Well, gardening season is fast approaching and this morning I am noshing on some canned pears my Aunt Krista gave me… amazing… Its raining for the…uh… 5th? 6th? 7th? day in a row. Honestly, I am trying not to keep track. I am just thinking happy thoughts about sunshine and warmth and homegrown fruits and veggies…
…and reading a few of my favorite blogs. If you’ve never visited Annie and her blog, its high time you got your booty on over there. Not only is she funny and a great writer (she just finished her first book!), but she also has some great ideas.
Thanks to her post, I am also partaking in The Noticer Project. Definitely check out the website, but the basic idea is that those participating take a few minutes to notice 5 of the most influential people in their lives. So if you want to join in just respond to this post, and I will be glad to make a list at the bottom of my post so we can all read each other’s list. (if you don’t have a blog, you can leave your list in the comments section or leave a link to your facebook- this isn’t only for bloggers)
Without further ado:
1. Mom & Dad
The older I get, the more I realize how blessed I was to be born to Bill and Tina Adelsberger. That is not to say I didn’t know how blessed I was when I was younger, because I did. We never had a lot of stuff… I never got a pair of Guess? jeans when they were all the rage in middle school, my first car probably cost less than $500, and I didn’t have a college fund. But we didn’t have in the way of material possessions was more than made up for in everything else we did have… love, mutual respect, friendship, guidance, support, fun, shared memories… and the list could go on and on. I grew up knowing that my parents loved us enough to set boundaries and follow through on discipline. I didn’t always like their rules, but they always took the time to explain why they were doing things. They were (are) great listeners who were never too busy to hear about school drama or boyfriend woes or science fair projects. I saw my parents go through hard times with each other, family, work, and even God in a way that revealed the depth of their character.
I went away to college thinking that the time of needing my parents was probably tapering off (I assume they thought the same)… and humbling as it has been for me, I cannot say enough about how they’ve so gracious helped to fill in the gaps over the last few years. To say that they’ve been supportive would be an understatement of massive proportions. They have taken phone calls at all hours of the night, taken time off of work to help do projects around the house, moved me at least twice when I could be of little help, bought me a car so I could pay them back slowly, believed in me when I could barely get out of bed, watched Cohen so I could work…. and they did this all without overstepping boundaries or giving their own opinions…
Someone get these people an award!
2. Aunt Debbie
Aunt Deb was sort of like a second mom when we were growing up… we never lived more than 10 minutes apart and Aaron and I spent tons of time having make-believe adventures with her three boys (Matt, AJ, and Caleb). She would always let us make a mess at her house and do the kind of semi-dangerous activities that would send my mom into a tizzy. As I got older, Aunt Deb became a valued advisor. I have sought her advice on every major decision in my life and found her to be an impartial and wise source of knowledge. She is one of the smartest people I know, hands down… and one of the most compassionate. That’s not a common pairing, but there’s nothing common about Aunt Deb. Her life has been anything from easy and she’s suffered a many losses and yet she has a heart that is soft toward God and others.
3. Pastor Jason & Heidi
When Pastor Jason and Heidi came to Bellefontaine I was a Junior in high school and they were fresh out of Bible college. I didn’t go to their church, but I only had to visit their youth group one time to know that is where I belonged. I had never heard someone preach to young people the way Jason did… he didn’t candy coat anything or play patty cake with minor issues… he didn’t capitalize on pizza parties or gimmicks to get kids to come and raise his popularity… He just taught the WORD. They showed us how to pray, how to worship, how to study the Bible, how to struggle with God… I rarely stopped in at his office or the church or his home and didn’t find him reading his Bible. They let us come over to the house and listened as we worked through and built up our own faith. Their passion for God was contagious and so many of us were changed forever because of their lives. Though years have passed since those high school days, Jason and Heidi have proven themselves to be as generous and wise and insightful as ever. I thank God for them.
All of my siblings have been very influential in my life, but Beth and I spent several years traveling together.. and sisters, we have a special bond, right? I was 8 when Beth was born and I was, naturally, completely nuts about her… but given that age gap, I don’t think I ever expected to have a close friendship with her. When I was graduating college, she was just starting high school. If it hadn’t been for the calling on her life and subsequent giftings, I would never have had the opportunity to know her so well. So I thank God for her impact on so many and even me.
When you travel with someone 24/7, you really get to know them. In 3 years of suitcase living, she and I only had one fight (which I think came be blamed mostly on being female, if you know what I mean)… and this isn’t a credit to me, but a credit to her. I’ve never known a more generous hearted, tender, others-prefering person than my sister Beth. Somehow she took a situation that could’ve easily had me feeling jealous or left behind and made it a highlight of my life. I’ve heard it said that when you praise a person, you find out who they reall are.. Beth has received many accolades and been the object of a lot of applause, and I can tell you first hand, that what it revealed about her is a rare humility and servanthood. I want to be like her when I grow up 🙂
The day I found out I was pregnant, my life changed. The pregnancy was very unplanned and a huge shock to say the least. I was worried and upset for just a few minutes until I called my mom and for the next 12 weeks I was bursting at the seams with excitement until I could share the good news. Almost 2 years ago, Cohen Reid McDonald entered into the world weeks earlier than expected. I took one look at him and I knew I would never be the same. I see the world through new eyes…nothing is dull or old…everything is brand new… lightning and squirrels and puzzles and snow…! Cohen wakes up with a smile that can evaporate the worst mood ever..his laughter is contagious. I now know what it means to fiercly love and protect… I understand my parents so much better…and I have glimpses of God I missed before he was born.
So many other people have blessed my life… Mr. Reames, Pastor Ricks, my brothers (Aaron, Matt, Ben, Joe, Josh), my sibs-in-law (Beck and Shane), dear friends (Tiff, Britt, Jill, Sara, Tera, Sarah…so many..)
Love you all!