21. My mother tells me I asked Jesus into my heart when I was 3. I wish I remembered that day.
22. I have never wanted to live any other way.
23. Being the eldest, I was given a great deal of responsibility.
24. I was mad when my youngest brother was born - I wanted a girl so that we wouldn't be outnumbered.
25. He and I became very close, because I helped Mom a lot with him.
26. When I was 10 I almost drowned when I hit a drop-off in a Minnesota lake.
27. My mom couldn't swim either, but she was tall enough that she was able to reach me and rescue me.
28. I still have a fear of water and cannot even float, much less swim. I don't even like to get my face wet in the shower!
29. I got a D in swimming class because of this phobia. It's the only D I ever got in my life.
30. The P.E. teacher wouldn't get into the water to help anyone, but would stand on the edge of the pool and try to tell us what to do. After we moved, the class I would have been in threw her into the pool, and it turned out she couldn't swim! They were expelled from school for awhile. I wonder if I would have been in on that.
31. My sister and I used to designate Saturday night as "giggle night." We must have driven our mom crazy!
32. I had a very tender conscience. As a teen, I would go into my parents' room when I got back from any event and tell them all about it. Someday I'll tell the story of the slumber party when the police arrived - I made sure they knew all about it so they didn't hear it from someone else. The policeman in this little town reminded us of Barney Fife.
33. I was the tallest girl in my high school class (there were only 82 total).
34. I lived in 23 houses/apartments (not counting dorm rooms) during the first 30 years of my life, but have lived in the same house for the past 28 years.
35. I am afraid of heights - can't do roller coasters, haylofts, ladders, mountains.
36. We moved back to Minnesota in the middle of 5th grade - as far north as you can go.
37. My sister and I worked very hard to lose our Arkansas accents quickly, because we were teased mercilessly - we practiced saying "I" instead of "Ah" every night.
38. We lived in an apartment at the back of the church for the first year or so - two tiny bedrooms upstairs, a living room and kitchen downstairs - 7 people. The aroma of Mom's roast always permeated the sanctuary before Dad finished preaching.
39. The time in northern Minnesota was the least happy years of our lives. It was a very rough town.
40. Dad got very sick and had to leave the ministry for awhile to regain his health. We became laymen's kids for a couple of years. I missed being the p.k. My sister kind of liked the change.
TO BE CONTINUED . . .