Who Are You?

 

© Jeanne E Webster

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“My name is Jeanne Webster,

Web…eb…ster, Web…eb…ster,

My name is Jeanne Webster…

Who are you?”

I remember singing this song in first grade.   As a way of getting to know each other, we’d go around the classroom and when it got to you, you’d sing this, using your name in place of the last student’s name.  It’s a good way to introduce yourself.

My name is Jeanne Webster.  I was born in western Massachusetts, grew up under the “Army brat” emblem, moved almost every three years, ending up graduating from high school in Germany. My early adulthood was spent as a soldier’s spouse and mother of four children; have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. I’ve worked as a nurse’s aide, certified medical tech, veterinarian assistant, Home Health Care assistant, and freelance writer.

I have been writing since I learned to scribble my name and going non-stop ever since. Non-fiction is my first love but lately I have ventured into the fiction domain. As you can see from my offerings here, I love prose also. Curiosity draws me into new territories and techniques, as I believe challenges are excellent stimulants for the spirit.

I am a Christian and take my faith in Jesus Christ most seriously. He is the focus of all my endeavors and the reason I am who I am. I have been a member of numerous denominations, from Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, and back to Catholic. Presently I do not hold membership in any church. I feel there are too many man-made doctrines infused into religion and therefore I present myself to Christ alone. Christianity is not a religion but a way of life.

A never-bored character, I relish poking around in the corners of my days, seeking out the easily overlooked weeds of life for a rose or two.  I love books, books and more books.  I even read manuals that come with new things I buy!  Crafts are my constant companions, along with the need to set down in hard copy my imaginings.   My thoughts are a whole different world; it’s a Jeanne in Wonderland most days.  My one complaint in life, if it’s really a complaint, is that there isn’t enough time in the day to explore the caverns of the mind and the outside world that God has blessed us with.

I love people, care for people, make new friends, pamper the old friends, and do a heap of praying for people.  You’re my sister, my brother, my mom, my dad, my son, my daughter, and on and on.  In other words, you matter to me.

Sooo…who are you?  I’d like to know you too!

[A reblog to get acquainted with my new blogging friends.]

15 comments on “Who Are You?

  1. Hi sister Jeanne; My name is Bro Pat Romine..and I really thank you for this article.. also I’am very glad to know you…you are a very encouraging writer, I always enjoy your articles… Blessings .. Bro Pat. 🙂

  2. I loved reading your background. I have written way to much about mine. I am also a part of everyone I meet!

    • How else do we become acquainted if we don’t share pieces and bits of our lives? We sit a far off, blogging to the world, reading of the lives of others and thinking, “Wow, that person must be tight with God to come through all that!” Or “Gee, what do I write to encourage this person who has been dumped on for so long?” Or, “What a precious story that person wrote!” Fit that with knowing a bit about that person, it all connects and makes for an unexpected gift!

      Keep writing about your life. Life is short, exciting, and a wonderful exhilarating ride; sort of like bull riding! Before you know it, it’s over, the bull is back in the pen, and you realize you hurt all over! Shalom

  3. Susan Michaels says:

    What a sweet school picture and inspiring post, Jeanne! Thank you!

    • How about telling us who you are, Susan? Love to know about you. 🙂

      • Susan Michaels says:

        Oh yes! 🙂 hey, I could write a book about that, but let’s just say…I am Canadian prairies gal, born and bred, and through and through. I love wide open spaces. Some may say I must be crazy, but I don’t mind winter (we get a long one here!). I grew up in a very small town, raised by an educator dad, and a great mom, and I’m one of 7 siblings. I attended church since childhood, ran away from God in my 20s (searching!) and the Lord’s love rescued me in my ‘rebel years’ and God met me right in the midst of running away and led me back to a wonderful faith journey which I’ve been on ever since! I lived in Canada’s biggest city, Toronto for awhile and loved it, but returned ‘home’ to western Canada in my late 30s, and yes, it’s only Oct. 5th today, but the wind’s howling and it looks like an early winter is on the way! I’ve scribbled words and read books by the score since I was kid, but I seldom find as much time to write as I’d like. I have some novels outlined and unfinished, and hope to get to them sooner than later. I was commissioned to write a novel based on a true story – Never Walk in Darkness, published in 2011 under a pen name. It was a tough one…and broaches a pretty dark subject – child abuse, but also displays one woman’s courage and faith to overcome battles few of us can imagine having to face. Jeanne, thank U for your warm invitation to tell a bit about me. I always love reading your posts, and the homey ‘welcome’ you bring to the blog world. See U soon! Many blessings, Susan

      • What an exciting background! When I think of the northwest, I have dreams of mountain men, wild animals, Indians, untamed regions awaiting our exploration. Yes, and prairies. I sort of clump Canada with the U. S., in that regard. Intertwined by a mere border. Your childhood experiences set a foundation and now as an adult, out comes stories! You are so kind to share with us, Susan. We all come from different starting points, yet within, we all have “endured” life. Would be very interested in your child abuse efforts. It is such a tragic, all too prevalent event in our times.

        Love your writings! Such enthusiasms, much encouragement for other writers, positive outlook, and warm testimony of our Lord. Prayers always for your success and thanks for your gracious friendship. Shalom 🙂

      • Susan Michaels says:

        Thank you so much, Jeanne, and blessings upon blessings as you continue to encourage readers with your writing talen, wonderful humour, and great faith …Shalom! 🙂

  4. Jeanne – What a wonderful way to get to know you better. You have a wonderful philosophy of life.

  5. Dicky says:

    What a lovely post!

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