Our favorite hot sauce: Sriracha. Not sure I can pronounce this, but we eat it on everything! And we do our best to get all of our friends and loved ones hooked on it too. 🙂
Best book I read: The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandrew Dumas)
Favorite book we read as a family: Little Britches (Ralph Moody)
Biggest gift I was given: For years my biggest fear has been losing Roger. One week when I had been worrying about this more than usual, we were talking to our friend Mark (but not about any of my worries or fears – we were discussing camp stuff.) Mark asked if he could pray for Roger about some of the things that he was going through at the moment; he ended his prayer with these words: “….and I want to pray against this fear of dying. Roger, know that you will live and not die.” When he said amen, I asked Roger, “Have you been worrying about dying?” He shrugged and said, “No, I don’t think so.” It was a little shocking to hear God audibly address my deepest fear and offer me comfort.
Favorite place to buy a witty t-shirt: shirt woot!
Most surprising way to be awakened at night: This happened the night that a lazy little yellowjacket crawled into my shirt while I was sleeping peacefully in my otherwise safe bed. Everything was fine until I rolled over and he started feeling squished….
Our friends Ralph & Linda – and Noah, Josh, Luke & Micah. We’ve been friends for a while now, but in the past year, our friendships have developed more as we’ve spent more time together. We took a mini-vacation to a waterpark together, had a Christmas-cookie-baking family slumber party, and have lots more ideas of things to do together in the future.
Favorite poet: Carl Sandburg
Best purchase I made for myself: My Creative Zen Mozaic mp3 player. I loved it so much that I bought myself a second one this year after I lost my first one. Actually I have vague suspicions about it being “lost.” It’s a very small thing that would be easy to pocket. I’ve been keeping a closer eye on this one. (The link isn’t quite right. It looks like they don’t sell my 16g player in this style anymore…)
Craziest out-of-the-blue compliment: The guy who saw me in the Wal-Mart parking lot, parked his car and came into the store to find me and tell me “you’re gorgeous” and “if you weren’t married, I’d ask you out” and “Your husband is a lucky man – and you can tell him I said that.” And just for the record, this wasn’t an old geezer – I’m not sure he’d even hit 30 yet…
Favorite game for our family to play together: Until Roger’s birthday brought us Settlers of Catan, I would have said our favorite game was Ticket to Ride. Time will tell…. but I think we have a new favorite. But they’re both well-worth the money you’ll put into them.
Most relaxing weekend get-away: In April, my parents kept the kids and Roger and I stayed at a bed and breakfast with Marcus & Danielle. It was especially fun to make memories with my new sister-in-law.
And for the number people…
Whoopie pies I baked: about 3,120
Whoopie pies I’ve had the desire to eat: approximately 3
Peanut Butter Rolls I’ve… created: about 2,080 (And each one of those is cut into 10 individual servings.)
Slices of Peanut Butter Roll I’ve wanted to eat: 1
Bedtime kisses I received: about 6,205 (that’s averaging 1/night from Judah, 10 from Wesley, 4 from Malin and 2 from Avery.) This number does not include the masses of butterfly kisses and love butterfly kisses that have been blown my way as I try to quickly escape my loving daughters’ bedroom.
Number of times my van left me sitting helpless: 2
Times the tow truck came to pick it up and it started up for them the first time they tried it: 2
Times the van refused to start, but we waited it out instead of calling the tow truck: 2
(It’s been a little while since that last one…. I have a bad feeling that the next time is coming soon…)
Number of doors that my UPS/FedEx packages have been delivered to: 5 at least
Amount of whipping cream we’ve used in our coffee: 4.25 gallons
Pickup loads of firewood that our children loaded and stacked in the basement: 5
Amount we’ve paid them for the firewood job: $50
Times I’ve come in first on Mario Kart: 1
Bathtubs Roger removed from our house: 1
New bathtubs installed in our house: 0
Number of people we can fit in our house for a meal: Tonight it’s going to be 15, and I have things to do to get ready for them!