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Ripley, West Virginia
Hello, from Ripley (Believe it or not), West-by God-Virginia.I worked in clerical/secretarial positions in New York State for 30 years before retiring in 2003. Married for 40 yrs. (OMG) this April. Time flies when you're having fun. DH and I have been through the war and back in our 40 years together making us as comfortable with each other and our life together as a pair of well-worn slippers. We have 3 adult children, 5 grandchildren, and two dogs that drive me crazy. I'm a Certified Lay Minister with American Baptist Churches USA, and just completed a three year course of study from the West Virginia Baptist School of Christian Studies earning a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry. I am passionate about my faith, hope and trust in God. Proverbs 3:5 keeps me grounded. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." I'm happiest when I'm free to worship God in spirit and in truth, unhindered by man-made boundaries. Writing creatively and a gift for music, especially singing, are two ways in which I seek to understand, glorify, and praise God for the many blessings of my life. I love: the color green, forests, and long, brown, pine needles; rustic homes and fireplaces; sticking my hands and feet in a cold, clear creek. Children. I love witnessing the innocence of children and grieve when that is taken from them. I have a special place in my heart for the elderly, and I enjoy visiting with them. I find myself humbled and grateful by the life experiences they are so willing to share. I used to bake and cook a lot; but now, arthritis in my hands (especially my thumbs) and feet as well as Fibromyalgia make for less "kitchen time." Not a good thing when you enjoy cooking. Now I look for simple and not too time-consuming recipes that still say "I love you." I do continue to make halupki, lasagna, and a couple of other time-consuming recipes (although it really tires me out); but, the happy "thank yous" from others makes the pain more tolerable. Besides, cooking is about love and pleasing others...not pain.