HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY?
Like most families, we would probably say that we are far from typical...which, likely makes us very typical. Tony & I met in highschool, and have been on quite a journey together - really from childhood into adulthood (have we made it?). Our journey has included years in graduate school; 5 moves (I think that's all); two cities; and two children. All four of us, to differing degrees of awareness, are living out our vocations. We try our best to show love in all the right ways; and mostly get it right. Sometimes, of course, we fall short. But we forgive, and hug, and laugh, and yell, and begrudge the mess and love it, too. We lean on our family - some of whom live close by - and our friends. We love to eat together; we love to sing together; we even pray together sometimes, too.
DOES FAITH PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR FAMILY? IF YES OR NO, PLEASE EXPLAIN.
Goodness. We all love God. Beyond that, we are all in different places. Tony and I hope to raise faithful children - children who believe in something bigger than themselves. For me (Rebekah), the sacred as Christ is very central. For Tony, the sacred looks different (but you'd have to ask him what that looks like!). It would be interesting to hear what the children would say! At dinner last night, our 4 year old took the opportunity to make up his own prayer. "God, we thank you for everything in the world." That's sums it up for us.
ARE THERE ANY CHALLENGES THAT YOUR FAMILY FACES THAT YOU FEEL ARE DISTINCT FROM OTHER FAMILIES?
Every family has it's challenges. We are no different. Our challenges may be different, but we likely handle them the way most families do. We talk, and we hope that time will move us through those challenges.
WHAT BRINGS GREAT JOY TO YOUR FAMILY?
We like most being home together - playing outside, baking, working on an art project.