a note from anna
First and foremost I am a follower of Christ, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a life-long learner, teacher, servant and friend.
I grew up on a 10 acre family farm outside of Vancouver, WA. I helped with all the farm work; feeding cattle, pigs and chickens, sowing and harvesting a large vegetable garden, picking berries, cherries and apples and helping with freezing and canning all the produce. When I had free time, I read voraciously and loved riding my bike on the country roads surrounding our neighborhood.
When I turned 13, I began earning money babysitting and working in commercial berry fields. In high school, I went to work in a nursing home working in several capacities. Housekeeper and dishwasher for the first two years and then as a nurses aid after my first year of college. It was that summer that I met my future husband, Ron.
My parents weren’t believers, but my sister and I were allowed to go to Sunday school and we chose to go every week. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior when I was 16 years old.
I attended Central Washington State College (University) in Ellensburg, WA and received a BA in Education. I married Ron in 1973 and graduated in 1974. Our children came in 1975, 1979 and 1984. I chose to substitute teach for many years so I could be a semi stay-at- home mom.
My husband studied to be a youth pastor but eventually went to work for the state of Washington, working with parents and teenagers who struggled with family issues. He is now retired.
We both have served in a variety of areas; teaching Sunday school, attending/leading Bible studies, leading and support staff for youth group, leading/working in our Vacation Bible School. I sang in the choir for a number of years and went on a short term mission trip as well.
I became a board member of the Hisportic Christian Mission (evangelizing and planting churches for Portuguese-speaking people here in the states and internationally) which has allowed me to visit many states. This ministry is dear to my heart and we strive to share Christ with another language group. After the work of the mission board is completed for that year, I especially love seeing the natural world and historical sites in any state we visit. We’ve been to almost every state between Maine and Florida, as well as Georgia, Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, and Missouri, but the state of Washington with its lush fields and evergreen trees will probably always be my earthly home.
I have many hobbies; reading, quilting, counted cross stitching, gardening, scrapbooking and genealogy. I love writing; I spend time writing both for the church publication i.e. blogs and short devotions and newsletter, as well as creating Christian fiction which I hope to publish one day. I love spending time with my grown children and our grandchildren. Camping, hanging with my husband, and our dog round out a very fulfilling life.
My love for God has grown steadily through each season of my life. My hope is to share Christ’s transformational love with as many people as possible all the days I am granted on earth.