1. Tell us a little about your family and pets?
My husband Mike and I have been married for 34 years. We have a son and a daughter. Our son is a Grain Buyer and trades on the commodities market and our daughter is a Pharmacist. We also have two red-headed granddaughters who are only 6 weeks apart in age. Many people mistake them for twins instead of cousins.
We live “in the country” and have been in the same house for almost 30 years. The area we live is surrounded by family. Over the years, we have had almost every possible kind of pet or livestock, including cows, horses, sheep, goats and even miniature donkeys. We now have 2 dogs, a cat, a horse, 23 hens and 2 roosters. My granddaughters love the animals and love being outside.
2. What is your favorite place to vacation and why?
My favorite place to vacation is Destin, Florida. We have been going to Destin since we married, and we love the area. The beach is the one place where I can truly relax. Destin has beautiful white sand, emerald green water and the sound of the waves is soothing for my soul.
3. What is your favorite thing about living in Cullman, AL?
I was born in Cullman, and have lived here most of my life. Cullman is a wonderful place to live and raise children with good healthcare, good education systems and good quality of life. We have always been active in our church and the local school system, and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
We are very thankful that our children chose to raise their children where they grew up, around family and friends. They live near us, on the “family compound,” and we get to share in their daily lives. We also provide free babysitting service.
4. What keeps you up at night?
With the constant changes in healthcare, it is always a struggle to keep up with the new requirements and regulations. The last few years at Cullman Regional Medical Center have seen some very dramatic financial improvement, and I worry about sustainability.
5. Tell us one thing we don’t know about you that you’re willing to share?
My husband and I, along with our two children, and our son-in-law, graduated from Auburn University. Even though we love Auburn, we are Alabama fans. We were raised Alabama fans, and just never converted. My husband’s middle name is Bryant! Most people assume that we are huge Auburn fans, so I usually just keep that to myself. My secret is now out.