What is your idea of perfect happiness?
“Some of the happiest days I can remember were days that we took our little family camping at Mt. Rainier. Dirty children are happy children! No technology, lots of fresh air and exercise, beautiful wildflower meadows, and wildlife everywhere always left us in awe of God’s creation. ”
What is your greatest fear?
“I’m not sure if it’s my greatest fear, but millipedes creeping around my laundry room certainly make me scream the loudest.”
What is your favorite color?
“Teal, blue-green, aqua – my parents used to tease me because everything in my closet was blue. I have branched out since then, but it’s still my go-to color. ”
What trait do you most deplore in yourself?
“I do wish that my words came out of my mouth as clearly as I thought them in my head, especially when speaking to a group of people. ”
Favorite photo of myself: It's not a professional photo, but this was taken last year on our 10th anniversary—still under 30 with 6 kids!
What is your greatest extravagance?
“If I had extra money to burn, I would most likely buy beautiful fabric…and chocolate…“
What is your favorite journey?
“My husband and I had the chance to travel to England this year. I would have loved to stay longer and explore the rest of the country!.”
On what occasion do you lie?
“We always tell our children that they are getting underwear and toothbrushes as birthday and Christmas gifts. ”
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
“This seems so silly… but I wish my eyelashes curled up naturally, instead of having to curl them up everyday. ”
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"Get down from there. Stop making her scream. Please don’t ask me what we are having for dinner anymore. Go play. Put your shoes on. Who left this here? Clean up your toys. Do you need a diaper change? Yeah…I have 6 kids. "
What is your greatest regret?
“I wish I had known that a degree in art & design would be more useful than a degree in Psychology.”
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
“As a believer in Jesus Christ, I strive to love the Lord above all. But after that, my husband and children have my greatest affection.”
What talent would you most like to have?
“I would still love to learn to play the piano"
Favorite thing I made: I made this dollhouse for my daughter while my husband was away. I loved the challenge of making something with wood instead of fabric.
What is your current state of mind?
“It’s a little bit chaotic here—trying to get into a summer routine, while moving, husband changing careers, and working on some design projects.”
Where would you like to live?
“We love the English seaside! ”
What is your favorite occupation?
“I love sewing and designing things, of course, but taking care of my family is my primary occupation. I did not enjoy working as a bank teller...”
My most treasured possession: mI tried to think about what I would grab in a fire. This is one of many boxes of letters from my husband. We dated long-distance and have made it through several deployments over the years. A large portion of our relationship is recorded in our writing and I definitely treasure his words of love and encouragement to me.
Who are your favorite artists?
“Of the top of my head, I admire the work of Heather Moore (Skinnylaminx) and Anna Maria Horner.”
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
“I tend to read a lot more non-fiction than fiction, but I am a Jane Austen fan…so Mr. Darcy and Mr. Knightly?”
Who are your heroes in real life?
“I enjoy reading biographies of Christian missionaries and I am often amazed at the strength and courage they display. Two I can think of are Elisabeth Elliot and Helen Roseveare. Elisabeth’s husband was killed by a jungle tribe and she went back with her young daughter to teach them about the love and forgiveness of God. Helen spent many years in Africa sharing her medical knowledge and God’s love with the people there. “
What are your favorite motto?
"Our family motto is “No fun.” Seriously. "