I am a used-to-be elementary teacher who has a great fondness for bad jokes, boogers, and bugs. I was a terrible math student in school, but once I began teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, my love for it grew. I found ways to incorporate literature, writing, and poetry into my math classroom and boy did we have fun!
I took a leap of faith in 2010, quit teaching elementary school, and began working part time at North Florida College and Saint Leo University. I taught future teachers how to teach for a decade and absolutely loved it! I got to be my students' biggest encourager.
The best part about that job change was the privilege of being able to be at home with my kids. Carter was born in 2011 and Daniel in 2015. They are the sunshine in my day and the rainbow over my life. They regularly teach me how to be a better person and I have learned to love more deeply than I ever imagined possible since God so graciously gifted us with their presence.
More recently, I accepted a part time position at our church, Fellowship Baptist, as their Outreach and Connections Coordinator. I love my job. I get to connect people, shepherd folks, and help in tangible ways. I get to encourage the Body of Christ and tell others about the hope I have in Jesus. I couldn't ask for a better way to spend my time!
I've been married for 17 interesting but wonderful years to a good ole country boy. When I was praying about a future mate (a long time ago) one of my requests was that I didn't want to get bored in our marriage. Boy did God take me seriously on that one! David brought a giant snapping turtle home for our first anniversary, two wild hogs (who we named Boss and Lulu) on our second anniversary, and he regularly throws random reptiles into our kitchen, just to see me scramble and scream! He has wrecked the same boat three different times and finally retired it a few years ago. He runs heavy equipment which means I've had to learn, too! We are in the process of slowly building our own home (6 years in). We have a sawmill, and I am learning how to do all of the finish work like walls, ceilings, and cabinets. Our plan is to use a different type of wood in each of the rooms, all of which will come straight off of our farm. Super exciting and never boring!
I have the cutest sons ever (yes, of course I believe that!) who always make me smile. They love Sunday afternoons when we get to explore the river and ride go carts in the field out front. We live in the woods where it is okay for little boys to pee off the front porch and run around in their drawers and they take full advantage!
In 2021, I signed two book contracts. The first was with Wordcrafts Press for a devotional entitled, Learning As I Go, Big Lessons from Little People. It should be out late spring early summer. The second contract is a fiction series for 8-12 year olds, called Cricket and Kyle. The first book, Imagination Checkers is in the editing process and should be released by the end of the 2022. The sequel, The Secret Door, is almost finished and will soon follow.
I am blessed. Even when life gets crazy and messy and everything falls apart, I am blessed.
I love Jesus. I love to write. And I hope to reach people with my words.
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As for me, I will continue Learning As I Go....