I've been tagged by some awesome bloggers:
and although I don't usually do a lot of these, I thought it would be fun for you to find out a few random bits about the "girl behind the blog."
1) I have a birthmark that covers approximately 20% of my body. It covers my right arm, my chest and my back. I like to call it my "giant freckle." When I was a kid, my mom told me that it was my "special mark" from God. Some people ask me if I was burned and are surprised to hear that I was born with it. I also like to tease little kids that ask about it and tell them I fell in a pile of cow manure and was never able to get it off no matter how many times I washed it.
2) I met my husband at the age of 19, was married at the age of 20, got pregnant at the age of 21, had my first child at the age of 22 and my second child at the age of 23.
3) I spent 2 months living in the "bush" in Uganda, East Africa at the age of 14 on a missions trip. That trip is what gave me the wanderlust bug and I was bit hard. Since then, I've travelled to 14 countries. I've seen more outside of the US than I've seen of my own country, it seems. I've been on 4 continents and my goal is to step foot on the other 3 before I die.
4) My favorite food combination is chocolate and peanut butter. But it has to be GOOD chocolate and GOOD peanut butter. Uno's Peanut Butter Cup dessert is my all time favorite dessert (minus the ice cream, though...that just ruins it).
5) I make my own soap. I've been doing this since I was 16 years old (I'm seriously allergic to commerically made soaps, perfumes, fragrances, etc.). I've been teaching a course at an art school in southern Vermont for the past 4 summers and winters (I didn't teach this summer because we orginally had other plans for this summer, but I plan on being back there next summer) in which I teach students to make soap, lip balms, scrubs, bath salts, perfumes, lotions, creams, etc. using natural ingredients.
6) I was homeschooled my last 3 years of highschool. Although it wasn't my favorite experience from my latter teen years, I did find my love for writing and the arts from being able to explore and learn what I loved most. I published my own magazine for 2 years during this time.
7) It has always been a lifelong dream of mine (since I was about 5 years old and saw "The Wilderness Family" for the first time) to live out in the middle of nowhere, with no electricity, no running water, no neighbors for MILES, preferrably in a tipi, growing and harvesting all of our own food, living off the land. One of these days, we're gonna do it!
Have an awesome week and be on the lookout here on my blog for an announcement for something for EACH ONE OF YOU! :) My plan is to have it up by Thursday morning!