I currently wear many hats. Some include military spouse, mother, dog owner, insomniac, Penn State Graduate, blogger, hiker, germaphobe, ecstatic traveler, movie lover, friend, social media junkie, and much more. I have also been known to have owned a photography business, compete (successfully) in fitness competitions, been a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, one who dabbles in painting, creates my own greeting cards, and more…
Some of my travels had led me to Singapore, England, France, Whales, Scotland, Hungary, Guam, Germany, Italy, Hawaii, and all over the continental United States. My favorite places have been Honfleur, France and Sundance, Utah. Both locations are equally magical for me.
Born in raised in Texas, I would describe my childhood as awkward, confusing, regrettable, and at times ~privileged. It seems most of us tended to have challenging upbringings; I will not pretend that mine was harder or better than anyone else’s. What I do take away from my youth is a lesson, a mantra; I seemed to learn intuitively – that all things are temporary. I knew whatever the situation was – it would pass. I knew that someday – I could call the shots and create the life I wanted. And I did!
My father played a very big roll in building me character. At the age of 19, while serving in the Navy – he horrifically became a double-amputee. Simply through his life – I learned that we never really know the stories of those around us – why they are who they are. In this, I learned to show compassion and charity for those I least understand. My father went on to graduate law school, completed a marathon and a triathlon. I once asked him why he did these seemingly impossible things – and he said, “Because I can.” My father passed away entirely too young. He left me a legacy of self-empowerment, gratitude, and hope. I miss him dearly.
My husband of 17 years is a Lt. Colonel and a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. We met at a bar in Prescott, Arizona and have been inseparable ever since. He is the definition of integrity and strength. He balances me out when I fall off my axis. For that, he is also a saint!
My boys are 15 and 12 years old and are growing up entirely too fast. I cherish my time with them. Being a mom has given me a sense of confidence and assertiveness I never knew I possessed. The love I have for these beautiful boys is absolute and humbling. It will be fun to see what kind of men they become.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. Now, it’s your turn.
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