About Me

Wife to a man of true integrity, mom to two extraordinary buckaroos. I live on a state park, wondering everyday how I got here, but loving every minute of it. Welcome to my world, it’s just a walk in the park.

  • Born: Mississippi, a sweet magnolia from the magnolia state. And, a steel magnolia when need-be.
  • Raised: 5th Generation Meridianite, until I bolted for college. Great place to be from, a place where your bosoms can be fake, your smile can be fake, and your hair color fake, but your pearls and silver must always be real.
  • Lineage: Mississippi-bred Southern Belle who knows what “Bless Your Heart” really means. 
  • Educated: University of Southern Mississippi, B.A. in Journalism, emphasis Public Relations, Minor: Spanish (I really wish I would have paid more attention to that now)
  • Hubs: The extraordinary park ranger, who really is not a park ranger, he is a park superintendent, but, he wears a brown uniform and sometimes a gun, in a holster, and a bullet proof vest. These senior tour bus groups can be a gnarly bunch.
  • Responsible for: Saving the world, well, not really my Jesus already did that, but He has given me two little guys who I am charged with raising to be warriors that seek the face and heart of God, as they learn to wield a sword and conquer the ugly in this grand adventure called life.
  • Day job: Wife, homeschool mom, small farmer, city council member, farmers’ market manager, freelance writer, and maker of cool things out of refrigerator boxes.
  • Blog(s): I am known as The Park Wife in the web world, of course, that is not my real name, I just pretend it is. It’s fun, and a little crazy. Yep, that about sums me up. I started blogging in 2007 as a way to express my inner writer and connect with… I really had no idea. I liked getting comments. Plus, The Pioneer Woman had a blog, I thought it was cool… badah-boom-badah-bing…The Park Wife. Then, I founded Arkansas Women Bloggers! Sweet mercy, love my bloggy gals.
  • Other passions: Did I mention that I am married to a HOT park ranger? There’s my passion girls.
  • Favorite author/books: List of books on my desk right now: The Help, Local Flavors by Deborah Madison, The Penguin Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Crazy Love, The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Janet Evanovich How I Write,  and The Pioneer Woman Black Heels to Tractor Wheels and her cookbook that she signed for me to give away on this blog soon!!!
  • Favorite blogs: The Pioneer Woman (of course) BooMama (because I went to high school with her and she is a genuine, beautiful soul), Eat2Gather (my soul sistah), and blogs of my fellow ARWB gals.
  • Dream vacation: Small Italian village where I can grow a garden and have an 80-year-old Italian woman teach me all she knows about cooking and life.
  • On the Twitter: @theparkwife
  • Where else to find me: At the Farmers’ Market, oh the virtual world, I love me some Pinterest, and can not give up my Facebook addiction (I have tried…repeatedly).

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Sheila July 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

AW girl we are soul sisters! I can’t believe you listed me as one of 3 our your favorite blogs next to Boo and PW! And way?? you went to school with booMama?? We seriously need to meet up!


Brooke Lucas March 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm

I just wanted to let you know that your blog is fabulous! We were wondering if you were familiar with Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, TN?
If not, we would love to tell you about our great park and have you and your family join us for some spectacular upcoming events!
If you think this might be something your interested in please shoot me an email!

Many thanks and hope to see you in Memphis!


Faith McElhaney August 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Just heard you and you’re great!