FUN FACTS ABOUT THE HOOD FAMILY

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Dad’s favorite food: Mexican, cereal

Dad’s favorite drink: Coke and coffee

Dad’s favorite book: The Bible, Anything Hons Urs Von Balthasar (Prayer)

Dad’s favorite sport: Basketball

Dad’s favorite music: Worship music like Leeland, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder. But he also likes some old-goodies like James Taylor, John Denver, and Keith Green

Dad’s hobbies: family, prayer, reading the Bible, watching professional and college sports, outdoors/hiking, traveling, driving, tourism, learning, and fishing

Dad’s love language: He likes to receive words of affirmation and quality time. He likes to give gifts.

Q: Describe dad with three words?
A: Passionate, intelligent, and tender

Q: When asked the question—“Who is Allen?”—what three things come to mind?

A: Father, preacher, and leader

Q: What would Allen’s perfect day be like (with you)?

A: A perfect day with my husband looks like this. We go out and discover a new place together like a city or even a beautiful forest. Allen loves exploring things, both urban and natural! So we start the day taking a drive through a scenic landscape. Eventually we find a good new lunch spot as long it is “Allen-friendly”—he loves Mexican a lot! After lunch, we run by a Marshalls/TJ Max. Allen is the “king of good deals,” and he is also extremely generous. He enjoys finding “treasures” in there to bless others with (like his sons and me!) After this, Allen and I return to home and spend the evening together; most likely watching a movie or a sports game. After eating our leftovers from lunch for dinner (haha), we usually relax by either playing solitaire or reading before going to bed together. Night night! That’s a fun, full day with my amazing husband!
Q: What is one of your favorite memories with your husband?

A: This is a hard one! I have too many…

I love our memories with our boys we have made! I love our family and Allen is such a family man!!

But if I picked one with just Allen and I, it probably would be when he surprised me on my birthday when we were first married a couple years in! He bought me a beautiful Laura Ashley dress and gave me a treasure hunt to find it! Had someone pick me up and blind fold me to bring me to him and we went to this beautiful Shaker Town in Kentucky and had a wonderful dinner and stayed the night there! The whole thing was so dreamy! He did a similar thing after we had Samuel! He got a friend to watch Samuel and surprised me and took me to a stunning hotel in Cincinnati Ohio! Allen is very romantic!

Q: Most interesting thing about Allen people are least likely to expect?
A: I think people may see Allen as intense and reserved at times…So one thing is that he is really goofy…silly goofy! And he is happy in the morning!! He sings when he wakes up early in the morning. He secretly is trying to wake me up to be with him!

One other thing is that he is a really gifted poet and writes beautiful songs to the Lord.

Q: If dad wasn’t a minister, what are some things he would be (1-2) and why?

A: He could be a lawyer! He doesn’t like debate…. But he is very good at it! He can find any hole or discrepancy in any story. He is capable of going into what I call “his lawyer mode” and then watch out, his gift of articulating and speaking kicks in and you will either be “shut down” or swayed completely to his side at times by his winsome demeanor!

Or a high manager position of some kind. Allen is a phenomenal leader and does so well in this kind of position. He is a team leader that loves to see others succeed! He is made to be a leader…He has lots of “self awareness”…One of the top qualities for a good and strong leader! He is humble and does not promote himself and has a father’s heart for others…These qualities would manifest in other arenas if he wasn’t a minister of the gospel and a leader in the prayer movement.

Q: If you could describe dad with three words, what would you pick?

-Passionate, Generous, Discerning

Q: When asked the question—“Who is Allen?”—what three things come to mind?

Family-man, Mystic, Reformer

Q: What is one of your favorite memories with dad?

-There are too many to count! My dad’s 45h birthday in Whitianga, NZ (google for pics) comes to mind. While the family slept in, my dad and I rose early for the sunrise of a lifetime. Little did we know, we would spontaneously take a ferry across the bay, hike for hours until we thought we had ventured into heaven—it was that magically beautiful!—and then finished off the morning with some savory breakfast pies, tea, conversation, and a Bible devotion at a hole-in-the-wall bread and breakfast. An amazing day with my dearest friend!

Q: What would dad’s perfect day be like (with you)?
Basically the story above (haha), thought that’s not your typical “day” (I know). But a good breakfast, some coffee/tea, a long stimulating theological conversation with our Bibles open experiencing the presence of Christ, and an afternoon of fishing with a beautiful scenery as the background—that’s about the best equation I can think of for an enjoyable day with my dad.

Q: Most interesting thing about dad people are least likely to expect?

The man is incredibly goofy. At times you would think he’s beyond weird, but that’s why he’s so fun! He’s also a talented poet and songwriter at heart. He is gifted with melody and lyrics and I enjoy collaborating with him (be looking forward for some songs in the future).

Q: If dad wasn’t a minister, what are some things he would be at good at (1-2) and why?

-I mean this question is like asking “if a frog wasn’t a frog, then what would that frog be?” My dad was just made to be a minister—a powerful preacher of the gospel, anointed intercessor, and wise pastor! However, he is an excellent leader and communicator. I could see him being successful in a high-up managerial position at a company, but particularly a cutting-edge company with a strong social justice bent. My dad is a man of great conviction and deep values, and I could not see him doing something unless he believed it had a positive impact on the world and helped restore society.

Q: If you could describe dad with three words, what would you pick?

A: Goofy, deep character, witty/intelligent

Q: When asked the question—“Who is Allen?”—what three things come to mind?

Dad, teacher/preacher, pastor

Q: What would dad’s perfect day be like (with you)?

A: Dad wakes up, while I am sleeping in, and does his devotion by a beautiful window and with a delicious breakfast and coffee. And then I wake up, and we do another devotion. We then go play some afternoon basketball after going to Marshall’s to get something we will need for that occasion, probably a new athletic tee. We then go out to eat barbeque, because he wants to please me, but deep down he just wants some Tex-Mex. We then go watch a movie together. Afterwards, we finish the night with some good ole’ father-son conversation, probably about sports and Jesus (haha).

Q: What is one of your favorite memories with dad?

A: When I was twelve, my dad and I drove out to North Carolina together and visited my grandparents. They live in the mountains, so we got to go on fun, nature adventures. One day we went hiking and stumbled upon blueberries bushes. We picked a ton of them and had a picnic. They were delicious. Later that day we jumped into a freezing mountain creek together. Few memories are etched into my mind with more joy than those!

Q: Most interesting thing about dad people are least likely to expect?

A: He comes across as tender and loving, which is so true, but people don’t always realize how intensely passionate he is with the things he loves. When we watch North Carolina Tar Heel basketball games, you would think this is man is like their coach or something, because he gets into it so much. Also, on the stage he comes across as very social and outgoing, but in general, he is extremely introverted. He finds his energy being alone with his family (which is especially enjoyable for us!)
Q: If dad wasn’t a minister, what are some things he would be (1-2) and why?
A lawyer, because he’s extremely intelligent, bold, good at communicating, and has the ability to look at matters objectively.

Q: If you could describe dad with three words, what would you pick?
A: Generous, Tender, Compassionate

Q: When asked the question—“Who is Allen?”—what three things come to mind?

A “man of God”, nature-lover, and family-man

Q: What would dad’s perfect day be like (with you)?

– Our prefect day would be doing some extreme sports together, like whitewater rafting or ziplining. Add in camping with some fishing, campfires with brats and smores, and late night talks under the stars, and we would be set!

Q: What is one of your favorite memories with dad?

When I was almost five, our extended family went on a cruise celebrating our grandparents 50th anniversary. When we docked in the Bahamas, the whole family went snorkeling, but I was too young to go. Originally, I had been put in daycare, but dad decided to come back and spend the day with me. We had the most awesome father-son day! We rented a moped, drove throughout the city, and snuck onto private beaches. It was one of those days I won’t ever forget.

Q: Most interesting thing about dad people are least likely to expect?

– He is a big aggravator! Aggravation is his love language.

Q: If dad wasn’t a minister, what are some things he would be (1-2) and why?

He could have been a good baseball player and baseball coach. He’s really athletic and you should see his stats from high school (he was good!). Also, he’s really good at teaching and a really good leader, so I could see him being a great coach.