Thank you Therese at Musings of a Mom for sending me the interview questions for this meme...
If you want to participate, simply leave a comment saying "Interview Me", and I will send you 5 questions, and then you can answer them in your post, and the chain continues...Here we go!
1. When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I think I have a vague memory of wanting to be a nun...and wanting to teach. It seems the nuns that taught me as a kid had a huge influence on me! I remember them like it was yesterday....Sr. Francesca in 3rd grade, Sr. Diana (RIP) in 5th grade and Sr. Madeline (RIP) in 8th grade. These were remarkable women! They each made an impression on me and I wanted to be just like them! I'm so thankful that my kids have sisters from this order at our school (if you've seen HI LUCY on EWTN...you know who these sisters are). Later on as I got older....I knew my vocation in life would be wife and mom. This is where I truly belong. I will say though, if I had not met Dan when I did, I would probably be in religious life right now. I'm glad it worked out the way it did!
2. If you chose to do something different than the answer in #1, what changed your mind?
As I said above, I think God must have placed the vocation for wife/mom in my heart because the desire was very strong for quite some time. This is where I belong. I feel a completeness that I never thought I would have. It's almost as though I knew my children before I had them....before I was even married. I am far from being the kind of wife/mother that I want to be. I mean, I could give you a list of things I don't do very well....as well as a list of things I've totally messed up! I guess that's what sin is.....missing the mark! I do that everyday!
3. Is there a song today that you identify with? Why?
Yes....it's called Breathe. There are many versions out there, but I like the one that Michael W. Smith does from his Worship CD. I identify with this song because it's a prayer...crying out to God. I am desperate for Him and I am most definitely lost without Him.
Then, theirs always "It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To"......you know, the cancer thing!
4. Is there a skill or craft that you have always wanted to learn but haven't yet? If so, what has kept you from learning it?
When I was little, my grandfather (dad's side) would always ask me two things whenever I came to visit....Have you learned how to cook and have you learned how to sew. For some reason (probably because of the era he was born in) these two skills were of the utmost importance to him. I always wanted to learn to do both of these things....partly because I wanted to please him. Now, as an adult, I see the value of both skills....especially when you have a family. I think I've done ok with the cooking thing (Grandpa Joe would be proud...especially when I'm cooking Italian) but I never learned to sew. I mean, I can sew on a button and I've learned to hem pants (although with the invention of Stitch Witchery...there really is no need to hem anymore) but, I've never done anything beyond that. I've always wanted to learn to sew. I've wanted to make clothing and I've always wanted to quilt. Whenever I'm in a fabric store, I have a strong urge to buy fabric. The vivid and vibrant colors just draw me to them! I really don't know the reason why I've not pursued sewing. The excuse I've always used is not having a sewing machine. But, I know myself and my propensity to clutter. I think a sewing machine/table would just be another place to accumulate clutter and sewing projects would be just another thing to not finish.
This is very sad when I see it on paper. Hmmmm, and they say love of money is the root of all evil.....I think it's not finishing what you start!!
5. What is one hope that you have for 2009?
My hopes for 2009 are mostly related to health. I hope for a cancer free year (40 years, actually), I hope for health for my family. I also hope to home school this next school year and I hope that our family (both immediate and extended) realize the blessing we have and move closer to each other and to God.