My Life

I am really blessed to have a busy, yet fulfilled, life. I am rarely ever bored (except during Faculty Meetings) and often wish there were more hours in the day for me to do all I need and want to do.

At Home

I stay so busy with school and church that I really don't spend that much (awake) time at home. Some of the things I enjoy doing while at home include reading and sewing. I don't watch much TV -- in fact, the last time I watched more than 15 minutes straight of any show was in August of 1999! I don't have cable TV and my TV gets poor local reception. From what I hear, I'm not missing much anyway!

At School

I teach fulltime at Coldwater High School in Coldwater, MS (Home of the Coldwater Cougars). I am certified to teach chemistry, physics, general science, and computer discovery. This year, due to the large number of 8th graders we have this year, I teach 6 classes of 8th Grade Computer Discovery. In the past, I have also taught chemistry (my favorite science class to teach), physics, and various science classes.

I also teach part-time at Calvary Christian School in Coldwater, MS. I teach math to the older girls. I have 6 students in grades 5-10. This is the highlight of my working day. The girls are hard workers who are highly motivated and eager to please. They are also a lot of fun to be with.

At Church

I love my church, Calvary Baptist Church, the best church in the world! Calvary Baptist Church in Coldwater, MS, is a Fundamental Independent Baptist Church pastored by Jimmy McCullough. If you want to hear some good preaching, come on down and visit us!

On Sundays, I teach a Sunday School class made up of 10- and 11-year-old girls. These are a great group of girls. We enjoy learning more about the Bible and how we should live our lives to please God.

Sometimes I get to watch the little ones in the nursery. It is always great fun to get to play with these children! Sometimes I also help with children's church. Children's church is a special service held on Sunday mornings especially for the children. Bro. Benny gives a sermon and then the kids play games and have a snack. The most exciting thing is when a child gets saved -- that's what it's all about!

I also am the church librarian. We have a small library of great Christian books and preaching tapes.

On Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings, I go out soulwinning. This is where we are paired up (ladies with ladies, men with men) or grouped together (the girls go with the ladies, the boys with the men) and we go knocking on doors or visiting laundromats and other public places and we tell them about Jesus and we ask them if they know for sure if they have a home in heaven. If they're not sure, then we tell them how they can know for sure if they have a home in heaven. This is always a lot of fun. We get to meet all kinds of interesting people and the best part of it is that we see people get saved every time we go out!

Starting this Sunday (October 23, 2000) I will also be helping with the bus route. We have a bus that picks up kids from Senatobia, Nesbit, and Hernando and brings them to church. These are children who otherwise might not ever get to go to church or hear how they can get to go to heaven one day when they die.

We also have other activities throughout the year. In the spring we have a revival. This past spring, Bro. Scott Gray of Longview Baptist Temple came and preached some great messages. We saw a few people get baptized and a couple of people get baptized! We recently had another revival this fall (October 22-25, 2000). Bro. Mike Wells, a fulltime traveling evangelist, is coming to preach the revival. He is my 2nd favorite preacher, right behind my Preacher. Talk about two exciting Men of God! Anyway, my next-door neighbor Michelle got saved during the Revival so that was very exciting for us. A few more people got saved, too, and they have followed in Believer's Baptism and joined the church. God continues to bless our church as we strive to carry out the Great Commission.

On the Internet

I spend a good amount of time on the internet. Most of it is with email. I enjoy keeping in touch with family and friends. I even email people that I usually see several times a week!

I don't surf the net a whole lot, although I enjoy it when I do. What I surf on depends on what I'm interested in at the moment. I have a variety of interests. I love learning about new things.

I LOVE to do web pages! I have this site and I also have another site for my Laura Ingalls Wilder/Little House on the Prairie pages. You can view that site at: Prairie Homestead.

I also enjoy chatting! I chat with a group of Laura Ingalls Wilder internet friends once or twice every week. They are located from all over the U.S.: Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, Indiana, North Dakota..... It's a great way to spend time with friends WITHOUT having a huge phone bill! It's truly amazing how close people can get when they've either never met or have met "in real life" only a few times.

At Play

Like most females, I love to shop. I don't even care if I can't or don't buy anything. I love to go to Walmart or to the mall and just look around. I even like Home Depot. It's fun to see what's out there to buy and it's also fun to see what kind of crazy stuff is out there that people would actually pay good hard-earned money for.

I also love to go out to eat. I go to McDonald's at least once a week, usually with the girls from church after soulwinning. It's a great time of fellowship. About every other week or so I go out to eat with a friend of mine from church to restaurants in the Memphis area. I can heartily recommend to you Spaghetti Warehouse (which has some awesome pizza chips), Outback Steakhouse, and Landry's.

I love to play games. I'm not athletic, by any means, but I enjoy playing softball or volleyball every once in a while. I also love card games such as Rook or Phase 10 and board games like Monopoly. I tend to be very competitive (but am not a sore loser). I also love trivia games and other thinking games.

Out of Town

I love, love, love to travel! I have been to lots of different places.

In the United States, I have been to:

  • Mississippi (born and raised here!)
  • Alabama (my brother and sister live in the Montgomery area)
  • Georgia (another sister lives here)
  • Tennessee (I have an uncle here)
  • Florida (when I was little we went to Ft. Walton Beach on vacation three summers in a row -- it rained each time)
  • North Carolina (I have another uncle here)
  • Washington D.C. (class trip when I was a Senior)
  • Louisiana (just passing through)
  • Arkansas (I went to a great Ladies Mini-Spectacular in Hot Springs; otherwise, just passing through)
  • Missouri (I love to go to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum in Mansfield, MO every year for Rocky Ridge Day)
  • Kansas (I saw the site of the Little House on the Prairie)
  • Nebraska (just passing through)
  • South Dakota (I saw where Laura Ingalls Wilder spent her teenage years and early married life)
  • Minnesota (where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived as a child)
  • Iowa (also where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived as a child)
  • Illinois (just passing through, was not impressed with this state)
  • Indiana (I have a friend who lives here -- I call it the Land of Straight Roads)
  • Kentucky (just passing through)
  • Texas (just passing through -- I love the postcard that says "The sun has riz, the sun has set, an' we ain't outta Texas YET!"
  • New Mexico (just passing through)
  • Arizona (passing through)
  • California (lived there for 5 loooong years)
  • Oregon (passing through)
  • Washington (visited a cousin in the Tacoma area and saw Mt. Rainier)

When I was 3 years old, we went into Mexico on a family trip while on our way to or from California. My mother tells me I screamed the whole time I was in Mexico and quit screaming when we crossed the border back into the United States. I have no desire to go back, either.

When I was 20 years old (in 1992), my uncle, who was stationed in Mannheim, Germany as an Army chaplain, paid for a round-trip ticket so I could visit him for two weeks -- this was an early college graduation present. I spent two great weeks in Germany and Austria. My favorite places were the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria (built by the "crazy" (?) King Ludwig II)and Salzburg, Austria where The Sound of Music was filmed.

2000, 1999, 1998 Ava Gunn
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