Since this is a new blog, I thought why not answer some basic questions about me? Let you guys get to know me a little bit. If you have questions I don’t answer here, stick them in the comments!
Do you have any nicknames?
Merr-bear, Merrylicious, Merry-loonybin, Wild Woman, Murry…yeah, there’s a few. My fiance calls me dazzling 🙂
Are you named after anyone?
Not a real person, no. My mom had a book when she was little called Merry, Rose, and Christmas Tree June. It’s about a little girl and her doll and my mom always said that if she had a daughter, she would name her Merry Rose. She read that book to me as a child and now it’s mine to one day read to my daughter.
Do you have any siblings?
Yes! I’m the second oldest of five: four girls and one boy. Annika is the oldest. We’re 18 months apart and she’s going to be my maid of honor! Ceili (pronounced kay-lee) is 18 and she’s just started college. Ruby is 16 – I call her Dooby-Roo. Stefan is 11, the only boy, and the youngest.
Where did you grow up?
I lived in Minnesota until I was 13 and then we moved to Denver, Colorado. Living in Minnesota was wonderful. I love the weather there (it is not, in fact, ice and snow twelve months out of the year) and the lakes fill my soul with peace.
What activities did you do in high school?
Theater and choir. My entire family is theater nerds. My parents met on stage and I’ve been performing since I was 8. I was in the first play my high school ever did and my senior year of theater and choir are among my most cherished memories.
Where did you go to college?
I’m at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. It’s a small, private, Catholic college and I love it. I started at a different school and transferred to UMary after my freshman year. Definitely the right choice.
What activities did you do in college?
Honestly, I just work and do homework. I spend a lot of time with my tiny group of friends (which consists of Joe, his roommate Sam, and our friend Kaitlyn). Kaitlyn and I like to go out on girls’ trips to the mall or Target or Buffalo Wild Wings. We might go to a hockey game from time to time. But I’m usually perfectly happy in my booth on my computer in the caf, listening to music and pretending the world doesn’t exist.
What did you study in college?
I’m graduating with a BA in History with a minor in Business Administration. I love my major. I can write an essay now in a heartbeat! It was absolutely the right choice for me. I love a story. I love wandering antique shops and picking up handkerchiefs, war helmets (which actually aren’t that rare), candlesticks, a dress, a saddle even, and wondering where it came from? Who owned it? Was it a wedding gift? An immediate necessity and not what they would have chosen? Was it a family heirloom? History is what binds us together and I absolutely adore studying it.
What kind of music do you like?
Okay, this may be controversial, but country music is my main genre. In fact, Joe and I are dancing to In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young for our first dance. I am also a huge Broadway music nerd — Newsies is the absolute best musical out there ever. I can tell you who’s going to enter next, what the set is going to do, the next line, I know every single word to every single song. I’m kind of insane about it. Obviously, Christian music is very important to me. I also listen to random pop and other genres but those are the main ones.
What hobby would you like to pick up?
This is a hard one, because there’s plenty I could potentially take up. But I think one in particular is weaving. I was able to try it out once at a knitting show my grandma took me to and there was a large loom outside the door. The person there was letting people try it out. Once I got into a rhythm with it…oh. my. gosh. it was the most relaxing thing I’ve ever done. It was like a massage and a great night’s sleep and sleeping next to someone you love all wrapped up in one. I would love to get a loom one day and start weaving. I have no idea what I would do with what I made, but there you go.
What did you always want to be when you grew up?
A mom. From the time I knew that I had to have something to do until now and it has never weakened. You know how four and five year olds always have big dreams? Like an astronaut or a ballerina? Motherhood was my big dream. And I cannot wait to get married and start fulfilling that calling.
What is the biggest project on your to-do list right now?
Oof. This is a scary question. Ummmm…….probably packing for school. My parents moved out of the state about two months ago so my entire life is in boxes in my in-laws’ basement. So I have to go through it and figure out what I need to bring to school.
Do you have any irrational fears?
Ooh, yeah, this one is recently acquired. The car door opening on the road and falling out of the car. I dunno why, don’t ask me, I only live here.
Have you ever traveled outside the country? If so, where?
No, but I want to! Joe and I have a long list of places we want to go. Traveling is high on our bucket list. If covid quits flipping out, we might manage to leave the country on our honeymoon…but that’s still up in the air.
When is your next vacation and where are you going?
My honeymoon! We are going to Orlando, Florida to go to Harry Potter World and Universal Studios. It was Joe’s idea — he was so cute asking that I just couldn’t say no. And besides, Harry Potter + rollercoasters. What’s better? And if we actually can, we also have a Disney cruise scheduled to the Bahamas. If we can’t go on it this year, we’ll go next year for our first anniversary.
Can you speak another language?
I can speak a little French. My older sister, Annika, is fluent and I really want to get better at it. I love the idea of conversing with my children in another language so they grow up bilingual. I think that would be extremely beneficial for them.
What is one talent you wish you had?
I wish I was more athletic. Losing weight would be so much easier.
What’s something you wish you could do one more time?
Dance with Joe at prom for the first time. After prom, he took me to a golf course near my house, had me turn around and close my eyes. When he turned me around, he had quilts set up on the ground with lit candles lining them. He turned on In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young and said, “I thought we could have one last slow dance”. I very nearly cried.
If you weren’t in your current job, what would you be doing?
Wishing I was in my current job 😀 No, ummm… I would be frantically looking for an available library, museum, or some similar kind of position. I’ll still have to have a job aside from my blog and doTERRA when we get married, but it is less of a worry with these as a sort of backup.
So there you go! That’s me. I found these questions on the Running In A Skirt blog. Feel free to check her out! Again, if I missed anything you want to know, put your question in the comments and answer some yourself! I’d love to get to know you all a bit more.