About Me

Sophie with A Unique Ice Bucket

Sophie with A Unique Ice Bucket

Hello, my name is Sophie Doell.  I am married to my best friend, Paul, and we have 6 children together.  I am a wife and mother (and all the different titles such as cook, taxi driver, counselor, teacher, friend, secretary, etc. that come along with these roles).

I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I have learned a lot through relationship with my husband, my kids, my extended family, and friends who have been gracious enough to put up with me over the years.  They have all contributed to the person that I have become and am becoming.

There are many things I enjoy doing, such as reading, writing (prose and songs), singing, cooking, solving puzzles, camping, hiking, photographing people and nature, and traveling to new places, just to name a few.  But I don’t get to do as much of these things as I like these days.  Being a wife and homeschooling mom takes up almost all my time for now.  Once in a while, I do get blessed with some time to pursue the activities I enjoy, and I cherish every moment of it.

In case you’re wondering about my spiritual beliefs, I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and am on a life-long journey with Him, learning about God’s love for me and sharing that love with others.  I don’t quite fit into the traditional Christian mold anymore, and am very thankful to be freed from it.  I don’t go to church on Sundays, but I live each day as a beloved daughter of God and member of His global church, and I will go wherever the Holy Spirit leads me.  I guess you can call me a free-range Christian.   I firmly believe that His sheep knows His voice, and I prefer to read the Bible and other books for myself and have the Shepherd teach His truth to me, than to let some men tell me what they think He’s telling me, as if I can’t hear on my own.  To get more of a flavor for where I’m coming from, visit http://www.lifestream.org and http://www.thegodjourney.com.

I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, to Chinese parents who immigrated there from China (separately, before they met).  I immigrated to United States in 1975, when I was 13, and became a U.S. citizen when I was 19.  Over the years that I have been in America, I have lived in the Los Angeles, CA suburbs; Seattle, WA area; East Bay Area in Northern CA; Salida, CA; and Modesto, CA.   At the time of this writing I am living in Carmel, Indiana, with my husband, one adult child, and 5 younger children whom I homeschool, 2 dogs, 5 cats, 2 rabbits, and 2 guinea pigs.  Yes, we do have a houseful!

Update on 1/15/2011

I now have 3 adult children (24-year-old and 20-year-old sons, and an 18-year-old daughter).   I’m still homeschooling the younger 3 children (16-year-old boy, 14-year-old girl, and 10-year-old boy).   Many of our pets had journeyed on to pet heaven since the last time I wrote this page.  We now just have 2 dogs, 4 cats, and a rabbit.  So I guess for now, the people outnumber the animals. 😀

Update on 4/19/2014

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over 3 years since I’ve updated this page!  Life has been keeping me pretty busy.  My children have grown a lot.  One of my children, my oldest daughter, is now 21 and just got married in January 2014.  The three older boys are still living with us at home, but they’re more like roommates now as they manage their own lives.  I’m only homeschooling my youngest child now, so I have a bit more free time than I’ve had in the past quarter of a century.  I’m using that free time to go back to developing my skill in photography.  If you’re interested, you can follow my progress in photography on my Facebook page.


8 Comments on “About Me”

  1. Fay Crombie says:

    i just found out that you blog and i just read your squirrel story…very funny!
    I’m a free ranger also…only feed on wholesome food…so much that i spend alot of time cackling.

  2. Sophie says:

    Hi, Fay. Nice to have you as a friend. Cackling is good for the soul, especially when you have others to cackle with. 🙂

  3. kathy says:

    Hi sophie. I have just posted a reply to your comments about your mom and NPD. Now I read about you. I too, am a follower of Jesus Christ and He has met me in so many ways which truly transforms me. He is becoming more and more beautiful to me. I do not attend any church either as I have learned that we, believers are the church and I gather together with people of like mindedness. It is kind of like the book of Acts and there is a move of the Lord is more ways than I can say. Almost all the books that impacted your life, impacted mine as well. Now I see it all in scriptures and the Lord has enlightened my darkness as how He really sets the broken free.

  4. Ed Jocson says:

    I stumbled into you blog while looking for the lyrics/chords for “Thank you for being my Dad”. Your blog is not only heartwarming. It brings good lessons in being in peace with our past. Many times we fail to realize that a part of our person is also our memories. When we are not at peace with our memory it holds us back, and many times we don’t know why. It is by God’s grace and your openness to embrace our good Lord that there is healing. And as you heal you will grow and be strong so you can do more of what is in His plan for you. This blog is certainly one of them. With this you reach out to others whose hearts needs mending. Let us include each other in our prayers and may God continue to bless you. Regards,

  5. Sophie says:

    Thank you, Ed, for taking the time to write such kind words of encouragement. God bless you!

  6. Chris Thomas says:

    “Free range!” I will have to use that. I have preferred Wayne Jacobsen’s “wind blown” moniker, as it refers to an understanding of the John 3 passage I felt the Lord gave me some years back.

    Love your writing and the substance!

  7. Sophie says:

    Thank you, Chris, for taking the time to visit my blog and comment. I don’t know how I’ve missed seeing this till now. Hope you will still see this belated response. I’ve raised some chickens in the brief time that my family had lived out in the country in the Central Valley of California, so I can relate to “free range”. 🙂 But “windblown” works for me too.

  8. Rick Blaine says:

    Hello, Sophie! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

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