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20 Questions

At a recent mission conference Sandy and the other missionary wives sat on the platform in the sanctuary and were asked “20 Questions” during a morning ladies fellowship. Since one of the purposes of our website is for people to find a connection with our family on a personal level, we thought it would be interesting to do the same thing here. So listed below are some questions for Sandy and me. Enjoy.

20 Questions for Sandy

  1. Favorite Bible Verse: For now… Psalm 4:4 “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”

  2. Favorite Hometown Restaurant(s): Meadowlarks and Thai 9. I love restaurants that are unique, organic and/or the menu is planned with the seasons.

  3. If you didn’t live in Ohio where would you live in the United States? Also, in the world (other than Italy)? My top 3 places for the US would be Malibu/Santa Monica, CA; Daytona/Ormond, FL; and any place with a great view of the Rockies in Colorado. In the world (other than Italy)… for now I have a fascination with Crete, Greece. Haven’t been there but it looks absolutely gorgeous with great Greek food!

  4. Favorite book (non-spiritual): “Peter Pan and Wendy” by J.M. Barrie would definitely be my first pick. It’s enchanting. Love the classics. “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens, “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “First Love and Other Stories” by Ivan Turgenev are also some favorites.

  5. Favorite junk food: I am a veggie wrap, açai bowl, wheat grass shot drinking girl (when deputation allows). But when I get a craving for something not so healthy I usually end up with a Frisch’s Big Boy with extra tartar sauce or chocolate chip cookie dough. Yum!

  6. Favorite TV shows: I love HGTV! We don’t have cable at home so when we are put up in a hotel that does, I try to get my fill. I especially love “Income Property”, “Holmes on Homes”, “Divine Design” “House Hunters: International”. “Man vs. Wild” with Bear Grylls and “Rick Steves” travel show are also my favorites.

  7. Most exotic thing you’ve ever eaten: I have eaten sushi on many occasions but really enjoyed conch from the conch shell. My first year after college I worked in a high school and the French class asked me to try the escargot they had made. Not only did I eat a snail but I ate a snail prepared by a sophomore.

  8. Your favorite past-time: Playing with my children outside, exercising (cardio-kickboxing, Pilates, running, etc.), taking walks as a family, learning more of herbal remedies and natural alternatives and shopping.

  9. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do? Ski. This time of the year always reignites my desire to someday learn how, or at least attempt once, to ski.

  10. If you had a day to yourself to do anything you wanted what would you do? Sleep in. Sleep in some more. Work out. Have a complete spa day. Enjoy the sunshine.

  11. When you look back on pictures of yourself what age are you most embarrassed about? My mother went to hair styling school when I was about six and she practiced on me until I could pay for my own hair style. At six, she cut off my long hair and gave me a tight ‘Annie’ type perm. Sad first grade picture. I don’t like to pull out those Jr. High pictures either.

  12. What is one thing that cheers you up when you are sad? My children’s smiles, hugs, sunshine and good memories.

  13. Favorite book of the Old Testament: Ecclesiastes

  14. Have you ever missed out on something you really wanted to do? Pursue and receive my Ph.D. in Psychology from a prestigious college such as Pepperdine University.

  15. What job do you think would be fun? Camp counselor. During my college years, I would work at a YMCA summer camp and it was absolutely the best job I ever had! I loved all of it, hiking through the woods, playing capture the flag and leading camp songs with the children.

  16. What is your favorite family activity? Playing hide n’ seek in the dark.

  17. What is your favorite Christmas movie? “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby. Vermont, the lodge, Bing’s voice, it’s all great.

  18. What is your dream home? As missionaries in Italy it is very unlikely that we will ever own or live in a house. Most Italians rent apartments. But if I could have a dream home built it would be a very modern home that has an open floor plan, large rooms, uncluttered, modern line furnishings, floor to ceiling windows and an incredible view of the ocean or mountains. I absolutely adore Rocio Romero home designs. Not for everybody. Stetson says they look like a box.

  19. Favorite clothing store: J Crew, Boden, L.L. Bean, Gap, Ann Taylor, Garnet Hill, and Anthropologie. Preferably outlet or clearance prices.

  20. What is your greatest accomplishment? Giving birth to my daughter Pearl with absolutely no pain relievers after having previously almost died from giving birth to my son Isaiah.

20 Questions for Stetson

  1. Favorite Bible Verse: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

  2. Most frequented restaurants when travelling: Cracker Barrel, Chick-Fil-A, and Five Guys Burgers and Fries (when Sandy isn’t with me). Just east of Pittsburgh, PA there is a Five Guys Burgers and Fries right next to a Starbucks – it doesn’t get any better than that.

  3. How did you get your name? My great-grandfather (John Burnam Kindred) was a sheriff in Kentucky. The attorney who prosecuted the criminals he brought to trial was named Stetson Smith. My great-grandfather named his son after his friend, the attorney. My grandmother named her son after her brother (Stetson Kindred). My mom named me after her brother (Stetson Green).

  4. Favorite book (spiritual, other than the Bible): “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan. I also enjoy anything written by A.W. Tozer, Leonard Ravenhill, and Andrew Murray.

  5. Favorite snack food: Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch Cliff Bars or Vanilla Yogurt with Granola

  6. What current fad/trend do you dislike? Facebook

  7. When you look back on pictures of yourself what age are you most embarrassed about? Most of my embarrassing pictures from childhood have to do with my hair… there was only about a three year period that I had a decent haircut. But the hair wasn’t my only problem… as a child I didn’t know how to smile so I always bit my bottom lip in pictures.

  8. Favorite clothing store: I hate to shop but I do like clothes from Eddie Bauer.

  9. One book you would recommend every Christian have in their library? “Explore the Book” by J. Sidlow Baxter.

  10. What is one of your biggest regrets in life? Eliminating things that are too personal or too lengthy to explain I would say quitting Muay Thai kickboxing and quitting guitar.

  11. Favorite city (both domestic and international) that you have been to: Obviously my top places would be in Italy so eliminating that I would say domestically my favorites are Ormond Beach, FL; Glenwood Springs, CO; Boston, MA; and Newport, RI. Internationally, outside of Italy, with a brief layover in France, I have only been to Japan, Mexico, and Canada. So from those countries I would choose Tokyo, Japan.

  12. Favorite sport to play: Basketball.

  13. Favorite childhood toy: I loved playing with GI Joes. Although, I did own a Milky the Cow and Gobbles the Goat too. Sandy laughed at me when I told her about Milky and Gobbles, I thought every kid growing up back then had them… must have been a farm boy thing.

  14. What month of the year best describes who you are? October… cool demeanor but warm on the inside, plus I’m loosing “foliage” up top and that which remains is changing color.

  15. Most important ingredients to a friendship: Sincerity, honesty, and dependability

  16. Who is your biggest hero? Sandy… she’s overcome a lot in her life.

  17. Favorite Bible character (outside of Jesus): Paul (NT) and David (OT)

  18. Favorite book (non-spiritual): “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry. I’ve also really enjoyed listening to Sandy read the following books to Isaiah for home-school… “Red Sails to Capri” by Ann Weil, “Walk the World’s Rim” by Betty Baker, and “The Sign of the Beaver” by Elizabeth George Speare.

  19. If you could have dinner with four people from American history (dead or those still living) who would they be and why? Ronald Reagan, George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Michael Savage. Reagan, the Great Communicator not only of conservative ideals but of humorous stories; Washington, a courageous general with high integrity and profound insight; Franklin, an inventor and statesman known for his pithy comments; Savage is a highly intelligent radio commentator that would make a good moderator for the evening. (Isaiah recently studied Washington and Franklin in American History so that’s probably why they came first to mind).

  20. Best advice you’ve ever received (outside of the Bible): That would be to take the daily quiz from John Wesley’s 18th century “Holy Club” at the end of each day… (1) Am I conscious or unconscious of creating an impression? Do I create the impression that I am a better man than I am? (2) Did I exaggerate? (3) Did I pass on what was told in confidence that I shouldn’t have passed on? (4) Am I enjoying prayer? (5) Am I self-conscious or self-pitying? (6) When was the last conversation I had with the object of winning someone to Christ? (7) Did I pray about the money I spent? (8) Did I insist on doing something about which my conscious was uneasy? (9) Do I grumble and complain constantly? (10) How did I spend my spare time? (11) Was I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, or touchy?

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