I love my life as a travel writer and blogger and currently have more than 220 articles in 24 different print and online publications. I love discovering the cultural distinctions of places around the country and the globe, and I enjoy sampling regional cuisine. People and their stories fascinate me. Professionally, I am a member of The International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA), International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance (ITWPA), Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), and I am an E.A.T. Certified Judge for the World Food Championships.
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But, I have other identities, as well.
I think of myself as a prissy, loquacious, Southern lady – Think “Land of Cotton,” sweet tea, “Bless Your Heart,” squash casserole, “I don’t sweat pretty” kind of Southern lady.
I’m a wife with 48 years experience. My husband is a veterinarian and writer. I call him my Silver Fox, and he’s the wisest person I’ve ever known. He has recently published his first book: “What a Way to Make a Living: Tales from a Small Town Veterinarian,” available on Amazon.
I am a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 14. Imagine having 3 in college at one time followed by 3 weddings within 16 months. Then imagine keeping up with that many birthdays and finding perfect Christmas presents, not to mention having enough mantel space for the stockings.
I am a former Southern Baptist missionary who lived in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador for 4 years teaching English and Bible studies and hosting Ecuadorians, fellow missionaries and volunteers from the States.
In addition to Ecuador, I have visited other countries both for pleasure and while doing volunteer mission work: Kenya, Venezuela, South Korea, Guatemala, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and England.
I am a musician – Private piano teacher, church pianist and organist for years, and a retired public school elementary music teacher.
I am a proud graduate of Auburn University and a faithful fan of the Tigers – WAR EAGLE!!!
My first book was completed in December of 2016. It’s now available in print or on Kindle through Amazon. “Telling It On the Mountain: 52 Days in the Life of an Improbable Missionary.”
I live by at least ELEVEN Commandments – A personal fave is “Thou shalt not bore.”
My Personal Goals?
1) Be a follower of Christ who is a positive representative for Him.
2) Stay “interested” and “interesting” all the days of my life.
3) To dance at every grandchild’s wedding. (Since #14 is due in mid-July 2019 and I am now 69-years-old, that will call for some Divine Intervention).
CONTACT ME with your questions and comments via email at email@example.com.
Love it! And great choice of a representative picture, too. 🙂
Thanks, hon. I’m all about packing a suitcase and heading out.
Jennifer Trandell says
Connie, you have such a zest for life. Too bad we didn’t spend more time getting to know one another in Denver. Love, Love, Love that you want to dance with all your grandchildren at their weddings and you have a devotional Friday. Mine is Mantra Monday. To entertain and help others, that is the goal.
I agree, Jennifer! We should have found each other for more mealtime conversations and such. My head was spinning with all of the new (to me) and useful knowledge we were receiving. Mantra Monday sounds very intriguing. I’ll have to check that out. All the best to you. Thanks so much for taking a look at my blog.
Allie Greenhaw says
You rock! I love your blog! great insight! Keep at it 🙂
Thank you, sweet Allie. Maybe this is a way for you to know more about what lurks inside your Grandmomma’s head. I love you!
Just discovered your blog and love it! I know you will be in my area soon! If you are in my area on Sunday, I invite you to worship at my church! I will provide more info if you email me!
Thank you so much. I would LOVE to see you in your church. Where are you, by the way? Please drop by my blog anytime. I will look forward to your comments.
Melody foote says
Connie I loved readying your profile. I feel like I know you already. You sound like a lady who has had some fascinating experiences. Can’t wait to meet you in person.
Thank you, Melody. I can’t wait to meet you and explore Fayetteville. We’ll have fun. 🙂