Each month, we are going to take time to get to know one of our church members just a little bit better. We hope this short interview allows us to lean-in and helps us know one another better and grow together as a body of believers.


Tell us a little bit about you and your family.

Scott and I have been married 21 years. We have one son, Dakota, who is 15 years old and a sophomore at American Christian Academy. We moved to Tuscaloosa three years ago from Indiana, where I was born and raised and spent the past 10 years. Scott was born in Minnesota and raised in South Dakota, and Dakota was born in New Jersey. We’ve been all over the United States!

Can you share one way that God has been faithful to you recently or something he is teaching you?

God has been teaching me to TRUST him over the past years! When I met Scott, I was living in Indiana—where I was born and raised and had NO intention of leaving. Scott was in the process of moving to Salt Lake City, Utah for a new job; we dated long-distance for a year before we decided one of us needed to move. After moving to SLC, we got engaged, got married, and lived for 3 1/2 years before Scott's job moved us to Green Bay, Wisconsin (yes, the frozen tundra!). We settled in there for 3 years before Scott's job took us to northern New Jersey, not far outside of NYC. We lived there for 3 years before moving back to Indiana, where we planned to stay until retirement and raise our son. I was finally HOME again, but God had other plans. Scott lost his job in Indiana, and his new job brought us to Tuscaloosa.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?

It depends on what type of mood I am in. My first choice is usually James Taylor, but I also like listening to Journey, the Eagles, Edwin McCain, Jimmy Buffett, and Sister Hazel—among many others!! I love having music playing!!

What shows are you into?

I love watching This Is Us, and we watch Survivor as a family. I also enjoy most funny sitcoms because I love to laugh!

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

I love to bake things from scratch, when I have the time! I think they are so much better than when they come from a box or package.

What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?

I prefer watching comedies, and I love a good "chick flick!" I also love to read, especially children's books!

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

Australia, where I traveled with my best friend and loved it!! Traveling is one of my passions, and we had such fun exploring Australia and New Zealand! I would love to take my family there some day!

What fad or trend do you hope comes back?

People actually talking again! Many people spend so much time using technology to communicate that I fear our next generation is at risk of not being able to have a conversation! I feel talking is the best way to build relationships, and there is so much room for misunderstandings when communication is only done through text/messaging/emails because people aren't able to hear your voice inflection and tone.

What is one of your favorite smells?

One of my husband's favorite things to do is build a fire, and I absolutely love the smell of wood burning! It makes me think of Fall, which is my favorite season, and it reminds me of all the time my family spent around the campfire when I was growing up! Great memories!!

Name three things you are loving. 

I am loving my family, our lake house, and all things fall!!

What are you reading or have you recently read?

I am reading a Young Adult series called Mapmaker Chronicles by A.L. Tait, and I am getting ready to read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.