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Discussion in 'Personal Diaries' started by Terry Page, Apr 4, 2016.
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Hi Babs, you seem like such a happy upbeat person, have you always been like this?
Hello Babs, you grew up in a large family.
Were there more pros than cons, or the opposite?
What were some of the benefits of growing up in a large family?
How many bathrooms did you have?
Babs, I know that you are deeply religious. When did you receive the blessing of faith?
Babs...Tell us about your perfect day.
Tell us the funniest mistake you ever made.
Babs, what is one of your favorite quotes?
And what chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Even though I am still in Florida and preferred to be in the hot seat when I was back home I will do my best to answer any questions y'all have for me.
It's all Frank' s fault. Thanks for being a good sport about it though.
Thank you @Chrissy Page, I'm actually glad you perceive me that way and I have to give the glory to God for filling me with His peace most of the time. That "peace" keeps me calm and centered even in my times of sorrow, frustration, anger, and any of the other negative emotions as well as the positive emotions. But I am very human and I go through the whole spectrum of emotions just as all of us do during our life times. I do my best not to let any emotion control me though and believe that in the end no matter what we are going through...whether we are happy or not is our choice to make.
Hello @Ruby Begonia. I absolutely can say without a doubt that I loved growing up in a large family and there were definitely more pros than cons. I think one of the most important benefits to me personally was always having "friends" no matter how often we moved. We're all very close in age to one another. We moved a lot since my dad was in the Air Force and then the Army...and when he retired from this he was a traveling salesman so we moved often with that too. So even if we didn't stay long enough in one place to make deep friendships...we always had each other...and we remain close to this day. Another benefit was having enough siblings to play games with and if someone didn't feel like playing something...one of my other siblings usually did. Holidays were a lot of fun with so many of us. About the only con I can think of is having to wait your turn for the bathroom sometimes and since I wasn't a boy I couldn't do like some of my brothers and just go behind a bush and let it all hang out! Privacy could be a bit of an issue at times too. But I'd manage to find an empty closet, etc. where I could be alone if I really felt the need. As for bathrooms I think most of the time we had at least two...and in our home where I lived from the time I was 12 until I finished High School there was two and a half bathrooms.
@Shirley Martin I have had an ingrained faith long before I even knew the meaning of that word. I have heard God whisper to my spirit since I was a young child too...but back then hearing His voice was as natural to me as breathing and I just took this for granted. Later on my heart desired to really "know" the "One" behind that whisper in my spirit or heart as I thought of it back in my girlhood. After my daddy died when I was barely 12 years old...my journey into a relationship with God and Jesus became my heart's desire and no matter what has gone on in my life having that relationship with our Creator and our Savior is still the strongest desire of my heart. Now if you are including "baptism" in this question, I was baptized as a baby in the Catholic faith....and I was baptized as a follower of Christ when I was 27 years old.
@Karen McKenzie. I will get back to your question in a few hours because right now I am going to spend my last few hours at the beach before I go home.
@Karen McKenzie My most perfect day was the day I held my first child in my arms and knew God had blessed me with my heart's desire. My Doctor had told me I would probably never have a child of my own because of problems I had with my reproductive system. This news devastated me but my faith was strong that God would provide the children my heart longed for and He did just that...not just once but four times. Three daughters were birthed from my own womb and my one and only son was birthed in my heart when his Mom died and left me the blessing of becoming his Mom.
The funniest mistake I ever made was eating what I thought was regular brownies...but ended up being "marijuana brownies"...
Hi Babs sorry again about the short notice but good of you to step in. I wondered if all your siblings share your faith?
My most favorite quote is "I give as good as I get!" by me and whoever else might have thought of that one.
And I absolutely hate cleaning toilet bowls! So my Honey volunteered to be the toilet cleaner in our home.
Hi @Terry Page Yes, all my siblings believe in God and have asked Jesus Christ to be their Savior. But it didn't happen all at one time and we are all at different spiritual levels in our lives...which is nice because we help each other grow in our faith and relationship as we grow.
@Babs Hunt , how old were you, and how did you meet your husband, and how long was it before you knew he was the one?
@Ina I. Wonder I was 50 years old when I first "met" my husband on Family Life Christian Forum. Almost 3 years later we "met" face to face at my sister's home in Fort Walton Beach, FL. I had driven in from Louisiana where I lived and he from Jacksonville, FL where he resided. Having ended an abusive marriage of almost 23 years the last thing I wanted was another husband but during my prayer time one morning the Holy Spirit told me I would have another husband and I would "know" him because he would have a wedding band with a cross in the center of it just like the one I had bought for myself after my divorce... signifying that God was my husband from then on. I really laughed at that message! But almost 3 years later when my husband and I met face to face at my sister's...he pulled out of his pocket the wedding band he had worn with his wife (who had died many years before) and it was a silver band just like mine with a cross right in the center of it. Even with that "proof" from God I did not want to "know" this man would be my husband even though I loved him from the moment he stepped out of his vehicle and I looked into his beautiful blue eyes. We have been together almost 12 years now and our wedding bands are inscribed with the Jewish words from the Biblical book Song of Solomon: "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." We are and we will be until we live this earthly life no more.
Babs, have you ever traveled out of the country? If so where? If not, where would you like to visit outside the US? (No need to reply until you get home)
@Ruby Begonia I have been to Mexico but only right across the border a couple of times. I've never had much desire to go out of America since there's so much here I haven't seen yet except in pictures, etc...and I probably never will see all the places here I'd like to see since I'm such a homebody. If I ever would go out of the Country it would be to visit my oldest and dearest friend in El Salvador. She has a house across the street from the beach and she actually owns the piece of beach across from her house too. Although I have an open invitation to go anytime...I do not fly...and she comes at least a few times a year to Louisiana (where she is originally from) so I see her while she's here.
@Chrissy Page And, of course I THANK you! Such questionable activity (whatever I did this time) keeps me in the mainstream of activity! May live forever, this way, like would an, er,.........thing in a bottle.
Babs, what sort of jobs outside the home have you had? What did you like doing the best?
@Babs Hunt ,what a wonderful story of love finding you, even after a horrible 23 years of abuse. Many times my Creator has shown me that I do not have full control of my life, he does. He shows us in many ways just who is in control.
Did each of you have children? If so, how large did your family grow when you married?
Babs, do you and your husband like to dance?
@Linda Binning In High School my first paying job was as a Concession worker at the Nona theatre, then I moved up to a Saleswoman for a Boutique for women that sold high priced clothing. Their great discount for employees helped me buy some real nice outfits. I was in Secretarial School at that time and when I finished school I got a job at the Social Securtiy Administration typing SS numbers on the SS cards. I hated that job and left after only a few months, After that I became a Secretary for a Halfway House which I enjoyed and found very interesting. After I married and had my own children, I opened my own Home Daycare that I named "A Mother's Touch and kept teacher's new borns for years while I was raising my own children. Since I love the baby stage this job was a favorite of mine. When my children were finally all in school I did some Volunteer OfFice work for places like the Battered Woman's Shelter, etc. which led to my final outside the home job and the one I liked best. I became an Office Manager/Secretary/Paralegal in training for a one woman Lawyer's Practice. I loved this job so much I almost decided to go to school to become a lawyer myself.
@Ina I. Wonder Yes, our Creator does have a way of showing us who's really in control and since I have been giving Him full control of my life I have learned that He really does know what's best for me.
Yes my husband has a son and a daughter and I have a son and 3 daughters. Our children were all grown when we married and his son was married and has 3 sons, his daughter just got married last year and has no children. My son (who is deceased) has a son and a daughter. Two of my daughters were married when my husband and I married, the oldest has two daughters and had a third daughter after our marriage, my middle daughter had a daughter and then had two boys after our marriage, and my baby girl got married after we were married and had her first child...a daughter in 2014 and will have her second, a son. around Sept. 21st. So we have a nice size Family which when added to my siblings families, etc.. makes a really huge Family!