I grew up in a bedroom community outside of LAX and attended parochial school for 12 years. Uniforms of 100% wool that smelled like wet horse hide when it rained always hung in my closet. I did love my saddle shoes and white bobby socks, though. Like the majority of my friends, home life was the Ozzie and Harriet TV show in reality. But, the tumultuous times of the 60s changed that. In 1967 my parents divorced, and all I wanted was my life to be put back together again. I wasn’t a born again Christian then, but God had a plan that would lead me to the foot of His cross and His redemption. A huge part of that plan was a United States Marine I met in my freshman year in college and with whom celebrate 44 years of marriage this June.
We have four married children, eleven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Two of our children live in Kansas and two in California. Since we hopped around the States and Asia for the twenty-one and a half years on active duty service, I picked up college courses to finish my degree whenever time permitted. I finally received my BA in Human Resources at MidAmerica Nazarene University in 1998. In 2009, I completed my Master of Arts in Education through University of St. Mary. My professional career includes fifteen years as a Master Tax Preparer and instructor for H&R Block that led to my taking and passing the IRS Enrolled Agent’s exam. I served two years as a State Auditor for the Department of Revenue in Virginia. I drove the Okinawa Christian School bus and taught high school typing and adult ESL in Japan for 13 months. I served as the Apple Valley Christian middle school lead teacher for four years in California. I first taught 6th grade and then served as the K-8th grade principal at Open Door Christian School in Wyandotte County, KS for a total of 13 years. Since 2007, I have had the privilege of serving as the Guidance Counselor and publications advisor at Maranatha Christian Academy.
While my background is varied and full of wonderful adventures, the greatest event was the experience I had in 1978 when under the conviction of the Holy Spirit I entered into a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Until then, I had known about Jesus and His dying on the cross for the sins of the world, and I had rationalized that because I was a member of the human race, He had died for me, too. But I never truly knew how wide and long and high and deep His love was for me. Since then, my relationship with Christ has grown more profoundly confident every day as I witness God’s promises (Is 43:1-7) actualized in my own life and the lives of others. My desire for young people to develop that kind of trust that is proven out daily as they walk with Jesus Christ is now the passion that drives me.
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!