My friend Kat was interviewed on her blog, and graciously consented to interview me. I say graciously, because I was late to read her blog interview, and she had closed her comments. I mentioned in commenting on another post that I wished I had not missed the chance to be interviewed by her, and she sent me questions. I wanted Kat’s questions specifically, because I know that she never pulls the punches and therefore she would ask the important things, even if they were the hard things. I was not disappointed. I got the questions on Tuesday, and I have been thinking about them since.
So, here are the questions:
1. How did you and your husband decide how many kids to have? 8 is quite a large family.
2. You are one of the very few Christians I have encountered over the years who preaches the love side instead of the fear of eternal damnation. I admire you for having such strong faith. When did you come to find Christ and just ‘know’ that this is the life he planned for you?
3. Why do you have so many different blogs about so many subjects?
4. How do you have the time to blog on them all with such a large family to tend to as well as knitting?
5. Do you have any regrets? (this is just a great question for everyone)
To answer question 1, I am going to just point to this entry I made some months ago on Quiverfull. I’m doing that because question 2 will be a book in and of itself.
2. I have known about Christ all my life, and accepted Him as My Savior as a child. But it was not until I was in my mid-20s that I really began to get to know Him. And only in the last couple of years that I have begun to understand what grace, mercy and love really are. For many years, I read “there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”, and while my head read the words, my heart did not grasp the meaning. Life in Christ is life in freedom. He loves me. He loves me. He loves me. Yes, even me. With all my failings, and all my sins and all my shortcomings, He loves me. It is His strongest desire to give me life and give it to me more abundantly. It was when I began to understand this, the enormity of it, that I understood that all those promises in the Bible were for me. Not for other people, good people, but for me. Just as I am, right now. And the beauty of it is that even though He loves me just like I am, He loves me too much to leave me that way. I’ll direct you to another post about My Best Friend.
This is not to say that I don’t believe in a literal hell. I do. But I also know God doesn’t want to send us there, and that in fact, He died so we could avoid that. Read that again, and grasp it. That’s the part that took me so long to understand with my heart and not just my head. He DIED so I could live. So often we hear in movies or what-not (no, I’ve never heard it in real life) “I’d die for you”. He really did it. He was “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. How can I not love Someone who loved me so much? How can I not tell others about that wonderful love?
3. I have so many blogs about so many subjects, because I have a lot interests. I use blogs like some people use notebooks: to organize my thoughts and take notes. When you live with many little people, papers have a way of getting….damaged. My niche blogs are as much for me as they are for readers, with the exception of one that I started at a request from a friend. But even that one I am finding is becoming more for me. I hope it still serves the purpose she had in mind when she asked for it. A couple are ones that reflect things I want to learn more about, and I just record things I learn.
Additionally, I am a teacher, a sharer. It’s just a part of my make-up. It seems egregious to me to have knowledge locked up in my head where it can’t help anyone but me. That’s just selfish! To post about everything that interests me on one blog would simply overwhelm that blog. My solution was to break the content out into different areas so people could find what they are looking for without having to wade through stuff that is irrelevant.
I know many people think that I started those blogs just so I could put opps on them, and I’ll admit that I will probably register all of them with the paid blogging companies eventually. But niche blogs are niche blogs. So far I have 3 narrowly focused blogs registered with PPP and I have taken 0 opps on one and just a handful on the other 3. I don’t stretch those blogs to put opps on them. But if something comes along I think my readers would benefit from, I’d be a fool not to get paid for it, right?
4. Schedule, schedule, schedule. Delegate, delegate, delegate. I try to get all my “work” done during quiet time each day. Somedays it works better than others. I’m woefully behind on everything from school, to chores, to blogging, to networking, to showering, to sleeping. I only get 24 hours a day, in spite of the fact that I have 36 hours worth of stuff planned. I’m working on a way to twist the space-time continuum in a way that better suits my needs, but so far, I’ve not had much success.
5. Not really. There are several things that I wish had turned out differently, but what’s done is done. I’d rather learn my lesson and move on than spend time regretting. I cannot change the past, I can only affect the future. Ok, one. I regret that I can’t spend all day playing with my kids, get all my work done at night, and give up sleep. See number 4.
And that’s my interview. Kat, again, I appreciate so much that you did this for me 🙂 And, yes I will keep the interview going. So, if you want to be interviewed:
1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your weblog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
I’ll take up to 5 commenters.
Great answers. I knew that you wouldn’t mind the tough ones.
I knew of all the people I have met on line with such a strong faith, that you would answer these tough questions from an atheist, honestly, fully, and without apprehension.
One person I sent questions to, refused to answer one.
That kind of disappointed me, but I knew you wouldn’t not answer.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask them and your readers a chance to get to know a little bit more about you.
P.S. I like the new look here, very nice.
It’s a sad reality that Christians have the rep of manipulating people into submission instead of liberating them into God’s glory.
Hopefully that’ll change soon.
Interview me! Surely there is something you want to know. 🙂
I truly enjoyed it, Kat. The reason it took so long was because I needed to take enough time to give good answers. And I am pleased you like the new theme here. I still have A LOT of work to do.
Brian, you are so right. I often think that Christians do much of satan’s work for him.
Got ya, Ang.
I’d like to be interviewed, too, please.
I’m so glad I happened to click over here from the PPP boards. I had no idea you had a large family, too.
I would like to be interviewed, just remember I think slowly.
I left a comment with a request to be interviewed and gladness I found you. I hope you got it since I don’t see it up and see someone else’s posted after mine.
Anyway, I originally said, I’m glad I found you via PPP. Like minds regarding children… 🙂
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This was a nice time to find your blog, with that interview on. I so identify with having several blogs with different topics. But to manage your time with those and 8 children – wow! I have three children and 6 blogs that are barely a month old and I find my schedule all topsy-turvy 😀 I’ll be visiting and exploring your other blogs.
I am participating. I was interviewed once, but would enjoy being interviewed by you since you have a very lovely, thoughtful and thought-provoking blog.
How on earth do you maintain so many blogs?
Loved reading this, Cass! And I, too, love that you are so willing to answer the questions – I learn so much from you and your willingness to just tell it like it is!
Manila Mom, I hope you find something useful on every one of them 🙂
Thank you, Lisa!
I lost count if you already have five interviewees. I enjoyed reading your answers and would enjoy answering your questions. Let me know, thanks. 🙂