Greetings from Southwest Missouri!
I’d like to introduce myself to you as I embark on this journey of sharing my life, my passions, and my experiences with anyone who wants to join me. So here goes….this is who I am…Patty Murray and I live in southwest Missouri.
There are a lot of ways that I could describe myself…single mother of three grown children, educator, counselor, daughter, sister, and most importantly child of God. I am trying to retire from being a school counselor and finding it hard to walk away from a career I loved every single day, but as they say, baby steps with a couple of part-time jobs to keep me working with kids. Besides my own children, who are my heart, I am spending some of my newly acquired free time to explore my passions and find outlets for my talents including writing, cooking and exercise.
I’ve loved writing several different mediums, creating stories since the sixth grade when I won a writing contest with a poem about snow fall and got my picture in the local newspaper. I’ve had a couple of short romances published in a national women’s magazine and some other small pieces in various outlets including a Sunday School publication. From that publication, I also picked up a pen-pal with whom I’ve traded bi-weekly handwritten letters since I was in the seventh grade, but that’s a story for another day.
A passion I have developed over the past few years is my love of exercise. I have always walked for exercise, but when I got a free gym membership through the health plan at work, I started getting serious about exercise. In addition, I started a Couch to 5K program just because I wanted to see if I could do it, and I could. I now combine running with the machines at the gym and although I am far from “toned,” I enjoy the head-time and the feeling I get from working out. More about that later.
Cooking is another passion of mine. I love baking and creating new dishes. I’ve written hundreds of recipes and maybe someday, I’ll put them together in a cookbook, but don’t hold your breath! There are just so many cookbooks out there by famous people, I don’t think anyone would be interested in recipes by little old me! My friends and family will be the recipients of this passion for the foreseeable future.
There are other things that make me who I am…I love camping and am a member of an RV park, where I camp in a tent while dreaming of having my own camper. I love baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals. I grew up a Cincinnati Reds fan, also a story for another day, so my blood’s always run red! I also adore the water—pool, lake, beach—and the sun, and I have the freckles to prove it.
There is one other part of me that bears divulging. I have been single for many, many, years. I’ve had some really rotten men in my life, and I’ve had some really great men in my life, but I’ve never had one that stuck around so I’ve built a life I love as a single woman. I’ve spent the time raising my kids, and now spending time with my grandchildren, and taken advantage of the time in strengthening my relationship with my heavenly father. God will know when it’s right for me, and while he’s setting that up, I’m praising him through it!
I have lots of ideas as to where I want this to go…personal stories, stories about people I meet, restaurant reviews possibly (I eat out a lot!), travel stories, health after 60 (did I mention I just turned 60?) and sharing my faith. This is an exercise that could change, one that I hope to evolve and emerge to be something of which I can be proud and hopefully, will help someone in a way I could never imagine. God is in control and….God is good, all the time.
I hope that you will join me on this journey and spend some time with me as I share my passions!
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