Monday, October 15, 2007
Monday Meet and Greet
Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
It's our Monday Meet and Greet!
Come meet the latest Rev gals and guys and give them a big welcome!
I'm Tara. Wife to Craig (16 yrs), mom to five girls (15, 13,10, 5, & 1). I am also a licensed, ordained minister, writer, and work as a Payroll Administrator! But more than that, I am driven by an awesome force- the destiny predestined for me by God! To say I'm busy is an understatement... You can find Destiny Driven here.
Married to the church
husband to a young minister in the mainline church, father to a hilarious toddler, lover of music, fan of baseball, believer.... You can find married to the church here.
Lured by the Journey
I am in my second year at Drew Theological School. I'm a United Methodist by birth and I hope to become an ordained pastor. I'm a twenty-something that still has some hang ups about the mainline church, but I'm doing what God has called me to do... You can find Lured by the journey here.
And then, Greet Jan who let me interview her:
Where do you blog?
My personal blog is here: yearningforgod here.
For different sites that I visit: I like spiritual ones like RevGalBlogPals and I like liberal political sites. I have felt fortunate that Katherine E. got me to start blogging, so I naturally went to visit her friends, and that’s how I got acquainted with RevGalBlogPals.
What are your favorite non-revgal blog pal blogs?
The Quaker Agitator
Random Thoughts of an Aspiring Expat (my daughter AE)
Child of Illusion
The Garden Diaries
What gives you joy?: I feel joy when I think of loved ones and even better when I am with them. I feel joy often during the Eucharist. I feel joy in the beauty of nature, especially the mountains and the ocean.
What is your favorite sound?: I love the sound of waves on the shore, water rippling, rain falling.
What do you hope to hear once you enter the pearly gates?: “You’re home.” I’d also like to see my mother and hug her.
You have up to 15 words, what would you put on your tombstone?: Beloved
What color do you prefer your pen?: Black now, but when I was in junior high and high school, I loved peacock blue.
What magazines do you subscribe too?: Christian Century, Sojourners, Weavings, Conversations, U.S. News and World Report
What is something you want to achieve in this decade?: Finish my master’s degree in Theology and write a book.
Why are you cool?: I’ve never thought of myself as “cool,” but more “quirky” — so about quirkiness:
I hang all our laundry out on the clothesline except for permanent press items. I’ve done this ever since we first moved to Texas in 1978 and even did it in the cold in RI and NJ. For all four kids I hung out cloth diapers to dry, too!
I recycle even when we go on vacation, so that we carry bags of empty bottles and cans in the trunk of the car. (Sometimes cardboard, too).
What is one of your favorite memories?: When I was going to seminary in San Antonio and spending the night there, my husband and all of my children surprised me by meeting me at a restaurant called La Madeleine’s on my 50th birthday. DC drove from College Station where he’d just started college, and CB took the younger kids out of school early to drive to SA. AE was going to Trinity University in SA at that time, so she’s the one who took me to the restaurant to begin with. They even ordered a cheesecake in my honor.
Cheesecake, because every year since my husband was in grad school at Oregon State University, he has baked me a birthday cake on my birthday. That’s because one of his fellow doctoral students baked HIS wife a cake every year, so I asked him to! Ever since he has. CB bakes the best cheesecake I’ve ever had, with the basic ingredients of eggs, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.
Anything else you’ve always wanted to be asked?: I've always wanted to be asked, "Why do you believe in God?"...
My life has gotten so much better since I started believing, and I have changed so much for the better. I always liked Thomas Merton’s saying that the closer you come to God, the closer you come to your true self, ever since I first read it over ten years ago. And I am becoming truer and more authentic, not through myself, and so I believe God is bringing this about. I love more than I used to and also feel more beloved.
Welcome to our new members and thanks Jan!