Thursday, May 31, 2007

What You May Have Never Known

My friend, Shannon, over at, tagged me to blog seven random things about me. So, here goes:

1. I am a miracle baby. My parents were told early in their marriage that they weren't going to be able to have children. Apparently, my father had a low sperm count. In those days, there wasn't anything they could do about it. Once they got over their shock, they decided to try adoption. After they immigrated from Holland to Canada, they looked into it. They adopted my brother, John. After they immigrated from Canada to the United States, they began looking into adopting another baby. A girl this time. A few short months after they began the process, my mother discovered that, at the age of 37 (and my father at the age of 39), she was pregnant! On September 11, 1969, after much rejoicing from my parents, I came into the world, a miracle from God.

2. As kids, my best friend, Linda, and I had several goals we wanted to achieve when we grew up. One of those was to go to Europe together. That dream came true in 1987. As a graduation present to the both of us, my parents surprised us with a trip. Just a note here, as told above, my parents immigrated from Holland. My father's entire family lives there. So, in July of 1987, the four of us (my parents, Linda and I) boarded a plane to Holland. We got to see where my parents grew up, got to visit a lot of family, and also got to travel into Austria and Germany.

3. As a teenager, my dream was to one day marry a very rich mechanic named Joe. We were going to live in a beautiful home, with many children and two dogs. FYI: I am very happily married to a doing okay construction worker named Chris. We live in a wonderful home with two children and two cats.

4. My most favorite all time snack is potato chips with ketchup. Just give me a bag of potato chips and a bottle of ketchup and I am a very happy girl. I would also love to help it go down with a rootbeer float.

5. Growing up, I had a hankering for writing. I toured The Herald when I was in junior high to see the inner workings of a newspaper. I had high hopes of one day becoming a journalist.

6. I got my driver's license when I was 16 years old. I learned to drive in an automatic. That is the only kind of car we had because my mom didn't know how to drive a stick shift. I finally learned how to drive a stick shift when I was 36 years old.

7. Random things I am scared of: heights, snakes, spiders, scary drivers, very loud thunder, driving on hills in my stick shift, roller coasters and flying.


At June 02, 2007 7:45 AM, Blogger Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Hi - glad you decided to play along.

Loved reading your post. A trip to Europe - how cool - would love to do that someday. And potato chips and ketchup? I'll have to give that one a try. I sometimes put ketchup in my chicken noodle soup - makes a yummy broth.

And driving a stick - now that's one thing I fear. My hubby keeps trying to get me to comply. (His car is a stick) but I feel very "out of control" with it - oh well, maybe one day :)

Susan Kelly Skitt

At June 02, 2007 7:53 AM, Blogger shannon said...

Joe? You had your pick of names and you fantasized that his name was Joe? And a mechanic? Girl, we have got to work on your dreams a bit. Of course, now that you've got a dreamy life, you don't really need them.

I'm going to be laughing over that one all day, Cora Belle.

You know, I probably haven't gotten around to saying this before, but I am really very, very proud of you for taking on the stick shift the way you did. It can be scary, but now look what you've achieved--you send people jumping out of the way when you come screeching (and shifting) around those tight corners. Wild thing.

At June 02, 2007 8:40 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Don't you just love it when Shanny throws us a curve ball like this! I must say I have never tried chips with ketchup, but I will have to soon!

I have only driven a stick shift a couple of times so don't feel so bad, way to go on learning!

At June 04, 2007 9:49 AM, Blogger Fran said...

Random things I'm scared of: being in the car with you when you're stuck on a hill! lol Just teasing you, you do great! Okay, Joe? Does Chris know about this? A mechanic named Joe. Huh, who'd a thunk it! (BTW, I did finally do mine so you can all leave me alone now!) :)

(I think we should use these funky word verification words in sentences! I'm going to start making up meanings and use them! The one I have to type to post this is: pjvuaxva. I'm going to have to think up a meaning and pronunciation.)

At June 05, 2007 1:36 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Hey miracle baby! Grinning from ear to ear over the mechanic named Joe and the "doing okay construction worker" you're married to now. lol! That's great! Ooo, I want to go to Europe one day too. Fun. :)

At June 05, 2007 3:01 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Oh I forgot to ask, does that mean you know how to speak Dutch? I worked with a man named Aat that was from Holland and he was there when it was Germany occupied then went to Canada and then the US. He was a little hard to understand and he wouldn't let you waste one smidgen of food on your plate. He liked to sit next to me because I could never finish my lunch!

I like your idea Fran. Mine is lapdy. Here is my sentence.

I decided to take another lapdy around the pool before getting out.

At June 07, 2007 5:14 PM, Blogger Fran said...

lol Nancy. I like your word. What do I do with "kzljd"

Oh I've got it!

"That darn Fran kzljded my blog!" said Cora as she stomped her foot.

At June 08, 2007 2:40 PM, Blogger my ever wandering heart said...

Ketchup and potatoe chips?!?! YUCK! No offense, but ketchup is icky!

I too had dreams of being a writer. I even wrote in the Everett Community College Clipper, the school paper. I followed the softball team and wrote a sports column. It was quite fabulous, if I do say so myself. My ex-husband even told me it sounded like somethng you would read in Sports Illustrated, KIDS. What a ytuxwjr!

At June 13, 2007 8:49 PM, Blogger Vicki said...

Visiting here from Shannon's blog. Thought I'd say hi and blessings to you!


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