Craig and I met at our best friends’ wedding in 2000. My best friend from high school married Craig’s best friend from high school and we were paired up in their wedding. When I first saw Craig, I didn’t like him. He was blonde, tan and looked like the kind of guy that would have made fun of me in high school. (See photographic proof.) I knew he liked hunting, cars and biking. He was the complete opposite of me, and I figured I just had to tolerate him for the wedding. He was in the Air Force and stationed in Florida, so I never had to see him again.
After the wedding we ended up spending the week together. I had never met anyone so laid back or positive about life. I always thought I needed someone just like me, but what I really needed was someone who was everything I am not.
Craig went back to Florida and returned in fall of 2000. We connected again and were married in 2003. Our cats and dog are our beloved children. We live in an old Victorian house that we say we’re renovating, but that’s just an excuse for the constant mess. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and always wanted to return, but I’ve gone Green Acres and live in the middle of nowhere.
In 2008, we helped our friends from that wedding, Pastor Brent and Sarah Weide, start Freedom Fellowship Church in Jackson, Wisconsin. We worked together on the worship team, accounting and any day to day items needed to help the church function. Freedom Fellowship remains our home church when we’re not in the Dells.
My role in the ministry is everything that needs to happen behind the scenes. Websites, social media, travel arrangements and sorry attempts at housekeeping are my niche. I write most of the posts on our Days in the Dells section of the blog. You may also hear me singing the national anthem at Dells Raceway Park before the races begin.
In real life, I am a full time Instructional Designer at an insurance company (which means I make cool training materials to help people do their jobs). In my free time I enjoy reading non-fiction, playing bluegrass, touring historical sites and being out of the sun. I am pale, geeky and proud of it!
Before Craig started chaplaining I had never been to a track outside of demo derbies. I didn’t know how I was going to deal with being outside all summer around a loud racetrack. I quickly got addicted and love watching races. The crews and drivers I have met are very passionate about what they do, and I have so much respect for anyone that takes risks to pursue something they love.
I am the ministry’s dog ambassador. I am a shepherd-hound mix from Mississippi, and I was adopted from the Ozaukee County Humane Society. I may be big and look tough, but I am very wimpy. I live with cat and bunny friends and they all beat me up. I love people and want to be around them all the time. I hope that I do not scare you!