I guess the first piece of information I would like to share about myself is that I love Jesus Christ! I am not ashamed to tell the world that I love Him! He died a brutal death to save from eternal death because He loves me. He saved me from a vile existance of my own making and in turn has blessed me with a permanent place in Glory alongside Him, far beyond anything this world could ever offer me. Although, I fall short in many ways, I strive to live my life in such a way that will bring honor and glory to Him. And I thank Him for His restorative redemption with each new day...because I mess up a lot!
He has blessed me with a wonderful husband, whom I don't appreciate nearly enough. Come Feb. '10, I will have been married 19 years to my highschool sweetheart, James. We both are from Knoxville, Tennessee and graduates of Central High School. We met in the R.O.T.C. class. James has served his nation honorably for 19 years in the United States Air Force...and I've gotten to come along for the wild ride. We've made homes in Texas, Alaska, Montana, Okinawa, and now we're slow-pacing in North Carolina.
James and I have two sons. Steven Avery was born to us in Alaska, so we call him our our Nanook. He is 16 years-old and in his sophomore year at Eastern Wayne High. He is in to music, ROTC, airplanes, and a girlfriend.
Brady is our Okinawa treasure. He was born and lived his first 5 years on that tiny island and he considers himself to be Japanese. That boy will pass up a Happy Meal for a tray of sashimi any day! He is 6 years-old and is in Transition 1st Grade at Eastern Wayne Elementary.
To round out the family, is our Asian-Pacific Jungle Terrier, Douglas, our Tuxedo Feline, Dr. Frasier Crane, & our dueling Betas, Sashimi and Wasabi.
I'm a sports-girl! University of Tennessee Football (I love me some Rocky Top!), which bred Manning-mutated fanship for the Colts. I am also a baseball freak! Atlanta Braves is what I grew up on, so I'm a lifer...but I will watch baseball anywhere. I especially love the dirty, dingy, hapless, get killed every season Single A minors. I root for what's in front of me...right now, I'm a geographical Kinston Indians fan.
I've struggled with weight most of my life and so in Feb. '09, I decided to have weight loss surgery (RNY.) Best decision I ever made! Not an easy way out, like some may think. It's been a hard journey, but one that has brought me a renewed energetic look at life. I've lost 85 pounds (as of Jan. '10.) and have about 15-20 more before I hit my BMI goal. I am loving the exercise and the chasing my boys around!!! I praise God for the opportunity!
I'm traditional, moderately-right from center, conservative. I prefer Elephants to Jackasses, although lately they both stink! I'm praying for that Common Sense 3rd Party Candidate, who I know is out there somewhere.
So why this blog-thingy? I'm a writer deep in my soul. Ever since I won the Knox County Public Schools Read-a-Thon in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, I've had a deep passion for the written word. I've kept a journal, in some format, practically all my life (even before Oprah thinks she came up with the idea), and for the last few years God has put it on my heart to open up my life accounts to others. Why, I'm not sure. Perhaps to be an example of what not to do...or just because He gets a kick out of my antics and thinks you might too? I don't pretend to know the Master plan...but I think, I hope, it's to show the good work He's began in me. The last thing I want to come across as is some perfect Christian Holier-than-thou lady, because I'm not. My writing will reveal my character flaws, my sometimes sarcastic view of things, my struggles...but I pray that it will also reveal my triumphs, the things that the Lord has picked me up and carried me through. He began the good work, but He's not finished yet. I'm enjoying the wonderful molding process, although sometimes painful. Just feeling the fingers of the Living God kneading and shaping is a comfort to my soul.
Am I any good? Am I bestseller material? I don't know? My friends say I should write a book and I used to think that is what I wanted to do, but as I grow older, I just don't know if that is the what God has for me. I just know that He tells me to write. I think it's safe to say that I'm no Erma Bombeck, but I'm Belinda-Marie and we'll see what happens.
Well, that's about it. Oh, one more thing...I am very aware of the grammar rules and if I ever get paid to write professionally, I will make that a top prioirty! ...but for this, I am going to write conversationally and well, I'm a Southern-born girl so you might see a few missed semi-colons or some dangling participles now and then. Plus, I am queen of typos. I will try to make to be at least legible.
I will write as the Spirit leads me. Might be daily, might not. Might go 2 weeks without hearing a peep, and then might come a day when I post til the day is done. It's a random madness that only God understands!