I am a mother of three adult children, and grandmother to James and Eliah, ages 8 and 4. My husband, Mark, and I have been married 34 years. The ruler of our household is our cat, 12-year-old Buddy, who likes to walk on my keyboard when he has determined that he is not receiving enough of my attention.
My love for the land and gardening is part of my heritage, since I was planted and raised on (what is now) a Century Farm in Northwest Iowa. I graduated with a B.A. in Government and International Affairs from Augustana University in 1982,completed a certificate in Art from I.C.S. in 1997, and a M.A. in Youth and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary in 2006. I am a (retired) Master Gardener.
I serve as a rostered Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (E.L.C.A.), as the Director of the Faith Lutheran Church Community Garden in O’Fallon, IL.
In my spare time, I research family genealogy, make greeting cards, and re-roll the balls of yarn that my grandchildren love to string around the house. I am addicted to licorice, anise, and all things chocolate.