04 Nov 2009 Married to the Ministry Scavenger Hunt
 |  Category: marriage, Random Thoughts


A blog I follow is doing a fun online scavenger hunt, and the winner gets a southern style cookbook. If you are married to the ministry join in on the fun! Go to The Preacher’s Wife blog and follow the rules.

For those of you who don’t qualify, I hope you enjoy learning a little about me.

1.  First Name. Dana

2.  State and Country of Residence. Minnesota, USA for almost 3 years now, but born and raised Texan.

3.  Husband’s Ministry Title. Youth Pastor and blogger of Life in Student Ministry

4.  Length of time in Current Ministry Location. {IMPORTANT:  There are several of you who may not be in a current ‘official’ pastorate/ministry, etc.  That makes you no less a minister’s wife!  You play along, girlfriends, and let us pray for you!} 2 years, 9 months

5.  Children?  If yes, give gender and ages. yes! One adorable 3 month old baby girl.

6.  Number of unique homes in which you’ve lived during your marriage. 2. First was my husband’s one bedroom apartment that he lived in before we got married and we lived cramped for 7 months before moving to Minnesota where we rent an amazing 4 story lake house with the 4th floor being a tower that you can see the whole lake from. Perfect for quiet times with God.

7.  Cook Sunday lunch or eat out? Cook, unfortunately most of the time we end up eating something simple due to busy Sunday schedules, sometimes I think ahead and have something in the crock-pot.

8.  Typically on time for Sunday School or not? Surprisingly on time since we have to show up early anyways for Tim to teach Jr. High SS. Of course we do get up 2 hours before we need to leave the house since Hannah was born.

9.  Favorite TV Show. Do I have to choose one? Biggest Loser, Survivor, Amazing Race and 18 Kids And Counting

10.  Something you watch/like/do that you would never tell the church people. (Except now you just did…lol) I recently started watching the Country Music Channel, getting hooked on World’s Strictest Parents, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and Cowboys Cheerleaders. I’ve really been missing my Southern roots since Hannah was born.

11.  Most annoying church-related pet peeve. When people say that Tim and I are the youth pastors/leaders (plural), meaning that I am it too. The church hired Tim, not me. I am Tim’s biggest fan/helper, but not one of the youth pastors.

12.  One thing you need to throw away but can’t bring yourself to do it. Old shoes. I have many from college still sitting my closet that have made many moves with me already.

13.  The one food you can not live without. Chick-fil-a. There aren’t any in MN, which is frustrating, so any time we travel I always look for the closest one to where we’re going. Looking forward to our next trip over Christmas!

14.  Parsonage or have your own home? neither, we rent

15.  Freak when the doorbell rings or always ready for a visitor? Freak! With both Tim and I despising any kind of chores, our house is usually a mess. We do enjoy having visitors over so we will clean, only if we have a heads up though!

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16 Responses

  1. 1

    Congratulations on your new baby!! I feel ya on the Chick-Fil-A. We only live 45 minutes from the closest one, but I HAVE to have it when we are close to one!

  2. 2

    Hey! Congrats on the baby! We have an 8 month old, our third child. I can so understand about the house thing. I like having people over as well so the house gets really clean for like…. a day!
    Nice to “meet” you.

  3. 3

    Do you know I have never even SEEN a Chick-Fil-A? I hear about them all the time in the blog world – I’m going to have to find one soon!

  4. @ Emily, Thank you! I think I would be making special trips to go to Chick-fil-a! It’s just too tasty!

    @Jennifer, Thank you! I’m glad we’re not the only ones that struggle with the house…and you are absolutely right that it stays clean for a day! Nice to meet you too!

    @Robin, you will have to find a Chick-fil-a, they are really good! Sweet tea and their chicken nuggets make the perfect meal fast-food meal.

  5. 5

    Steve always tells churches when he talks to them that they are ONLY hiring him, it’s not a two-for-one deal.

  6. Yeah, everyone that was on the hiring committee knows that, but some people in the congregation include me as a youth pastor for some reason…I did help in almost every part of the youth ministry until our little girl was born this summer. We made it very clear that they didn’t hire me, and I don’t think it’s said as an expectation, I just don’t want to take any credit from Tim.

  7. 7
    rachel h 

    Congrats on your sweet baby girl! Your home sounds amazing!

  8. 8

    Girl, do you need me to send you a gift package will all things southern? We sure can’t have that baby girl growing up and speaking with a northern accent!!! 😉
    So nice to meet you and I’ll be praying that Truett Cathy opens a Chick-fil-a near you soon!

  9. 9
    Mrs. H 

    Fun to read your answers 🙂 You could have our Chik-Fil-A if only I could ship it up to you. I like it occasionally, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing 🙂 We like Amazing Race as well, but it being on Sunday nights stinks… I think that’s the only reality show that we’ve stayed with over the years.

  10. @rachel h, Thank you! We are very blessed.
    @cheryl, a southern gift package would be great! We’re going to TX in February, I can’t wait!
    @Mrs. H, Thanks! You should jump in on the fun! I would totally take your chick-fil-a from you! While in TX we didn’t go often, but at least it was there when I wanted it, probably once a month, which does seem often to me now with getting it about once a year now…last time was at the SYM Conference.

  11. 11
    Mrs. H 

    I did join in! 🙂 Check it out! (Except I won’t be scavenging on the dates she selected as I’ll be busy being induced & having a baby, wohoo!)

  12. Yay! Having Baby will be so much better, I am so excited, I want to see pics!

  13. Your house sounds heavenly!!! And I also love me some chic fil a . closest one to me is an hour so i get it every time I go to the big city..!

    btw LOVE your blog design…:)))

  14. 14

    Love the blog design too! Wow! I can’t believe how many people posted about Chick-fil-a. We have three in Florence- the one with the in-door playground just up the road! I guess I will count my blessings more when the kids want to go to “chick-chick-lay” as my two year old says! Enjoyed reading your treasures!

  15. 15

    I love Chick-fil-a. Your house sounds wonderful. I’ve always wanted to live by the water, whether lake, river or ocean. Nice to meet you.

  16. 16
    Mary Beth 

    My son goes to college in Minneapolis at North Central University. AND I answered Biggest Loser & Amazing Race & Survivor TOO!!! And we love Country Music… don’t get the channel though… we don’t have cable… only an antenna.

    So great to meet you.