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Member Name Robin Goza
Date of Birth 04/17/1949
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Location Georgetown, Texas
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    • I have five children, four son-in-laws, 13 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. At 50, I went back to school, to The University of Texas, and earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a minor in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). My third daughter, Baby Karen, was my inspiration for my field of study. I have worked with ECI and Head Start and now am enjoying being a mom, grandma, writer, quilter, scrapbooker, knitter, crocheter, budding artist, and an active enthusiast of most any other craft.

        • I like books that help answer the question, "Why?". Christian psychologists are my favorites, as they help us understand better methods for parenting, marriage, relationships, and othe topics. One of my favorites is Kevin Leman, because he uses his wacky, down-to-earth sense of humor as he explains how he interacts with his kids and his wife. Two examples are "Making Children Mind without Losing Yours" and "Sex Begins in the Kitchen." The Venus and Mars books by John Gray are eye openers as are the Love Language books by Gary Chapman. Gary Smalley is another one who uses humor to explain all types of personal relationships, especially with children and spouses. Recently I've been reading about the Love and Respect differences between women and men by Emerson Eggerichs and about personal boundaries. The book, "What Difference Do It Make?" by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent, about a homeless man and an art dealer, was an eye opener about conditions still existing in this country today that most of us never see, and many of us hope we don't. For novels, I was thoroughly entangled in the stories by Frank Peretti and by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. It was difficult to put the books down to go to sleep at a decent hour, which I sometimes didn't, because I needed to know what happened next. On the other hand, for laughs, I like Barbara Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, and Patsy Clairmont, to name a few. Obviously, reading is one of my favorite hobbies.

        • I mostly like romantic comedies, but enjoy who-dun-its, investigator-types, and action movies, especially when my husband starts to get tired of chick flicks. Sometimes I watch those with my daughters when my husband has reached his limit of girl movies. Family movies like "Pursuit of Happyness" and classics like "The Pride and the Prejudice" are great entertainment, even more than once. I also thoroughly enjoy Disney-type movies and cartoons, like "Monsters Inc," "Ice Age," "Robots," and "Kung-Fu Panda," as we watch them with grandchildren over and over again. Movies should be a fun source of entertainment.

        • I like music that speaks to my heart. Most are about children or families. Sometime after Karen's death, I cried hearing Bruce Carroll's "Sometimes Miracles Hide," about a child with special needs. I also like Ray Boltz's song, "Thank You," about the gift of salvation. Kenny Loggins' song, "Return to Pooh Corner" is cute and sweet. Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father" stirred all kinds of emotions, even if my dad didn't dance; he just carried us around. D. C. Talk's "Luv is a Verb" was straight and to the point. Other favorites include "I Want to Be Like You" and "Buy Me a Rose," but I'm not sure of the Lyricists or Singers. "Everything I Do (I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams was the song played at my wedding in 1992. Brandon Heath's "Give Me Your Eyes" reached out and grabbed my attention and made me think. Recently my daughter and I put together a CD with 8 songs that are other favorites: "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman, "Stealing Cinderella" by Chuck Wicks, "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle, "Cleaning This Gun" by Rodney Atkins, "You're Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins, "There Goes My Life" by Kenny Chesney, "Then They Do" by Trace Atkins, and "My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw.

        • I love to read and write, mostly about real things that happen to me or to someone I know. I have relearned to knit and crochet recently and have enjoyed making gifts for family and friends. I have also started working of our family genealogy where my grandma and great aunt left off years ago. Many crafts intrigue me, like scrapbooking, painting, and mosaic tiles, so I tend to go in too many different directions as once. However, my favorite way to spend my time is with my children, 13 grandchildren, and new great-grandchild.

        • My one and only published work is a book about my daughter, Karen, who was born with Trisomy 18 in December 1988. She died 6 days before her first birthday in December 1989, from pneumonia, cardiac arrest, and complications caused by her chromosome disorder. "Baby Karen's Gift" is the story of our family's journey during her life and beyond as we grieved her loss. It includes photos and stories written by her sisters as they expressed their ideas about Karen in various school assignments. The book is available at the Hill Country Book Store on the square in Georgetown and through me.

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