Kristin Schell doesn’t meet strangers. She meets friends. Her smile is contagious and her life is warm and welcoming.
Allume Family, please meet our friend and speaker, Kristin Schell.
1. What was your favorite food as a kid?
Chips & salsa. I’m Texan, what can I say?
2. What chore do you despise the most?
Loading and unloading the dishwasher.
3. When was the last time you chatted with your neighbor?
About 20 minutes ago.
4. What sound do you love?
The dinner bell. We have this big bell outside that I ring during the summer. When it rings I know everyone will come running and soon be at the table.
5. If you could paint a picture of a place you have been what would it be?
Oh my gosh! It would have to be a ginormous mural to capture all the places of my heart. Green grass in my grandparents backyard in Kansas, the view from the apartment where I lived in Paris, Lily Lake where I first learned to fly fish with my husband, the snow capped mountains in the summer from our cabin deck in Colorado. That would be the first part of the mural. 😉
6. If you could only do one things for a whole year what would you want it to be?
You mean like star on Broadway and sing my heart out every night?
7. If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
Write like a boss. I want to learn to story so vividly and with such transparency it skips the mind, bypasses the heart, and goes straight to the soul.
8. If you could pick anyone as a mentor who would you pick?
I have one… Jan, my Bible study teacher at Lamplighters who has raised me up in Christ. She’s the most Christ-like person I’ve ever met, can tell a story like I can only dream of (see question #7) and points me to Jesus when I get off the path or forget who I am. Most of all we just do life together.
9. What do you do with 30 minutes of free time?
This overwhelms me, next.
10. What would the dream birthday present be?
A long, like really long, family dinner where no one is in a rush or complains about eating green stuff. Where we talk for hours about matters of the heart and share our big God dreams. And then someone else does the clean up.
11. What do you want to be when you grow up?
The person my family wants to come home to.
12. What is something new you learned last week?
This is so dumb. And embarrassing. I thought the phrase was “Fair to Midland” I’m from Texas and Midland is way out in west Texas so I thought the expression meaning average or neither good nor bad made sense. Just last week I learned the proper term is “Fair to Middling”. You don’t even want to know how I mess up song lyrics.
13. What do you miss most about being a kid?
Having someone else load and unload the dishwasher. (See #2)
14. If gifted an all expenses paid vacation to anywhere where would you pick?
Is this it? Is this like an Oprah moment when I share my dream vacay and y’all bust out and surprise me with the vacation and all my family comes out of nowhere and I jump on a chair and you say, “hurry, your plane leaves in an hour!” Cause I’m all over that. But really, I’d go visit an 85 year old widow named Ludmilla in Prague. Her life inspires me and she defines what discipleship can look like if you just open your life and allow God to work. I’ll share more of her story and how it’s impacted me and life at the Turquoise Table in my session.
15. If everything in your life aligned exactly as in your dreams, what would your life look like? Where would you live, what would you do?
I would do exactly what I’m doing now. I would just be a little more focused and a lot more disciplined with the gifts God has given me to use in His story.
16. If I was coming to your house for dinner, what would we have?
If you were coming in the next 5 minutes we’d be having a Summer Squash Frittata I made this afternoon. Three kinds of organic squash from our local CSA, fresh basil, green onions, garlic, and farm fresh eggs all whooped up together and topped with pecorino romano for a light summer supper. I also have leftover peach cobbler with BlueBell vanilla ice cream.
17. What’s in your purse?
My glasses, keys, wallet, an iphone charger, several old grocery lists (I know I’m a dinosaur, who still makes lists?!!) and a bag of essential oils I never leave home without.
18. What are your 5 favorite books?
Seriously? That’s like asking which child is my favorite. Whatever… here are some “all time favs” But like my children, when it comes to books I love them all. Miriam’s Kitchen by Elizabeth Ehrlich, Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, A Meal with Jesus by Tm Chester, and Wonder by R. J. Palacio.