|In Arizona we would houseboat and camp on Lake Powell|
Where I grew up: I was born in Arizona but moved to Arkansas when I was 9. We lived by the lake so I grew up water skiing, tubing, and fishing. I went to Springdale high school, home of the bulldogs, where I like to think I was friends with everybody or at least not part of one specific group. I wasn't particularly popular but hung out with some popular kids and got invited to some cool parties. We had a big high school and I loved showing school spirit at football and basketball games. I took advanced classes so I had my share of smart friends. I went to church, so I had that group of friends as well. I also participated in Forensics and Theater, sharing my love of the speaking arts with other artsy friends. I guess this accounts for why I now have about 950 Facebook friends! My father still lives in Arkansas and mom and brother now live in Oregon. They are both massage therapists so I love when they visit as I can get spoiled with back rubs.
Some interesting things about where I went to college: We had curfew with extended hours on weekends, and you got fined if you were late so many times. We had no co-ed dorms, guy and girl dorms were on opposite sides of the campus, and each one had official dorm parents. The opposite sex was only allowed in to the dorms on particular dates throughout the year and if your feet did not remain on the floor you'd get pregnant. (Yes, it's ridiculous, that is why it's funny.) Our attendance in daily chapel was required but we got to pick where we sat and who we sat by. It might sound boring to some, but there is nothing like the sound of 3,000+ voices singing a capella praise songs together. I miss it. We had "social clubs" instead of sororities and frats and every spring they put on a musical showcase competition that is one of the largest arts events in the country. Our school lawn had several white wooden swings and another fun saying around campus was "three swings and then a ring" which actually was true for many people including me and my husband. College was a great experience and I enjoyed going to school that felt like a family. Some people call it a bubble but we were not immune to outside influences or crimes in the community. My husband had at least $1,500 worth of property stolen over his years at Harding (hopefully not by students!).
The past 4 years: After college, Jess and I decided we wanted to be near his parents and followed them to North Carolina. Jess also grew up out west in New Mexico but his folks relocated just before our wedding. Soon Jess found work in Raleigh in the information technology field but there wasn't much in the way of theater work for me. I had thought I wanted to teach but after spending 2 weeks in student teaching, I just didn't have the heart for it. God bless all the teachers out there, especially ones who teach high school, it is some of the hardest work there is! I worked part time in an office and then did some nanny work. We knew we wanted to start a family and just shortly after our third anniversary we had Logan. I am very blessed to be staying home with him and we plan to homeschool. Jess and his siblings were home schooled and it was very important to him that we do so with our kids. I like to joke that he made me sign a contract agreeing to that before he would marry me. Now in my free time (while Logan naps) I have started my blog and my Etsy store. We have a wonderful church family and supportive friends where we live and lots of other young families to play with. We bought our first home the year we had Logan and we are living in the suburbs, loving life and praising God.