Meet the Teacher
In case I don't have the pleasure of meeting each of you, I wanted to share a few things about myself that you may want to know...
I grew up in the lovely town of Monroe, Georgia, with two incredible parents, Reid & Yvette Adams, and an older brother, Chase. My dad owns a super cool lumberyard called Cofer/Adams; my mom is an extraordinary artist; and my brother is a rockstar (aka: he works as a frontline web designer for Zappos.com - one of Forbes Top 10 companies to work for). Each of them have made heavy imprints in my life and the Lord has molded me, using my family as the impressions.
In 2006, I ventured across the state line to the Loveliest Village on the Plains and attended Auburn University. [War Eagle!] During my freshman year, I pledged Zeta Tau Alpha and the Lord did miraculous things. He placed me in the position of Chaplain over my sisters in Zeta that year; and in the position of Director of Spiritual Life over all of the sororities at Auburn the following year. I was amazed and deeply humbled by the fact our Father would allow me to pray over and invest in so many women week after week.
After my term of Director of Spiritual Life came to completion, I began working in a local coffee shop as a barista. It was here that I met the man that challenged me in ways that I never thought possible and strengthened my walk with Christ in unimaginable ways. (Not to mention, he was the most attractive man - by far - I had ever seen. Read more about that here.) We both graduated from Auburn University in May 2010. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations, and my husband graduated with a Master's in Management Information Systems.
Two weeks later, on May 29, 2010, we basked in the glory of becoming one with Christ and one another when we got married in Auburn, Georgia. (You can read more about that here.)
My sweet husband, JD, and I moved to Eatonton, Georgia, and lived in a little cottage (which we endearingly renamed "the bungalow") a few feet away from my grandparents' lakehouse for our entire first year of marriage. This was a stark contrast to the plans we thought God had for us in our newlywed season, as we originally felt called to go into the international mission field for our first two years of marriage.
But God knew exactly what He was doing... just like He always does.
In that one year of our bungalow residence, I had the pleasure of gleaning as much wisdom and knowledge from my grandmother as I could handle. She taught me everything I know about sewing (she was a seamstress) and still, to this day, holds me accountable to remembering "who you are and whose you are."I will be implementing many of the lessons she and my mother have taught me into our Life Skills class.
In June 2011, JD was offered a position to work with DESE Research here in the wonderful town of Huntsville. So we gathered our things into a small Uhaul trailer and drove northwest into our new adventure. We started writing our blog, Jitney's Journeys, a few months after our wedding... little did we know, the name of our blog would transpire into a much larger path than just a journey through marriage.
We started traveling in September for JD's job, and ventured back-and-forth between Huntsville and several other countries until we finally settled back into the grove in February. We are daily baffled and in awe of the fact God has given us this opportunity to travel with one another during this season of marriage. It is truly amazing. In addition, the Lord has allowed me to open an Etsy shop in April of this year. It constantly challenges my creativity and keeps my hands busy while we are settled in our nest in Huntsville. (I told my grandmother at the bungalow, "If I could do anything I wanted to for the rest of my life, I would sew and mentor young women." And just like that... God made it happen.)
All of this leads to this past summer when LeAnn asked me if I would be interested in teaching the Life Skills class for the co-op. Of course, I replied with a resounding, "Yes!" and I've been preparing ever since! I hope the ladies enjoy this class as much as I have / will! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me from the Contact page. :)