29 September 2015
Where do you live?
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I moved to Fluvanna a little over 13 years ago. What brought me here is actually a good story. I was living in Georgia at the time and came to visit a friend who lived here in Lake Monticello. I spent a nice week with her family and met a very nice guy, a friend of my friend’s, the night before I was to go home. He was cute and kind and funny and we talked and had a great time.
The next morning we stopped by the Dairy Queen where he worked on the way to the airport and I told him bye and went back home. I couldn’t stop thinking about this great guy, so I had my friend give him my email address. After a couple of weeks of email and calls he came to visit me and we both just knew we didn’t want to be apart. We were engaged six weeks after we met and married that September, less than six months from that first night we went out.
Tell us about your work.
I’m the ministry assistant at Crossroads Community Church – essentially the secretary. The pastor chose the title and I like it. I like to think that I’m assisting in the ministry that goes on there.
I also teach cake decorating at Michael’s. It’s my fun job. I’m thinking about branching out and doing some in-home classes, something a little more relaxed and social, so we’ll see.
Tell us about your family.
I have a wonderful husband of 13 years. Brian grew up in the Charlottesville area and works as the manager of the United Bank on the Downtown Mall. We have three children: our daughter Dori is 9, Peter our oldest son is 6, and baby James is 17 months.
Describe one of the highlights of your life.
I recently got to watch my daughter be baptized and it was just the best moment. To see her take that step of faith was so precious and sweet.
Describe one of the biggest surprises of your life.
Our third child was a bit of a surprise – a joyous one, but a surprise nonetheless.
Describe one of the tragedies/struggles of your life.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s/colitis in my early twenties; it was a rough time with hospital stays, surgeries, and medications. I was blessed to have my mom with me; she really made sure I got the best care and asked all the right questions. My husband must be the best medicine as I haven’t had a flare-up since we met. It’s probably due to the surgery but don’t tell him – he likes to think he cured me.
Describe a dream you have for your future.
Grow old. Watch my kids go to college and get married. Play with my grandbabies.
Describe a fear you have for your future.
That the world is changing; that we may not have the freedoms tomorrow that we enjoy today.
Here’s your chance to sound off. If you could give one public service announcement or word of advice to the public at large, what would it be?
Be kinder than you have to be. You just never know what someone else is going through. I always liked the saying, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Be nice – it just works better.