I am an Iowa girl through and through. I grew up on a small dairy farm east of Pella, my dad the dairyman and my mom the local piano teacher. I graduated from Pella Christian High School, Central College (majoring in organ and music education), and I hold a graduate certificate in church music from Drake University. I am retired from school teaching, now working for Central College and Westminster Presbyterian Church. I am married to Dale, and we blend a family of three children and five grandchildren. Dale is a retired sociology professor (Central College) who now enjoys gardening and volunteer work in his free time. I love practicing my main instruments - organ, piano, and harp - but also enjoy playing cello in the Central College orchestra and saxophone in the Sully Big Band. Oh yes, and I knit as often as possible.