Becoming an ordained minister began as a joke. My sister-in-law (my husband’s younger sister) had recently become engaged and talked about eloping to Las Vegas. I said we would love to join them and I would even become ordained so I could perform the ceremony. As plans often do, by the time they began planning the details, Ashley and Jeff had decided to have a more traditional service in the yard of their home. I was overjoyed when they asked me if I would still be their minister. Thus began this wonderful journey into sharing my love of love.
My husband, Mike, and I have been married since 1999. Before we married, we had a five year relationship because both of us knew we wanted to be sure that “until death do us part” would be true for us. So far so good! My husband’s parents divorced when he was in junior high and my parents have been happily married since 1971. Our differing backgrounds have made this journey difficult at times, but we have also used it to make our family stronger.
As we approach the next stage of our lives, watching our children mature and move on to their own lives, I have felt more compelled to share our love in the form of becoming an ordained minister. The skills of speaking and organizing I have gained as a teacher of over twenty years, as well as being a wife and mother, are proving to be wonderful assets in helping couples join their lives.