Interview from Katie Schuermann with Cheryl Swope
Cheryl Swope is not just a contributing author to He Restores My Soul; she is a twice-contributing author, penning two of the fourteen total chapters in the book. She has that many wise, comforting things to share, as you will discover below.
Describe a normal day in the life of Mrs. Swope:
4:30 a.m. writing in the quiet hours with a large mug of tea and local honey — this is my treasured time
6:30 a.m. break: breakfast with my son and helping him prepare for his work day
7:30 a.m. writing in the next round of quiet after my son leaves
9:00 a.m. break: chatting with my newly retired husband over his coffee, often outside
9:30 a.m. “second breakfast” with my daughter who is now up; help her prepare for her 10-2 work day
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. official writing & working — with break for lunch & non-negotiable lap swim
3:30-6:30 p.m. afternoon walk, family dinner, conversations, phone calls, household calendar planning
6:30-7:30 p.m. family games, nighttime routine, early bed for children
7:30-8:30 p.m. sitting outside with my husband, reading, early rest for grown-ups
What three words best describe your personality?
My (gracious) family says, “caring, loving, thoughtful”
Whom do you go to for advice?
Any of five girlfriends who have known me the longest and know me the best, and whose advice is born of the unmatched combination of their faithfulness to the Holy Scriptures and their love for me
What do you like to read?
My grandma (whom readers will meet in one of my chapters). My grandma left me nearly fifty years of her priceless, well-written, newsy daily entries. When I read those pages I feel as though I am back on her sofa listening to her stories and sipping apricot or blackberry brandy with her till late into the night.
Beverage of choice?
A new find — young hyson green tea — from a local shop, Sassafras Creek Originals, in my hometown in Missouri
Mac or PC?
PC, but only because I could not understand the Mac quickly enough to be productive and had to return it!
What do you want to eat when Mom is cooking?
My mom’s big, healthy spinach salads filled with blueberries, pecans, feta cheese …
We did not have this practice in the tradition in which I was raised, so I “share” my daughter’s, Isaiah 41:10, which she often writes on cards to anyone who is suffering: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Which song do you hum the most?
Whatever song one of my children played moments before on the piano (often a very simplified Musette by Bach)
If you could name the heroine of a fiction book, she would be called:
Lydia Mae (after my grandma’s favorite grandma)
How do you use hymns in your daily life?
Always in the car; every weekend in the kitchen with KFUO; late work nights with LPR, and every evening in my devotional reading
What scenery do you want to be viewing?
Our backyard trees and garden from our porch swing with my husband
Shoe of choice?
Lifestride mary janes for speaking; soft pink Vionic mule slippers for quiet writing at home
Which Psalm do you pray the most?
Psalm 23, the very psalm chosen for our book
What are your two chapters about?
“Train Up a Child” is about those who fall away — or those we fear will fall away — from the faith, the women who love them, and the Shepherd who seeks them.
“Motherhood and Mental Illness” gives an inside look into our two children who live with mental illness and, I hope, provides a reminder of God’s faithfulness to us in Christ Jesus no matter the crosses we cause or the crosses we bear.
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