I am so excited to swap questions with Miranda from Rahab to Riches. We have been blogging buddies for a few months now, and I love her site. She talks about homeschooling, faith, and essential oils. She just redesigned her blog, and I think it looks great. You should definitely head on over and give her a look! (Click here for the post where she answers my questions.)
Since we are both just getting started with Ask Away Friday (this is her first week, and my second week), we decided to just do some general get-to-know-you questions. Plus, it’s always fun to come up with questions from any and all categories, right?
1) Tell us about the family you grew up in. Was it large, small, single parent, blended, etc. and one way that has impacted how you live your life now.
I grew up with one brother (three years younger) and both of my parents for the majority of my life. Although our extended family definitely was a little less traditional, I thought that the four of us were the most normal family in the world (well, except that my parents were young and therefore awesome). At the end of my freshman year, my dad came out of the closet, and my parents got divorced during my sophomore year. You can read about all of that here. My family has always been warm, loving, and close. I grew up with a very close relationship to my grandparents. My grandparents were like a second set of parents to me, and their influence had a profound effect on my life. I would say that the love of my family made me who I am. I am very family-oriented. My husband and I plan on living close to our families because we want our children to have strong relationships with their grandparents like I had. I also believe that my nontraditional family has made me open and accepting of people who are different from me. In my extended family, we have disabilities, homosexuality, polyamory, multiple races, religions, and political leanings. Needless to say, I learned at a young age that you treat ALL people with respect, no matter how different they may be from you.
You can read about what my grandparents taught me about a good marriage, my grandmother’s faith and fight with cancer, a poem I wrote for her when she was sick, a poem I wrote about the grief of losing her, and a poem I wrote for my grandpa after she passed.
2) If you could travel to any time and place in history, where would it be and why?
I thank my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Webb, for my answer to this question. I know it would be smelly, incredibly dangerous, and much less glamorous than I imagine, but I would travel back to England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. After learning about Tudor England in the fifth grade, I have been obsessed with her and her mother, Anne Boleyn. I’d love to see what it was really like back then.
3) What is your favorite book you’ve ever read?
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I love Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice too, though. And, my favorite books (because I can never choose just one) change every five years or so.
4) What does a typical Sunday look like for you?
My husband and I wake up around 9:00 am and get ready for church. We leave the house around 9:45 and barely make it in time. We spend three hours at church (because Mormons know how to party) learning about the gospel, sharing our thoughts, and spending time with awesome people. The three hours are broken up into three different sessions. We have the general meeting where three members of the congregation preach on topics selected by the local leaders. Then, we have an hour-long Sunday school. This year, we are studying the New Testament. Yay! Then I have Relief Society, which is the largest women’s organization in the world. All the women of the congregation (over 18 who are not teaching the children or youth during that time) come together and learn about a different doctrinal topic. It’s a great time to come together as sisters and share our testimonies together.
5) If you could spend a day with any person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My grandmother. I miss her dearly. I am constantly coming up with things I wish I could tell her or ask her. I tried so hard to say everything I could possibly think of to say to her in the weeks leading up to her passing, but there are still things that I didn’t think to say. More than anything, I miss her hands of comfort. She used to pray over me whenever I was sick or sad, and her soft warm hands would circle around my back bringing down the blessings of heaven. And, of course, I miss her laugh. She was beautiful inside and out.
6) If you somehow came into a ridiculous amount of money tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?
The first thing I would buy is a large house on at least an acre of land. Buying a house is on our list of things to do this year, but our credit is not so great. Lousy medical bills! Anyway, if I could just buy our dreamhouse outright, I definitely would. I don’t need anything extravagant or outrageous, but it would have plenty of room to grow as we have kids and homestead.
7) How long have you been blogging?
Oh, wow! I’m glad you asked. Apparently today is my blogiversary! My first post was posted on January 30, 2011, so I’ve been blogging for 4 years! Of course, I only started blogging consistently four months ago, but still. Happy Blogiversary to me!!!
8) What is the worst birthday you have ever had?
My birthday is Christmas Eve, and I remember the year that my parents got divorced was pretty terrible. My dad wasn’t at our Christmas celebration, my parents hadn’t learned to be friends after the divorce yet, and my now-step-dad was at Christmas. Basically, I felt like my world was ending. It was the darkest time in my life.
The year Grandma passed was really hard too, in different ways. But I still didn’t feel the hopelessness and anguish that I felt when my parents were fighting so much, and my life was out of control. Divorce really affected me for a year or two.
9) What is the best birthday you have ever had?
I like this question a lot better! Most of my birthdays are really awesome, but I would have to say that 2011 was probably the best birthday. Annan and I had just gotten married a few weeks earlier so I was still on honeymoon high. We went out for midnight breakfast at Denny’s to celebrate my birthday. Then we celebrated Christmas at my Uncles’ house. It was the last time we celebrated Christmas with the extended family. It was the last year we had Grandma at Christmas. It was the first year Annan was with me. It was a lot of beginnings and endings wrapped up into one day, and it was beautiful. I took my favorite picture of Grandma that day.
10) If you could only eat 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
This is hypothetical, so calories don’t count, right? Fried potatoes, Gallettes (fried yeast bread dough), and Mexican Egg Rolls (basically just cheese in an egg roll wrapper with a yummy southwest soup). I would be so fat and unhealthy if this was all I could eat, but I would be happy.
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