I was born and raised in Nashville, TN and was named for a girl my mother went to college with, Andrea LeNaye. My grandparents lived on opposite ends of the same street and I spent most of my pre-teen years in and out of their homes. In the neighborhood were cousins, aunts and uncles and friends all within walking distance. And someone always had great food cooking.
There was lots of teenage angst in my life but an equal amount of positive adult support. It was a gift that should have been appreciated at the time but wasn’t. Active at church and at school with youth group, choir, band, and cheer leading, I learned to lead early. My parents and step parents are all educators so attending college was a fore gone conclusion in our family. Upon graduation from college I worked in Nashville and was the ultimate career-minded professional complete with glen plaid suits, closed toe pumps and leather briefcase. My goals were to get married, have a family, get out of the South all while working toward becoming head of the Federal Reserve Bank. I have never had a problem with the size of my dreams!
College and the early days of my career were during the decade of the 80’s. The “me” decade some call it. And it was definitely all about me for quite a while. Thank God for the family and friends who prayed for me during that time. It worked.
After moving to Birmingham in 1991 for work, it became apparent that I would live my life in the South and love it. It has been an incredible opportunity and a God thing. I met my amazing husband, Jamal, just two weeks after moving to town and we were married a little less than a year after that. Our son Brandon joined our family through adoption at 12 weeks old and two years later I delivered Madison. They are both incredible and God has given them very different gifts and I love seeing how they are becoming who God has ordained them to be.
It is a privilege for me to be Jamal’s wife and Mama to Brandon and Madison. My fervent prayer is that I am loving them as well as they love me. They have allowed me precious time away to pursue volunteer and ministry opportunities in the midst of ball games and making dinner and completing college applications.
We have been members of Church of the Highlands for 6 years and love it. It was here I discovered God loves me in spite of my failures and sometimes because of them. And that it is the people in our lives that matter, not the things.
My life verse is Psalm 46:10. Be still and know that I am God. Instead of constantly chasing the next big adventure, I can sit calmly in the here and now and listen for the voice of my Savior. He will speak and order my steps. Selah…