My birthday and my precious family ~ 2007.


Hey Friends –

Today is my 43rd birthday! Woo Hoo!

I’m off to celebrate with family and friends (& serve hot lunch too!). I can’t wait to see what the day holds! Just for fun, in honor of my birthday, here are 25 random things about me, with a special $43 Giveaway at the end…


25 Random Things about Cindy ~ (aka “The Birthday Girl”)


1. Qdoba is my favorite restaurant. I could eat Mexican food every single day.

2. For my first date with my husband John, we went rollerblading.

3. Growing up, I always wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader or a teacher.

4. My dad attended Purdue University when I was little ~ so I lived in the student housing there in Lafayette, Indiana.

5. I loved being an RA (Resident Assistant) at Michigan State University.

6. My first job was at the Quad Movie Theater.

7. I love being a mom 🙂

Cindy in Saharawi Refuge Camp

8. I spent Easter 2002 in the Sahara Desert. We stayed in a refugee camp (cockroaches and all). (See pic above ~ can you tell which person is me?!)

9. I once won my church’s Chili Cook-off

10. I grew up in Kokomo Indiana. I still keep in touch with my best friend from those years (JJ Stutzman-Landis). I can’t believe she’s put up with me all of these years! 🙂

11. In August of 2003, I officiated a wedding. Can you believe it, me?! (I hope they are still married!)

12. I love to CELEBRATE! Especially with colorful table cloths and lots of confetti! Party City is my favorite party store!

13. I usually read about 4 books at a time. Currently I am reading…Experiencing the Spirit by Henry Blackaby, Dream Thieves by Rick Renner, Spirit Hunger by Gari Meachum, Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist and more!

Cindy & cute Sarah

14. I go to Starbucks more than I should. My drink of choice – a skinny vanilla latte, extra hot, no foam. My little Sarah likes Starbucks more than me now. She’ll say, “Hey Mom…want to go to Starbucks???” How can I resist???

15. I cook dinner every night. I would have never thought I would enjoy it ~ but I do. (Except tonight for my birthday we’ll order pizza).

16. I had the opportunity to pass out Samaritans Purse Shoeboxes in Cairo, Egypt in 2003. (Trip highlights here). It was absolutely lifechanging. (Pic below is me in Egypt in a local hospital on the childrens’ cancer floor ~ I was pregnant with my little Sarah for this trip).

I would LOVE to go back to Egypt!

17. I gave my life to Jesus Christ in July 1996 (You can read my testimony
here). My life has not been the same since (Praise the Lord!)

18. I am passionate about….Jesus, the Bible, praying, living fully, celebrating life, encouraging others, sharing life with my friends (usually over coffee), and being the best wife and mom I can be.

My friends

My friends

19. I have some of the best friends in the whole wide world. I’m in awe of the amazing women friends God has brought into my life (you know who you are!)  

20. My son Jake is MUCH taller than me now.  I have to stand on my tip toes to give him a kiss. 

Me & my boy - Christmas 2012

Me & my boy – Christmas 2012

21. Did I mention I love being a mom???

My family

My family

22. I could spend all day at the bookstore studying the Bible. Next to my home, it is my favorite place to be.

23. My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11. God’s Word has absolutely transformed my life!

24. My husband and I are exact opposites ~ but I couldn’t imagine anyone else in the whole wide world I’d rather be married to. God is the perfect match maker!

25. My greatest desire is to point people to Jesus with everything that I think, say, and do. He is my life. I hope to *sparkle* for Him!

I feel so blessed that you made it through all 25 Random Things! Thank you!

In honor of my birthday, I would like to give a $43 gift certificate to Starbucks to one blessed *She Sparkles* friend!

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Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*. I’m off to go celebrate!! 🙂

God’s richest blessings to you~

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