About Me

I grew up quickly in a difficult childhood … poverty, abuse, neglect. But my family also pointed me to Jesus Christ, who has blessed abundantly with a new life! New thinking patterns and behaviors, loving relationships, peace and joy! I’m a Pacific Northwest girl all the way. I am in love with the beauty and majesty of mountains, rivers, forests and meadows.

Moving toward Joy!

I am a “moment catcher”, and I believe that the best form of communication is a bright smile! A moment catcher is one who notices and captures important moments … things that will be important to recall and celebrate in the future. I have enjoyed leading women’s ministries and serve on the Board at our local church, as well as working with our precious senior adults.

I have been a speaker for several years and for Stonecroft Ministries since 2003.

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Leaving a Legacy

I like to call myself a truthful encourager to women. That explains my bold/zesty AND bubbly/positive personality. I have a passion for mentoring women and leaving a legacy of Christlikeness. “A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” ~Charles Spurgeon~

I married my high school sweetheart in 1977 and raised two fantastic kids who have two fantastic spouses. Our first grandchild, a precious baby boy, arrived in May, 2012! We are totally smitten.

Ten Things About Me You Might Not Already Know

10 – I make award-winning chili
9 – I hate talking on the phone
8 – Have I mentioned Diet Pepsi yet?
7 – I adore elderly people
6 – Michael Landon is/was my dreamiest celebrity
5 – I’m a spelling and grammar freak
4 – Chocolate is NOT my favorite treat
3 – I believe that northern Idaho is the most beautiful place on earth
2 – I hate scary, gory movies
1 – I love creme de menthe lattes

5 responses

  1. And I hate the chat window on facebook.

  2. Amazing how alike we are. I agree with everything except I don’t do water aroebics (would like to, though) and northern Idaho is not the most beautiful area for me. While it is beautiful, I prefer the beautiful Oregon coast and the McKenzie River pass–two different landscapes. Maybe it’s because of all my wonderful memories there.

    Otherwise, I match everything on your list. Plus we both love and know music and like to write. Don’t know if you like road trips, I love them. I hate to fly. Will be flying to Omak for Thanksgiving…see you then. Hope your drive is safe.

    …hate this font; how can I change it? Got rid of the arthritis in my knees with supplements…loving it.

  3. Andrea Kartchner

    I have to agree that Northern Idaho is beautiful! I grew up there, and I wish we could go back (though Boise has grown on me). Thank you for your blog. It is down to earth and reminds me of what is important. Love Ya!

  4. I’m just the opposite about decisions, at least most of them. I tend to think of all the angles and have a hard time coming to a decision.

    LOVE chocolate. :) I’m with ya on the gory movies.

    My husband is from southern Idaho.

    I can’t do anything with creme de menthe. When I was having gall bladder attacks, They thought it was just severe indigestion at first, and gave me this stuff with creme de menthe flavoring. I couldn’t keep it down — and now that flavor is forever associated with that to me. But that just leaves more for you. :)


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