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I have been married to Coty for 33 years. I am mother to a daughter and five sons, mostly grown, and Gramma to one sweet granddaughter.
Why is this blog called ebenezer stories? Well, one Sunday evening a long time ago, I sat in a little white New England church and heard people tell stories about how God had led them to where they were. The evening was called an "Ebenezer Night," referring to 1 Samuel 7:12:
"Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us."I like that King James language - the hitherto that means until now, to this very time and place, God has led. The stone Samuel set up, that Ebenezer stone, was a reminder - of God's leading, enduring help and continuing faithfulness.
I need reminders every day. Reminders, in the stories I hear and the stories I tell, that He has led and will lead, in the mundane and the momentous. So, ebenezer stories. Mine are mostly mundane, occasionally momentous.
When I write and when I speak, I think of these words:
"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." Colossians 4:6I hope that you find the words here gracious, seasoned with the salt of Christ.
The journey of homeschooling six children has spanned 24 years already. It's been a privilege. I'm almost done! I've written a few things about it here. I have taught high school Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and AP government to other people's kids. This year, I'm taking a break.
I love many things: sewing, gardening, quilting, knitting, cooking, reading, walking long distances, cycling, swimming, birds.
In September of 2012, I competed in my first triathlon. Training stretched me far past what I thought I could ever do. You can read all the triathlon posts here. I'm hoping to do more triathlons in the future.
I am happy when my house is full of people who feel at home and don't mind emptying the dishwasher. If that house full includes all of my far-flung children and one very special little granddaughter, that's even better.
I am also happy sitting alone on my screen porch at night with a candle, listening to the cicadas and the barred owls.
I like really good black tea, blackberries off the vine and warm from the sun, morning smoothies, and the smell of rosemary.
I live in the South. I used to live in New England. And before that, I lived in Africa. I've traveled to China, India, and Bolivia in recent years. I'm thankful for those opportunities to travel abroad, but also quite content now to be the home port for family and friends around the country and the world.