Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I Love Me a Good Scavenger Hunt

Lisa, at The Preacher's Wife is hosting a fun scavenger hunt for ministry wives. So I'm joining the fun. There is a prize at the end - Pioneer Woman's new cookbook! So here goes:

1. First Name. Robin. Hence, Robinznest. I know - I'm clever like that. My mother read the book by Dale Evans Rogers, Angel Unaware, about her little down-syndrome daughter named Robin while she was pregnant with me. That's how I got my name. And I've always liked my name.

2. State and Country of Residence. Idaho - which is in the USA - but you should note that since we cling to our guns and our religion some other states may not want to claim us.

3. Husband’s Ministry Title. He is the senior pastor. Which means he has been the janitor, door-locker, bulletin typer, snow-shoveler, Sunday school teacher, secretary and repair man at various times in his ministry! Everything but the song leader. He gave that job to me. Things are much nicer these days - mostly he just gets to be the senior pastor. And I don't have to lead the singing.

4. Length of time in Current Ministry Location. We have served in this local church for 21 years. Unbelievable. All my life I have moved at LEAST every two years and often times more. It took marrying a preacher to finally put down roots. Atypical for sure - but very much appreciated by this pastor's wife.

5. Children? We have four grown daughters, two of whom have married, one just finished grad school, and our baby is in college. sniff-sniff. But we also have a one-year old granddaughter and a one-year old grandson who are bringing us all kinds of joy and we are discovering that the empty nest isn't a bad nest at all!

6. Number of unique homes in which you’ve lived during your marriage. Well, our first home was a camper in my in-laws back yard. Yeah - that didn't last long! During seminary we lived in a roach infested apartment followed by the dirtiest house I have EVER seen in my life. My sister and I cleaned it for a solid week and then the owner asked us if we had bought new kitchen appliances! Our first parsonage home was a very tiny apartment attached to the back of the church. On Sunday mornings our parishoners would knock on our door, come in and deposit various produce items, and then march out my back door into the church. That was weird. And fortunately that didn't last too long either.

7. Cook Sunday lunch or eat out? Most of the time we eat at home and our kids and their families join us. It is a treasured day of the week for us.

8. Typically on time for Sunday School or not? I am an on-time kind of person. I hate walking in late.

9. Favorite TV Show. LOST and 24 are my very favorite shows. But I am a news junkie so I do watch my fair share of cable news.

10. Something you watch/like/do that you would never tell the church people. (Except now you just did…lol) Ha, ha, ha. I've been in the ministry long enough not to fall for that one!!!

11. Most annoying church-related pet peeve. Singing all the verses. You know what I mean.

12. One thing you need to throw away but can’t bring yourself to do it. My too-small clothes. Surely I will lose weight one of these days. And that time is sure to align with the time in the heavenlies when the 70's styles are in again. And then I will be set! Right?

13. The one food you can not live without. Diet Dr. Pepper. And pasta.

14. Parsonage or have your own home? We are blessed to have our own home - something I never expected or planned on - but something I totally love!

15. Freak when the doorbell rings or always ready for a visitor? Well, if you mean by ready that my house is clean and I am dressed and there are baked goods in the oven - then no. But I got over that years ago. Now it is "take me as I am" and that seems to work for everyone.


Emily :) said...

Loved this! I can really relate to the church members coming in and bringing produce. The church actually had a garden in our backyard this year. I am a city girl and still have yet to figure out how to put away or cook half of what they brought me.:/

So glad your husband gets to just be the pastor now. Gives me hope. :)

So nice "meeting" you!

Karen said...

I enjoyed this, Robin, it's nice getting to know you better. It sounds like being a pastor's wife is a very full life, indeed. I can't even begin to imagine. But it also sounds like it definitely has its rewards.

jenmom said...

I so love me some Diet Dr. Pepper! Nice to "meet" you as well!

Sisters said...

I should have put 24 on my list too. I love that show and can't wait for it to start up again!

Mariah said...

24 rocks!! AMEN lady.

Dana Schmoyer said...

I'm glad you were able to put roots down by marrying a preacher. I'm a PK and moved a lot growing up.

Becky said...

I love your answers. Especially 10, 12, and 15. Right on sister!!

Crystal said...

I love your #15!! I am trying to work on that!

Thanks for your comment on my post! And yes, I would LOVE to meet the Duggars! Especially Michelle!

patty said...

I'm looking forward to the empty nest thing! Most people dread it, I think, but not me. We like 24, too, but we wait for it to come out on DVD before watching because I am too impatient to wait from week to week to see what kind of scrapes ol Jack is going to get out of.

rachel said...

I can't believe people would walk right through your home! But it's really cool that you guys have been there for 20+ years!

Cheryl said...

One benefit of pastoring in a rural community is all the fresh veggies we get!

I keep telling myself I gotta start drinking diet Dr. Pepper but I can't seem to give up the real stuff!!!

TCKK said...

I love your answers to 12 & 15. It's nice to meet you. -Cathy

Mary Beth said...

You're a grandma! I can't wait to be a gram. My son is almost 22 and he says it will be a while. My daughter is 14... I will probably have to wait til she's married. LOL

Nice to meet you.

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

Diet Dr. Pepper...YES!

And that would freak me out for ppl to walk through my house to go to church. You are a better woman than me! lol

Dawn said...

I loved learning these things about you - My mom could tell some interesting answers as well!

I got a post up about the past long week-end - priorities, you know! I have two days now to get ready for the next trip. Exciting!