Hey, y’all! My name is Alyssa. I am so completely humbled and blessed to be among this outstanding group of ladies here at The Ruffled Mango. I hope you visit us often, even if it’s just to see what craziness we’re up to.
I grew up in a small farming/lake community in Central Alabama and do not have a single childhood memory without blue sky and pecan trees in it. Our family moved to North Alabama when I was 14, and set up camp in the Shoals area where my family now lives. When I look back on my life so far, I can only see how God has moved and worked in it. I would not be where I am today or have the family and friends that I do without the providence and grace of God.
I met my husband Michael Clark at Freed-Hardeman University – big surprise, I know. We had crushes on each other for an entire year before we even knew it! So, you can imagine what picking a restaurant looks like for us. We married soon after we graduated and Michael was offered a job at TVA here in the Scenic City of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is an Integration Software Developer and enjoys a good “stay-cation” once every blue moon. I graduated with a degree in Child and Family Studies and immediately after got my Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. When I grow up, I want to be a Child Play Specialist.
Currently, I am what most people refer to as a “work at home mom.” We have two sons: Ethan, 5, and Aaron, 2. Ethan is our serious thinker. He carries a journal and likes drawing plans for things he can build with Legos. Aaron is our prankster. You hardly ever see him without a mischievous grin spread all over his food-covered face.
In my “spare” time, I love to bake and decorate cakes, which as of late has become somewhat of a side business for me. I am in no way a professional, but have watched a YouTube video or two so, basically, I know everything. I am the Director of the Tuesday School program at the Red Bank church of Christ and am also involved in their Ladies Ministry and Flock Committee, which provides family centered events and activities for our congregation and community. Being involved with the women and children of our congregation and community gives me purpose. I feel that I can best use my talents for God if I am serving them and providing opportunities for them to learn, thrive, and grow.
I am currently on a quest to remove all things in my life that are not productive or necessary – food, possessions, or habits. So pray for my family. 😉