Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.
This week our interviewee is Christian author Carrie Daws. Her debut novel, Crossing Values, was released in January 2012 and is available both in bookstores and online. It’s sequel, Ryan’s Crossing will be out this summer!
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
Living in a military community can be tough as people come and go with new assignments. Working in a church office can be just as tough as we often see people in the low points of their lives. Recently, when word came through that a soldier of our church had been killed on duty, the church family and military community united and renewed my hope in the hearts of people. Dinners for two weeks were organized and still people wanted to know what else could be done. I watched as people volunteered to provide paper products, toilet paper, breakfast foods – all kinds of items to try to help prevent the family from having to think about grocery shopping for the first two weeks.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
My favorite time of day is coming home. It doesn’t matter if I’ve been gone ten minutes or five hours, one of my dogs is patiently waiting in the window watching for me to come back. And when I open the door, all three dogs come running to greet me.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
I’m homeschooling our three children, and our second child hates school. Generally, he knows he must accomplish a certain amount before he can move on to what he wants to do, but frequently we have the battle over how much effort is acceptable. I’m constantly battling myself as much as him over what he’s capable of versus what’s truly important. I remind myself that one of the reasons I homeschool is to build relationships with my children – and while I will stand my ground to a point, the relationship with my son is more important than him achieving a high grade average.
What do you wish you were more conscious of?
People. Occasionally I will sit back and watch people. It’s interesting, sometimes funny and sometimes enlightening. Most of the time, though, I wonder: What in her life made her walk with slumped shoulders? Does he realize he walks around with a frown? What caused that limp? So much pain walking around me and usually I’m clueless to it.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
I’ve been keeping a lot of things on a calendar I carry with me everywhere for a while now, but realized I was still missing some things. I found a neat idea in a book about keeping a daily calendar and a To Do list together on one page. This helps keep me focused on the things I need to accomplish. With this combination, I’ve realized two very important things: 1) I can more easily close it and walk away from my computer well before bedtime because I see before me proof of how much I’ve accomplished, and 2) I more easily and regularly schedule time for myself and time with my family.
After almost ten years in the military, Carrie’s husband medically retired from the US Air Force. They now live in central North Carolina with their three children where she stays busy homeschooling, working in her church’s office, and volunteering within its military ministry.