As a girl, Diane Perkins was not the domestic type; she preferred sports, adventure, and mischief to those activities that were considered more appropriate for a girl of that era. By high school she had outgrown the trouble-making and managed to graduate as valedictorian, then headed to Cornell University. During her freshman year, she committed her life to Christ through a campus ministry and also met her future husband, a graduate student in physics named Juan Antonio Castro.
Tony and Diane spent the first year of their married life in his native Peru and then returned to the States so she could finish her education at a Christian college and he could attend seminary. Their first daughter was born during that time, followed by two more girls and three boys. Diane spent the better part of eighteen years as a stay-at-home mom and then the last twenty-five years as a writer and editor of educational materials, while Tony has worked as a college professor, software engineer, and high school physics teacher.
Diane has been involved in women's Bible studies for more than three decades. She enjoys hiking, biking, snowboarding, playing volleyball and Ping-Pong, and more recently, doing obstacle races. Most of all, she likes to spend time with her growing family, which now includes eight grandchildren.
Reflections of a Tomboy Grandma represents ten years of intensely examining her faith and writing about what she has learned on her journey from initial delight through a long slog of confusion, uneasiness, and discouragement to a place of deep convictions, genuine joy, and full assurance of God's great purposes for His creation.