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.