How long have you been at CPC?
We joined CPC 21 years ago. At one point we were away for three years living in Germany, but we remained members here. When the Army stationed us back in the D.C. area we moved right back into our same house in Columbia, which we had rented during our time overseas.
How did you come to attend CPC?
We originally belonged to another church in Columbia, but sadly, the pastor began moving away from biblical teaching and sound leadership, and eventually we needed to leave. I belonged to Homesteaders, a CPC homeschooling ministry, and although my husband was reluctant to try a Presbyterian church (he is the son of a Baptist minister), I knew that the CPC members in Homesteaders were fellow believers and godly women. Our children already had friends at CPC, our daughter who was having some developmental delays was warmly welcomed to her Sunday School class, and as we sat in that first worship service under the teaching of Allen Harris we knew we were “home.”
Tell us about your favorite pet (past or present).
I am not really a pet person, myself, but our six children over the years had gerbils, a mouse, five Guinea Pigs, a rabbit, a Hahn’s Macaw, and aquatic frogs. My favorites were the aquatic frogs, because when I changed the water in their little tank I used it on my houseplants, which absolutely thrived.
What do you do to relax? Do you have any "guilty pleasure" that you want to tell us about?
I like to walk/hike in the woods; I grew up hiking and mountain climbing in Washington state, and tall evergreen trees surround me like an embrace. I enjoy birding, especially with my husband Loren who is better at locating the birds, although I am better at ID-ing them once they’re found. For Christmas I received a really nice telephoto lens, so I have been taking photos of birds and posting them on Facebook for others to enjoy God’s splendid creation.
I belong to an online book group and we read two selections a month. I appreciate the challenge of reading a variety of (mostly literary fiction) books that I might not otherwise choose. The small group comes from a variety of backgrounds and holds to various political and religious beliefs, but they are respectful of each other and do not mind when I share how my Christian faith interprets my reading experience. And they do appreciate me pointing out biblical references that they might not otherwise recognize.
I love the adventure of travel and exploring new places; I do not want to vacation in the same place twice.
What book, movie, etc. have you enjoyed lately?
Book: The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber, about a Christian missionary to an alien planet---except it ends up being less sci-fi and more about his struggling long-distance (!) relationship with his wife who is coping with economic and environmental disasters back on Earth. Seldom do I find authentic Christian characters in secular literature, but “Father Peter” is quite realistic. [caveat: This book contains some coarse language and descriptions.]
Movie: Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence (2014). A faded Hollywood actor mounts a production of a serious novel, to prove to himself and the world that he has true talent, and is not just a has-been movie superhero. Surprisingly thought-provoking, with excellent acting (Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone) and interesting cinematography.
What did you want to be "when you grew up?"
I wanted to be a teacher. My mom, a teacher herself (and then school librarian) insisted that my brother and I absolutely should NEVER become teachers. My brother recently retired as a tenured Geology professor. I spent 18 years homeschooling our six children (up to high school). Sorry about that, Mom.
What is one goal that you have for yourself now?
To support my husband in his decision-making process for the when, why, how, and WHERE of his retirement.
What is one issue facing women, for which you have special compassion?
I have a life-long pattern of overeating, and thus I have compassion for anyone struggling with addictions. I have no easy answers, although I do believe anything is possible for those in Christ Jesus.
Is there a particular verse that God has shown to you that gives you strength and guidance?
I am so glad to have the confidence that He who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phil. 1:6). To me, growth in Christ seems frustratingly, terribly slow---but I’m not the project manager, praise the Lord!
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