Friday, January 18, 2013

Fearless Friday - meet our Fearless Leader, Lorilyn Roberts!

Lorilyn Roberts, author, mother, broadcast captioner, follower of Jesus Christ – in very random order

What makes me content?  A Starbuck’s Vanilla Latte, Grande, extra-hot, half-caf, just two teaspoons of vanilla, not four, with my Kindle, under an umbrella, lying on a beach.

Sixteen very random facts about me that most people do not know:

1.      I was almost kidnapped when I was six. A man tried to coax me into his car with candy.

2.      When I was four, on the way to see the lighting of the tree in downtown New York, we got stuck inside a burning car when it became engulfed in flames.

3.      I drank poison when I was two. The only reason I lived is because I ate ice cream for lunch and it coated my stomach (it must have been vanilla).

4.      I know what it’s like to throw up forty feet under water. 

5.      When I took a genetics course in high school, I was the last person standing – I had more recessive traits than anyone else in the class – blonde hair, green eyes, can’t roll my tongue, can’t make a hitchhiker’s thumb, am left-handed, don’t have a widow’s peak, and something about an ear lobe – forgot what that one was. Now, how many of you reading this have just tried to roll your tongue?

6.      Had a positive pregnancy test twice on the way to surgery – really, I did question for one second if I was the second immaculate conception – and was terrified! (The machine was broken.)

7.      I was accused by a teacher in fifth grade of plagiarizing a report (I wonder today if that was prophetic).

8.      My first awareness of the existence of God came when I was four.

9.      My first awareness of God’s love came through a stray dog.

10.  My desire for God’s presence in my life came through Jewish classmates.

11.  My salvation came through reading the Gospel of Matthew.

12.  Charles Dickens and I had the same beginnings – we both started out as court reporters.

13.  I am a descendant of Anne Bradstreet (1600s), the first poet and first female writer in the British North American colonies to be published.

14.  Can write over 300 words per minute (on my stenograph machine).

15.  I am an introvert, love chocolate, and would rather read a good book than watch TV or a movie.

16.  Studied classical guitar as a teenager and performed at many events.

                                  Lorilyn with her daughters in Colorado Springs, August 2012.

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  4. Hi Lisa and Lorilyn
    That's an incredible list of events and things that we didn't know about you. I wonder what mine would look like? Thanks for sharing and for all the hard work both of you do for J316. I love being part of this group.

  5. When you said "random facts," you weren't kidding! My fifth grader would especially get a kick out of the genetics class reference since her class did something similar to that right before Christmas break. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for all you do for J316 (that we know and that we don't!).

    1. Actually, I was quite embarrassed when I realized I was the only one left standing in the room, and then amazed.

      Through the years, I think God used that to show me that I was unique. We are all unique, but my feeling of self-worth was damaged, and sometimes God has to use something really "outstanding" or "unusual" to get out attention and get through to us. God's creativity to reach our hearts in ways that speak personally is always amazing.

  6. Wow, God really protected you thru so much, Lorilyn. Very interesting, to say the least. We have something pretty close in common. I was kidnapped when I was four and wants returned until the mother of the teen heard me screaming in their basement. I love that you were protected in such magnificent ways. What a reminder that God can use anything - even ice cream- to protect His people. Awesome testimony!

    1. Isn't that the truth. Ice cream saved my life.

  7. Sorry. That should be 'wasn't ' instead of wants

  8. It was fun to get to know some up close and personal events of your life. How God has surely had His Hand on you! I feel I know more about this wonderful, caring, giving and hardworking woman.

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  10. Wow! Lots of interesting facts here. God sure is protecting you. Praise you, Lord!!

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  12. Such a delightful post about our fearless leader. We've known all along she is one of a kind. Thank you so much Lisa for bringing this to us. Blessings to you both.

  13. Thank you, Rose, and everyone for your kind comments.
    I feel the most blessed as I have gotten to know so many of you through the network who I probably never would have crossed paths with -- at least not to the same degree. I look forward to exciting things this next year and doors that God might open.