I got this idea from a friend's blog. I hope that Brandon will do one, too. I'm sure his will be way better. :-)
5 things you might not know about me...
1. I won the smile contest for my elementary school when I was in the 3rd grade. I even got to compete in the city wide competition. I remember having to go from class to class, smiling for the other kids to judge and vote on the best smile. I'm pretty sure that my smile was corrupted sometime during the whole thing. I distinctly remember beginning to feel my teeth with my top lip. It was getting rolled under in a sort of way. Go ahead. Try that out in the mirror.
2. I love bologna and grape jelly sandwiches on white bread. Although I don't eat them much anymore, they were a childhood favorite! One of my best friend's mom invented them for me while playing at her house because I was such a picky eater. Seriously, such a wonderful creation. I would eat them now, but I'm not sure I would be socially accepted. I should punt socially accepted. ;-)
3. I have spent the night on a hiking trail in the Andes mountains of Merida, Venezuela. Our missions team was hiking what was supposed to be a 'three hour' hike. Due to being considerably out of shape for that task and the extreme altitude, a few of us lagged way behind. After nightfall, there was really nothing we could do but stop and sleep where we were. We had 2 sleeping bags for 4 people on a tiny path on the side of a mountain. Did I mention it was REALLY cold?!
4. I love old, rugged, out of shape, in need of repair, peely painted, dinged up wooden furniture, houses, barns, vintage junk, etc. I could and do waste serious amounts of time looking at and wondering about the history behind said items, how they could be fixed up and what I would do with them. I like to think about how this is like people and that God longs to do the same and rescue every person.
5. I became a Christian as a child during Vacation Bible School at Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile, AL. It was the summer after 2nd grade. That church has long since relocated to a different campus, and I have long since moved down the road, too. I've lived in many different cities and my faith has been challenged in many ways over these years. But, I've never forgotten that sweet urgency that called me from those golden upholstered pews that summer. My Savior, my rescuer...forever.