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Raleigh has been my home city since birth, and I cannot imagine a better place to spend one’s childhood. I was born in the old Rex Hospital originally located on St. Mary’s Street, and grew up in a loving, Christian home in North Raleigh where my parents still live. I have one sibling, Kimberly, who also lives in Raleigh with her husband, and two boys.
My formative years were spent attending Raleigh public schools (Douglas and North Ridge Elementary, West Millbrook Middle, and Millbrook High); worshipping at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church; and enjoying summers on my grandparents’ farms, at sailing and work camps, the beach, the pool, and working. While I accepted Christ when I was in middle school and attended a Christian college, it was well into my adult years before I became committed to my faith.
I met my husband, Harry, (who was attending NC State) during my sophomore year at Meredith College. A month after I graduated with a degree in Business Administration, we married and moved into a small duplex in West Raleigh. I began full-time employment in the summer of 1985, and through the next nine years and the birth of two children, I worked in both the retail and the mortgage industries. Our daughter, Chelsey, was born in 1988, and our son, Coleman, was born in 1993. In 1994, I left work in the corporate world to stay home full-time.
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, going to movies, reading, walking, listening to music, studying modern architecture, and visiting art galleries. I am a BIG NC State fan and attend football games and the occasional basketball game to support the Pack. One of my favorite places in the world is Sunset Beach, NC, and I go whenever I can.
Looking back on my life I can see how the Lord often reached out to me through family and friends, but I rejected Him over and over. In October of 2000 at a retreat, I sensed strongly the Lord calling me to Him, and He gave me the following verse from Isaiah 40:31: “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”Right then I asked Christ into my life again, and truly began my journey to become a servant of the Lord. The seeds planted in my heart and stirred by so many over the years finally came to fruition on that beautiful October morning, and I am grateful for the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior and those He used to plant those seeds.