We decided to try something a little different for this edition of HERstory. Since this is the story of a woman who lives in the local area, I sat down with the beautiful Christa in my studio and we did a video interview! It was a lot of fun and I had a great time getting to know this amazing woman with a faith that is unwavering, a peace that is encompassing and a sense of humor that makes being in her company an incredibly easy and enjoyable experience.
Check out her video interview in the link at the bottom of the page.
SDE: Christa! I am so excited to have you as part of the Skin Deep Project. You have such a beautiful story. To start, tell me a little bit about yourself.
CHRISTA: I am a military wife and a mom to five children who are my life. My husband is in the Air Force and since he has been gone for so much of my children’s lives, they are very close to me. I was raised in a military home, with my dad being a chaplain in the Air Force and my mom, a full-time nurse. I have four siblings and none of us really had a full-time parent to care about what we were doing from day to day, or to encourage us to be better because we were precious. I want my kids to know that I care, and that I think they are amazing. My self-esteem is very damaged and I do not want that for my own kids.
SDE: What inspires you?
CHRISTA: I am most inspired by people, particularly children, who are enduring devastating illness, injury or loss, and they still manage to maintain their faith in God and remain hopeful of His plan for their life.
SDE: When you have time to yourself, what are some of the hobbies or activities that you enjoy??
CHRISTA: I love to sing. I also love art, drawing and painting. I love the English language. I find it so beautiful, so I also love to write.
SDE: What unique gifts, talents or qualifications do you have? These can be things that come very naturally to you or things that you have worked very hard to achieve?
CHRISTA: I am a very simple person. I am probably most qualified to wear a hot dog uniform on a street corner! However, I do think that I have a gift for listening to others. It is often hard to find someone who understands the need to just be quiet and listen. So often people just need an ear to listen to them and not another mouth to instruct them.
I am also good at making people laugh in situations where their first instinct is to cry.
SDE: Tell me something about yourself that most people may not know. Is there some characteristic or quality you have that makes you unique?
CHRISTA: I am a very ritualistic person. I have developed a bedtime ritual at night with my kids. I have to go around and say prayers and kiss each of my babies the exact same way every night. After they fall asleep, I always stand over them and thank God for giving them to me and then I run my fingers down their necks to make sure there is nothing that could choke them. When they go off to college, my husband may have to get used to me checking him for choking hazards at night!
SDE: Tell me about a particular experience in your life that caused you to recognize a deep, genuine beauty in yourself or someone else.
CHRISTA: When my grandfather passed away, my mother stepped forward as caretaker to my grandmother. My mom had five children of her own to take care of and my grandmother was very sick and could do little for herself. Grandmother was completely bed-ridden so my mother would lift her every day to do all of the undesired necessities such as changing bed pads, changing diapers, bathing, inserting and extracting catheters, administering insulin and maintaining a very strict diabetic diet. My mother also took Grandmother in for all of the necessary tests and screening, surgeries and yearly exams. My mother nursed Grandmother through a mastectomy as the result of breast cancer, a diagnosis of Hep A and Hep B, congestive heart failure and numerous bouts of pneumonia. The most humbling part was that my grandmother was an incredibly mean person. Through the course of my mother’s life, my grandmother was extremely abusive to her and told her that she did not love her. In spite of a lifetime worth of pain that my mother endured at the hand of this woman, my mother took beautiful and loving care of her. My mother was not in a situation where she had to care for my grandmother, and she had five of her own children at home, a husband who was gone a lot for the Air Force and a full time nursing job of her own. My grandmother lived for six years after my grandfather died. She was very loved by the child she had neglected and abused while it was her responsibility to be the caretaker. My mother taught me what true unconditional love and forgiveness looks like and she remains one of the most truly beautiful people I have ever known….
Read Christa’s full interview in Issue #3 of Skin Deep Exposures Magazine here.
Check out Christa’s video interview here.
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Tell us what you think. Can you relate to Christa? She seems to deal with some of the struggles and insecurities that are universal to women, would you agree? Did you take encouragement from her story? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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