Sunday, November 16, 2008

15 Things I'm Not Ashamed Of

Gaby tagged me for this "15 Things I'm not ashamed of" ditty and since I've never been tagged before, I thought it'd be fun to follow through and write down these 15 things.

15 Things I’m not ashamed of:
1. I like to sing Psalms.
2. At this moment I look like a rough representation of what a walrus would look like after eating a heavy Thanksgiving dinner with a bowling ball for dessert.
3. My kids are ordinary. Yes, they are very special to me, but I’m not ashamed to say that they aren’t all that out-of-the-ordinary.
4. I don’t celebrate Christmas.
5. I do celebrate the Sabbath.
6. I can’t cook rice, make certain kinds of fudge or chewy peanut butter cookies (unfortunately for my husband.)
7. I got married at 18 and started having kids right away. Folks around here assume that getting married young and having a baby so soon means we weren’t “pure” before our marriage or “responsible” after getting married. Some people are subtle as they do the math, but others just ask outright: “How old are you? And how old is your oldest child?”
8. I stay home and care for my own kids.
9. I struggle on and off with depression.
10. I like the smell of gasoline- except when I’m pregnant.
11. I often laugh so hard that I start sobbing and can’t stop.
12. I like shopping at Wal-Mart and Pier1. Polar opposites, but good stuff at both places.
13. I’m addicted to buying coffee mugs (especially from Pier1.) Just bought two new ones yesterday.
14. I’m part of an odd church that a lot of people don’t like. We’re too serious for them.
15. These Internet questionnaires are really just desperate cries for love and attention. We all want someone to know these things about us, but no one listens long enough to get to know us this well. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m so hungry for love that I’ve settled for writing this little blurb rather than try to find someone who will listen and care in person.


Jeremy Beach said...

When again are you all moving out here?

I can honestly say that there have been few moments in my life when I have felt loved or wanted. Being with Jesus will be the best thing that I will ever experience. One blessing that I am especially looking forward to is how Jesus will erase every last ounce of loneliness and sadness from my heart. I'm equally excited as I consider how God will do this as well for my hurting friends who have received the gift of faith in Jesus.

Adiel, I acknowledge that I'm a bit of a butthead at times, but please know that I care very deeply about you, Joshua, and your family. I wish that Peoria and Erie were closer, so I could be more involved with life at the Gardner household.

Pug Lover said...


I just want you to know that I am always here for you when you need me. I feel the same way as you with some of those. I mean I didn't get married as yound as you but I did get married young and I am having a child younger than some people would expect I guess.

So if you ever need someone to talk to let me know.


Adiel said...

Thanks for your kind words, friends. I know there are people in the world who love and care for me and I'm trying to be better about opening up to you all. I wasn't hosting a pity party for myself, I was assuming (correctly, apparently) that many other people felt the same way I do and I wanted to voice that.

(The 16th thing I'm not ashamed of: My blunt tongue. Even though it gets me in trouble at times, I use it to say those things that everyone is thinking, but no one wants to say.)

I'm working at being the kind of friend that truly listens and cares so that we have fewer and fewer lonely people- especially in the church. I'm glad I'm not alone in this endeavor.

Raquel said...

I didn't even realize this, but I was dancing around your number 15 in the preface to my answers to the tag. I'm discovering that I'm not a blunt person, but I'm still not sure if that's natural or if I'm just scared of what would happen if I let myself be as blunt as I want to be.

barb said...

RE: #4 - does that mean you're Claus-trophobic??? :)