Spouse - Yes. Why? I'm not sure? They say love is blind, right? Well then, Amy can't see that well! Back in 7th grade, she could beat me in arm-wrestling. In fact, she could beat me in the 8th and 9th grade too! Then she moved to Iowa... good thing, because in 10th grade I had a growth spurt!
Kids - Yes. 4 lovely children. Jessika is married and welcomed my first GRANDCHILD in April 2011! (Grandpa Kurt just doesn't sound right yet!) Emily is a senior in college and will be an Elementary School teacher. Evean is a freshman at an area community college and is leaning toward graphic arts. Kimberly is a high school junion and is a Drama Queen... seriously, theater and show choir is her life!
Pets - Yes. 2 rats and one real dog. My wife has a toy poodle and Mexican Chihuahua. I have an 80 pound black lab! Dogs rule our lives!
Testimony - I'm a Jesus follower who sometimes forgets to follow the leader and sets out on other roads. I'm glad God sets up road-blocks along the way that lead me back to His leadership! Still working on wrapping my head around how much He loves me... and why?!?! I sure don't deserve it! That's where GRACE comes in! And I use plenty of it! The good news is there's more than enough for you, too. If you think you've strayed too far from God, His reach is wide enough to pull you in and shower His love on you! He'll forgive you and give you the free gift of eternal life through His Son, Jesus! Wanna talk about it? Email me sometime. firstname.lastname@example.org
Spouse - I met my husband Daryl in college at Mount Vernon Nazarene College (now University) while working in the school's radio station.
Kids - Son: Spencer is 15, a basketball player, and a natural commedian. Our Daughter is Regan, who's 10, also abasketball player, and quite the artist.
Pets - Strider (a black lab), Frodo (a beagle), and two cats Pippin and Eoqym, a boy and girl. (Yes, the pets' names are all characters from 'Lord of the Rings'.)
Testimony - I probably have one of the least dramatic testimonies you'll ever read. I am a "Pastor's Kid", you know a 'PK', but not one that rebelled or went crazy when I left home. I have definately done a few things that I know God was not too pleased with, but its stuff that would make you yawn. I was quite young when I accepted Jesus as my savior, and as a teenager I recommitted myself to Him. I've had my share of painful experiences and disappointments in my life, and have been in more than one 'pit of despair', but God has always, always, ALWAYS pulled me out. So many times I've felt anxious about my circumstances, but He get's me through it or out of it, or just turns the whole things around in a surprising way that, once again, makes me realize how silly I can be.
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Favorite Scripture - Proverbs 17:22 "Laughter is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired."
Weakness - Kryptonite
If I were in the Bible I'd be - Peter. Always talking before thinking. Still working on that.
Testimony - I've been in church since I was an infant. Fortunately, in recent years I have finally thrown off the religion that weighed me down and found a real relationship of my own with God. If you haven't found that freedom and security yet I encourage you to talk to Him outside everything someone else has told you that God is and get to know Him for yourself!
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Spouse - I met my wife Christie back in pre-school. I told my mom one day when she picked me up from school that I was going to marry Christie one day... and I did! Our anniversary is February 6, 1999!
Kids - We have 4 amazing kids! Two girls and two boys...Ashley 19, Taylor 16, Austin 12 and Michael 8
Pets - We have an over sized weenie dog - Snickers! He's not fat... he's just well loved!
Testimony - I grew up in church, but it wasn't until I met my wife Christie that I realized that I could have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I always believed in God, but never realized I needed to confess my sins and ask him into my heart. I grew up very much thinking that the harder I worked at pleasing God and trying to obey his commandments, the more likely I was to make it into heaven. My wife helped me understand that it's not about works. It's about having a personal relationship with Him and simply asking Him to live in you heart and forgive your sins!
Delilah, the most-listened-to-woman on radio in the U.S., embraced the medium when she was a middle-schooler in Reedsport, Oregon, reporting school news and sports on KDUN-AM, a small station in her hometown. Delilah's soothing voice, open heart and love of music have expanded her audience from the folks in Reedsport to nearly nine million weekly listeners on more than 200 radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. Delilah, who celebrated the 25-year anniversary of her nighttime radio program in 2011, was recently honored at the Alliance of Women in Media's 37th Annual Gracie Awards Gala where she took home the trophy for "Outstanding Host - Entertainment/Information."
Her distinctive blend of story-telling, sympathetic listening and encouragement - makes her top ranked in most markets among women 25-54.
Delilah says her show is a "safety zone where listeners take off their armor, slip into a â€˜Mr. Rogers' cardigan, sit around the electronic hearth and share their secrets."
She adds that her audience is "just like me and the two women working on the show, who were once listeners. We are single parents who work hard to strike a balance between family and work life. We also enjoy our friendships and remember to laugh as much as possible."
Delilah is also an author whose most recent book, "Love Matters," was released in October of 2008. Published by Harlequin Books, Delilah shares her perspective on love and includes stories from her radio listeners. Delilah's third book, "Family Matters," will be released this fall.
As a single mother of 12 children, nine of whom she adopted, Delilah has established a foundation called Point Hope as a voice for forgotten children everywhere. The immediate focus of the Foundation is on refugee children in Ghana and on special needs children in the foster care system nationwide and in her neighborhood of White Center in Seattle. Delilah also recently became a spokesperson for Together for Kids, a national alliance of children's hospitals dedicated to building a healthier future for America's kids. She helps raise money and awareness for the organization, which provides an urgently-needed national fundraising mechanism for its member hospitals, helping them care for seriously ill children and tackle the toughest health issues facing all kids.
In addition to a passion for children and radio, Delilah is devoted to music because "it touches the heart the way nothing else can." Her father had a Country-Western band, and her brother played in a Jazz band. Though she writes lyrics, she cannot sing. Delilah says, "I always wanted to be a performer, but I can't sing, dance or act. Luckily, I found I could talk!"
Delilah, loves her work "because it has allowed me to bring together a distinct community of people who reach out to help one another. We don't try to fix people. We listen. We sympathize. We empathize. If the show has a message, it's listen to your own gut. Trust your own intuition. Go where it leads. Don't give up."
Daily broadcasts, caring for her children, running a foundation, writing books, traveling and public speaking add up to a very busy life for Delilah. And she wouldn't have it any other way.