How long have you been at CPC?
How did you come to attend CPC?
When we moved to the Howard County area we had been attending my home church in Silver Spring. We wanted to be closer geographically to a church, so that we could plug in and get our family involved. CPC is my husband's home church so it seemed like a no brainer to re-try it out. CPC has been stuck with us ever since.
Tell us about your favorite pet (past or present).
I've had a lot of pets over the years and have loved them all. If I had to choose one, I would say that our previous dog Daisy a miniature dachshund was my favorite. My husband and I got her the month after we got married, and we had her for 13 years until she passed away. She was all of our children's first pet, and she will always have a special place in our hearts. Our current pets include chickens, dogs, fish, and a frog.
What do you do to relax? Do you have any "guilty pleasure" that you want to tell us about?
I have many things I like to do to relax--just not a lot of time to do them! In my spare time you can find me building things out of wood, taking pictures, reading a book and my favorite just hanging out with my friends and family in small groups.
What book, movie, game, etc. have you enjoyed lately?
I love playing card games with my kids. Our current favorites include "Hand and Foot" and "Love your Neighbor." We also enjoy playing board games like Ticket to Ride. When choosing a movie, I am a sucker for romantic comedies and don't like anything that leaves me stressed. Love the 6 hr version of Pride and Prejudice!
What did you want to be "when you grew up?"
I really wanted to be a surgeon or a nurse. I ended up not going to school for either, but having 3 children allows me to play nurse often.
What is one goal that you have for yourself now?
I am always setting new goals for myself but currently my goal is to be able to read sheet music again.
What is one issue facing women, for which you have special compassion?
Relationships. I think many of us walk through our lives surrounded by many people but lonely. Social media amplifies this when you see others out there and doing things and portraying the perfect lives and relationships. As women we get very caught up in our roles as a wife and a mother and we forget that we need to make time for ourselves and our friendships. It's hard to make the first step and put yourself out there and be in the vulnerable position of making that first move to initiate new relationships.
Is there a particular verse that God has shown to you that gives you strength and guidance?
It is easy for me to get caught up in the bustle of life and try to do things on my own. Philippians 4:4-8 always reminds me that I don't need to be in control and to just do everything I do no matter how mundane for the glory of God. Often times we hear just Philippians 4:6 where it just talks about the Lord being there and to not be anxious about anything. I like that the verses around it also remind us to rejoice in the Lord so that others can be shown God's love and that we should fill our minds with the things that are pleasing to him.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
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