All About Me
I am all about family! I come from a family of 14 children. Yep, you read that right....14. I am number 11 and the baby girl. Luckily, I have 3 brothers smaller than me to look after. Most of my siblings are in Maine with my parents, or in Utah where we spent many years. I am the lone star (get it) living in Texas. My husband and I brought our family here about 5 years ago, just in time for our youngest to be authentically Texan! We have six children of our own and 4 dogs that we all share. The cat belongs to my daughter, Rachel. She is the only cat lover in our house and cats love her right back! Our three oldest were born in Maine, then came along two Utah babies, Henry (an NTXCA alumnus) was born right here in Denton county.
I am a proud graduate of Beal College in Bangor, Maine. Beal College is a business school that was originated in 1891 by a woman with fighting spirit who wanted the people of Maine to have employment outside of the lumbering or agricultural community. What started out as a school for about 20 women teaching stenography and typing has evolved into a small business school offering associates or bachelors degrees in 6 programs. It was a wonderful school and I loved it!
I am currently on hold from working toward my degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. I have enjoyed classes in art history, human development, social work, family science....how can I possibly settle down and pick a degree when it is all so interesting?! Fortunately, I love what I am doing right now here at NTxCA so I have no pressure to pick up my backpack. Someday I will be ready to finish what I started at BYU. Now is not that time.
I love to read a good book. And there are so many out there! I have spent way too many days with my eyes only half open because I was foolish enough to read through the night saying, "Just one more chapter" until I noticed the sun shining in my face!
I enjoy baking when in the mood. I am not a fancy baker. I do not make Pinterest worthy anything! But I like to make my own bread and make cookie messes every now and again.
My mother taught me to sew when I was pretty young. I do not really enjoy it. But I will be forever grateful to my lovely mother for showing me how. It is a skill I have used many times and even occasionally create something that makes me look in delight upon my own creation.
I love love love camping and hiking. Especially at our national and state parks. Years ago I discovered the Passport booklets which allow one to stamp into the pages at each stop. All parks and national monuments have stamps. Quite a few state parks also have them. It is wonderful to enjoy the beauty our nation has to offer.
Another fun past time is letter-boxing. Letterboxes can be found around the world! You can find clues online or by word of mouth that lead you on hunts for a small (usually plastc) boxes that are hidden just about anywhere. Inside the box is a stamp that you "collect" by filling pages of your own keepsake book. Each player should also have his or her own stamp to identify themselves and stamp into the booklet hidden with the box so that the "hider" can know who found their treasure. It is a great way to be outside or visit local sites. My family has stamps in at least six states and some of them are hand-carved masterpieces!