I am a military wife, married 23 years, mother to four terrific teenagers. This is a picture of me and my husband on vacation in North Carolina in 2007. We have moved around the world, as far west as Guam and as far east as Germany. We have also lived in 6 states, including Virginia where we live now. (See more photos and details about our family below).
My husband is active duty in the Air Force, stationed at The Pentagon. My oldest son just fininshed his final year of college as a finance major as well as a member of the singing group Exit 245. The next oldest son attends college at University of Virginia , is in a Christian acapella singing group called cHoosE , plays tennis, and the others are in high school and are active in music, band, theater and church youth groups. If you would have asked me ten years ago how I felt about the teenage years, I probably would have told you I was dreading it. But it has turned out to be the most rewarding years of raising children, and a time when I feel closest to my kids and their friends.
We have a 2 1/2 year old golden retriever named Colby, who is the joy and frustration of my every day! He still chews up Kleenex from the trash cans. I have taught preschool for 7 years and also worked part time as a food pantry volunteer. I had to quit both of these jobs once I developed breast cancer in fall 2008, so I could more fully focus on getting well.
After a full year of chemotherapy, mastectomy and reconstruction, my cancer treatments have ended, and my prognosis is excellent! I work part time for Network of Strength, a national breast cancer peer support organization, counseling newly diagnosed patients. I also work from home in my The Taffy Box studio, an online jewelry design company I began in 2007. I began making jewelry when my children were very young, specializing in mother’s bracelets, which I still do and which can be found at Mothers Precious Gems.
I enjoy creating something new each and every day, whether it be an inspired piece of jewelry, a cake or a delicious casserole. My children keep me pretty busy with all of their extra curricular activities, and we always have a busy house bustling with friends, music, and loads and loads of laundry!
I desire to learn how to be more healthy and eat better, move more, and develop the best body God has given me. I aspire to learn all I can about how to combat breast cancer and to reach out to those who suffer more and carry a heavier burden than I, as that is all a part of inner healing.