IN HER WORDS

Every year I interview the girls.  If you have read here for very long, you have probably read one of their interviews.  Our family loves to go back and look at these answers, to remember where we were at certain points.  The answers are some of our favorite insider jokes!  

While we were away on her 16th birthday trip I wanted to make sure I got a thorough interview in with Savannah.  Since she loves doing this (and has never known not doing it) we had a blast one chilly night out on the balcony laughing through the questions over coffee and cookies.  That moment is seared in my memory.  Maybe because it was so obvious she is a woman now with her own joy of Life ahead of her.


The answers are written down exactly as she said them.  That's what makes them so great to read in future years.  In parenthesis are my words.





 If you could have anyone do the voice-over for your reflections on life, who would it be? (a la the TV show The Wonder Years)
 - Don Barber (one of my dads oldest and best friends and the man that taught her to fish and shoot archery)

What is one of the most adventurous things you’ve ever done?
 - saying yes to leaving our house and life behind for whatever the Lord had in mind

What is something you like about yourself?
 - I have the mental margin to take a break and see what I need to see.  I can take a 5 minute sabbatical.

What is one of the best books you’ve ever read?
 - Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House

What is one gadget you’d like to own?
 - a holographic architectural design that I could build with like legos

What’s your favorite Bible verse?
 - Roman 4:20-21

What’s your favorite story from the Bible?
 - Joshua

Which Biblical character do you most relate to or identify with?
 - Joshua

Who is your best friend?
 - that pedestal has never been occupied

What is your earliest memory?
 - playing on a sit and spin

Do you dream in color? How about in sound? How do you know?
 - yes

What is one thing you wish you had more time for in your life?
 - reading

How would you define the word “Christian?”
 - someone seeking after, following after Christ

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
 - Jerusalem

With whom do you need to restore a broken relationship?
 - grumble...i don't want to...thats very interesting...grumble…Peyton

What’s your favorite characteristic of God?
 - creativity

What would you like for your life to be like five years from now?
 - In the mission field, wherever that is.  Whatever that looks like.

Name one of your most favorite possessions.
 - my guitar

What is one question God might ask you?
 - Are you giving your all for me?

What is something you are looking forward to doing within the next six months?
 - getting my drivers license

When do you get discouraged?
 - when I feel unable to do my best

When do you feel the most vulnerable?
 - when I am fighting with someone

If you could possess any extraordinary talent in one of the arts, what would you choose?
 - No need for extraordinary talent, but would like to be comfortable performing


What is your favorite outfit to wear?
 - Chacos, my artist jeans and a tank top

What is one step God is calling you to take in faith to become more like Jesus?
 - wait for His best timing in everything

If you could own the world’s largest collection of something, what would it be?
 - books

When you think about your future, what are you most excited about?
 - starting a life of my own, whether that is in missions work or with a spouse, just beginning my solo journey

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, how old would you choose to be?
 - 25

What is one thing you’ve never done that you would really like to do?
 - a month long camping/survival trip

Who had a profoundly positive influence on you as a child?
 - my mom

When do you feel most content?
 - in nature having my quiet time with no distraction

What’s the hardest thing for you to do?
 - learning to love people I really don't like

What are 3 qualities you want your friends to have?
 - seeking Gods heart, steadfast, life-giving 

If you could be a contestant on any game show, which one would you choose?
 - a survival show or fear factor.

What “non-spiritual” activity in your life makes God smile?
 - talking through, challenging, and trading ideas with people

If you had one more day to live, how would you spend it?
 - a one day mission trip 

In what area of your life do you need to trust God more?
 - every one

If you could have any one super-power, which one would you choose and why?
 - mind reading

What’s your least favorite sound in the world?
 - syrofoam rubbing or people yelling (fighting)

If you could personally witness any event in history, which one would you choose?
 - talk to CS Lewis as he was thinking through ideas for books or Jane Austen as she was writing

When you get an unexpected hour of free time, how do you spend it?
 - hammocking

What playlist is currently playing on your iPod right now?
 - folk, acoustic

When you need just grocery – like a loaf of bread – where do you go to buy it?
 - Whole Foods

What would you order as your final meal?
 - the beef and lamb plate from Heart of Jerusalem Cafe in Manitou Springs, CO

If you had an unlimited gift card to any one restaurant, which one would you choose?
 - Central BBQ in Memphis, TN

If you could have a bottomless drink dispenser in your kitchen – like a faucet that just gave any one drink, anytime you wanted it – which drink would you choose? 
 - vanilla lime dr pepper


What is one of your most favorite worship songs?
 - How He Loves

If you had $10 to spend, how would you spend it?
 - trinkets at REI

If you had $100 to spend, how would you spend it?
 - at REI

If you had $1000 to spend, how would you spend it?
 - Ed Sheeran Little Martin LX1E or the Fender Telecaster with the maple neck and natural wood

If you had a theme song (one that played every time you entered a room), which song would you choose?
 - "a drop in the ocean" by Ron Pope

What are your favorite kinds of flowers?
- indian paintbrush

What toy from childhood was your favorite toy to play with?
 - the spider man silly string web caster

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what animal would you choose?
 - Pup (Rugby, our dog)

What is one statement that you hope people will say about you after you die?
 - a woman after Gods own heart

If you could use any mode of transportation to get somewhere, which one would you choose?
 - land rover defender series II or III (vintage circa 60's-70's)

Who is your favorite cartoon character? Why?
 - Kim Possible - she was so cool, she was a spy.  And Swiper (Swiper, no swiping!).

If you could live anywhere in the United States for only 6 months, where would you live? Why?
 - a mountain town in Colorado in the winter.  Its comfortable and satisfying, and otherwise relaxing.

What is your favorite thing to do with friends?
 - go to coffee

What is the best thing that has happened to you recently?
 - living at Camp

What is your favorite ice cream flavor and your favorite topping to put on ice cream?
 - mexican chocolate fiesta from Izzy in St. Paul, MN.  Favorite topping is strawberries.

What is one other hair-style you want besides the one you currently have?
 - none, like my own hair better than anyone else's.

If you could go on a trip anywhere with three other people, where would you go and what three people would you take?
 - a camping trip or to Santa Fe or sea kayaking in the Bahamas.  

What is your favorite kind of fruit?
 - peaches

What’s the biggest struggle you are facing in life right now?
 - looking forward and keeping my mind on what God has for me

If you could design the perfect TV channel, what would be on it?
 - history channel, discovery channel, Dr. Who, old period pieces (british lit based) and soccer

What one thing would you change about your house if you could?
 - We don't have a house!  I'd have my own room.

How many children would you like to have – and how many of each gender?
 - 2.,   2 boys.

What is something about God or Christianity that you have a hard time believing?
 - nothing

If you could achieve the highest level of education in any one discipline, which would you choose?
 - Art or Psychology


Do you have any nervous habits?
 - yes, I run my fingers through the top of my hair, I pick at my fingernails, I wiggle my toes, pop my knuckles

Would you say you are wholly surrendered to the Lord?
 - no