The first question I'm asked when I meet someone is something along the lines of "How did you get your name?" So I'll begin my introduction here.
I was born in Jerusalem, Israel, to two Christian parents born and raised in California. I am an "American citizen born abroad" but they gave me a Hebrew name. Shifrah was one of the midwives in Exodus who refused to kill the baby boys born around the time Moses was born. They "feared God" rather than Pharoah. (Coincidentally, I love midwives.)
I moved back to my mother's hometown of San Francisco when I was six and consider San Francisco my hometown as well. I grew up in a household consisting of my mother and sister. To this day, we are extremely close and "Italian" -- we tease each other, we laugh, we're brutally honest, we're loud. My husband is a saint for putting up with us. ;)
School-wise, I attended Lawton Alternative Elementary School ("alternative" actually meant traditional), St. Ignatius College Preparatory, and then moved across the Bay to Berkeley where I became a third generation Bear at UC Berkeley.
Starting off in pre-med, I got a clue that maybe I should reconsider my direction when I found myself writing poetry in chemistry lab (and getting, um, shocking scores on a calculus test or two). I switched to a major in English and felt like I was in my own skin at last.
I didn't realize how much I loved the city until I moved away -- first to a Bible school in southern California, then briefly to Austin, Texas, and then eventually to Atlanta, Georgia when I got married. Now I'm in Tallahassee, Florida, the smallest place I've ever lived -- and I'm waiting for, and open to, it "growing on me" like everyone says it will.
I am married to my prince and we have two wonderful children and another on the way! I freelance in my "free" time and have worked in various fields from advertising, allergy products, and engineering material to research and article-writing for doctors, ghostwriting for business books, and writing copy for a construction website -- just to mention a few clients.
I also love to sew, cook, garden, and decorate -- and to find efficient ways to organize and keep my house clean so I can do it all! I plunge into sadness when I think how short the time is while our children are little, so I do my best to freeze moments in photography, a new -- and uphill -- hobby.
I'm a "creative" at heart and I start having conniptions if too much time passes without an outlet. My blogs are one of these outlets, and also record my other creative pursuits. I'm discovering the rewards of sharing what I learn along the way...