Let the sparklers sparkle,
Bang the pots and pans...
it's my ONE HUNDREDTH POST!
I've noticed from more experienced and seasoned bloggers that this is the post where I get to write one hundred things about me. Without interruptions. With no judgement. Are you ready? Here we go:
- was born in Vancouver BC
- am Canadian
- am the second of four children
- have three brothers and zero sisters
- attended two different elementary schools because my parents built a new house and we had to move across Vancouver
- never really felt at home at my 2nd school
- lived beside my grandma Omie until we moved to our new big house when I was in Grade four
- thankfully could still walk to Omie's house after we moved.
- had many celebrations and fun times with my cousins, aunts, and uncles while growing up.
- see less of my cousins now but think of them often
- went to and graduated from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Vancouver
- attended North American Bible School for four months in 1974
- graduated from UBC with a BEd (music major) in 1979
- got my first teaching job in Langley (SD#35) in September 1979
- taught mostly music; Kindergarten to Grade 7, including band and choir
- married the boy that I said I would marry the first time I saw him. I was fourteen at the time; when I saw him, not when I married him
- had 400 guests at my first wedding.
- married Jim on July 29, 1977 and he was killed on a motorcycle in April 30, 1978
- gained a lot of weight in Grade 11
- lost a lot of weight when I started dating Jim then gained a lot of weight after he died
- was probably bulimic before there was a bulimia
- have always loved teaching
- am extremely shy and it takes a lot of energy to be in a group
- talk a lot and people have trouble believing I'm an introvert
- met Randy when playing at a church fundraiser
- married Randy on May 24, 1980 which was ten weeks after our first date
- gave birth to Timothy John in 1982
- gave birth to Landon Randall Ray in 1985
- gave birth to Courtney Lynn in 1987
- love my children fiercely and passionately
- used to do a lot of music with our family; family of origin as well as with my kids and Randy
- play piano/performed piano/taught piano
- play the flute at an intermediate level
- am an excellent sight reader, and consequently accompanied many musicians
- was involved in a great deal of music in church as well as not in church
- battled depression before we understood depression
- probably had dysthymia throughout my late teens
- fought like crazy with my mom (maybe I still do)
- produced and directed many, many musicals
- coached basketball, baseball, volleyball
- played on tennis, basketball, grass hockey, and soccer teams
- was the high scorer on my Grade 10 grass hockey team. I had two goals
- won several athletic awards in high school
- accepted Christ has my Saviour when I was 8 years old at Green Bay Bible Camp. My counsellor Mrs. Onsorge prayed with me.
- was baptized when I was ten at Bethany Baptist Church
- can't remember when I didn't love/know God
- never learned how to dance
- loved the back yard pool my dad had put into the yard of our new big house
- had many friends over to my house when I was growing up
- have a mom who most of my friends love. Some love her more than they love me. She's just that fun of a mom.
- felt sad when my dad left my mom. I was about 10. They didn't divorce until I was 16.
- am certain I didn't feel the full impact of dad leaving because mom let dad come and go as he pleased.
- will never forget my brother sneaking his brand new baby (Calida) into the back stairwell at the hospital soon after she was born so mom and I could see her. She was/is beautiful
- love all my nieces and nephews a lot
- nursed my niece Crystal...funny story.
Whew. Time for a break. To be continued later this week.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Like many others I remember vividly where I was when I heard/saw the news. There have been so many somber services of remembrance today. The world is much smaller then when I was child. We can not escape the impact of tragedies in other countries. We can work in our own lives to be mindful of what is good in the world. We can add our own goodness to the goodness and hope of others. I continue to believe that while who we are is enough, Better is Possible. That's my paradox.
Enjoy the rest of the day and stay tuned for 56 - 100 facts about Carol.