Monday, October 6, 2008

Getting To Know Me

How well do you know me?

On the sidebar under my picture I simply wrote "Read through my blog to get to know me"

But, I'm not sure you can reallly get to know me from my blog. Sure, I have been quite open and honest in certain posts, but I bet you'll get to know more about my kids through reading my blog than you'll get to know of me.

So, for those of you who did not know me in my Dairy Queen days (Merranda), or know me when I was six (Kim), I will provide a bit of information about who I am. Tidbits here and there as I become more and more courageous. Some funny, some serious. All information that I am willing to share with those around me.

1) I am a black belt in karate. Bet you never saw that coming. I started karate when I was young (can't exactly remember but I think around 10 or so). I saw a demonstration at a local community event and begged my parents to let me join. A couple classes later, I was enrolled. I stuck with it all the way to the end becoming a black belt when I was 15 or 16. I can remember many of the self-defense techniques but after 2 children and 14 years later, my flexibility and stamina are shot. I still consider one of my greatest failures in life being the day of my black belt test when before family and friends I got up to do some board breaking and on my first shot missed the middle of the board with a side kick and didn't successful do the break. After regrouping, I did come back and break on my second attempt - but it just quite wasn't the same.

2) I can be found singing and dancing all day. When I am alone with the kids, we run around the house singing obnoxiously, making up silly songs in our head, or simply singing Barney songs we remember from our video. Half the time it doesn't even matter, we just sing. The girls and I also love to dance. Mattea began dancing to Shakira when she was just 15 months old. Paloma has followed the trend. Sometimes, we crank up the music and sit in our room and dance. If you know me at all, you will know that I absolutely cannot sing. And I don't typically sing unless it is at church. But when I am with the kids, all bets are off. The book of Matthew tells us to be like children. I look at this as being my way of fulfilling God's command - smile!

3) I suffered from an eating disorder. I am not ready to divulge a whole lot of information about this but to say that when I was in middle school, I suffered from an eating disorder. Almost 17 years later, this horrific "disease" stills plagues me. I still have a dysfunctional relationship with food. I am not cured - simply in remission. I am an overachieving, perfectionist who has the "ideal" personality of an anorexic. Anyone who has known me for any length of time can surely vouch for me there.

So - here is a glimpse into who I am. In some ways, I am an extremely private person - yet in other ways, I'm brutally honest. Let's see how brave I feel next week when I sit down to blog.


Kim said...

Spilling your inner most secrets--what brought that on? Okay, I love sharing with people that my sis is a black belt--it's very impressive! Who care that the board didn't break the first time? You didn't see any of us out there trying! And did you ever know that I felt responsible for your eating disorder???? Now that I'm older and wiser, I don't blame myself as I know it is a very complex disease, but I did at the time.

lirpa said...

I knew about the black belt, but only for a few weeks when you told me at Mokey's house. As for the eating, I can relate. Maybe not as serious, who knows, but I can relate and we can leave it at that for now. If you ever need to talk about it---

MerrandaVK said...

Wow, how great! I have a post similar to that in the works. I forgot about the Black Belt thing.. how great :)

Anonymous said...

I love you just the way you are! You are an incredible friend and child of God! Thank you for leaving your footprint in my heart!