1. I was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2. My birthday is July 22
3. My brother’s birthday is July 7th, my dad’s is July 19th, my aunt, cousin and Grandpa’s are July 21st.
4. I’m adopted
5. I always knew I was adopted
6. I always thought I was special because of it
7. I found my birth mom 3 years ago and am continuing to build a great relationship with her.
8. I have 2 parents, who are still together and I’m proud of them for it.
9. I have 2 brothers who, although they tormented me at times, are really great people.
10. I’ve been a Christian since I was three, although it’s safe to say I still have lots of growing and learning to do.
11. When I was five I was running beside my best friend who was riding my bike and I tripped and fell and got a rock stuck in my knee.
12. My best friend laughed at me, so I got really mad and told her the next time she got really hurt I would laugh at her.
13. It was my first major injury and I still have a blue/grey scar on my knee
14. I had braces for 4 years
15. I got them when I was in grade 12, 1 week before prom.
16. They stayed on until my third year of University.
17. My (now) husband fell in love with me anyway.
18. I met Ben through my good friend at school who had a major crush on him.
19. By the time we dated, she was over him though, so it was ok.
20. She was a bridesmaid at our wedding.
21. I still think our wedding was the best of all time. But I understand when other people aren’t quite as excited about it as I still am.
22. I’ve been in 8 different countries. (Canada, United States, Trinidad, Slovakia, Austria, Holland, France and Belgium)
23. I still feel like I have SO much of the world to see. (And hopefully will one day)
24. I’m left-handed
25. I always felt special about this too – even if I had to use the green-handled scissors in grade 1.
26. I played Basketball, Volleyball, and Rugby at various times throughout elementary and high school.
27. I also spent 6 summers working for Athletes in Action teaching sports camps
28. I don’t think I’m that great at sports
29. Whenever someone asks if I could have any talent in the world, I usually say that I wish I could be an all-start athlete.
30. I spent a lot of time at church when I was growing up. It was like a second home to me.
31. Some of my most cherished memories are of my times with my youth group.
32. I’m still good friends with many of them.
33. Because of my experience, I’ve always wanted to work in youth ministry
34. I have spent years volunteering with students
35. I’m now starting a job as a youth director at a church and I’m so excited. And a little terrified. (but in a good way)
36. I went to school for business –Human Resources. I loved it, but somehow knew I wouldn’t end up doing that. At least not for now.
37. I play the piano, but it’s been a long while since I’ve played up to the level that my Conservatory certificate says. (gr. eight)
38. I (kind of) play the guitar.
39. Mostly for worship.
40. Family vacations were usually out to Saskatchewan to visit all our relatives.
41. I always thought we were the luckiest people to be able to go out there once a year.
42. I think that had a lot to do with my cousins, grandparents and aunts and uncles.
43. Although I think Saskatchewan holds its own beauty, if I didn’t have family out there, I’m not quite sure what I would do to fill a vacation time out there.
44. I rarely see my cousins (with the exception of 1 couple who live in Hamilton), and we aren’t very good at all keeping in touch
45. But I still think they’re some of the greatest people I know and some of my best memories come from times with them
46. My husband is from Nova Scotia.
47. I am blessed to be a part of his family and love the community they build.
48. I am also blessed to have an excuse to travel to the beautiful east coast on a regular (although not often) basis.
49. My husband is 6’7”
50. I am 5’7”
51. Although I love Ben dearly, I always felt cheated out of a good slow dance partner….since my head stares directly at his chest, and doesn’t fit comfortably in the nook of his neck.
52. I love surprise parties.
53. I think they show whoever the surprise is for that they are cared for enough for the effort to have been put into keeping something a surprise.
54. I’ve had 2 (surprise parties) in my life and they were great.
55. I’m not really good at keeping surprises.
56. Although for Ben’s birthday this year, I planned a 3 day getaway to NY State and he had NO IDEA until we were in the car on the way there.
57. Almost every day leading up to it though, I asked him to guess what his birthday surprise was. If he’d have guessed right, I have no doubts I would have given it away.
58. I tear up very easily.
59. Seriously –at pretty much anything: A Baby Story, weddings, Oprah, movies that aren’t even sad, little kids who are sad, people who are getting choked up around me, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, when something happy happens, blogs that are nice, or even when there’s no good reason at all.
60. If someone asks me if I’m crying I usually fake my way out of it and pretend that I yawned or something.
61. I want kids someday.
62. I have no idea how many. Ask me after labour and delivery # 1.
63. For now I am content to play with other people’s kids.
64. I’m still in denial that I’m reaching “that” phase of my life. The phase where everyone around me is thinking about starting a family.
65. I still feel like I should be in the phase where everyone is thinking about what Friday night will hold and who they’ll go to prom with.
66. Time scares me sometimes. It never stops.
67. A lot of things scare me actually.
68. Including vomit. I seriously think I have a clinical phobia of vomit.
69. I feel silly having to admit that.
70. Whenever I get overwhelmed by life or the things in it that scare me, I am humbled to know that God’s grace and love covers those things anyway and my back is covered.
71. Since being married I’ve learned a whole new perspective on what intimacy with God really entails.
72. I think its cool how God meets me in the phases I’m at and challenges me accordingly.
73. I never had a security blanket growing up, but I did have a Minnie doll that my mom made me. When I was four and my younger brother was one, we fought over it and the head ripped off. Mom said she’d sew it back together. I’m still waiting for that to happen.
74. Another time, when I was four, I was sucking on a marble, and then my older brother got me good and mad, so I started yelling at him. In that process, I swallowed said marble, and became very scared. Especially because my brother told me I would die.
75. I’m pretty sure it came out in my poop, but I never actually looked for it.
76. Actually when I was four, I’m pretty sure I hadn’t made the connection yet between what I ate and what I pooped out.
77. One of my biggest insecurities is that people will recognize that I’m insecure about something.
78. Ben’s taught me a lot about being secure in who I am.
79. My favourite holiday is probably Thanksgiving. There seems to be the most memorable traditions wrapped into that one.
80. There’s nothing quite like crisp autumn weather, bright reds, oranges and yellows on the trees, turkey scent wafting from the oven and the people you love surrounding you.
81. Many Thanksgiving Monday evenings were spent outside, playing basketball, Frisbee, or football, just so we could work off the big meal we just ate. I always loved that it was getting cold out, but we’d stay in our t-shirts anyway and then come inside to the warmth of home where pumpkin pie was waiting to be consumed.
82. Nothing made me appreciate my parents more, than heading off to University.
83. I find great comfort and wisdom in the fact that Ecclesiastes says that there is a season for everything. It’s made saying goodbyes (and hellos!), going through transition and becoming my own person a much more consolable process.
84. When I was a kid, I thought that I would be the one old person in the world who was invincible to the aches and pains that come with being old. Sure, I’d get wrinkly, but I wouldn’t have joint pain, diseases, eye problems, heart problems, or hearing aids.
85. Now that I’m 25, I can already see that was a far too optimistic opinion.
86. When I was in grade 8 my mom got cancer.
87. I didn’t really know how to deal with it. She always did a great job of making it seem like it was just a temporary sickness and that she’d for sure get better.
88. She did get better, but looking back, I see now how serious it was.
89. I remember my grade 8 teacher pulling me aside at recess to tell me she knew about my mom and that she was there for me if I needed her. I was afraid I would start crying and I felt uncomfortable to be vulnerable, so I just nodded, received a quick hug, and went to re-join my friends.
90. I wish now that I’d taken her up on that.
91. I think investing in other people is one of the best uses of my time.
92. The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favourite movies.
93. But then again, so are The Princess Bride, Tommy Boy, and Dumb and Dumber, so don’t go thinking that I’m too insightful or intelligent.
94. I never like the questions “what kind of music do you like?” I feel as though I like a wide range of music, and at most can only pick out a few songs from each artist that I like.
95. I’m afraid that if I stake a claim in my favourite type of music, I’ll come across as a poser, since I don’t have the entire discography of a particular artist of that genre.
96. That being said, I am a large fan of David Crowder and have decided to make him a personal favourite.
97. I used to be embarrassed by farting, even if no one was around.
98. But then I met Ben.
99. I feel as though I should be ending this list with something profound and am regretting that I only brought up farting at number 97
100. Now the pressure’s got to me….I got nothing.