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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Friday, May 06, 2011


Josh.  What do I say about Josh? 

Well first, he's like one of my sons.  He grew up with my boys and I think of him as one of "mine".  That can at times include me wanting to kick his butt just like I would one of mine.  :)   

Aside from loving him like one of my own, he's been a great member of the Pine Ridge crew for several years.  When he's not with us, we miss him.  A lot.  He's a hard, hard worker, he loves the kids like crazy, and he can be a lot of fun. 

I'm also proud of Josh.  Currently, in addition to working at Home Depot, he is going to school to be a commercial airline pilot.  Crazy huh?  This "kid" that chased me with the water hose and endured me freezing his underwear in retaliation, now flying planes?  

Most recently though, Josh has something else up his sleeve.  In April of 2012 he will begin a 5 month journey to hike the over 2000 mile Appalachian Trail.  And he's doing it to help raise money for Backpacks For Pine Ridge. 

Now as a sort of second "mom", I worry a bit about that.  I hope he doesn't get eaten by a bear or something.  But mostly, I'm proud of him.  And I'm confident that he'll make it just fine. 

Should you want to help out (help to encourage him and help some deserving kids get some school supplies), you can make a donation to Backpacks For Pine Ridge as a sponsor of Josh's hike.  How?  Simple, make a check out to "Backpacks For Pine Ridge Fund" and mail it to:
Backpacks For Pine Ridge
6468 Kimberly Drive
Hamilton, OH  45011

Backpacks For Pine Ridge is a non-profit fund set up through The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty.  100% of the money will go toward the purchase of school supplies for children on Pine Ridge Reservation.

And check out Josh's Facebook page he's set up for the hike.  "Like" it and keep up to date on how much money he is raising and then next spring when he's on the trail he'll check in with updates to let us know how things are going. 

Yeah, I love that kid.