I was born in Merriam, KS and lived in Overland Park, KS – suburbs of Kansas City – until I was 12 years old. In 6th grade my family moved to Wichita, KS, where my parents and sister still live. I attended the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!) in Lawrence, KS where I live and work today.
I love the state of Kansas and am proud to call it home. Sunflowers, the Flint Hills, and gorgeous sunsets all highlight the natural beauty of the state. My three “home” cities, highlighted below, each bring their own unique flair to the state. To learn more about each city, click on the link in each header.
My parents were born and raised in Kansas City, MO and even though I technically grew up in suburban Overland Park, I generally consider KC to be my first home. We still have lots of extended family there and spend many holidays in the KC area. I am a lifelong Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan (no, it doesn’t matter that they’re technically in KC, MO).
I have always had a love-hate relationship with Wichita, but as I’ve gotten older my feelings are leaning more towards the love side. I was pretty mad when I was in the prime awkward years and was suddenly moved to a city where I didn’t have any friends or family. I was a very clever – and bratty – 12 year old, calling it “wi-shit-aw” for the first couple of years. I’ll admit I wasn’t in love with it either when I lived back at my parents’ house for 11 months after graduating college. Now though, it is a peaceful place where I can get away from my hectic work life and spend quality time with my family.
Ahh, Lawrence. This is the place where I really grew up – from naive 18 year old, to reckless college student, to functional adult. I call Lawrence the bright shining star of Kansas. A little corner of blue in a sea of red. Lawrence is home to KU and is therefore an incredibly diverse and interesting town. It’s both a great college town as well as a wonderful place to raise a family (I know the latter not from experience). The town supports arts & culture, sports, education, and small/local business. Downtown’s Mass Street was featured on Country Living as the cutest small-town street in Kansas. And of course, we are proud to have a rich basketball history, the legendary Allen Fieldhouse, and top-ranked KU Men’s Basketball team.
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