I grew up on a strawberry farm in Missouri with my parents, two siblings, and a wide array of animals. While growing up, my sister and I kept bees and ran a honey booth at the farmers market. I stayed local once I graduated high school and attended college at Missouri Southern State University. After returning from deployment, my then boyfriend and I got married in our hometown and moved to his duty station in Alaska. During our time in Alaska, my husband and I found a great love of hiking, camping, and exploring. Now, we live in Washington. We still enjoy all the outdoor activities, just with a little warmer climate.