100 Things About Me

There is a tradition in Blogland of writing a post entitled “100 Things About Me” for your 100th post. I figured it would be ages before I got to 100, but today I read 100 things about my dear friend, Emily (which you can read here if you are so inclined), so I decided to see how many posts I have published on my blog. Imagine my amazement to find that I have 132 posts!

So, given that I love traditions (that is one thing about me), here is my list of 100 things about me:

1. I was born at Providence Hospital in Seattle, WA.
2. I still love Seattle – it is my favorite city.
3. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 23 years.
4. At least I like to say he is my high school sweetheart, but to be completely honest, we began dating just after graduation.
5. I figure that is close enough.
6. He is the greatest blessing of my life.
7. We have lived in four states, but I think we are done moving.
8. I have given birth to at least one child in every state we have lived.
9. I have ten children and am deeply thankful for each one of them.
10. I like having drawings and photos on my refrigerator.
11. I became a Christian when I was nearly 15 years old.
12. The verse I most love is, “(He) has redeemed my life from the pit and crowned me with love and compassion” Psalm 103:4
13. I was twenty when I got married.
14. Russ turned 21 on our honeymoon.
15. He also had an asthma attack and we had to find a doctor on the Oregon Coast.
16. The asthma attack was caused by attempting to smoke a cigar at his bachelor party (but wait a minute, this list is about me).
17. My first daughter was born at home in our fifth floor apartment in downtown Seattle.
18. My second daughter was born at home in graduate student housing at Cornell University,
19. where I met my friend Emily (whom I mentioned at the beginning of this post), Marybeth, Ann, Julie, Serri, and other friends who still enrich my life.
20. I have two sisters, Laura and Elizabeth.
21. Laura has always been the sensible one
22. which drove me nuts when we were kids, but now I love her for it.
23. Elizabeth was born when I was 10 1/2 and Laura and I were crazy about her. Still are.
24. We had a pact to wish for a baby brother on every birthday. It took a long time, but we got a baby sister – even better.
25. My Mom thought she was old when our baby sister was born – I think she was only 34!
26. I love my Mom and Dad.
27. I also love chocolate, but not as much as my family.
28. I like baking more than cooking, which is rather unfortunate.
29. I only write with black ink, except when I am correcting schoolwork or somebody has taken all of my pens.
30. I always wanted to live in a farmhouse and now I do.
31. However, I never wanted a farm, but Russ did, and now he has a small one.
32. I do however, like having beef in my freezer.
33. I had four children by the time Russ finished his PhD.
34. I was once the housemother at Alpha Phi sorority at Cornell.
35. Homemade chocolate chip cookies are my all time favorite treat.
36. I wish I could eat them every day.
37. My friend, Kimberly, and I talk on the phone several times a week.
38. We like to say that it is cheaper than therapy.
39. I spent my high school graduation money on a guitar that N. and S. play now – I love that.
40. My dining room table was the gift Russ and I gave each other for our tenth anniversary – it is 10 ft. long, and now I wish it were longer.
41. I drive a 15 passenger van, but prefer my minivan when I have fewer kids with me.
42. I rarely wear gold – only silver.
43. When we went to Ethiopia, I put my engagement ring away and wore only a gold band,
44. which is an exception to rarely wearing gold. I am still wearing only the band.
45. Ethiopia changed my life forever.
46. Three of my children are from Ethiopia.
47. E. and W. came home on March 5, 2007, and K. came home on May 19, 2007.
48. I once lived and worked in Yellowstone National Park for a summer.
49. I have a tremendous need for order and can’t handle visual clutter.
50. I also have a low tolerance for noise, which is a bit odd for a woman with ten children.
51. I decorate my walls with framed pictures of my family.
52. When I was a child I wanted to become both a pediatrician and a photographer.
53. Fifteen years ago Russ and I took a ballroom/swing dance class, I would like to do it again.
54. I took a body conditioning class in college with my best friend, Clover, and it has proven to be one of the most valuable classes I took.
55. I still run 3-4 times a week
56. but despite that, I’m not skinny, just sort of average – bummer.
57. I hate to shop, except for books.
58. My favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice, the new one with Keira Knightley.
59. I make spaghetti sauce once a month in my big turkey roaster and freeze most of it, then we eat it every Thursday night.
60. My family loves it.
61. I would be lost without my planner and Post-It notes.
62. Whidbey Island is my favorite place in the world.
63. I would like to rip out the blue rug in the family room. I’ve hated it since we moved in seven years ago, and there are very few things I hate.
64. I am a very sentimental person.
65. I love to read, but have read very little other than children’s books since the children came home.
66. The first months post-adoption were hard for me. The fatigue was especially tough.
67. I love picture books. Some of my favorites are by Shirley Hughes, especially the ones about Alfie and Annie Rose

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The Big Alfie and Annie Rose Storybook (Red Fox Picture Books) by Shirley Hughes
68. I love to read aloud to my children, which is one of the reasons we use Sonlight for our homeschool curriculum.
69. Every Christmas we read The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas. It’s tradition.

The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas: An Austin Family
by Madeleine L’Engle
70. I belong to a wonderful book group. They have been very forgiving of how little I’ve read since last January.
71. My favorite books that we have read are Jane Eyre and The Count of Monte Cristo.
72. My pick for December is Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.
73. After my two oldest daughters were born, I had three sons in a row.
74. Then the Lord gave me two more daughters.
75. I thought our family was complete – but little did I know.
76. I’ve been reading a lot of bible stories to K. and C. lately.
77. They all seem to focus on obeying God.
78. This seems to be the greatest lesson of my Christian life: Trust and Obey.
79. Elisabeth Elliot is my hero. I got to hear her speak on H.’s 11 birthday.
80. One of the best things I’ve learned from her is, “Do the next thing”, don’t fret, don’t let life fall apart, don’t let stress get the best of me, just do the next thing.
81. A lot of times that means folding laundry or doing dishes even when I feel that life is not going the way I want it to.
82. I married into a wonderful Christian family.
83. I would choose my sister-in-laws for friends; they are great. My mother and father-in-law are wonderful.
84. I like to take long walks with Russ on the roads through the wheat fields. There is always so much to talk about.
85. We haven’t walked together much since the children came home, but I know we’ll get back to it eventually.
86. I clean my bathroom every day and it takes 3 minutes – see #95.
87. I once had to have a bone marrow biopsy. I was scared, but Versed is a beautiful thing.
88. I love wearing my babies and will miss that when our little one gets too big.
89. I have a passion for educational toys: pattern blocks, peg boards, puzzles, construction toys.
90. I had a serious health crisis a few years ago that caused me to contemplate my life. It changed me.
91. I love seeing my children doing something they enjoy: sports, theater, dance, music, etc.
92. I have homeschooled all of my children from the beginning.
93. It has been an incredible journey.
94. I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was 36 – now I like it.
95. I’ve learned some great things from FlyLady.
96. My friend, Susan, once told me that being over forty is great because you stop caring so much about what other people think about you.
97. I have found that to be true.
98. I want my children to be passionate for Christ.
99. I pray for the people they will marry one day.
100. More than anything, I want my life to reflect Jesus Christ.

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Raskell Party of 8
    October 16, 2007

    You do reflect Christ in what you do. You are amazing and so inspirational. I miss our talks. I can’t wait to see you again. Love,

  2. PastorMac's Ann
    October 16, 2007

    What a wonderful list! Thanks for sharing these with us, it’s always nice to get to know you a little better.


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