A few of my favorite things…
Chocolate. My dogs. My red couch. Sunsets. The smell of dryer sheets. –Dana
Books. Greek Yogurt. A long conversation over a steaming cup of chai (generally at Starbucks). That moment when the wheels of a plane first lift off the ground. Advocating for women and children. –Kimberly
Chocolate. The beach. Making a difference. Family. Bella (my dog). –Terri
Chockit cookies. Grey’s Anatomy. Autumn. Traveling. Fun family gatherings. –Christina
Reading. Traveling. Playing with Millie and Lucy (my dogs). Sports (particularly basketball, volleyball, and AU football). Swimming. –Katie
What story does your family always tell about you?
The one where days after I graduated from high school I flew (for the first time) to Alaska to work in a fish cannery in order to pay for college. Of course, that happened to be the summer the fishermen decided to go on strike on our tiny Island, Uganik Bay, and only those who woke up really early were given work. I spent the summer waking up far too early to do whatever was available that day…painting the landing dock (aka airport), driving a pallet jack, etc. –Dana
When I was around 2-3 years old, my mom walked into the kitchen and found me on top of the refrigerator. Initially, she thought that my dad had put me there as a practical joke (which she didn’t think was very funny), but quickly realized that I stood on the back of a chair, crawled into the freezer, and then pulled myself up to the top. This, after my dad had informed me a few days before that he’d put my doll on top of the refrigerator if I didn’t behave. I decided to do a test rescue mission. Let’s just say that “The Strong-Willed Child” by James Dobson became one of my parents’ most referenced books. –Kimberly
About the time I ran away from summer camp with a chicken…. –Terri [note: We ALL want to hear more details on this…]
How I hated eating and found many ways to dispose of my food secretly. You see, I thought I was smart about it, but I got caught half the time trying to shove food in my brother’s plate or simply wasting half of my meal under the table. It took me two hours to finish my meals, and I have many childhood pictures left alone at the dining room table. The thought shocks me now because I sure love food and my veggies!! –Christina
One time, I spent the night away with a friend. I was in the first or second grade. When she was busy, I snuck downstairs to use the phone to call my mom and ask “if she could bring my blanket?” She didn’t answer, so I left it on an answering machine in a very hushed, secret voice. For some odd reason, my parents LOVE to tell this story. –Katie
If you could choose anyone, whom would you pick as your mentor?
Mother Teresa. –Dana
Christine Caine. I love her passion for mobilizing the church to do what we are called to do, and am rarely left unchallenged by what she has to say. She also loves Starbucks, perhaps even more than I do, so really, who could ask for more. –Kimberly
Jesus first…then Margaret Thatcher. –Terri
Anne Ledet (a member of my Church). I have known her for 5 years and absolutely adore her. –Christina
Good question, but I feel like I have a pretty good one in my mom. –Katie
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Sing and play an instrument. –Dana
To speak French and Italian. –Kimberly
Scuba diving. –Terri
Speak three other languages, and I would love to learn how to play the guitar. –Christina [note: We thought you should know, Christina speaks Chichewa and English, and has a good understanding of French, as well as ancient and classic Latin.]
Heart surgery. –Katie
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?
Corrie Ten Boom. –Terri
Oprah Winfrey and/or Nelson Mandela. –Christina
Mother Theresa or Florence Nightingale. –Katie
When you have an hour of free time, how do you pass the time?
I read. –Dana & Terri
I love to find a comfy chair (either at home or a coffee shop), and dig in to a good book. I almost never leave home without a book, pen and highlighter—just in case the opportunity presents itself. –Kimberly
Take a good ol nap! –Christina
Reading or sleeping. –Katie
What was the last book you read?
The Harbinger by Jonathon Cahn. –Terri
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali. –Kimberly
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. It is a very good book – it took me back to childhood, and really provides a good understanding of typical life in Malawi for a lot of kids. –Christina
ZOO by James Patterson. –Katie
What is one of your favorite scripture verses?
You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16) –Dana
The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (1 John 2:6) –Kimberly
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:31) –Terri
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23) –Christina
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:3-5) –Katie
What’s the most played song on your iPod?
O Praise Him (All This For A King) by David Crowder. –Dana
It is a tie – Hands and Feet by Audio Adrenaline and Indescribable by Chris Tomlin. –Kimberly
Above All by Michael W. Smith. –Terri
I have two – Lengoma by Zahara and Beautiful by Phil Wickham. –Christina
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman. –Katie