What do you miss about your hometown, Huntsville, AL?
I miss lunch dates with my best friend. We used to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant, El Omeca, every week.
How did you get into writing music and what’s your favorite piece?
I love to sing, but I have horrible stage fright. I started taking poems I’d written and humming random melodies to them. My favorite piece is the only one I ever recorded. It’s called “Your Love.”
What are your top 3 favorite books and why?
“Pride and Prejudice” is my top favorite. I love Elizabeth Bennett’s wit and intellect in a time when it wasn’t “acceptable” for a woman to be so opinionated. “The Constant Princess” would have to be my second favorite. It’s about Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon. (I’m a little obsessed with Henry VIII and all his wives!) I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and if I had to pick one as a favorite, it’d be the fifth book, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
What is the hardest thing about being a stay-at-home mother?
The lack of personal space is the hardest part for me. I can’t tell you how many times a day I say, “Bathroom time is private time!”
What is most rewarding about being a stay-at-home mother?
The most rewarding part of SAHM life is not missing out on our youngest children’s milestones. I missed so many of my oldest son’s “first things” because I worked 50-plus hours a week.
What inspired you to become a Family Readiness Group leader?
My husband called me one day last April and said, “Hey, I told Rear D that you’d take over as Alpha Battery’s FRG Leader in June. You will, right?” I’m glad I agreed because I got the chance to emotionally connect with so many family members during the deployment. It didn’t just make it easier for them. It made every day easier for me too.
In a rare moment to yourself, what do you do to relax?
I run an extremely hot bubble bath, pour a glass of muscadine wine, grab a book and soak until the water is cold!
Why do you feel that military kids can be so resilient?
Military children cope with deployment and an almost nomadic lifestyle, and it’s tough even for adults. I think their innocence and positive outlook on life help them through the struggles of military life.
What types of volunteer work do you and your family like to do?
The kids and I make regular deliveries to the Grace and Mercy Women’s Mission in Hopkinsville, and we’ve recently started taking food to Manna Café Ministries.
What is one thing you hope your kids will take with them throughout their lives?
I hope they always remember to be compassionate. You never know what someone else is struggling with.
What did you do for work before becoming a stay-at-home mother?
I worked in administration during the day, and I sang with a band a few nights a week. After our first child together was born, my husband and I decided I should stay at home. It made sense financially, and I knew I wouldn’t miss out on precious moments.
What is your dream vacation spot?
I want to tour Italy! It’s been my dream vacation since my first art class.
What is your favorite indulgence?
Starbucks coffee is my weakness.
What is your favorite movie to watch as a family?
We could watch “Finding Dory” over and over again.
If you were stranded on an island with any three people, besides your family, who would they be and why?
Betty White and Jimmy Fallon, just so I’d never stop laughing, and Blake Shelton. I’ve always wanted to sing a duet with him. I wouldn’t have to worry about stage fright on an island!
What would someone be surprised to find in your purse?
I have safety scissors in my purse because I coupon. I don’t trust my children enough to carry anything sharp!