Today, I get to introduce you to a dear friend of mine. Carol and I met almost 30 years ago. I had started a Concerned Women for America group and I met a sweet lady named Iris. Iris introduced Carol and I and we traveled a bit with Iris speaking on various topics. That is a whole other story that I will have to share another time. I feel like my whole life is a series of stories. Some fun, some crazy and some really crazy! Anyway, Carol and I hit it off. It just so happened our kids were the same ages and we had something else in common; we were both homeschooling our kiddos. It was a fun season as our kids would sometimes do their schooling together and we would go on field trips and various activities together. Carol is an amazing artist and she taught my kids art lessons one year.
One of my favorite stories with Carol is our friend Iris invited us both to travel with her to Washington, D.C. to a political conference. Iris was my mentor in all things politics. We attended the Republican State Convention a few times and yes, I have stories for another day. Back to my Washington D.C. story….Carol’s brother is an attorney in D.C. and he knew the ropes to sight seeing in D.C. One afternoon we had a break from our workshops and her brother picked us up at our hotel and off we went. We did a whirlwind tour of D.C. He would drop us off at interesting points and we would run up and read, take a look around and then run back to the car for the next stop. Our final stop was the White House. It was so fun and exciting! We also went to a popular restaurant where the political leaders dined. Oh, I have one more story about our trips with Iris. We went to St. Louis for a conference and Clarance Thomas was the main speaker. Afterwards we got to meet him and visit for a few minutes. He asked Carol a question and she answered and after she answered she told herself her answer wasn’t correct and she had no idea why she said what she did (probably nervous) and she felt silly to correct herself so she went with it. So we had fun teasing her about not giving a correct answer to the Supreme Court Justice of the United States of America!
Carol was born in Tyler, Texas. Her family moved to Louisiana and she eventually went to LSU. She met her husband, Barry at LSU. He was a fighter pilot in the Air Force after they graduated and they traveled the world. They just celebrated their 51st anniversary. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Carol homeschooled her children and then she homeschooled two of her grandsons. Carol is one of the most steady and easy going people that I know. She is always calm. If I had to describe a woman of grace, Carol would be at the top of the list. I’ve always loved visiting with her and my favorite thing is making her laugh. I can tell her some of my crazy stories and she always gets tickled.
When our friend Iris became older, her son moved her to the Houston area. Carol and I would fly down on several occasions and treat Iris to dining out, shopping and sight seeing. Carol was the wheel chair pusher and I was the driver, letting them off at the door etc. I’m sure we were a sight trying to pull that wheel chair out of the car at each stop. Lot’s of laughs going on during our trips. Carol is a fun traveling pal. Our Iris passed away, so no more trips to The Woodlands.
Carol’s father passed away of cancer when she was 27. That is when she became a Believer in Jesus Christ. Someone witnessed to her and she accepted Christ as her Savior. Carol’s life changed. Today she is serving in her church faithfully as a leader of the women’s prayer group. She also leads in hosting showers and taking meals to those that need it. In her free time she loves to paint and spending time with her kids. Her four children and their spouses love spending time with her and Barry. Her grandkids are her delight!
Carol’s favorite scripture is:
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
Her dream is to be an encouragement to her friends, her husband, kids and grandkids in the Lord for the rest of her life. She hopes to be remembered as someone who loved the Lord and trusted Him.
I’m thankful to have Carol in my life. She has been a dear friend and is obviously a gift from the Lord!
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