About Me

Hi.  I'm pretty much a WYSIWYG girl--what you see is what you get.  I'm totally real.

I grew up in rural Southeastern Ohio in a family of seven people.  Life at home was not happy for me, so I found solace in church (only two houses from my house), school band, and baseball.  I fell in love with the Pittsburgh Pirates when I was ten years old. God used the Pirates in my life in many ways, the most significant of which is that my favorite player was catcher Manny Sanguillen who always made a point to share his testimony about Jesus. I decided I wanted to be like Manny, so I became of follower of Christ when I was a teenager.

I wanted to get away from home, so I went to Asbury University, a Christian school in Kentucky and a six-hour drive from my home town.  I only went home for breaks my freshman year.  After that, I found other things to do.

When I was a senior, the director of a Christian camp in Chesapeake, VA, spoke in one of our chapel sessions to recruit people to work at the camp.  He must have spoken in previous years, but I didn't remember him.  I signed up to be the WSI for the summer.   After graduation, I never went back to Ohio, and I have lived in Virginia Beach ever since, working as an English teacher and then Technology Integrator in the public school system.

The world would say I'm a failure because I have no family.  I've never been married and I have no children.  Sometimes, that really gets me down, but I can already see how God has used my "aloneness" to give me opportunities to minister to his children, including my niece and nephew who live here (one of my brothers followed me here).

My Compassion children have truly changed my life, even though I've never met any of them in person.  My priorities have changed tremendously.  I believe so much in the mission of Compassion that I am now a Compassion Advocate, in spite of my reserved personality.

Besides Compassion and baseball, I love the other Pittsburgh teams, the beach, biking (on dirt), reading, cooking, crafts, and photography.  I love sending pictures of the ocean to my children.  I love being at the ocean.  It is my peace, my direct connection to God.

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