1) How long have you been a part of the Home Hospice/Nursing family?
In May, I will celebrate 20 years as an employee of Home Hospice. On May 17, 2000, I was a “baby” social worker, just a week out from graduation!
2) What role do you have in enriching the lives of our patients/families?
Currently, I facilitate grief support groups and workshops out of all of our offices. I also provide individual grief counseling as needed in any of our locations. When needed, I provide prn social work for our current patients and their families. After so many years working for Home Hospice, and working full-time, to part-time, and everything in-between, I am incredibly thankful to continue to be part of such a wonderful company.
What I wish more people knew about my role is that Home Hospice provides grief counseling to anyone in the Permian Basin, not just our patient’s family members.
3) If you are having a bad day, what do you do to make it better?
Take a nap!! Naps are refreshing and give me a whole new outlook on the day.
4) What is a food you’d NEVER eat again?
I love pizza. I would eat pizza almost everyday (with some Rosa’s thrown in there, too!).
But pineapple on my pizza??? NOPE. Tried that once and will not eat that again.
5) Describe your perfect vacation.
Oh, this one’s easy. We actually took the perfect vacation several years ago. We took our “only” 4 kids at the time and spent a week at DisneyWorld. We had literally saved our pennies for many years to take this trip. It sounds corny, but it was truly magical.
We have fabulous memories from that trip. With 6 kids now, we are once again saving our pennies to someday take them all!
6) What is the first thing you think of when you get up in the morning?
I thank God for granting me another day on this Earth. After working in hospice care for so long, I am truly thankful for the time I have here with my family and friends.
7) What song best describes your life?
Pour Me a Vacation by the Great Divide.
8) If your pet could talk, what 3 questions would you want the answers to?
With my rescue dogs and cats, I would ask them what their life was like before we adopted them. Their answers would undoubtedly be sad, but I think it would be very interesting to hear their back-stories. With my chihuahua Bambi, I would ask her why she barks at us ALL.THE.TIME. One of the kids will leave the room, and upon re-entering the room, Bambi will bark at them like she has never seen them before in her life. It is hilarious, and sometimes incredibly annoying. But, we love that sweet girl.
9) Would you rather have a PAUSE button or REWIND?
At this point, I would definitely choose a PAUSE button. Our oldest child is a junior in high school, so his days at home are definitely numbered. I cannot imagine our home without him here every day. But, we are excited to see what the future holds for him and all of our children.
10) What is your secret to a good life?
Faith. I cannot imagine my life without the faith my parents taught me, the faith I accepted into my heart, and the faith I now teach my children.