Hey everyone! I want you to get to know me a little more, so I asked myself a few icebreaker questions. I hope you enjoy learning more about me, and I would love to hear your answers to some of these questions so we can get to know each other a bit.
Q. If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
A. Tacos, definitely tacos. And hopefully the tacos come with a side of guacamole, queso, and chips.
Q. What’s your favorite thing about the summer?
A. sunshine and long days of sunlight
Q. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go, and why?
A. My answer can change daily, because I pretty much want to go anywhere I’ve never been before. I like to travel and would love the opportunity to travel to far more places than I’ve been, both in the United States and around the world. The top two places currently on my wish list are Israel and Mauritius. Israel because of the history, culture, and seeing the Bible come to life even more. And I would like to do the standard “float in the Dead Sea” thing. Mauritius is on my wish list because it’s a place I’ve never been, I have friends with family roots in Mauritius, and it’s a beautiful island. I can get my beach time, sunshine, and relaxation.
Q. Are you a morning or night person?
A. I am most definitely a night person. I prefer to stay up late and sleep in, but that’s usually not possible so I typically still stay up late and wake up early to make it to work on time. This doesn’t work out so well since my lack of sleep catches up with after a few days.
Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
A. Weird foods are usually relegated to that category because it’s something with which we are unfamiliar. A food that’s completely normal to me may be considered weird by someone else. So my choice for the weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten is based on the fact that it’s so far from what I normally eat (and I’m really not a picky eater) and when I ate it. The weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten is emathumbu (intestines). I was living in Swaziland at the time and at a bridal shower for a Zambian friend of mine. One of the ladies encouraged me to try this greenish brown dish. I’m typically willing to give new foods a try, so I decided to go for it. I’d eaten a few bites and decided it wasn’t too bad, other than the texture being a little different, when this same lady told me what I was eating. That made it a little harder to swallow, but I still finished all the emathumbu on my plate.
Q. If you could have any super power, what would you choose, and why?
A. If I could have a super power it would be teleportation, so I could hike with a friend in the States, enjoy tea with friends in Swaziland in the afternoon, and be home to have dinner with my family in the evening.
Q. What is the most beautiful thing in the world?
A. Redemption and faith. Seeing a life redeemed and transformed by Christ is priceless. Continued hope and faith in Christ despite the difficulties is one of the most beautiful things to watch and experience.
Q. What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
A. So far my favorite vacation was a holiday to Xai-Xai, Mozambique. I was living in Swaziland at the time, and one of my friends and I traveled to Mozambique after Christmas one year to spend a few days in Xai-Xai. There is just something about the convergence of an African village, Portuguese influence, and the Indian Ocean. It was a holiday full of relaxing on the beach, meeting new friends, community, New Year’s Eve fireworks on the beach, and riding the sand dunes.
Q. What’s the most recent book you’ve read?
A. I just finished reading At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider. It’s a journey of the Oxenreider family’s travels around the world for several months, but it’s also about belonging and home.
Q. Describe one experience you’ve had where you took a huge leap of faith.
A. I took a big leap of faith when I moved to Swaziland at the end of 2009, but it was also a pretty huge leap of faith for me to move back to the States in 2015. I moved back to what was familiar and near my family, but I had no idea what I was going to be doing or where I would settle. It was a little disconcerting to not know the next several steps, but I also had peace that moving back was the right next step. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”