I was born and raised, along with my three brothers, on a small, family farm in Ridgetown, so I’m a country girl at heart. I married my best friend and high school sweetheart Duane. Through the years of life’s ups and downs, God has taught us and grown us both as individuals, and as a couple. We have four kids – Zachary, Quintin, Bethany and Maya.
I graduated college as a Registered Nurse. When the kids came along, I had the privilege to be a stay at home mom and practice my bandaging, wound care, and tender-loving nursing care on my busy, adventurous patients at home. I home schooled the kids for ten years and each has graduated and moved on to the next phase of their young adult lives.
Duane and I love to spend our summers in the kayaks exploring the smooth, glassy waters of nature and fishing together. We find it peaceful and relaxing. Duane and I have an unwritten rule about fishing – If I do any catching, he does ALL the releasing. Although they are fascinating to look at, I’m not as interested in handling fish. Give me a farm animal, any day. Duane has been gracious to humour me in this every time. While I can drive him crazy with my weird, wild and adventurous spirit, Duane is my greatest support, and loudest fan. God has blessed me with a husband who loves me sacrificially, encourages me consistently, and balances out my ‘extra’ with his steady, practical and devoted care.
We were invited by friends to attend a service at Redemption (Harvest, at the time) about 13 years ago and have been attending and serving here ever since. The commitment to the Word -with faithful preaching, honest worship, and the open and genuine adoration of Christ is what kept us coming back week after week. Before this amazing opportunity to join the staff at Redemption, I was working in office administration for a landscaping and snow removal company. Prior to that, I was the assistant manager of a small retail business.
My favourite verse has sustained, strengthened, and comforted me in my most difficult days. It reminds me of the hope I have in Christ and God’s unchanging faithfulness in every promise.
Hebrews 10:23 – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”