Embracing Versatility

As a reader of NoPassingFancy’s Blog I was nominated for this award. It is a great honor! Visit her blog for encouragement and inspiration! She is a fantastic writer! I decided to jump on board with this because I love these types of posts. It is great to learn more about the people behind the blogs that I read. And this one is just fun, random facts about the blogger which is awesome!

I also had a hard time choosing bloggers to nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award I received a couple weeks ago, so now I get to nominate some more bloggers! Read that post HERE.

Finally, I also spent a lot of time putting together a 7 Day Christmas Devotional this month, so I haven’t had much time to put up a “normal” blog post. You can see my post about that devotional HERE. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! Now onto the “rules” and then the FUN!

“When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.”

The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
Share 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Seven Fun, Random Facts

1) I have the rare hyperadrenergic subtype of the chronic illness Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. My autonomic nervous system doesn’t work right so when I stand up blood pools in my feet, my body releases too much adrenaline, and my heart races. This illness causes a lot of goofy symptoms.

2) Due to my chronic illness I have a handicap parking pass and a wheelchair (I am only 35 years old!). I use the wheelchair when we go places that I would have to walk a lot like the zoo, museum, or shopping. I only use the handicap parking pass on bad days because I worry about how it looks when a younger mom with kids uses a handicap spot. Luckily, I have never had any issues. People just don’t always understand when an illness is invisible.

3) I drove a school bus for 6 months. I have so much appreciation for the people who faithfully show up every day and transport our kids to school. It is not an easy job to drive safely while also dealing with 40-50 rambunctious elementary school age kids. It was a fun job though, and I got to bring my kids on the bus with me, so I saved on childcare. I had to quit because I was in a car accident and developed vertigo and dizziness. Eighteen months later I was diagnosed with my chronic illness. Turns out the trauma could have caused it, although they can’t prove that.

4) I was born in sunny Florida! My parents moved up to Wisconsin when I was young so we could see the seasons, and because there were better schools. I don’t mind though. I do better in the cold rather than the heat with my health issues, and to be honest, I LOVE THE SNOW!!!

5) My dad was a bull rider! He quit before I was even born but it is fun to say that my dad rode raging bulls! He is also a mechanic and has worked on boats, cars, trucks, and construction equipment. As a young girl, he took me to his work once and I got to check out the HUGE construction equipment machines. It was so cool to stand next to a wheel that was over twice as tall as I was!

6) When I was in high school, I was grounded and decided to sneak out to go to a party with this really cute guy. My parents found out I had left and called the police. A cop was waiting for me when I got home the next morning. I had to tell him who I was with and so the cop showed up at that cute guy’s house as well.

(It all worked out though. That cute guy has now been my husband for over 14 years!)

7) I found out I was pregnant at 20 years old in a gas station bathroom with my best friend. I was absolutely terrified. My friend suggested that I just get rid of it, but my mom showed me a picture of what my baby looked like. Even though I was only 8 weeks along, he already had eyes, hands, and feet. I fell in love with him when I saw that picture. I was still freaked out about becoming a mom, but God is good. He used that baby to help me see that my partying ways were only destroying me. I started going back to church and kept going when no one judged me for having a child out of wedlock. I rededicated my life to Christ and now spend my time spreading the news of His amazing love and grace! That baby boy that God used to change my world, is now 15 years old and in high school!

And I even ended up marrying my baby’s daddy.

(Yes, it was that really cute guy I snuck out with. My husband and I may not have started out making the best decisions in our relationship, but we plan on ending well with God’s help!)

My Nominees (These writers are great! Check them out!)

  1. Joy A. Mead
  2. Becoming HIS Tapestry
  3. iWrite . . . My Love Story
  4. Bournemouth Girl
  5. My Life in Our Father’s World
  6. Meraki Musings
  7. Exploring the World Around Us
  8. Our Life Struggles
  9. Rachel Marie Writer
  10. Heavy Weights and Pancakes

Those are 10 of my nominees, but you are supposed to nominate 15, so I will also nominate anyone who reads, likes, or comments on this post. Join in on the fun!

I would love to read some fun, random facts about you, too! God bless!

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20 thoughts on “Embracing Versatility”

  1. Great read! So inspiring, and with God’s guidance and grace, we will make it through. I do have panic attacks. My heartbeat fast too sometimes, and I think it is because of my childhood trauma. Do you feel weak sometimes when you wake up that it’s hard for your feet to move? I always asked my hubby to massage my foot so I can move and start my day.


  2. Congratulations, a wonderful share! Appreciate the nomination, I would be able to participate. Had to stop, my schedule is just too busy. Instead, I leave a little something below!

    My dad didn’t put up with any bull… but that didn’t stop me. I still decided to sneak out, to a party. I was looking cute, well; I needed a cute guy…. to notice me. From that first encounter, his love wanted to arrest my heart. Fourteen years later, the cute guy thought I was looking so cute; he just had to marry me. Even though we didn’t make the best decisions, God was faithful, He turned it all around… for our good. God bless!

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  3. Absolutely LOVE your answers. I have learned so much about you now, and admire your strength and grace a million times more than before! ❤
    You truly are beautiful, inside and out!
    Although health issues are playing a part now, I have always been better suited for colder weather. One day, I hope to see snow in real life… enough to have all the experiences of those in the movies that I watch on a regular basis! 😉 Snowmen, and snow angels etc.
    Your love story is proof of God's infinite wisdom, mercy and grace – how wonderful that the two of you now serve Him together and have made Him your future 🙂

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    1. Yes! I hope you get to see snow as well! It is beautiful and makes the cold weather fun! Thank you for your sweet words!!! And I am thankful that God can use me to spread His message of hope and love. No one is ever too far gone. He can use anyone for His glory. And I am forever grateful for that.

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  4. Hi Collene, Thanks for sharing your lovely facts! It’s amazing to see God’s faithfulness and love through your story and also just getting to know you more! And wow! Thank you for nominating me! I shall get working on that soon! I am so loving getting inspired and encouraged by such a huge community of amazing bloggers ❤️

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    1. Yes, God is good. He never stops loving us and never gives up on us. I am excited to read yours and learn more about you as I have enjoyed reading your blog! Your words have inspired me in my faith journey and I hope others enjoy it as well. That is the one thing I tell everyone about the blogging community: everyone is so supportive! I have truly been blessed by all of them!

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