About Me

Hi there!

I'm Debra Kerr Hofland, and I'm a Christian.  I started Titus Two Friends because I saw a need for Christian mentoring relationships between older and younger women.   


Wanted to share my experience with my daughters and with you:  things about marriage, kitchen ideas, helpful hints, timely tips, recipes, gardening, child-rearing and advice.  Lots of advice. 


I certainly don't know everything there is to know about being a wife and mother, and I've made a ton of mistakes along the way, too.    Thankfully Jesus paid that debt in full--and every day I "try" to live my life in thanksgiving for what He's done for me! 

   
MY PROMISE
To the best of my human, puny ability, I will always . . . 


     give you GOOD and GODLY advice.   

     be direct and honest, call it like I see it,  
     point you to THE BLESSINGS in your life that God showers upon you & your family, 
     and show or give examples how to apply GOD'S WORD to your life in real ways.  

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If you would like to learn more about what God expects from you as a wife and mother (that is HOW to love your husband & children, HOW to be kind and to be busy at home) and desire to be bolstered by wholesome advice or if you are looking for a mentoring relationship with a Christian older woman, then I invite you to become a subscriber to Titus Two Friends by entering your email address in the box on the sidebar of the main page of my blog.   

A little about me:


FAITH:  I grew up knowing Jesus as my Lord and Savior (see my separate page with My Beliefs).  My folks get the credit for bringing me to Jesus; we attended church and Sunday School or Bible class every week throughout my years at home.   I can't imagine life without Jesus!

FAMILY:  My parents raised me and my five younger brothers on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin.  Ma and I worked side-by-side to preserve vegetables from our garden and fruits from the orchard; we kept the house clean and made meals for our busy, growing family.   Pa was a hard-worker and tough disciplinarian but would give you the shirt off his back.  I never wanted to disappoint either one of them!


HUB:   I've been married for 38 years now.   My husband wasn't a believer when we started dating, but I knew he was a "keeper" after our first date when I asked him, "Do you want to go with me to church tomorrow?" and he said "yes."   A few months later, I said "yes" too.  Nine months from our first date we were married.    He is the rock I lean on.   


HOME:   We've moved around a lot between Wisconsin (my stomping grounds), Montana (his stomping grounds), Washington, and now West Virginia.   I guess we need to move to Wyoming at some point, so we can say we've lived in all the "W" states!  (Or maybe not.)    It's been a wonderful journey.

CHILDREN:   After being married five years and no babies, we prayerfully decided to build our family via adoption.   I was 27 when we adopted our first two foster sons (they were ages 11 and 10).   Two years later we added a brother (9) and a sister (6).   THEN we had three babies of our own!   Now we have five grandchildren, too!

My life revolves around my Lord, my husband, my family and my desire to live my life in praise to God.




Some Personal stuff:
  • Bible study fanatic (check out my TTF Bible Reading Buddies group on Facebook)
  • Air Force veteran
  • Homeschool mom
  • Sunday School & VBS teacher; have recorded "teaching tips" podcasts for the ChristLight Sunday School teacher's resource materials for Northwestern Publishing (WELS).  (That's me talking at 13:10 through the end of the pod-cast!)
  • Graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Elementary Ed and a minor in Language Arts/English; taught professionally for three years.
  • I manage Facebook pages for our church and for our homeschool conference.
  • I'm a certified master gardener, bird-watcher, and nature lover--I teach a Nature Study class at our weekly homeschool co-op, and I have a Nature Study Lessons Facebook page and blogtoo.  Kind of on sabbatical from that, though.
  • Crossword puzzles, sudokus (easy ones), word games like Boggle and Scrabble, pinochle; hub and I recently got back into square dancing (mainstream/plus) and are "angels" helping with lessons.   Good exercise!
  • Coached high school and middle school girls' volleyball teams, baseball and softball summer rec teams; the hub and I met while playing on the squadron volleyball team.
  • Titus Two Friends are on Pinterest and Instagram 
  • Many of my delicious recipes can be found over at Food.com (my member name is Debber) but I'm switching over to TastyKitchen.com AND posting some here on my blog,too.

WHAT I BELIEVE

  • I believe the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God, written by human hands but dictated by God's own breath through the Holy Spirit.  
  • I believe God created the world in six days of 24-hours each.   
  • I believe Jesus Christ is the promised messiah, the fulfillment of all the prophecies found in the Bible, and that one day, He will return as a triumphant conqueror to take me and all who believe in Him to our eternal home in Heaven.
  • God demands perfection; I am a sinner; my sins were paid by Christ's perfect life and death--and only because I believe in and follow Him will I be able to spend eternity with Him.  



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