My life has been a series of stepping stones, sometimes appearing to take me off the path, but always bringing me back to the place I need to be.
I believe that all things happen for a reason, and I have claimed Romans 8:28 as my life verse: And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who know Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Family has always been a priority in my life. From childhood I loved special holidays, sitting around the dining room table, sharing family stories and learning of relatives I had never met. I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a Stay-At-Home-Mom and raise my family with these same values. I attended Gettysburg College where I received a degree in French and Political Science, and after dabbling in market research for a few years, I became that SAHM to three wonderful children.
In 1997 I was introduced to Creative Memories, a home-based business that promoted the preservation of memories in archival scrapbooks. Scrapbooking not only fulfilled my desire to preserve my family photos, but it also fed my need for artistic expression – not only by adding a bit of decorative elements – but also by writing the stories behind each picture. I was a consultant for nearly ten years, sharing their mission: Preserving the Past, Enriching the Present, and Inspiring Hope for the Future.
In 2001 I was called to teach. I was not looking for a new career, but the circumstances were such that I knew this was the next stepping stone. It was only from my experience teaching Creative Memories’ workshops that I was able to step into that sixth grade classroom with any confidence. Since that time I have transitioned from elementary education to high school English.
In 2009 I felt the need to further my education and began taking summer courses through the Bread Loaf School of English. My life radically changed that summer when I took a course from Tilly Warnock entitled, Revise Your Life. It was my first writing course since high school and while I was terrified, I was also electrified. I discovered a latent desire to write, and the passion has only increased with time.
And now I am taking that next step. I will retire from teaching in May, 2014, and will focus my efforts as a full-time writer. I discovered the Association of Personal Historians and knew it was the right fit. This new writing endeavor has now brought me full-circle back to my experience with Creative Memories. Not only will I be documenting my own life story for my family, but I will be helping others preserve their memories, values, and beliefs for future generations.