You enjoyed our story page so we decided to do another post together. These are actually fun for us too since we live 1,411 miles apart. There have been many times we wish we could be together in the same place to share a cup of tea or coffee.
First, let’s tell a bit more of our stories.
We are both committed Christians and serve the Lord with all our hearts. So we thought it would be nice to share our personal testimonies. How we became sisters together in Christ.
MICHELE: I have to give credit to Mrs. DeYoung, Orange Kool-aide and Grahm Crackers. Ok, so you’re probably laughing, but seriously…Mrs. DeYoung taught 5 Day Club and the after school Child Evangelism program. She asked one day if anyone wanted to invite Christ into their life and I raised my hand. Afterward and she asked me “why?” I wanted this salvation. I told her because I wanted to stop fighting with my brother. She said that was a good place to start but she was getting at the part that I needed a savior because I am a sinner- thus the reason I wanted him for stopping the fighting :). Man… faith as a child is so simple, isn’t it?! Then from there life kinda just rolled along until I had some hard family stuff and as I senior in high school I made a public confession of my faith. God was very real to me as I struggled with what was going on. But mostly the most pivotal point in developing a relationship with Christ was going through infertility treatments, followed by the adoption of our daughter Gabrielle and then the move to Minnesota. As believers, we are never done growing, stretching and rediscovering. I am a piece a work! A work in progress! Amen.
MANDY: I have a great heritage of Christian parents and grandparents that extend at least five generations. In ’71, my grandfather passed from this world. It was that summer at family camp, Sebring Holiness Camp, That I heard a fire and brimstone sermon. I was 9 or 10 at the time. My friend and I had spent most of the week sitting in the back on the tabernacle. There was a rotation of evangelists and the one this night was not our favorite. But this final night on a hot July Sunday, I learn that hell was a real place and just because my parents knew Christ and I went to church every Sunday, did not save me from my own sin. IT may have been that death had become a real thing to me since grandpa was really the first death in the family that I experienced. It might have been that I just didn’t want to go to a fiery hell. Either way, I stepped out of the bench in the back and walked down to an altar and prayed for Jesus to be Lord of my life. And that was the “End of the Beginning” for me! Since then I have re-committed myself to the Lord a couple different times but this was the day I got saved. I have moved forward with God ever since that day. Attending Christian college, really confirmed my decision. It was the place that my parents’ religion became my faith. You can read more on my memoirs blog.
Favorite Vacation Place
Alright, suppose we were to plan a vacation together. Where would you suggest that we go? What are your favorite get-away places?
MICHELE: There are so many cool places to go. The Rockies! The Florida Keys or a cabin in the Black Hills! I love nature, its quiet beauty. Let’s just sit and be quiet, have a great lunch, talk about some good reads. Discuss what may be challenging us in our life and walk with Christ and have great conversations around verses in the bible that have meant so much to us.
MANDY: The mountains! our family usually run to a cabin in the mountains whenever we are able to get away. It is so beautiful there and such a relaxing place. Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge is most common for us. However, we have loved a chance to go to Branson as well. Both places are very family oriented.
THIS OR THAT GAME
Shopping – in-store or online?
MICHELE: I do lots of shopping online. But I love, love, love to clearance shop at Kohls! I wish they had a food court so you could get a quick bite and then back at bargain hunting!
MANDY: Definitely online! I didn’t get the shopping gene that is prominent in the women of our family. Perhaps because my mom took me with her and I would always get so tired. (Probably the beginnings of chronic illness). Or perhaps because of the time Mom left a cart full of items at the cashier’s because they wouldn’t accept a check for over $100. How embarrassing!
Museum or movie theater?
MICHELE: Museum. I just enjoy looking, thinking and being in my husband’s company and not having to talk- which I am sure he so appreciates!
MANDY: I like the museums too. Just walking and looking with my husband is wonderful. When Mike and I pastored in Milwaukee we enjoyed a myriad of museums from history to art to children’s museums. On Mondays, most of them were free to the public. We took a lot of Mondays to go stroll through them. I loved to just walk and read the informative plates. Awesome.
Guitar or piano?
MICHELE: Love piano. Took lessons for a good year or two. I still love to plunk around just for myself.
MANDY: It depends on if I am playing or listening. As a youth, I spent hours on end playing the piano. I had to give me my pianos in this last move because we had to downsize extremely. I so miss the piano but I do get to occasionally play the piano at church with the praise team. Playing the piano releases stress for me. However, so does listening to my daughter play her guitar. She would sit in her room and play her music. I miss that now that she is married.
And now, What you’ve been waiting for … The Giveaway
The Winners are Melissa Henderson and Kathy Dawson. Congratulations!
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