Originally posting on Mullins Musings.
Have you ever been asked who you'd like to meet if you could choose anyone in the world? My Top10 list is compiled of living people who I admire for one reason or another, and that I would enjoy spending a day with.
- Rachel Coleman, co-creator of Signing Time! Actually make that the whole Coleman family... Aaron, Leah and Lucy (who are stars in their own right), Laura (the "newest" addition to the family), and don't forget Alex and Emilie! I admire Rachel for deciding that everything was okay when they found out that Leah was deaf, and then finding a creative way to help others communicate with her. Also, she's a Mommy to two special needs kiddos... that alone makes her a hero in my book!
- Amy Grant, Christian singer/songwriter. If I could spend a day with Amy, the first thing I would say to her is "I'm sorry." I was horribly judgemental when her marriage to Gary Chapman broke up in 1999 and she married Vince Gill a short time later in 2000. So much so, that I sold my entire collection of Amy Grant albums, cassettes, CDs, posters... you get the picture. It took me a long time to realize that I had put her on a pedestal that she never asked to be placed on. She is a human being, just like me... and she makes mistakes, just like me. I've also learned that marriage is a lot harder than it sounds on the day you say "I do".
- Angie Smith, wife of Todd Smith of Selah and author of the blog Bring the Rain. I have followed Angie's blog since about the time she and Todd lost their precious Audrey Caroline. I can't tell you how many times I sat crying in front of my computer screen as I read her words, which were always full of faith and hope even in the darkest hours. I just wanted to reach into my computer and give her a big hug... one Mom to another. Angie seems so genuine... I think I would enjoy just talking with her over coffee.
- Jenny McCarthy, actress/author. I would like to spend an afternoon with Jenny because she is a Mom who "gets it". She knows where I am, and where I hope to be. She is, to quote her, a "Mother Warrior".
- Holly Robinson Peete, actress. Holly is another Mom who "gets it", another "Mother Warrior". She seems so down-to-earth, and always makes me laugh... whether I'm reading her tweets or watching her on The Talk.
- Michelle Duggar, Mom of 19. I'm not going to lie and say I never miss an episode of 19 Kids and Counting, but I've watched enough to know that Michelle has a sweet spirit that I would like to have. I wish I would have had her as a mentor mom when my kids were small, but I'm sure she has many pearls of wisdom that she could pass along to me even now.
- Beth Moore, Christian author/Bible teacher. I love listening to Beth Moore teach! There's something about her that draws me in and I just have to pay attention. I love her Texas accent, too! She has oodles and gobs of southern charm, and seems like someone I would really enjoy hanging out with.
- The Gaither Vocal Band, Christian singing group. Technically, I met the GVB back in 1990-ish when the group consisted of Bill Gaither, Mark Lowery, Michael English, and Terry Franklin, but I'd like the chance to really spend a little time with them. I would love to stand around a piano and sing with them. Not because I think I have some awesome voice that needs to be discovered, but because I love the harmony they produce and I would love to have a chance to learn a little bit. Plus, Mark just makes me laugh... what could be better than that?
- Sam Champion, weather anchor of ABC's Good Morning America. Just because I think he's about the cutest weatherman I have ever seen. Seriously, he's traveled all over the place... I'd just like to quiz him a little bit about what he loves... and hates... about his job. Plus, his sister has a child with autism and is an advocate for an autism cure... that makes him, and his sister, a part of the family.
- Lisa Whelchel, actress/author/scrapbooker. I remember seeing Lisa as Blair on the Facts of Life... and honestly, I didn't like snotty Blair very much. But when I found out a few years ago that she was a Christian, and a scrapbooker, I thought, "Now this is a woman I can relate to!" I had the privilege to lead her Scrapbook Bible study, This Is My Story, in the Fall of 2008. I loved the DVD portions... she seemed like she was really having fun with her friends, and it made me wish that I was one of them.
So there's my list. Ask me tomorrow and I could probably add ten more names. Who would you like to meet, if you could meet anyone in the world?