Do you find it difficult to tell your story? I do. Why? Probably because I’m concerned that you might not like me. Will I measure up to some perceived standard? Silly stuff isn’t it? But really, isn’t that something we are all concerned with? We want people to like us. We want to be loved. Sure, I’ll make every attempt to put my best foot forward here. But, my foot might or might not have mud on it sometimes. And if my foot is sporting sandals, my toes may or may not be polished. Generally, though, my foot will be sporting a comfy and well-worn pair of Borns. Why? Because I’m going to be real. Real snuggles cross-legged on the sofa with a cuppa and has a good listen and chat with a friend. Real is celebrating joys and sorrows. And real isn’t always pretty. Real is discovering…the good, the not so good, and the stuff we’d rather put out of mind. Real is fun, flirty, and joyful.
When you come to An Extraordinary Day, I want you to feel like you’ve come to a well-lived, beautiful place. A place where there is joy, regardless of the circumstance. A place where there is hope. A place to find inspiration for creating a garden, making your table and home more beautiful, for getting healthy, and most of all…living life to the full. I’m done being ordinary. My desire each day is to live an extraordinary life. I want that for you too. Stay around, as we’ll be chatting more about just what that means here.
So you want to know about me? I’m a mitten girl. I love being from the state where we can hold up our hand to show people where we live. The Lake Michigan shores are one of my most favorite places to be. But, God had other plans several years ago and so my husband and I sold our forever home and started moving. He went back to school in Indiana, then we had a brief stint back in Lower Michigan, then on to Western New York and now we live in the so-called mountains of Western Pennsylvania.
I am blessed to be married to a handsome, kind, godly man with a great head of hair that women will stop us on the street and comment about. God didn’t choose to bless us with offspring, but he has had us working with teens and children since we met. And Tim actually left a career in business to become a children’s pastor, which brought us to PA.
We’ve had some tough roads to travel on this journey. Moves, death of parents and siblings, job loss, shattered friendships, financial devastation, and illness. The ONE thing that has sustained us is knowing Jesus. He is our redeemer, our strength, our shield, our joy spring, and the center of our marriage.
At this stage in our journey, we have come to the point of living a more purposeful and simpler lifestyle, which includes renting a small home. I’ll be sharing how I make it work, and how we can decide to make wherever we lay our head extraordinary.
You might be seeing a few furry felines gracing the pages of An Extraordinary Day. We have 2 Tabbies and a gold and white “Sylvester.”
Over the years I have dabbled in all kinds of things. Life is much more interesting that way. I’ve built furniture, woven baskets, created gardens a few times over, discovered what it means to be healthy and live naturally without traditional medicine. I’ve collected Droste’s Cocoa tins and Longaberger Baskets, and I never use paper plates, even for a picnic. Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary! Farm fresh eggs and grass fed beef make my stomach sing as does a plate of just-picked vegetables. My favorite food is strawberry shortcake. I enjoy making my own greeting cards, but I don’t consider myself a crafter. I prefer to think of myself as a creator. My career path began in retail management for Meijer and I’ve taught high school, been a church secretary, office manager, ministry assistant, and through all of this I’ve shared my passion for Longaberger Baskets and Pottery. And one last thing. Several years ago my husband blessed me with a Nikon pocket camera. I LOVE it!! Capturing nature moments makes me happy. I don’t go on a walk without it. Maybe someday, I’ll be blessed with a ‘big girl’ camera.
So now that I’ve prattled on forever…you’re getting to know ME.
Now, it’s your turn. I want to get to know YOU, too.
Please share your story in the comment section below. I love a good chat.
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