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what? nominated again? two times a charm…

Thank you, Lauren, at Most appreciative of the second-time nomination. Love the Liebster!


1) If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?

Italy. Maybe Greece. I’ve been to Italy. I’d go again and again and again. There might be Italian roots in me that no one knows about.

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2) What was your most memorable birthday?

My 40th. My husband surprised me after a fancy dinner out, just the 2 of us: we were heading to the airport to pick up my brother so he could look after the kids for the weekend, and then my girls brought out my packed bag, because we were heading to San Fran for the weekend…to see Michael Buble in concert, then dance the night away at the Top of the Mark with apple martinis. Soap opera story-worthy. (But Stephano didn’t die…)

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3.) What is a goal you have for yourself?

To be fearless, feminine and focused. More than I would like to admit, I have battled with fear. Most people I meet now would likely never guess, but there’s a reason for that…a commitment to truth-telling, and practicing truth.

4) What did you want to be when you were little?

A doctor. Obstetrician and pediatrician to be exact. I read a home medical text in my spare time and memorized what to do if I discovered a labouring woman. This never occured of course. I did participate in many deliveries as a perinatal nurse. And I had a few on my own, in a hospital. And yes, I’ve lived vicariously through my husband, minus the sleep deprivation.

5) What makes you laugh out loud?

Not enough. I have a sarcastic, tongue in cheek bent. I love love love laughing though. Mostly I laugh at the stuff my kids say. And Mindy Kaling.

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6) What comes to your mind when you think about God? 

1. Creation. 2. Someone that showed me I was valuable and loved, really, really loved, no matter how unworthy I felt. 3. And the privilege to see God through every kindness shown by others.

7) If you were at a friend or relative’s house for dinner and you found a hair in your salad, what would you do?

Set it aside, and eat the salad anyway. I’ve eaten in rural, sub-Saharan Africa. I can suck it up.

8) If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why?

1920s. Britain or France. Become Hemmingway’s maid. Or a little earlier as Jane Austen’s governess. If I were to have been reincarnated, I’m pretty sure it was from this time period as I’m entranced by milk glass, grandma’s house, flapper’s skirts, doffing hats and all things ’20s.

9) What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Muskox? Octopus in Venice? Crocodile? No, ostrich balls. Yup, ostrich balls, in Nairobi, Kenya. What is it really, you ask? I asked that too. Exactly what you think. Yikes. (PS it tasted like liver).

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10) If you could visit heaven right now and talk with one of the people of the Bible (other than Jesus), who would you talk to?

Clever question. Joseph. He hadn’t expected his life to become quite as ‘disenfranchised’. But he continued on, and he could see later that he was divinely placed ‘for such a time as this’. I like to hear stories that declare there is sense in sorrow.

Who I’m nominating…

1. YaYa at

2. Anna Eastland at

3. Miranda from Nurtured by Love at

Questions for you…

1. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? And why? 

2. What was your favorite age to be?

3. What’s your favorite book genre?

4. If you had one superhero quality, what would it be?

5. What’s on your turntable (or cd player or iTunes account)?

6. What’s your favourite dessert?

7. Where did you first learn to drive?

8. Are you a morning person, and why;) ?

9. What’s your favorite pair of shoes?

10. How do you spend your free time?

Congratulations nominees! I look forward to reading your posts!

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