Sue asked: What is your favorite thing about motherhood?
Oh my, this is hard because the things I love are so numerous. Most of you probably know I was 38 when I had my first baby, so I waited a long time for that very special gift. One thing that comes to mind often when I think about being a mother is being lucky enough to witness the true miracle of life first-hand. And I love that I get lessons in patience and selflessness every day.
Karla asked: What would you like your children to learn from you?
I hope they will learn to stand firm in their faith, to trust in the Lord always and forever, to take the road that is right and not the one that is popular, and to be kind. From there, everything else will fall into place.
Lyndy asked: Do you want more children?
I'd love to have a houseful! When I was growing up I used to say I wanted more children that I could fit in my lap. But age has guided us otherwise. There is a ten year age difference between Kendra and Adam. When Adam graduates from high school I will be 55 and my husband will be 60. Three is perfect for us. And we're keeping our fingers crossed for at least two or three "empty nest" years before hearing loss and arthritis set in.
Abbie asked: How is your relationship with your step-children's mother?
I shy away from this topic because, as the old saying goes, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything." It's my attempt at taking the high road relating to this very precarious situation. Suffice it to say she dislikes me greatly, for reasons only she has conjured up. My opinion of her isn't very high, either. I can't change her, but I do pray for my own attitude in this situation. I hope it improves.
Nadine asked: What is the thing you love most about your husband?
Just like motherhood, it's hard for me to choose from a long list of things I love about Doug. The very first time I met him, I could tell he was faithful and kind. Now that he's become my husband and the father of our children, I cherish his service to our family. He gives much and asks little. I am blessed.
Anonymous asked: Do you recommend e-Harmony to others?
For those of you who may not know, I met Doug on e-Harmony in April 2003, and we married eight months later in December 2003. So, yes! I have and would recommend e-Harmony. It worked for us!
Jody asked: Have you ever thought about doing a commercial for e-Harmony? Or have you done one already?
Doug and I were actually in the very first round of e-Harmony's print and TV ad campaign. In November 2003, one month before our wedding, we traveled to LA to be filmed and photographed. We had a great time, and it was a wonderful experience. The ads began running in January 2004 and it was quite interesting to be sitting at home, eating ice cream, watching a sappy show on Lifetime, and have your face pop up on the screen. People at Sunday School would bring us newspapers from Toledo or Pittsburgh, saying they were traveling and saw our ad. Doug's dad sent us an ad from US News and World Report.
I'll end with our e-Harmony photo...see you tomorrow.