How long have you been at CPC?
We started attending regularly in late 2012 and became members in February 2014.
How did you come to attend CPC?
We we were house-hunting over a weekend, and so on Sunday morning we decided to try out a church. We'd seen CPC's website and thought it sounded great. We met Dena Pennington, who was so warm and welcoming, and we were very impressed with the sound doctrine of the church. After we moved, we tried out a few other churches, but nowhere else felt as “at home” as CPC.
What do you do to relax? Do you have any "guilty pleasure" that you want to tell us about?
I love to scrapbook and sew-- so much that it is often hard to decide which of my projects should be prioritized during my kids' overlapping quiet time! I sew garments, bags, and quilts, among other things, and I am passionate about documenting our family's life in my scrapbooks and photos. That being said, I need some “brain-cool-down” time at the end of each day, so my husband and I enjoy watching sitcoms and the occasional movie together on the couch.
What book, movie, etc. have you enjoyed lately?
I was captivated by the book The Martian, by Andy Weir. I even knew the ending, and I was still on the edge of my seat! It made me laugh out loud and almost cry. (Though be warned, it does contain some strong language.)
What did you want to be "when you grew up?"
When I was pretty little, I wanted to be a librarian, because of course they got to read all day long, surrounded by books as they are! Later, I contemplated being a fashion or interior designer, and then an architect. When I was in high school, I discovered theoretical astrophysics, and that clinched it-- I majored in physics in college and went on to get a PhD in physics/astronomy. Near the end of college and throughout graduate school, my dream changed again-- and now I have my dream job: a homemaker.
What is one goal that you have for yourself now?
I have lots of goals—I am a very goal-oriented person, because they help me to organize my thoughts. This summer, I am hoping to complete a few scrapbook album projects as well as sew myself two or three garments. On a “grander” scale, I have a dream of one day becoming involved in the scrapbook/memory-keeping industry, perhaps in a business aspect, somehow.
What is one issue facing women, for which you have special compassion?
I think that many mothers of young children—myself absolutely included!--have a hard time balancing care for ourselves as individuals and our call to sacrificially love and serve our families.
Is there a particular verse that God has shown to you that gives you strength and guidance?
Recently, Deuteronomy 26:11 has been echoing in my brain. It was a memory verse for Bible study well over a year ago, but it keeps coming back (the little song we made up for it helps!). “Rejoice in all the good things the LORD your God has given to you.” Every time I am discouraged or discontent or being ungrateful, I need to remind myself that I always, always have a reason to rejoice! (Philippians 4:4-7) Jesus Christ died for my sins and rose again so that I will be with Him in eternity! Everything pales in comparison to that gift.
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