Jan 12, 2007

100 Things about A Pink Carnation in Bloom

Okay, I have been sort of dreading this day, but it is here so I must deal with it. It is time for my 100th post. In true tradition of the blogging world, I must come up with 100 things about myself. Here it goes:
1. I was born in Victoria, Texas.
2. I lived there until 1999.
3. I now live in the beautiful city of Corpus Christi, Texas.
4. I have brown eyes, and brown hair (at least that is the color I was born with).
5. I have a sister named Debbie who is 2 years older than me.
6. My baby brother, Billy, is 6 years younger.
7. My dad named me Susan, but I have only been called Susie my whole life.
8. Often a teacher would call me Susan, and I wouldn't respond. It is like Susan is foreign to me.
9. I loved my childhood.
10. It is only now that I am older that I see my childhood was less than perfect.
11. I was saved between 7 and 8 years old at vacation bible school. I wish I could remember the exact time but God will share that with me in heaven.
12. I rededicated my life to Christ at 18 and was baptized.
13. I then rededicated my life to Christ again right after Skip and I were married and that will do it hopefully.
14. I got sidetracked a little from my walk during the college years.
15. I went to Victoria College for 2 years before transferring to Southwest Texas (Now Texas State).
16. I stayed one semester and was too homesick.
17. I wasted a lot of my parents money during that 5 month period.
18. I was an Alpha Xi Delta.
19. I transfered to Texas A&M in College Station (we have a Texas A&M Corpus Christi too)
20. I graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/minor in English.
21. I barely made it through Physics and PreCalculus- not a math whiz here.
22. I went to A&M to follow a boy (not Skip)who I had dated for 2 years.
23. We planned to get married upon graduation.
24. I decided to break up with the guy, upon realizing my true love was actually my best friend Skip.
25. Second best decision I ever made, the first was giving my heart to Christ.
26. Forgot to mention, my parents divorced during my stay at Southwest Texas.
27. My father was an alcoholic and wasn't faithful.
28. Shortly after my parents divorced, my dad realized he had lost his wife and kids and quit drinking cold turkey. He hasn't drank since.
29. He and my mom both remarried (to other people) within 9 months of me.
30. Skip and I married in June of 1992.
31. We had our precious Ashley in June of 1994.
32. My daddy got saved after much prayer by many people a couple of months before his new marriage.
33. I love my daddy and he is a changed man. I don't really remember him being a daddy to me before he was a christian, but now he is who I look to for spiritual guidance.
34. I could not be more proud of him and his relationship with Christ.
35. I love my daddy and don't even get me started with my sweet mommy.
36. I never talk about my mom because we rarely talk anymore except for short visits.
37. She was the best mother a girl could ever have.
38. She is remarried to someone else and our lives have grown apart somewhat.
39. I love her with all my heart and I hope she knows that.
40. I tell her all the time I love her and she does the same, but divorce is definitely a downer in families.
41. I can get sidetracked easily.
42. Okay, back to me. I love to read, but I don't do it as much as I'd like.
43. I am totally in love with my hubby.
44. He is a musician, and artist which can be hard at times to live with.
45. He is stinkin' hilarious and that is what first attracted me to him.
46. We have the most passionate relationship I could ever ask for.
47. My husband is the giver in the relationship and I love that about him.
48. I tend to fear a lot.
49. I fear something happening to my precious husband.
50. He had hip replacement this year, and he continues to have pain mgmt. for his other hip.
51. God is really having me turn that fear over to him.
51. I am a pastor's wife.
52. It is not a role I signed up for when we married, but I have gladly accepted as an honor and privelege.
53. Many times I feel I don't measure up, but God extends that tape measure of grace every time I need it.
54. I taught third grade for 5 years after I was married.
55. I had to quit to stay home with my 2nd child Seth.
56. Seth was born in 1997.
58. He had two operations in the first month of life and stayed for a full 28 days in the NICU at Methodist hospital in San Antonio.
59. Luckily, Skip's brother Mark had an apartment in SA so we were able to stay near Seth during this time.
60. Skip's awesome parents were his employer so he was given paid time off for an entire month to be with me and Seth.
61. Ashley was 2 and stayed with all three sets of grandparents in Victoria where we lived at the time. Ashley is by far the easiest of my three. She is such a sweet 12 year old and as good as can be. There really are sweet young girls out there still.
62. This was one of the hardest time of my life. Until 7 months later when Seth almost died from adhensions that formed from scar tissue had blocked off his intestines and we almost lost him. He had stopped absorbing food and was only 10lbs. 7 oz. at 7 months old. He was born 8lbs. 11oz. We had an awesome surgeon and an amazing God that literally saved his life. They said an hour later getting him in the operating room would have meant losing his life.
63. I need to write a book about Seth someday. God has done some miracles in his life I need to share at some point.
64. I was on whole foods, live food diet for a year and a half after Seth's last surgery. He got healthy and so did we.
65. I lost 15 lbs.
66. Needless to say, I moved to Corpus when Skip was offered a full time position at Bay Area Fellowship 8 years ago and we've eaten unhealthy ever since.
67. I love food.
68. Mexican food is my favorite overall.
69. Skip and I often have date night at Joe's Crabshack because we love the coconut shrimp.
70. I love to write.
71. My real problem is grammer, punctuation and the loathing part of editing.
72. My goal for the next year is to write more and do something with my writings.
73. I love music.
74. I cannot sing. Let me rephrase. I can sing, but not well.
75. Since my husband is a music/media pastor, he has incredibly talented women singing around him each week. Let's just say I try to keep my singing to a minimum when he's around.
When he is gone, look out!
76. I love all types of music and it is a very important part of my life and my happiness. I usually listen to it most of the day when I'm home.
77. I am blessed with so many wonderful friends, but my best friend is Skip.
78. Oh, I almost forgot my sweet baby Annie.
79. Annie was born in the year 2000. How cool is that?
80. Annie has only 2 moods. One is the cutest, sweetest, happiest, joyful thing you have ever laid eyes on, or two, the run and hide because Annie is on a rampage. Is rampage a word?
81. She has the most beautiful olive skin, perfect 6(almost 7)year old ripped body(I am not kidding this girl has muscles), and the biggest Angelinal Jolie lips ever. We are going to have our hands full when she is 16.
82. I lead a bible study in my home. I have done this for a year and loved every minute of it.
83. I don't consider myself a teacher, but I love having women in my home and sharing life with them.
84. I belong to a neighborhood bunco group. I love my neighbors and my neighborhood.
85. I also host Remix(youth group) with Skip in my home each week. We are amazed at how much we love working with junior high. I hope they are as encouraged each week as we are.
86. I want to work in our Church's bookstore, but I haven't started volunteering.
87. I hesitate to commit to something unless I am absolutely sure I want to help.
88. I am very loyal and I hate to quit something when I start it.
89. Therefore I will probably never end my in home bible study as long as these beautiful ladies keep coming. I will also keep doing remix for as long as they let me.
90. I have dreams of being a real writer someday.
91. I have big insecurities about my writing.
92. My prayer continues to be to follow what God's purpose is even though it scares me sometimes.
93. I need to trust more. Ouch! I base a lot of trust on past hurts, and it is hard for me to forget when I have been wronged.
94. I hate lying and I won't tolerate it.
95. I love my life and feel very blessed to stay at home.
96. I do often feel like there is something I am missing and want to do more in life.
97. I love blogging and the friends I have made along the way.
98. Oops we are running out of time, I love movies,too(mostly chick flicks).
99. My favorite bands are Newsboys and Duran Duran (I am a definite 80's girl).
100. I would love to continue to honor God in all I say and do on this blog adventure. May you see traces of my Heavenly Father in what you read and want to know Him even more along the way.

God Bless You for reading this very long post!


Linda said...

I see much more than traces Susie. It is so good to get to know more about you. There are things we all have in common, but it is the unique things that make us special.
I let my 100th post just slip on by. I didn't realize it at first, and then I just decided I would never be able to think of 100 things about me that could possibly interest anyone!!!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Susanne said...

You, my girl, are a very interesting person! I love the story with your Dad, and your husband. Too cool!

Janice said...

I liked your post. I have thought about doing this myself but did not know if I could come up with a 100 things about myself. Maybe I will try this. Great post!

Robin said...

I can't believe how much you and I have in common! I also can't believe it's your 100th post. Congrats...

Barb said...

This is wonderful, Susie. I love these 100 Things About Me Posts because this is when we really get to know a person.

There's way too much for me to start commenting on all the individual things you told us but the one thing I have to say is that it's obvious you are happy.

You have a great marriage, wonderful kids and you love your life. You're very blessed and you know it and that's the overall theme in all these 100 things.

You did a great job on this. Whew! Aren't you glad that's over? I sure was when I got mine done, about 200 posts ago. :-)

momrn2 said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I think that is considered a big miltestone you know!!

I don't recall ever hearing any of that about your son. Oh how I can relate!! It was great getting to "know" you a bit better!!

Again, congrats on the big 100!!

Tiffany said...

WOW!! That was cool. Congrats on your 100 post. I knew about half of the things on your list.And the others just made me cherish you even more. We have alot in common and I can totally relate on the fear thing.
Happy 100th post!!!

Julie said...

OMG, Susie, Congrats on your 100th post!

What a milestone. And I think you're a FINE writer...your writing is very clear and honest, and I appreciate that.

BTW ~ I saw Duran Duran in concert way back WHEN, and I got right up to the stage (on the left side) by being all cute and asking a guard if I could pretty-please take pictures. I got great shots, close up...don't know where on earth they are now. LOL!

Pamela said...

Susie, I really enjoyed reading your 100th post! It was a pure joy,and very interesting, so much so that I didn't want it to stop! lol

I love that your Daddy was saved and that Christ brought him through the darkness and into the light.

Your medical trouble with Seth is so similar to the medical problems we faced with Terrence. I was a bit taken back.

I love the love that shines through for Skip and your three sweet children. I love the passion you have for our dear Lord, you are an inspiration! I could go on and on but I have to stop somewhere! lol Thanks for sharing!

Padre Reeds said...

The newsboys have managed to combine some of the most clever writing with good music to consistently make some of the best christian pop there has ever been, with zero compromise. Take me to your Leader remains my favorite. I'm with you, suze. NEWSBOYS RULE. Now use that pastoral pull and get them to play the new building with Switchfoot and Casting Pearls!

Connie said...

I enjoyed your list very much! And I think you accomplish your goal on your blog, I'm looking forward to the next 100 posts!

btw, we both had children in 1997 and 2000 :D

Big Mama said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. I didn't realize you were a South Texas girl and had gone to A&M. We have those two things and a few others in common.

Kelly said...

Congrats on #100. I am not there yet.

My parents also divorced while I was in college. I've heard people say it is easier to handle as an adult, but I'm not so sure. It has impacted my life in many ways. So glad to hear the redemption in your dad's life. God is awesome that way--taking our weakness and struggles and working through them.

DA Wagners said...

Love the entry. What a great way to let people get to know you a little better. And it's pretty obvious you love your hubby and you think he's hot! Nothing wrong with that =-)

Emily said...

quite a lot of stuff about you! that must have taken a long time

Chappyswife said...

Congratulations on your 100th! It is a relief to get it done, huh? I worried over mine a little wondering if I would "put anyone off" with my honesty. Your list is great, & oh how I would love to go to Joe's Crabshack with you! I think that would be a blast! (Now did that sound '80s or what?) It was good to learn a little more about you, sounds like you have a fun & full life.