Who I Am

How exactly do you explain who you are to the world?  I’m not so sure of the answer, but here is my attempt to explain a little bit about myself.

My name is Miranda. I am a Christian. I am single. I just recently turned 30. I am a homeowner.  I live in a small town and, for the most part, I live an average life.  I am the ‘mother’ to one very spoiled “child.”  His name is Baxter and he is a long-haired miniature dachshund.

I am a daughter, sister, sister-in-law, and aunt.  I love my family.  I grew up in a very loving, Christian home.  My dad worked and my mom was able to be a stay-at-home mom.  My childhood was what I consider ‘normal.’  I fought with my brothers all the time, mom screamed at us, we begged her not to tell dad about what we did for fear of getting into even more trouble, and the cycle continued day after day.  Eventually, mom went back to work to start preparing for all the expenses as 3 children were growing up and it started costing more and more to keep us up (cars, insurance, college, etc.).  And then we all went off to college and started to become adults.

In the fall of 2000, I left home to attend the University of North Carolina.  I learned a lot of life lessons there – primarily about being responsible for yourself….I had quite the time making myself get out of bed to actually go to class.  Despite all my class skipping, I finished in 4 years with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  Yes….this is basically a nothing degree as I had no desire to continue in my psychology studies.  I actually only majored in it because I loved the Child Development aspect of the psychology department.

I went on from there to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where I ended up in the Christian Education department.  My desire was to work with children and youth in the church.  I did end up doing this, but not as my profession.  In this area, I’m basically a well-educated church volunteer.  I have taught Sunday School for 1st – 5th grade at one point or the other and have worked with the youth girls since finishing at the seminary.  I love my church family.  The fellowship that we have together is sweet and I know that there are always people there for me when I need them.

In 2007, I started working for the Clerk of Court in my home county.  This job has opened my eyes to so much about the world.  Never has one job challenged me so much.  It was a lot to learn and, because laws constantly change, there is always something new to learn with this job.  It has also challenged me a lot emotionally.  I never knew how much my patience and anger would be tested until I started working with the general public.  Many aspects of the job have also caused me to struggle with feeling compassion for people.  Overall, I like my job……but, of course, it is like any other job where you have good days and bad days.

As I stated before, life is very average for me.  I work 40 hours a week and my down time is usually spent with my family or with my church family.  Occassionaly, Baxter and I will have a weekend to ourselves…..but that usually means I am cleaning the house and he is spending the day giving me sad eyes and whining because he wants to go outside and play.  Despite how average I think it may be, it is a life I love and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I hope that you will stick around and read all about it!

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