I loved reading Tracy’s Top 10 Milestones in Life article. I learned things about her I did not know and it’s always fun to see pictures from back in the day…when our mothers made clothes for us. Oh yes, I have one to share as well.
Honestly, when Tracy suggested we each write these posts I wasn’t too excited, but this has been really fun. Gathering my pictures to tell my story has reminded me of the blessings, and some of the pain, that has shaped who I am today. God is good. God is faithful.
Most of the reason I wasn’t looking forward to this post is that I am a photo nut. I love photos. I take a lot. I have inherited a lot from my dad who is also a photo nut. I knew it was going to be hard to narrow down my collection to the photos I would include.
This project also reminds me I need to get my butt in gear and organize my printed photos! I have scanned a lot but I have so many more to go. Our radio show guest, Professional Photo Organizer, Lisa Kurtz was soooooo right. Get your pictures organized so it doesn’t take you a long time to find them when you need them for something, like a blog post! Listen to Lisa’s interview and photo organizing tips here.
Here are the milestones in my life. The perfectionist in me is killing me right now to get the right photos but here goes…
10. I was born in 1966 to loving parents, Lee and Leanna
Here I am! I kind of look like a floating ghost in this picture due to weird cropping. I am not a ghost, to clarify.
9. I grew up with two brothers. I am the only girl.
Kevin is my older brother on the left and Kirk is on my right. They are goofballs. Well, we all are goofballs. Gotta love the plaid leisure suit, Kev.
8. My family is full of funny people. I laughed a lot.
My mom has three sisters, one cool sister-in-law, and a brother. They are cray cray. Here are my aunts giving each other bunny ears. They were probably asked to take a “nice” picture by my grandma before this. Not happening. My mom is on the far right.
This is a picture of me with my grandparents and my cousins. I’m sure my grandma would have liked a “nice” picture from me but I am crossing my eyes. Sorry, Grandma!
Close up of my cross-eyed goofball look.
Here is my mom in the “old lady mask” my mom and dad bought to prank people. It worked a lot. I wish we still had it!
7. Like Tracy, I too had a mother who sewed my clothes
Here I am with a smock. Did your mom make those for you? I loved mine. The perfect compliment to my turtleneck. I would like to know if my mom also used her scissors to cut my hair before this picture. I am about 8 years old and rocking the bowl-cut.
6. I loved animals and sports!
My brother and I are holding our rabbits. My dad made the hutch behind us to the right. I think I’m sporting some “rick-rack” detail on the hem of these pants. Way to get funky, Mom.
We always had a dog and cats. I also had a baby raccoon and two horses later on. Our dog, Corky was special to me. He could say, “Au-ror-a” which was the name of our town. All the kids on our bus would shout out the windows to him in the yard to try to get him to speak. No kidding!
I slept with my dogs. My parents took this picture of me with Corky. I always made him a little pillow by folding an extra blanket and made sure he was covered up. By the way, I liked to sleep without a shirt. LOL!
I want to give a shout out to my mom who doesn’t really like animals that much. She allowed dog hair on the couch and all the other stuff that comes with pets. She was the one who made sure the animals were fed and watered most of the time. Thanks for allowing me to have animals, Mom! It is pretty funny to see how often I am holding one in pictures of me when I was younger.
My other passion was sports. My dad played basketball in college and was a coach. A lot of my aunts, uncles, and other relatives were also good athletes. My brothers and I were in the gym and on the field a lot growing up. My brother, Kevin went on to play college baseball at Wichita State. My younger brother, Kirk played basketball at Nebraska Wesleyan. I am so proud of them!
Softball was the first organized sport I played. I think I’m in second grade in this photo. I am on first row, far right. This was so long ago our names were on the front of our jerseys instead of the back. That’s hilarious to me.
I loved softball. I really enjoyed playing on teams with my friends. I didn’t have a sister so God blessed me with a lot of really good girlfriends over the years. He is still blessing me in that department.
This pic is the summer after my junior year, I think. I’m in the back row, #22. My best friend, Kris is standing to my right, #20.
Most of my friends and I were cheerleaders too. This was back when you just cheered at the football and basketball games and did some easy dance routines to the pep band. Kris is shakin’ it to my right in the pic below.
Softball was always a summer sport outside of school. In school I played basketball, volleyball and ran track. Volleyball wasn’t offered at school until 8th grade. When I did start playing, I fell in love with it.
I received All-District and All State honors in basketball in high school. I’m #52 shooting the ball here.
I am spiking the ball in this picture. Volleyball quickly became my favorite sport.
I received All State and All District honors in volleyball.
5. I trusted in Jesus and attended a wonderful church
I cannot remember a time in my life that I didn’t know that Jesus died for my sins and I trusted Him as my Savior. I attended Evangelical Free Church in my hometown. I was baptized there when I was 12.
I’m not exactly sure what I am saying on stage in this picture. I have a lot of great memories from this church. The baptismal is located under the stage where I am standing. A panel from the floor was removed revealed a rectangular baptismal with steps leading down into it from both sides.
There was a great group of adults who attended my church. They were fun and good friends with my parents. Their families would come to our house or we would go to theirs. Those adults poured into me over the years in Sunday School and the AWANA program. I am so very grateful for that.
When I go back for a visit to my parents I will see those people at church or in town. I still love to visit with them. The last time I was back I had coffee with one of those special ladies. Here is the selfie I took with Leone and my mom. 🙂
4. I was offered a full scholarship to play volleyball at Memphis State University
Memphis State later changed it’s name to University of Memphis. I left my small home town to play volleyball at a university in a big city more than 700 miles away. That was a huge milestone in my life.
I was away from my family and I knew no one except for the coach and the players I had met on my recruiting visit. It was the hardest thing I had ever done. It was also a lot of fun.
I am to the left of #14, my teammate, Sarah. We are really sweaty.
Below, I am #5, in the middle of the row. This was one of the highlights of my senior year. We won the Houston Invitational in Houston, TX and I was the MVP of the tournament. My parents were able to travel to that tournament. They came to as many as they could but we played all over the country and it wasn’t possible for them to be at every match.
Every year our team would be photographed for a team poster with schedule and media guide. The pictures would be taken at various well-known places around Memphis. One year we were having our photos taken at The Peabody Hotel which is a famous hotel downtown.
We were posing in the lobby when Ozzy Osbourne walked in. Just for fun, the media guide photographer snapped a picture of our team with Ozzy in the center of all of us holding a volleyball. I am not a big fan of him but it made for a good picture. I’m to the right of him, #5.
These pictures make me think of how much I loved my teammates. I still do! They were my best friends. I lived in a house with some of them. Some of them were in my wedding. We did everything together. They were hilarious.
I remember far more times off the court than I do on the court. We were competitive. We got ticked off at each other. We worked hard to win but we also had a lot of fun together. Again, God provides the sisters I need.
3. God gave me a wonderful husband
Jimmy and I met in college. He was on the soccer team at Memphis State. He’s in the back row, second from the left. Isn’t he a hottie?!
A lot of the men’s soccer team and the volleyball team hung out together. I met Jimmy after a soccer game I had attended with some of my teammates. We were good friends long before we actually dated.
We were married on May 15, 1992.
Below is our attempt at taking a picture at night on the balcony of our hotel room in Cancun on our honeymoon. No cell phone selfies. We had to set the timer on our camera and run into position!
All I can say is God has blessed our marriage in spite of ourselves. We were messed up in areas of our lives and that can be disastrous for a couple. God protected us even when we weren’t really choosing to live for Him.
Jimmy and I have a lot in common. We both love the Lord. This is the most important thing in our marriage.
We love to watch sports and movies together. We have the same sense of humor, for the most part, he loses me with some of the guy humor shows where they are trying to kill each other doing stupid stunts. 🙂
We like to discuss politics. We see the world in a lot of the same ways. We both have very strong personalities which can present challenges at times. We try to spend time together just the two of us which has been getting easier as the kids have grown.
Here we are in Miami earlier this year.
Jimmy is a wonderful, plugged-in, present dad and he is still a hottie to me!
2. God gave me two amazing children
Our daughter, Sydney was born on May 10, 1995.
On March 23, 1999, Nathan was born. He almost arrived in the car on the way to the hospital! We didn’t get the group picture right after he was born. The doctors were working on him a little after delivery.
I enjoy our kids. I LIKE them. Parenting is difficult. No way around that, but I am truly blessed to be the mom of Syd and Nathan. They bring the most joy (and the most worry) to my life.
Below they are bathed and ready to read some books and say prayers before bed. It’s Syd’s turn to have family time in her room. The simple times…
We also have a lot of laughter around our house.
…we have had pets of course!
Good to be together…
It took me awhile to get into position for a family shot. Nathan was amused.
It is so fun the watch them mature into young adults. They crack me up. We laugh at the same things. I love seeing them grow into becoming the man and woman God means for them to be. It’s the best.
Our most recent family portrait…
1. Opportunities to Grow and Serve
God has put people and circumstances in my life to grow me and allow me to use my gifts for Him and others. I am so grateful.
I have been blessed to be a part of an amazing and loving extended family! They love me in spite of myself! My mom and dad are on the far left in the picture below. I can’t imagine my life without their support and love. 🙂
My extended family on my side…:)
Friends who have loved and challenged Jimmy and me. God brought people in our lives to show us the true love of Christ and what it means to live for Him..and have fun doing it! Below are a few…
Opportunities to serve using my gifts and talents…
Coaching volleyball…my daughter is #17!
Serving in church ministries. Writing skits and creating events.
Ladies Nights. I’m on the right.
Children’s ministry…I’m Basketball Head Guy.
Last but not least…Clutter Interrupted! I have had the unique and exciting opportunity to work with my dear and organized friend, Tracy. We compliment each other very well. We laugh a lot. We aren’t afraid to be honest with each other. Love that. Tracy is not only my business partner, but her family and her are a HUGE blessing in my life personally.
The opportunity to serve is rewarding because of the people I have been privileged to serve and those with whom I have served.
I feel like one of those actors the producers are shoving off the stage as I continue to go on past my time. I would like to thank the academy… I need to be done. Get the tall ladies in evening gowns out to escort me off the stage.
Thanks for enduring my life’s milestones! I would encourage anyone to do this. You don’t need to write a blog post, but looking back over your life and picking out those milestones can give you a heart of gratitude. I know it has for me.
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