My short autobiography

The third of five children and youngest girl, I was born in Blue Island, Illinois on March 23, 1961. I was active in sports and never played with dolls because I preferred to not too. My family expected that I would be the last of my siblings to get married and have children if at all; however, ironically, I was the first to do both.I was raised in the Catholic faith, but I did not realize that religion and true faith are not the same things until I turned to Christ Jesus and accepted his gift of salvation at the age of 19. During my college years, I was active in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship as a student leader.
I received an Associate of Arts in Business Administration from Moraine Valley Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Illinois State University. I grew up with a retarded sister, and I have always had a passion for people with emotional and mental challenges. I did volunteer work with mentally retarded individuals for a time, and I later worked as a social worker in a group home for emotionally disturbed teenage boys. I met my future husband in October 1986 at an Inter-Varsity weekend event, and we developed a fast friendship. By mid-December of the same year, we were engaged. Although we had known each other for a short time at time of our engagement, we spent about a year and a half, eight months of that living three hours away from each other, getting to know each other before we married in May, 1988. Our first son was born in July 1989, and our second son came along in November, 1993. My husband, having dropped out of college before we had met, went back to school a few years later to complete his Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. He then received his Master of Arts in English. During that time, I homeschooled our two sons while supporting my husband in his education. Homeschooling was a new concept for me, but I had several friends who also educated their children at home, so I had access to several resources and supporters. Our oldest son is now in college as a marketing major, and our youngest is working toward completing high school at home. I am an avid reader who enjoys westerns, Christian fiction and nonfiction, biographies, historical fiction, and several other genres. The only genres I do not enjoy are paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy stories with The Chronicles of Narnia and my husband’s fantasy novella as exceptions. I also read and study the Bible in depth, which has provided several opportunities to develop classes and lead discipleship studies with groups and individuals at church. I love the in-depth research to help me develop my faith. In addition, I read historical journals about the Civil War and other historical events. In 2011, I started a blog—Seeking with all Yur Heart—where I share my heart on matters of faith as well as review a variety of books that I have read. I am constantly looking for good books to read, review, and share with others. Many of the books I read, I share with family and close friends, making recommendations and sharing insight (after they read it for themselves!). I recently read and reviewed four books in less than a week, and they were not short books! I am frequently amazed at the writing talents of the many authors I have read.!/
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