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Facebook has been a flurry with the lists “of things you didn’t know about me.” I’m sure these lists annoy some but I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these “things I didn’t know” about my friends. Fun!

I thought I’d join in the list-making fun (who doesn’t love a good list?) and tell the world my top 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about me!

  1. I’m shy! No really, I am. If I don’t know you really, really well then I will probably not strike up a conversation with you. This comes across as a snotty, I’m-better-than-you attitude and I know this and I have been working on it. For like 30 years.
  2. I have one sibling. And he is 10-1/2 years younger than me. So basically my parents had two only-children. But now that we are both adults I believe we have a very unique relationship — one that I treasure and will protect.
  3. The hardest thing I’ve ever done (so far) is leaving the Lawrence County Record. No one (maybe only my parents and my brother) can understand the significant, integral role that that place played in my life. It (the building, the people, the role, the paper) was the constant. I left because it was the right thing to do but I still miss it. And love it. And cherish the memories.
  4. My parents are two of the biggest blessings in my life. I thank God every single day for my parents and the relationships we have. They loved me first. I loved them first. Parents are so important … all of your life.
  5. I don’t (really) like animals, which is strange since we have had a menagerie of creatures at one time or another. The only four-legged animals I really like are cats and pigs. Strange combo. Chickens are nasty, mean creatures. Cows are indifferent to me. They only want me for my feed. Goats are cool (think dog personality with horns) but their eyes freak me out (Google goat eyes … freaky!). Dogs stink. But I do love their loyalty.
  6. What do I DO all day? That is the No. 1 question I get now that I’m home full-time and my kids are in school. Here’s the answer (in a slightly irritated but-trying-not-to-sound-too-irritated tone): I do the chores inside and out. I am more detailed when it comes to our diet and making the house a cozy place. I’ve been reading about whole foods (and the opposite of whole foods) and I’ve been trying to make adjustments. I like to go upstairs in my kids bedrooms and straighten the beds they’ve already made and turn down the covers and arrange the animals making the beds look all cozy and nice. Bottom line is this: I’m really enjoying spending my time trying to make our home a shelter, a refuge for those I love.
  7. Matt is my favorite person on the planet. He is the most forgiving person I know. He is the best dad to our four kids (and I really mean that). He is a selfless, hard worker. And he doesn’t know how great he is. Love.
  8. I buy strep-testing kits from Amazon. And they work (I took them in for my doctor to check out). And they’ve saved us bunches of money on co-pays. And I have successfully diagnosed my friend’s kid using said-strep kit. Boom.
  9. Addicted. When I get on a topic or a T.V. show I become addicted. Obsessed. I have the ability (and this is a gift AND a curse) to watch a series on T.V. from beginning to end. In nearly one sitting. It ruins the show for others (poor Matt) but it’s just how I roll. Same this goes with a topic. Like the Amish. I research and research and read books and blogs and on and on and on until I get “all the goody out of it” (that’s a shout-out to my Senekers) and then I’m done. Out of nowhere. No warning. It’s just over. (I still revisit my obsession with the Amish from time to time.)
  10. I care too much about what others think about me. I wish I didn’t but I do. And I’m working on not caring. Or caring just enough.

Categories: Life on the farm

Ginia

My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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