Seven Amazing Things meme

I have been tagged!

My friend Linda, whose blog is Remote Treechanger, tagged me to post 7 things about myself that I think are amazing. Those of you who know me well may not be AMAZED, but I will try:

  • As my late 20s approached, I thought I would NEVER get married, though I desired to do so. I was a member of a very small Presbyterian church. My husband-to-be also wanted a wife and family, and was also a member of a small Presbyterian church two states north of me.
  • We were introduced by mutual friends. His college roommate had married one of my favorite working-girl roommates. They kept after us for about a year before we agreed to meet.
  • I travelled north with a girlfriend, stayed with Rick’s pastor and family, and so we met. After that visit, we continued to get to know one another mainly by writing letters, and talking on the phone. Remember, this was prior to the ease of email and chatting online.
  • Though we had no one to supervise us, we really wanted to honor the Lord in our relationship, so we were very strict with ourselves during the times when we did see one another: no holding hands and no kissing. When I met Rick’s folks just prior to the wedding, they wondered if we really even LIKED one another, since we were both so reserved.
  • Rick and I both believe that children are a gift from the Lord, and were so thankful to receive six daughters and three sons into our home. Maybe it’s not amazing that I’ve never used birth control of any sort.
  • Seven of our children were born naturally, our twin daughters were born by C-section. Six of the natural births occurred after the C-section.
  • I love and enjoy our children so much! I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be a wife and mother. I’m thankful the children all have come to their own faith in God, work hard, and enjoy one another!

That’s all, folks!

Now, I am tagging seven friends:

Please, if you’re reading this and want to do the same sort of post at your blog or on Facebook, do join in!

10 Responses to “Seven Amazing Things meme”

  1. Laura says:

    Those really are amazing things–God certainly has worked wonderfully in your life, super duper testimony. I’ll have to think about this!

  2. Linda says:

    The last two are just wonderful. I am so glad your friends perservered.

    I just noticed the bear! Lovely.

  3. Linda says:

    I noticed my library has lots of novels by Georgette Heyer. Interesting.

  4. Susan B says:

    Hi Joyce,
    What a wonderful story! I enjoyed it reading about how you and your husband got together. You have a lovely family….and the story is amazing! Thank you for tagging me. I’m taking a blogging break for a couple of weeks, but I will do the meme when I get back! (It will give me time to think about it!) :o) Thank you again.

  5. What fun to get to know more about you. Beautiful courtship story that led to even greater beauty. : D

  6. Nancy Bond says:

    I’d say that’s all pretty amazing, Joyce. πŸ™‚ Nine children! That’s so wonderful. My hat is off to you!

  7. Linda says:

    I have an award for you!

  8. Lyd says:

    I think you deserve a couple more amazing things about JUST YOU. πŸ˜‰
    1. Your amazingly calming presence not only has the ability to sooth everyone around you, but can also stop the birth of a baby! haha
    2. You care about EVERYONE, even when you’re feeling down.
    3. You’re constantly putting others before yourself.
    4. Even when the house is beautifully clean, you feel guilty about spending time on the computer or something. You totally deserve time for yourself!!!! πŸ™‚
    5. Even though you have nine kids to worry about, each and every one of our problems is your first concern.
    6. You have been through so much in your life, and you are always, always, always trusting in God.
    7. You manage to be a great role model and a great friend to your kids and many other people. πŸ™‚

    I love you πŸ˜€

  9. Joyce T. says:

    Oh, Lydia, that is so, so sweet! Thank you, but I need to hear seven amazing things about YOU!

  10. Joyce T. says:

    Thank you so much Laura, Linda, Susan, and Nancy!