Why are you at Roosevelt (and if you are volunteering/serving somewhere at Roosevelt, where are you serving)?: I am at Roosevelt because from the first couple visits, I could tell that Jesus is central to everything that is done here, Scripture is highly prized, and the community is diverse and friendly. I sing on the Music Team, and Gabe (my husband) and I host a community group in our home.
How long have you been here?: I've been here right around 4 years.
How long have you been a Christian?: I have been a Christian since I was in Kindergarten. There have been different points during which there was a fresher understanding or a clearer picture of grace, but I first knew that I needed Jesus when I was about six-years-old.
Tell us something interesting we should know about your life as a Christian: I grew up in a Mennonite church. Some of my relatives are Amish.
Where are you from?: I was born and raised in Phoenix. Right after I got married, we moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland for Gabe's work, and we lived there for six years. Many of our family's firsts were in Maryland, so it holds a special place in my heart--but Phoenix is my home.
What's your job?: I am currently staying at home with the kids.
What are your hobbies?: I enjoy reading, decorating, building things, and learning new skills.
Name two things on your bucket list: 1) Travel to the UK. 2) I would love to have a second home in the mountains that I could use as a retreat for people who need refreshment and rest.
Your favorite book: I love fiction, and anything by Jane Austen. I also love C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. I really enjoy biographies, though, too. Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas is my current favorite, with Let Justice Roll Down by John M. Perkins as a phenomenal second.
Your favorite movie: Emma (BBC version) and Die Hard.
Something that you're really praying for: I pray for wisdom and patience, which I always feel I lack. I pray that my kids know and love God with their whole hearts. I pray that I can see that the small things God sets in front of me every day are not just for a small plan, but that God's plan is so big that it shapes my home, our city, and our world. Mostly, I want to see God's glory reflected in every area that I am able to have even a little bit of influence in.