I was raised in a church-going family. I grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and it is still a running farm today. I find this interesting because Jean, Ken’s first wife, also grew up on a farm in Vermont. I wasn’t too involved with the farm; I would rather sew, cook, cross-stitch, read, sing, play with my cat rather than work in the barn. I have four siblings, the oldest is my sister and then three brothers. I am told that by the time I came along (I’m the youngest) everyone was glad to have another girl in the family .
When in high school, I read the book “Exodus” by L. Uris and as a result, I became highly interested in the Jewish people and their commitment to their “religion”. I was amazed by all they went through and it interested me in becoming Jewish myself. About that time, a friend of mine asked another friend of mine and me to attend her church. My parents weren’t opposed to my going other places so they let me go. What an eye opening experience! The singing was different, the preaching was different, but most of all the people seemed different. The joy on their faces, the exuberance that they had, I hadn’t really seen this in my own church. Later that week I heard a tv evangelist and at that time I accepted the Lord as my personal Savior and Lord. Ephesians 2:8,9 “For it is by grace you have been saved not of works lest any man should boast”. I realized I could never do enough “good works” to save me. And I also learned that if I could do enough “good works” then Jesus wouldn’t have needed to come to earth to be my Savior.
Since that time (October, 1974) God has greatly blessed my life. Not that my life hasn’t come with challenges but with God I have been able to go through all these things because of Christ in my life. In 2005 I lost my dad and that was hard but I know my faith sustained me. In 2010 I lost my first husband, Dwight, after a 10 year battle with cancer. In 2011, I lost my cat, Briarrose, of 18 years and because Dwight and I didn’t have children, she was like my “child”. But in 2012 God blessed me with another cat, EmmaTia and she is so friendly and consequently has been of great comfort to me. Also in 2012 God blessed me with a “daughter” from Indonesia who is a devout Muslim. (I learned alot) Through the foreign exchange program, PAX, she came for the year and has since returned to her home country to do her senior year. She hopes to come back to the US for college; I hope so too. Having her for the year gave me the opportunity to be called “mom” and to do all the girl things i.e. prom, 18th birthday party, graduation, was great fun!
After Dwight died, I never expected to get married again, but God had other plans. In June 2012, Ken & I remet at a church he was preaching at and he said “God told him that I was going to be his wife”. I consequently said, “I don’t think so”. God must have a sense of humor because less than three months later we were engaged and by December 15, we were married. Not only did I remarry but God also gave me a whole other family to have be a part of my life ; with two daughters, 10 grandchildren and 4 great firstname.lastname@example.org 603.239.4940