Julia Habrecht, contributing author to He Restores My Soul, used to be the Head of Exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art. Now she’s a wife, mother, and headmaster of the largest classical Lutheran school in the nation. The woman obviously did not peak in high school.
Describe a normal day in the life of Ms. Habrecht:
Now that the school year is starting, I rise early so I can leave the house as soon as possible to take advantage of at least an hour of uninterrupted time before faculty devotions at 7:50. By 8:20 the entire staff and student body are confessing the Apostle’s Creed and reciting the Lord’s Prayer together. The rest of the work day could be filled with visiting classrooms, chatting with parents, students, and staff, substitute teaching, administering first aid, responding to email, preparing for meetings, and hopefully enjoying a visit from my son. At some point around 5 PM I wonder where the day went. Hopefully a teacher is free to join our family for a delicious dinner prepared by my husband. After books and the first round of devotions, I spend some one-on-one time with my son singing and saying additional prayers before he goes to bed. My husband and I try to catch up on the day before deciding it’s our bedtime too.
What three words best describe your personality?
Nurturing, generous, and serious
Who do you go to for advice?
My husband, my parents (Dad is an LCMS Pastor), brother, sister-in-law, and a few dear friends (you know who you are!)
What do you like to read?
Current selections on my desk and nightstand include: History of Art for Young People (Janson), Lutheran Education (Korcock), Wise Blood (O’Conner), Thank, Praise, Serve and Obey (Weedon), and Ideas Have Consequences (Weaver)
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Director of a world class art museum
Beverage of choice?
In the mornings: black coffee
During teacher parties: any gin cocktail mixed by my husband
Mac or PC?
Mac. Trying to use a PC is an exercise in frustration.
What do you want to eat when Mom is cooking?
Veal parmigiana (my go-to birthday dinner as a child) or any of her pasta dishes
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Which song do you hum the most?
I’m usually humming the hymn of the week the students are learning or whatever is playing on Lutheran Public Radio.
If you could name the heroine of a fiction book, she would be called:
What is your superpower?
Seeing the potential in people
What is your Kryptonite?
Comic book references
How do you use hymns in your daily life?
The more hymn-singing the better. A great day includes singing with the faculty, hearing ILS students share the faith through song, congregational worship, and playing hymns on the piano in the evening.
What scenery do you want to be viewing?
The canals and piazzas of Venice or Florence or beautiful Lake Michigan
Shoe of choice?
Hunter rain boots — a must have while standing in the rain during school carpool.
Favorite movie villain?
Robert De Niro
Which Psalm do you pray the most?
I recite Psalm 23 every night to my son before he goes to bed.
What is your chapter about?
The tension between caring for my son and caring for the many other neighbors God has given me to love.
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