…an all time high of well over 200 visits to my blog yesterday, I think it might be time for a little About Me post.
- My name is Michelle and I am in my mid 30’s. We live in a house that is out in the boonies, nestled among the beautiful hills of the Finger Lakes region of NY.
- My husband Jay is an amazing carpenter. He was self-employed for many years and specialized in restoring old barns and building new ones like the one below. As of right now, though, he has taken on work as a sub-contractor for a local building company. He’s lost a bit of freedom in this and no longer focuses on barns, but he has a LOT less paperwork and we get a weekly paycheck, now.
- I have two beautiful daughters by birth (Kaya is 8, Luna is 4) and one lovely step-daughter, Nico who is 12. It is a long story, but we haven’t seen or heard from Nico in around 6 weeks now, so prayers would be welcome. We are estranged from her Mom currently, and we miss Nico terribly. Jay and I began our relationship 10 years ago, when Nico was two, and I love her like she was my very own.
- In my former life I was a “recovering Catholic” and then a Pagan. For a while, I even considered myself as a Wiccan. I was a Dead-head, a hippie who lived in a van down by the river.
- I was a drinker, a smoker and a midnight toker. I am proof that God will reach out *anyone* and the best label I could give myself now is Daughter of the King.
- We are “baby Christians”. My husband was saved about 3.5 years ago. I was a bit more stubborn, maybe it is the red hair? I came to know and love the Lord about 2.5 years ago and was baptised during the summer of 2009. It has been, in a word, amazing. We go to a great, small church and have a fantastic church family, for which I am constantly grateful.
- I am a “stay-at-home” Mom, who rarely stays home for more than one day at a time. I homeschool my girls and feel blessed to be able to do so. Some days are great, some days are a struggle, but I wouldn’t consider sending them to school at this point. I love having them home!
- We are vegetarians because, once we found out about what goes on in factory farms, we couldn’t bring ourselves to eat meat. If I could raise, slaughter and process my own meat, I might consider eating it, but I just don’t have the heart to kill things. Except big, icky spiders. :shudder:
- I am a hardcore thrifter and penny-pincher. 95% of our clothing comes from thrifts or hand-me downs. I just don’t have the heart to hand over big money for new clothes.
- In June 2009, we sponsored Precious in Ghana, our first child from Compassion International, something that has changed our lives in SO many ways. As a penny-pincher, I did a LOT of research about the organization before I even brought it up with my husband. After more than a week of searching and reading, I didn’t find anything about CI that sent up any red flags, in fact I was more inspired to take this step the more I learned. Thankfully, Jay agreed and the rest is history. I love Compassion and what it does. I love how it has changed how I see things and how I think. I love how my children see their blessings for what they are and have giving hearts thanks to knowing these children. In December 2009, I felt God tug at my heart to become an Advocate for Compassion. The training was incredible and I have falling in love with the organization more, as I learn more about it.
I have to run and get some errands done this morning, but I’d love to hear from you! Please leave me a comment and tell me a little about yourself! I hope that you will come back to check out my blog from time to time! If you have any questions, let me know through a comment or by using the Email Me button on the right!
Have a great day!