11.17.2007

Me in 8 Nutshells

Well I, Kim, was tagged twice on Tim’s blog and since I have never posted it would be pretty easy for me to post twice as much. I can be frightfully long winded, so there will be only a few, brave souls that make it all the way to the end of my post. I am cheating, I was not going to tag anyone since I almost never blog. But I am going to tag my neice, Kira and nephew, Ethan.

1-- I contribute my strong tomboy streak largely to my older sis, Kelcey. When we would play house as kids (since she is older) she always got to be the mom. I got so used to being the make-believe dad that once when I was about 3 or 4 I informed my fam that they could call me Jeffery. They said “no”.

2--Around 4th grade, my best friend Ariana and I used to play soccer at every recess with the boys. We were very conceited and highly talented athletes, always running just as hard and fast as we could. Probably after watching me run my heart out and strut over a great steal, one of Kelcey’s friends said to her “Your sister runs like a boy, does she walk like a girl?”

3--I am by nature a packrat. It pains me to throw cool or possibly useful stuff away. Also in 4th grade, (as tradition for all of us) my Grandma Chrystal took me to the capital building when I was going to start studying CA government. As we walked through the metal detectors, I set off all the bells and whistles. We stepped aside and she asked me if I had anything metal in my little purse or pockets. All of the security agents and Grandma were cracking up by the time I was done emptying all the treasures from my purse. It was a collection of flattened scraps of metal from parking lots. Fascinating stuff!

4--Living in Russia and Mexico has only added to my already thrify, almost miserly self. When my little sis, Kara, was here visiting I was talking about turning our leftover fajitas and chilaquiles into a great egg casserole the next day for breakfast. She said “Kim, if you were not a missionary, I think you would make a great . . . (now here is where I expected her to say gourmet chief or something related, but no) . . . cafeteria lunch lady!” Oh the shame! Sadly, it so fits. We never bought hot lunch on “Cook’s Choice” day because we knew that was cafeteria code for leftovers. (Well anyway, the breakfast was delicious.)

5--Not all tomboy, I am afraid of spiders and creepy-crawlies in general. I used to play outside a lot with my brother, Chris. Once we were both up in the apricot tree and when he turned around I was shocked to see that there was a lizard clinging to the back of his t-shirt. Instead of telling him and having to help get it off, I said “Let’s run to the house!” It was a good little distance, and thankfully the lizard bailed off before we got to the fence. (I am pretty sure I have never told him that story!)

6-- I love projects and like to throw a little creativity into everything I do. Tim has thought I was crazy more than once because of another bright idea. One of my all time favorites was knitting a hammock after moving back to CA from Russia. I really think projects are therapeutic for me, it was my form of combating reverse culture shock. I am thankful to have parents that let me make messes and allowed me to follow some whims. I want to be that kind of a mom.

7-- Here are a bunch in one, since my time in almost out. I am a relationship person; loyal to a fault; cower at conflict; love to make life more liveable; cry at the drop of a hat; love to sing out loud and be silly; love to read out loud to myself or anyone who will listen; love Tim and being married; love being a mom of three and that has also been the biggest challenge in life so far.

8—Here is the social worker in me coming out. My most recent fascination has been a program I heard about this week on the news called One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and the idea is to provide kid friendly laptops to students in poverty stricken areas (especially in third-world countries.) The more I think about it, I love the idea. The goal of the company is to alleviate poverty by empowering students with access to knowledge, technology and global communication. But it really relies on the creativity of the members to improve their communities by what they are given. Neat, huh? Anyway, until Nov. 26 they are running a promotion for the program that if you give one laptop, you get one to keep or give to the child of your choice. I wonder what great good God could do through this. Here’s the link for anyone interested:
http://www.laptop.org/en/vision/index.shtml

Thanks, Tim, for letting me hijack your blog and ever indulging my crazies.

18 comments:

kim said...

yeah i made it here first! kim it's so great to hear from you and to learn some new things about you. maybe you should start your own blog?!? i would love to hear more from you, especially about your greatest challenge and adventure your kiddos.

Kara Lane said...

Hey Kim,

You know we all love your quirkiness and all your great creative projects. I still love when I was at your house in Amherst, and we decided to make the mosaic stepping stone. We spend the whole first day diligently placing each piece in the design. We specially broke pieces to fit just perfectly in each certain spot. The the second day, when we were transplanting the originally laid pieces into the concrete mix, none of that first day of work mattered. We just had to cram all the pieces in, and the mix had too many rocks for our hard work to matter. It still came out very nice though. Good times.

cemotosnack said...

Kim thank you so much for sharing. I love to find out little things about people that I wouldn't know otherwise. To me it's interesting what people choose to share about themselves. Now that you've been through being tagged why don't you come to BASE and rest ... you are about to be Hot Seated.

The Gearharts said...

Kim I remember the first we went out together we helped an elderly woman push her car into a parking lot out of the middle of the street at Quaker and 19th in Lubbock (with 2 or 3 other girls). Well you went from a tom boy to a strong beautiful woman. I am so thankful and blessed to know you as a friend.

Carolyn said...

Kim,

You make me smile - I especially loved the idea of seeing you knitting a hammock! How did it turn out?! I have been spending a lot of time last night and this morning looking at your link to the laptop idea. I love it! I am going to send an email out to all I know to consider giving in this way. Thanks for posting about it. It was so good to see you - I always feel really good when I am with you - you are a great person and have a beautiful family.

tim rush said...

Cool. You don't know how excited that makes me that you would promote the laptop idea (which I really have no ownership in, but it makes me feel so excited.) If even just a few of us do it, I think it will make all the difference in the world to at least that many kids and their WHOLE families and communities. Thanks. (It must be the social worker coming out in you, too.) Pray about how we could someday donate more than 100 (and then have some say about where they would go.) I think it would be a great ministry to Mexico, esp to Tabasco right now to recover from such devastation.

I also felt so recharged after the retreat. I was glad we got to spend a little time with you guys.

Kim

Kristi said...

The story about you turning the quesadillas into the next days breakfast is so you! I love you, Kim.

tim rush said...

Thanks so much for your comments. I could easily become a blogger, I guess, because this is really fun.

Kim--thanks for commenting so fast. You win a no expenses paid trip to Guadalajara! I would love to write more about the kids sometime, as this one was all about me!!! Parenthood really is a great adventure, isn't it?

Kara--we sure were meticulous for no reason on our design, huh? I would like to do another mosaic sometime. But I have tried to vow that I would finish some other projects before starting any new ones.

Paige--oh boy, the hot-seat. I am afraid that not many of your regulars know me. But then again may be no one will find the real dirt. You blog is really fun and God uses it.

Amy--You remember the details better than I do. I hope you guys are having some calm moments in packing.

Carolyn--the hammock turned out pretty good, but I hardly used it. If I ever make another one, it will be better. We sold that one in our garage sale to move to Mexico.

Krisit--Yes, you know me. Your commenting on that particular part makes me think about when I brought a bunch of tissue paper up to Sunset for instructor's gift baskets during mission term. You were talking with me about my thriftiness and at the time I thought "But doesn't everybody save tissue paper?" For me it's like a compulsion. If my mom were a blogger she would jump into the conversation here. Thanks for loving me for it.

from Kim

Kara Lane said...

Kim is "gaga" for tissue paper.

tim rush said...

I knew I could count on one of you to say it! Mom would be so proud of you.

Timbra Wiist Owner/Photographer said...

kim, you can ALWAYS make me laugh. . okay, so i just wrote this comment and then saw that you're going into the hot seat on paige's page (she doesn't know me, but i think i might get involved this round anyway) so i've erased that comment and will now say. . . I SAVE TISSUE PAPER. . and i too thought everyone did this! (my mom would be proud of you for that too)

klc said...

I will say that Kim was definitely the brave sister. I was always too scared to ask for ketchup at the counter by myself. She would always say "Ok, I'll go with you, but you are going to talk this time." I always agreed(whatever it took for me to not have to go alone). When we got up there I always froze and once again Kim asked for ketchup.

Kim was always keeping things challenging for me and in her own way spurring me on toward independence. On a trip home from San Francisco my Grandparents were teaching her how to tie her shoes(a skill that I did not yet possess) you can bet that I learned how the very next day. In the same fashion, I had to hurry and get my license at 17 and 1/2 because she was in drivers training and had here permit.

I am thankful for my little sister and the things that she encouraged me to do. Otherwise at McDonald's now I would have to send Kira to ask for Ketchup.

tim rush said...

timbra--oh, no I think as I wonder what you decided to delete. Thanks for commenting, I think. I am going to head over to the hot seat to check it out.

KLC--ha ha. What would we have done without each other? Surely someone would have made you ask for your own ketchup eventually.

tim rush said...

oops, that was Kim. I have stopped changing to my name when in comment. Tim has an all female blog role right now! He doesn't even want to hang out here because of all us.

Another day in the life of Beau Hart :) said...

Tim you had tagged me before I left for Boston. I'm sorry it has taken me so LONG to respond to that tag, but I've put 8 random facts about me on my blog :)

Anonymous said...

Kim...

Glad you played along. It is fun reading about you this way. I like picturing you as a child running for 'lizard sake'. ha (Except, I actually picture you the age you are now...hmmmmm!)

Love the laptop thing. Neat.

James and I are slow....we have been running nonstop...trying to keep up with all that the kids are involved in..we still have not done our passports. Hope we can get it done next week.

Love you and yours!!

RaDonna

tim rush said...

Some more nuggets about my beautiful wife...

1. Her dream job has always been to be a mail man (Or mail woman if you must) or to work with an airline so she could travel for free.

2. She's a great athlete. My dad got her a set of lefthanded ladies golf clubs right after we got married. I think she beat me the second time she played.

3. She should get an award for patience. I was reminded of this yesterday when Karsyn had explosive diarrhea. It wasn't pretty.

4. She enjoys life, regardless of circumstances. She was equally happy in Amherst, population 700 as in Guadalajara, population 7 million.

5. She's a good driver. I believe her record in the states is spotless, though her record in Mexico... not so much.

6. She would love to homeschool our kids. (I don't know if I could handle it though, and I wouldn't even be the one teaching!)

7. She's a lefty and really wishes one of our kids will be too. She was a bit bummed when Clark started picking up his crayons with his right hand. Q still wants to bat left if that is any consolation.

8. Kim almost got voted out of the Rush family because she sings too well. There was a sector of the fam that thought maybe she was trying to show us up one particular Sunday morning.

tim rush said...

hey everybody,

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you are enjoying it!

Yesterday Clark fell and hit his mouth really hard on a wooden bench in our livingroom. We ended up taking him to the er, to make sure he did not need stiches or something (esp on the inside.) Please pray that he gets better fast. He can't eat much because he really smacked his top teeth, so mashed potatos and dressing are here just in time!

RaDonna--fun to find you in blog land. It seems like you must be busy with catering, party season with cakes, running the Dixie Dog, and running your kids all over Texas. Do you ever sleep? I wish that we could go see Kiera in Annie, tell her to break a leg!

Tim--thanks so much, yhis was really fun. You can have your blog back now. Thanks for not voting me out of the family! I love you.


from Kim