Friday, October 25, 2013

25 random things about me

A bunch of years ago (okay, getting close to 5 years to be exact as I wrote it on February 3, 2009), "25 Random Things About Me" was going around Facebook, and I took the challenge.  So today I am going through my list, making some changes from Then to Now:

1. Then: I thought I would never go back to teaching after I had my first baby, but I'm back at it, and I really enjoy it!
Now: I still teach full time. I thought I'd have my first baby, and be a stay-at-home mom. Now I've found a way to do both: maternity leave. ;) I'll go back in the winter. I love both my jobs and the people I work with!
2. Then: I enjoy going to Early Years programs locally (fun programs for parents and kids). They do a fanastic job with them!
Now: I enjoy going to MOPS and Coffee Break. I miss the Early Years programs I used to go to, but it's just too far to drive.
3. Then: I love winter, and I love scrapbooking.
Now: Still love both, but prefer digital now, just can't seem to find or make time for it. Also, winter seems to be attempting to come already, and it is a little early!
4. Then: I want to lose 20 lbs by the fall, but I don't want to eat better. However, I do enjoy working out, it's just hard to find time.
Now: I want to lose 30 lbs by winter, but still don't want to eat better. I enjoy working out and running, and try to make time. I have also enlisted some friends via Facebook to be my accountability for getting exercise.
5. Then: I prefer working in the barn over housework.
Now: SAME!
6. Then: I have 4 siblings younger than me, and we're all married.
Now: My sisters and I all had babies within a year 2 years ago. Now my sister-in-law, two of my sisters, and myself will have babies within a year by next spring.
7. Then: I struggle with taking time to grow my relationship with God.
Now: I still struggle with this, but am using a book call, "Seeking God's Face, Praying with the Bible through the Year" which I really like. I don't get to it everyday, but am doing my best.
8. Then: I love being at the beach - the lake is so close to my heart! Maybe someday I'll live on the lake...
Now: I still love the beach, and I LOVE camping, even with 4 kids!
9. Then: I got married in the wintertime, and I loved it!!
Now: Still loved it, looking forward to celebrating 13 years in a warm climate this winter!!
10. Then: My husband and kids mean more to me than anything!
Now: SAME! 
11. Then: I am sitting in my office with mounds of mess around me, wishing it would just clean itself up...
Now: SAME!
12. Then: I always wanted to marry a farmer, and live on a farm, but thought it would never happen because the university I went to consisted of mostly education, religion and business programs. However, I found the only farmer there (at that time!).
Now: Still happily married to the farmer, on a different farm, still cropping and raising pigs, and now milking cows too. Never a dull moment around here!
13. Then: My oldest slept through the night at 2 months, and I feel like my second child never will (and I always wondered about people whose kids didn't sleep through the night before I had him...
Now: My third also slept terribly through the night until the last few months, and the fourth is still up in the air...
14. Then: I had both my kids in a small, local hospital, and if I'm blessed with more, will go back there in a heartbeat. Small, but wonderful! And I love my doctor there!
Now: I got a new doctor for baby #3, had him in the same local hospital. New doctor was also amazing. For baby #4, that hospital no longer delivered babies, so had to switch to another. It just wasn't the same there as the other hospital.
15. Then: I crave adult time, and I think I talk too much when I'm with other adults. When I'm on my way home, I think I should apologize for talking too much, and should have let others talk more.
Now: Still crave adult time, but feel like I am more aware about letting others talk, and am trying to ask them good questions as well.
16. Then: I love and dislike my church at the same time (don't know if I should announce that on Facebook, but it's true). Ultimately though, I love Jesus and want to share his love with others, and think I need to do a better job of it.
Now: Read my post on little things about church:
17. Then: I have been bless with great friendships!
Now: Same! At work, at church, in my community, I have wonderful friends, and am so thankful for them.
18. Then: I had a miscarriage several years ago, and really struggled afterwards.
Now: It was hard, and has connected me to others who have been through the same thing.
19. Then: I would love to live in California!
Now: SAME! Just love the climate and variety there.
20. Then: I'm really jealous of anyone who went south this year.
Now: Got to go to Mexico 2 years ago, and heading to the sunny south in February!
21. Then: If I had a dime for every time my daughter asked, "Should we go for a walk, mommy?" and "Can we do a craf?" in the past year, I would probably be able to pay off our farm.
Now: Said daughter is now almost 8, and amazes me with some of her thoughts and conversations, and how responsible and great she is with her 3 brothers. And the farm is still a long ways from being paid off... 
22. Then: I have no desire to do anything daredevilish (sky diving, bungee jumping, etc).
Now: Same! However, I did ziplining in Mexico, and it was like pulling teeth for our group to get me to do it...
23. Then: I learned French by going to Quebec for 5 weeks, and living in France for 5 months.
Now: I teach French immersion to grade 1 and 2 students, and it is wonderful!
24. Then: I enjoy sitting down at the end of the day with a cup of tea, the tv on, and a clean house.
Now: Same! However, the house isn't always as clean now as it was then.
25. Then: I really did not plan to do this, and didn't think I could come up with 25 items, but I did it! Thanks to those that inspired me to do it!
Now: It was good to review the list! Glad that some things have changed and some haven't. I'm still the same person I was then, but I have grown in lots of ways. I'm working on being content wherever I am, and whatever is happening in my life.

There you have it: 25 little things about me!


  1. What a great idea Sarah! I did one of these lists back in 2009. So much has change in my life since that time...I think I'll revisit my list and do a then and now post as well. Thanks for sharing that book title in #7. I'm going to get it and start reading ASAP!

    1. Thanks Stacey! It was neat to revisit the list. I hope you enjoy the book too! It's a different type of devotional, and I love the amount of scripture reading it has, not too overwhelming. :)


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