There is always a story waiting to be told.
Grab a cup of coffee and join me as I share some Salt & Light.

About Me

Let's see... I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, niece, aunt, god-mother, friend, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, crazy, a Gemini, and a princess - I am a child of God.

I was born in 1975. You do the math. I am not good at math. I use the other half of my brain. I went to college and studied Marketing and Studio Art, and then went on to study Graphic Arts. I have gone to college for so many years; I could be a doctor or even a veterinarian. But I am not. I have an associate’s degree. That I don't use. I used to volunteer my time. I am busy, getting nothing accomplished. I am afflicted with depression and am comfortable saying so (I sincerely thank you very much Brooke,) and to that end - I am medicated (thank you very much Mr. Cruise). If it helps one other person understand depression, I think I have served a purpose.

I am married to Mark, since 1997. Mark and I met in 1993. No, wait - we started dating in 1993, we met before that. Anyway, Mark is a Type-1 diabetic. In 2001, ten days before his 30th birthday, Mark was diagnosed with kidney failure. On September 22, 2002, Mark was gifted with a life-saving kidney and pancreas transplant. Our lives will never be the same. There is a lot of other stuff that happened over the years, too, that makes up who I am. For instance, my full time job for many years was a stay at home mother to daughter Remy and son Dax. My children are the joy of my life.

When Dax was a baby he had a heart murmur, hip click, upper GI issues, and the list goes on. When he was four months old his Dad had the transplant. Dax is a funny young man, sweet and can be stubborn. He can dampen my mood with his temper and will. He can brighten my day when he is happy and joking around. He is just like me.

On December 26, 2006, Remy was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. We went back to having bottles of insulin jingling in the fridge whenever you open the door, counting carbs, and living each day being as strong as we can for our little girl, being terrified inside knowing all too well of what her future may hold. Remy is smart, beautiful, and very strong-willed. I think she takes after her Dad.

I love animals. I really love dogs. Working with dogs is therapeutic for me. I find no coincidence that the same three letters that spell God, spell dog.

When I turned thirty-ish, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I always believed, but I now have a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ. I was involved in a number of ministries at our church in Illinois and in Wisconsin. I am currently on the greatest - albeit most difficult - faith walk. God has a plan and I am simply along for the ride.