My husband just wrote a post ~ “Who is this Paul guy?” (Sometimes it helps to know a bit about the blogger you’re following.)
Well, I thought I might do something similar. I’m using his headings, plus one.
Location, location location: I live in Washington state in a small town (thankfully near a big city where they have a Michaels’s and Hobby Lobby). The countryside is beautiful, tall trees, majestic mountains and (lots of) snow in the winters (here’s a view from my kitchen window).
Marriage: Yes, I am. I’ve been married to Paul for coming up on 30 years (our anniversary is in January). We started out pretty rocky, but we are both fairly stubborn so we kept at it until we had addressed our more serious issues and learned to live well with each other. This is at the heart of our desire to serve others in the area of marriage. We know the hurt, the struggle and the fragile hopes for something better. (Yes, I squint when I smile. I’m also very talented in the “eyes closed” category. I could win awards.)
History with God: I grew up in a border-line cult (they had the Gospel, but a fair amount of other questionable doctrine). Thankfully, as a child, I just caught the Gospel message and grew up knowing about Jesus. In my teen years I went exploring. I looked into just about every religion out there, but God loved me, caught me and drew me back to Himself. My husband and I have served in many ways – singles ministry, marriage ministry, music ministry, facilitating/teaching, landscaping, and more. We’ve done a stint in house church (love, love, love small groups) and are now a part of a number of expressions of church (from our local community church to study groups to small accountability groups). We figure we gather with other believers and He shows up. It’s all good.
Christian: My husband had this section because he gets fussy over the term. So many people call themselves “Christian,” but don’t really know Jesus or live as His disciple. I’m OK with being called a “Christian”, but I’m OK with “follower of Jesus” too.
Offspring: I have a daughter from my previous marriage and a son. Both are parents (my son’s first child is due in November), so I’m reveling in the role of grandma.
Employment: I’ve done a bit of this and a bit of that. Bookkeeping, secretarial work, conference work, writing, website and graphic design and more. In most of my jobs, I’ve just figured out a way to get done what needs doing. Presently I’m a marriage blogger/educator/coach and bookkeeper (and whatever else needs getting done).
What I do for fun: I love gardening and anything creative (crocheting, cross stitch, Zentangle). I enjoy hanging out with friends and traveling.
What I read: Most of my time gets spent on marriage books and books about spiritual concepts, though the occasional mystery novel finds its way to my house.
What I eat: There is an amazingly good Thai restaurant in our little town. I also enjoy seafood and Mexican and … well, I’m just not that picky. Chocolate, of course, is a favorite.
Pets: We currently have a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Widget. He’s adorable (and somewhat spoiled) and makes our life interesting (he thinks we are a pack). This picture was taken after a particularly bad storm. We had a few limbs down, but thankfully no real damage.
Why “The Generous Wife”?: Generosity was a theme that God wove into my life at a time when my marriage was getting stronger. I was growing in my ability to trust God and being generous created a jump into greater intimacy for Paul and me. I’d love for other couples to have the same jump in their marriage.
Prayer Prompt ♥ Ask God to help you and your husband know each other better.
Intimacy in Marriage: Emotionally Destructive Marriages and What You Need to Know Must read post. Please take the time to watch to the video (if not for yourself, to become educated for your friend in need).
(in)courage: Thought Loops and How Security Changes You Focus on the One who keeps you safe.
Image credit © Lori Byerly