This week I'd like to introduce Betty Pearson. I have met Betty only once, and she probably doesn't remember me. :-) But, she has made a big impact on my life in the last 2-3 years. My son, Grant, served an LDS mission to Fukuoka, Japan from February of 2007 to March of 2009. While he was serving there, I stumbled across an email list for the moms of LDS missionaries in Japan. I joined the list, and I can't tell you how much it helped me through those 2 years. I met many wonderful people on the list, and got lots of help. Betty and her husband are the two that run that list. And I found out that they run TONS of them - list for moms of missionaries from all over the world!!!! And they do it all for free. What an incredible service. Don't you think? So, now that you know why I'm featuring Betty.... here are the first two questions in our interview.
KARA: " Please tell us about yourself... likes, dislikes, hobbies, talents, etc. What makes you an Incredible Woman?"
BETTY: "I have so many hobbies and interests, and not enough time to do them all! I love to go bicycling when the weather permits. My husband and I ride on bike trails all over our area. It's fun, and I miss it very much when the snow comes and prevents us from getting out. I love to knit/crochet. I am a beginning knitter. I taught myself how to crochet. I like doing things with my hands, and find it hard to completely sit still or waste a minute of my time. I play the cello, and that is how I met my husband, Karl. He plays the oboe. We met in an orchestra pit for a musical. He proposed on our 3rd date, and we've been married for nearly 32 years. I also teach music lessons. I love gardening. We grew a very large garden this year. Each year we try to grow something new. This year it was Butternut squash, and I've decided that it is so good we will plant it again next year. I grow my most of my veggie plants from seed. The only space I have is our living room window, so my husband set up grow lights in the bay, and my plants thrived. :-) I learned how to do home bottling last year. This past year I learned to bottle salsa, spaghetti sauce, and 3-bean salad. Last year I learned how to bottle fruit. I also dehydrate everything in sight. :-) Right now I am drying apples, and in a couple of days I'm going to learn how to bottle applesauce. I love to learn, and history is my favorite subject. Math is my least favorite. I am really interested in the history of England right now, and am searching for a good book. Know of any? I also love to learn about nutrition and health. Another thing I found a love for is family history and genealogy research. Karl and I train others in our area (Stake) on how to do it. Karl is the computer expert, and I am the research expert. Any spare minute I get, I am doing research on the computer. I find it fascinating. It has been fun to use modern technology to see places where I most likely will never visit. I google earthed (is that the right way to say it?) where my father was born and raised in Germany. I looked in Cornwall, England, where some of my ancestors drowned in a river. I found the street that they lived on. I love music! Of course I have my favorite classical music, but love musicals of all kinds, and have played in the orchestra pit in many community theaters. I also love to read. I like all kinds of fiction/non-fiction. Right now I am reading the Percy Jackson series. I especially like fiction for youth. I think it is time to read the Anne of Green Gables series again. I've only read them once many years ago. I have a list of books I want to read. I also like to watch movies. Friday or Saturday night is movie night! My dislikes are... time wasters. I sometimes hate the thought of needing to sleep at night. Just think of all that could be done when one didn't need to sleep! Of course, my family members would still need to sleep, or how else could I ever "catch up" on things if there is twice as much to do? I just wish I had some secret potion I could take that would keep me youthful and rested, and let me get more things done by not needing to sleep. Although I love food, especially chocolate, buttery popcorn and ice cream, many times I am not in the mood to cook. I love reading and collecting cookbooks, but because of my restricted diet, cooking just isn't fun anymore. My youngest son LOVES cooking, so sometimes we work out a deal. He will cook dinner if I do the dishes. I love it! I heartily dislike spiders and many other creepy crawlies. I love spring, but hate cold winter nights. I do not like pettiness, nor gossip. Well, that's about all I can think of.
What makes me an Incredible Woman? Gosh, I don't know how to answer that one. I consider myself a normal woman, but a busy one because I choose to be busy. Does that make sense? There are many incredible people who have a lot of incredible talents."
KARA: "What is one word to describe your family - and one word to describe each of your children?"
BETTY: "Only one word to describe our family? Oh boy, that is tough. Crazy/never boring. How is that? haha!
One word about each of my children that I love? That is tough because there are many things about each one of them that I love.
My family: I have to put down more than one word about my husband.
Karl is a wonderful man. He is absolutely awesome. He is so willing to help others. He has a dry sense of humor and is never boring. He can do anything he sets his mind to doing. He is talented, a genius, a fun dad. A genuinely good guy.
Lisa, age 31. Married, mother of two darling girls. Compassionate and caring.
Erik, age 29. Married with one daughter and another girl expected in January. Has a great sense of humor.
Andrea, age 27. Single and college graduate, teaching orchestra. Friendly.
Glenn, age 25. Married and has a little boy. A hard worker.
Daniel, age 23. Mischievous/tease.
Michael, age 19. A quiet thinker.
Josh, age 16. A tender heart."
Wow, I'm impressed. It's not easy to describe your husband and children with so few words. Thanks to Betty for trying! Tomorrow the interview continues. And, as I've mentioned before... if you have anyone to nominate for Incredible Women, please email me at kara(dot)incrediblewomen(at)gmail(dot)com.