Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Rebekah. I am 34 years old and a proud military brat. My growing up years were spent in several different places (Tennessee, Alaska, Illinois, Panama, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Montana). I come from an incredible family. My dad and mom have always been my biggest cheerleaders. I have three awesome sisters and two great brother-in-laws. I am married to my best friend and knight in shining armor, Jason. Together we have four sweet blessings, Adella (9), Cole (7), Evelyn (5) and Lillian (23 months.) I am a wife, mom, Montessori teacher, pastor’s wife, children’s church co-director, kid loaded mini-van driver, and insane coffee drinker.
You’re an amazing teacher. Tell us about what keeps you passionate in your job.
Thanks, Jessi! I do LOVE teaching children. The quote by Wes Stafford has become my teaching mantra, “Every child you meet is a divine appointment.” To know that a parent has entrusted their child to me to ignite curiosity, wonder and the desire to make this world a better place keeps my passion going. Our future rest in those sweet faces and I hope to inspire an altruistic heart of kindness and generosity amongst each one of my students.
What is your favorite time of day and why?
Early mornings! There is something about the quiet and newness in the early hours that speaks to my heart. I like to be up before the rest of my sweeties. The perfect morning consist of a good run, quiet time at the breakfast table and watching the sun rise. Then, when the first bedroom door squeaks open, my heart and mind are set to receive them and all of the craziness of getting ready
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I’d rather run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”- C.T. Studd
This is one of my husband and I’s favorite quotes that has been taped to our refrigerator for a couple of years now.
Tell us about a woman you admire.
My mom is the top of my list of women I admire. She has been my true example of dignity, grace and servanthood. I’ve watched her give time and time again when a need arises, love in the most unlovable circumstances, stay calm in the mist of turmoil, and give grace to the hard hearted. I love that one of her main motives each day is to leave each person she meets with a smile and a brighter day.
What was the last movie, TV show or book that really impacted you and why?
The show “Fixer Upper” has me thinking. Jason and I have been told by a few people that the couple on this HGTV show remind them of us. Especially Chip’s crazy antics coupled with Joanna’s “role-with-it” personality. However, after watching a binge marathon of the show I was taken by the family’s open, kind, and loving personality towards all they met. It made me start self-reflecting on how I could be more welcoming, loving and hospitable toward even strangers.
Describe your favorite meal.
Any meal spent with my sweetheart! Dates are few and far between in our home of six and whenever we can sneak one in…it is gold!!
Describe one of your happiest memories.
One of my most recent happy moments was on the ride home from school with my oldest daughter, Adella. She began to tell me how another girl at school was being unkind to her. The girl had begun to hit and speak cruelly to my daughter and her friend. Instead of being cruel back or even walking away, Adella asked if she could pray for this girl and then proceed to share Jesus with her. Since then, my daughter has taken it upon herself to spend time with this girl and share Bible stories, per this girl’s request, at recess time.
What are some words your friends would use to describe you?
Optimistic, forgetful, introspective, always baking, loyal, positive, adventurous, kind, compassionate, and fun-loving.
What do you value most in a friendship?
Realness. I want to be around people who feel that they do not have to pretend or be anything but themselves when they are with me.
When do you most feel yourself?
Give me a cup of coffee, fresh baked good and a sweet conversation with a friend—I’ll feel right at home.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, now please.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Introvert or extrovert?
50/50, depends on the situation.
Rural or urban?
I dream of living in an old farmhouse. Being able to wake with the crow of a rooster. Then collecting eggs for our breakfast. All before sitting on the front porch watching the sunrise with my sweetheart.
Dress up or dress down?
Cats or dogs?
Sunrise or sunset?
Detailed or abstract?
In the classroom- Detailed
At home- Abstract
Classic or modern?
Call or text?
Please text! I have a hard time having a full conversation on the phone without being interrupted by one of my kiddos.
Fiction or non-fiction?
I enjoy getting lost in a good non-fiction. Jane Austin will always be at the top of my list. I have to reread Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility every year. I also love Lucy Maud Montgomery and her world of Green Gables. The rest of the time I am reading a plethora of young adult fiction. I am always looking for a new way to hook my children (biological/classroom) to inspire their own imagination through reading.
Salty or Sweet?
I have a horrible sweet tooth. The darker the chocolate the happier I am!
What do you love most about Montana?
The people! Montanans are incredibly real, supportive, genuine, hard-working and family oriented.
What’s a lesson you are currently learning?
The progressive endurance of hope is a true gift. It anchors my soul, carries me in the moment and is anticipation for tomorrow.
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
I’m most grateful for family in all of its beautiful forms. The family I was raised in. The family I am raising. The family of my friends. The family of my community.