Tess and I sat down at one of our yearly meetings a couple of months ago to talk about The Feminine Gift. One main topic of conversation was how to reach more women – how to tell more women that they are beautiful, needed, unique, special, wanted and blessed by Our Heavenly Father. This really has become a mission for us – as our conversation seemed to unconsciously reveal the passion we felt for femininity and the gift that every woman is to the world. We also bantered about how to build an online community, whether or not to sign up for twitter and facebook, whether to register a domain name, but most important of all, we discussed how we are doing the Will of the Father just by being who we are and writing what we write.
There was a lot of tea and cookies involved in this visit.
Among the many conclusions we came to, one in particular has been sitting on my heart and that is the fact that I have been writing somewhat anonymously since we started. Neither Tess nor myself have a bio on the site – in fact for a while we weren’t even posting under our names, but under “The Feminine Gift”. But it seems to me that if we are looking to bring together a little community of sorts, I need to be known. So what follows is a "short" bio of myself – who I am, what I like and why I write. I have even included pictures!! I hope this inspires you to make yourself known – especially for all our loyal readers, both men and women. If you are receiving nourishment from this site, do let us know. Tess and I have noticed the Spirit working between the two of us, (often our posts will mirror what the other has been thinking – and we live a good 7 hour drive from each other!) so tell us how the Spirit has been working in your life.
Shall we begin?
I was born the year the Atari was introduced, Star Wars came out and 9 months before Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope John Paul II. I hail from a large Catholic, homeschooling family (6 boys, 2 girls and I am second oldest). We were that family – homeschooling when nobody did it or knew what it was, and doing crazy weird things like attending mass every day and singing and playing the violin in different church choirs around town. When pressed, my parents admit that they were aiming for 12 children, so they shrug and regretfully say, “we only have 8”. Growing up in a primarily ‘boy’ household had several different effects on me. For one, I became obsessed with girly things – dolls, marriage, food and how to make it, laundry, tea and tea parties, Nancy Drew, babies and babysitting, etc. - after all, if I didn’t pay attention to these things and have them around, who would show the hooligans I lived with what really mattered in life? I was the only girl until my sister was born when I was about 14 years old. My childhood was happy – my parents loved their kids and were constantly thinking up new ways to do fun things – like buying a trampoline or taking us on camping trips across Canada. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we had enough for what we needed, and a tiny bit extra.
|The Wilds of Northern Ontario|
Not one who really knew (nor still knows) what she wants to do when she grows up, I have worked at an assortment of eclectic jobs – the most recent being the Assistant Dean of Students at a small Catholic Liberal Arts Academy in the harsh-yet-beautiful wilds of Northern Ontario – Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy. With 90 students between the ages of 17 and 28 enrolled, and a husband who’s the Dean of Students, last year was an adventure!
|Oh, I forgot, we have a dog named Aowyn.|
Generally speaking, I’m the type of gal who feels she should read more classics, but doesn’t understand words like “blunderbuss” or “jack-boots” and can't be bothered to look them up. At present, my shelves are crammed with books on etiquette and the art and science of keeping house sidled up next to the Spiritual Exercise of St. Ignatius and Abandonment to Divine Providence and sandwiched in between the Shopaholic series and books called things like Suicide by Sugar. Oh and I’m a movie-holic too – and should probably start a movie-holics anonymous group.
|The day I got very badly sunburned - Caya Coco, Bahamas|
So why blog?
Well, it was my mom and dad that started my love for the written word. Dad used to read aloud to us kids all the time – funny short stories mostly. Mom would read novels like the Narnia Series to us on family vacations. They made a deal with all 8 of us kids, that when we were in grade 6 they would pay us 50 cents for every book we read. I believe I made somewhere in the vicinity of $36 – I don’t remember much of that year except for the exact layout of the library...which I can draw for you if you want. I once tried to write a story when I was in grade 7. It was curiously based on, and had the exact same plot as a book I had just read. Even the main characters had the same name. I know. But hey, how does that saying go - immature poets imitate, mature poets steal? Same goes for writers. Although I’m not sure T.S. Eliot meant whole books. That was probably the last bit of “creative” writing I did up until 2 years ago when my BFF started a blog. And that was the proverbial beginning of the end. I found myself lying awake at night putting together blog posts in my head – endlessly writing, something I’d not really done before – so I took the plunge and started blogging and haven’t looked back. I have next to no experience in writing creatively (I have a biology degree, right?) and aside from a creative writing class I took last semester, I've got nothing except a drive to express myself with words.
|Point Pelee, Ontario (did I mention Jason and I love photography?)|