
After my one and only husband of 32 years, a pastor and an electrician suddenly passed, I experienced a deepening of my relationship with God. I'd been wiriting before, but the Word of God took on a new significance. When I was a young mother of four preschoolers (4 kids in 5 years) I started to keep journals. I've continued. Now as a still working grandmother of six I still wirte. I look forward to sharing
through this blog service. I still have three themes in my life, God, music and education. Now I have another outlet-blogging.
Living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world is a true blessing. Growing up in a tiny rowhouse on the East Coast I had no idea I would ever live in this type of city. I've lived here for close to forty years. I am still in awe of the majestic snow covered mountains and the wonder of a city that seems greener in winter than in the summer.
It's been in this place that God chose to plant me by way of marriage. God has proven to me that He cares for me through every phase of my life-which I look at like a series of books. As a young married woman married to a poor aspiring pastor. During his college years God showed His faithfulness. He provided everything we needed for our little 65 dollar a month apartment in student housing. When our first child was born through God's people we were abundantly provided for and lack nothing including help for a struggling mom who was far from her family.
As a wifeGod showed that He could give me wisdom. I learned that ultimately God was my Source. I learned that I was not my husband's personal Holy Spirit. I learned to leave the convincing and convicting in God's hand.
As a mother I learned that the close monitoring of a mother was nothing compared to the omnipresence of God. God is present to protect and guide when I am nowhere near the scene. I know God's protection for my sons. This was shown on the day our children were playig in the basement. For some reason my son ran his hand across the rafters in the basement. It landed on a gun left by the previous owner. My son promptly brought it to my husband. It was a fully automatic, loaded hand gun. I knew God was protecting these children.
Through childhood, marriage, childrearing, widowhood teaching assignments, principalships, and now still working but moving into my senior years I have so many stories of God's faithfulness. It would literally take a big book or two to relate them all. I am so happy to be on this journey towards heaven not alone, but with God.