Kia Ora! I am Rachel. I am a transplanted Southern girl who decided that Tennessee wasn’t far enough south! I now live in Palmerston North, New Zealand with my two young boys and my loving husband Jared!
I couldn’t say enough nice things about my handsome husband. I left a piece of my heart in New Zealand when I came on my first campaign in 2004. I never knew that a kiwi boy would meet me in Denver, Colorado five years later and bring it back to me. The answer to the question of how we met can only be answered by saying “God.” I’ll tell you the story sometime. Jared and I have been married for 6 years. He loves me, takes care of me and he even likes me too!
My oldest son is four and is full of energy and kindness. He says things that make my heart swell until I think it might possibly burst. It has been a joy to watch him this past year as he has ventured out more into the world. He started at a New Zealand preschool and has made so many friends and memories. He is lightning fast on his bicycle, loves to play with planes and is very good at spelling names.
My youngest son is two. He is hilarious, artistic and loves any kind of crazy dancing. He learns quickly from his brother and keeps up step for step. He is adventurous and quick, especially when going in the direction of something that looks like fun.
I am passionate about women learning to be scholars of the Bible. It is a God-given job to be teaching others and teaching our kids. I think it is important that we know what we are teaching. Bible marking is my favorite way to study the Bible and if you know me well, I have probably made you sit down and try it!
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Freed-Hardeman University and my graduate degree in Curriculum and instruction from MTSU. I taught primary and middle school for six years but now I stay home with my boys! I use my skills to teach my boys, teach Bible class and also have helped my husband revamp and implement new children’s curriculum for the congregation here.
My other passions include minimalism, hoarding, shopping and frugality. While I claim to understand that people don’t always get what they want, nevertheless, I believe it would be cool if I could look more like Celine Dion as I age.