The Answers.

1. Other than the Bible, what have been three of your favorite books that have encouraged you in your walk of faith?

That's a great question.  The first would have to be Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  It's a book that I can read over and over again and be convicted every single time, and it has really served as such a catalyst in my life for some crazy things (most recently preaching a sermon to my peers)!  Another is The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  I was given this one a while ago, when I was really starting to figure out what being a Christian was all about, and it really helped me to better understand the enemy and the different ways he can try to thwart us from our relationship with God.  I'm having a hard time picking just one more, so it's a tie between Completely His by Shannon Ethridge and The Shack by William P. Young.

2. Speaking of books, what were three of your favorite books as a kid?

Ooh, well I guess that depends on what age is still considered being a kid!  One of my absolute favorites was Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, which was just a simple story that my mom read to me when I was little.  One of my favorite series when I was in elementary school was the Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar - does anyone else remember these?  They were SO funny!  Lastly, I loved - and will always love - the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.  No further explanation necessary.

3. What does an ideal Saturday night look like for you?

Well, my typical (as in before I graduated and when I was working at a church) Saturday night looked like this: I would go to a church by my school for some good digging into the Word, then grab dinner with some friends, prepare my lesson for the next morning, and then go to bed by 10pm so I could wake up at 5:30am and feel rested for work.  But now that it's summer, an ideal Saturday night - along with church - might include eating ice cream, a walk under the stars, swimming at dusk, and driving along back roads.  Yeah, that all sounds great to me!

4. What is the first thing you do in the mornings?

Snooze my alarm twice before I finally wake up.  Then I check my phone, hop in the shower, make some coffee, and do my devotionals/journaling before I really "get ready" for the day.  I take my time in the mornings because I like to have time to do things like spend time with Jesus, catch up on emails, paint my nails, etc.

5. If you could try a new hobby, which one would it be?

I've always wanted to try archery... no idea why, but I think that it would be really fun!  Also, knowing how to sew would be pretty handy if I ever wanted to make something simple for myself or others.

6. Who's your favorite person in the Caribbean?

Haha- well, of course, that has to be Ashley!

7. Do you have any post-college plans? 

Oh, this question.  I am currently preparing to go to a conference in Indiana with the VP for Student Development and other student life staff from my school in early June to hopefully get a job working at a University campus as a resident director.  This is Plan A.  Prayers appreciated!

8. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you want to meet?

Elisabeth Elliot.

9. Favorite study snack?

Goldfish, chocolate chips, or reeses pieces.  These pretty much made up my late-nighters the last few years.

10. Diet pepsi or diet coke?

Neither?  I'm not a big fan of soda, and on the rare occasion I drink it, I just go for regular.

11. What's your ideal job?

Now this is a great question!  My dream job would be to work with young women (high school-college aged) in some capacity, likely as a speaker.  I'd also like to write books in the future.  And someday, I want to return to the world of Children's Ministry.

12. What's your middle name?

Marie - but who's isn't?

Thanks for the questions, guys!  I will try to do another one of these in the near future!