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Some Things Never Change. Others Do.

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Most people who’ve experienced love recognize that relationships evolve over time. Sometimes a friendship can become more, or a deep relationship can become less. Sometimes we fall out of love. Much of that drift between distinct types of relationships has to do with how we change as individuals. We’re malleable. We learn new things, forget some things and change our perspectives constantly. That’s a theme you’ll see throughout this issue of Columbia Home. You’ll experience the personal growth of a young local girl, Ruthy Bondurant, as she travels in Central America for four months with The Traveling School on page 38. By experiencing abject poverty daily, she’s evolved from a small-town girl to a global citizen. On page 46, Nelly Roach recounts her immigration to the United States, her adaptation to a new way of life, as well as the decision to leave some cultural relics behind on her native island in the Pacific, the tiny Peleliu, Palau. You’ll also encounter the bravery of seven local women, Columbia Home’s bachelorettes of 2013, who are opening themselves up for new love, starting on page 54. And, having personally witnessed these women at our photo shoot at Old Hawthorne Country Club, I can attest that they’ve got the merits of today’s woman: freespirited independence, courage to spare and the tenacity to continue searching for something (or someone) truly special. And then, on page 69, the CH staff has all chipped in their own personal experiences to bring you 101 ways to not only celebrate the end of summer but also explore the area and expand our horizons well beyond Columbia’s city limits. But believe me, Columbia Home itself is undergoing some evolution, too — and I think you’ll like it. As we move forward with a re-

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vamped website, providing plenty of fresh content between our print publications, we’re also coming up with new ways to connect with the people who matter most: you, our readers. That means more social media interaction and interesting events. Coming up, we’ve got a speeddating event for our bachelorettes on Sept. 5 and a luncheon honoring Columbia’s HardestWorking Women, set to appear in our next issue, on Oct. 3. We’re opening ourselves up to you more than ever before. We want to hear about your life and the changes you’re making, whether it’s a renovation at home, the new hobby that changed your life or the recipe that got your kids to eat vegetables again. And just like convincing a 5-year-old that broccoli isn’t so bad, it’s not going to be easy. But take a look at this issue — the first in our evolution — and see for yourself just how Columbia Home is moving forward with you. Thanks for your support,

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On our new site, you’ll find: • great recipes • fun DIY projects • read your favorite stories from the print version + stories exclusive to the site • and more!

1. Kelsey Gillespy

Kelsey is now a published co-author of Winning Kids With Sport, a book that aims to deliver sport psychology techniques to youth coaches. Additionally, she publishes weekly posts on her personal webpage, Kelsey’s Grammar. She is also currently writing her first novel and hoping to get it published. And, in the midst of it all, she cherishes all the moments she spends with her husband, Kyle, and is eager to embark on her next journey, motherhood.

2. Jill Orr

Jill is a stay-at-home mom of two (an odd title because she is rarely ever at home). In her pre-

Mommy days, she graduated from the University of Missouri with an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s in social work, with an emphasis on children and family studies. But she wishes she would have gotten a Ph.D. in What’s For Dinner and How to Get Bubblegum Out of the Carpet. That would have served her better.

3. Chris Harrison

Chris is a busy guy both inside the office and out. When he’s not working, Chris spends time with

his wife and three children. Year-round, he can be found coaching his kids in Little League softball, baseball, football and basketball. Plus, he hunts, fishes and writes poetry. As the resident cook in his household, Chris dreams of making a living as a chef. He also likes beating his employees to the office so he can brew and enjoy a ridiculously strong cup of Joe.

4. Angela Huhman

Angela’s career started in sales and now includes more than 10 years of sales and marketing experience. She is the go-to gal for businesses seeking out-of-the-box and marketing solutions. Having experience working with traditional media as well as the latest digital solutions, Angela helps businesses identify smart solutions that break through the noise and clutter and help build relationships with their customers. When Angela isn’t offering a fresh perspective for her clients, she is enjoying her kids and just about any outdoor activity.

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❖ editor's note p. 13 ❖ Contributors p. 15 ❖ 24 Southern Living in the Midwest

46 Family Ties

38 Global Citizen

54 Bachelorettes on the Town

Inspired by a house plan in Southern Living magazine, Larry and Barbara Stratton set out to build the home of their dreams, a careful blend of old charm and new design. During her four months in Central America with The Traveling School, 16-year-old Ruthy Bondurant learned the kinds of cultural lessons only firsthand experience can teach.

in every issue

Having grown up on a tiny island in the Pacific, Nelly Roach’s strength, resolve and compassionate spirit came not only from her cultural upbringing but also from her decisions to break away from it. They’re beautiful, successful and enjoy life to the fullest. Meet seven of the city’s most eligible women.

64 Last Taste of Summer

Not ready to wave goodbye to summer just yet? Savor what’s left of the season with an easy-to-make three-ingredient strawberry sorbet.

69 Labor Day Getaway

It’s not too late to plan a weekend retreat. Enjoy these last-minute trips, close to home.

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Agenda and Datebook Expert’s Advice Shopkeeper’s Story Design Trend Mommy Chronicles Must List Travel No Work, Just Play Tying the Knot Engagements Wedding Welcome to the World City Scene On the Market Homebound Real Strong Woman

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August/September Columbia’s must-do events Bass Pro Flying Workshops What: Whether you’re looking to improve your fishflying skills or haven’t even begun, this class will help you maximize your skills. The beginning fly-tying class teaches you to tie flies in eight different patterns, along with other techniques. When: Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 6 to 27 Where: Bass Pro, 3101 Bass Pro Drive Info: $15. Call 573-668-7100 for more information.

Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series What: Grab a lawn chair or a blanket, and enjoy music from Table For Five. This concert series is perfect for a summer evening under the nighttime sky. When: 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1 Where: Stephens Lake Park, 100 Old 63 N. Info: Free. Call 573-874-7460 for more information.

Rainbow House 2013 Golf Classic Just Between Friends What: Volunteer, become a seller or just browse at this event that makes the exchange of gently worn children’s clothes easier. Save money while spending at this resale function. When: 11 a.m. to noon, Aug. 22 to 24 Where: Central Missouri Events Center multipurpose room, 5212 N. Oakland Gravel Road Info: Email michelle@jbfsale.com for more information.

What: From being a sponsor to participating on a team, there are plenty of ways to support the neglected youth in our community by getting involved in this event. When: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12 Where: Country Club of Missouri, 1300 Woodrail Ave. Info: Call 573-474-6600 for more information. Visit Columbia Home’s online calendar at columbiahomemagazine.com. columbiahomemagazine.com | 19


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Kid Series: World of Art, 106 Pickard Hall, University of Missouri, 4-6 p.m., Free (preregistration required)

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Movie Under the Stars: The Motorcycle Diaries, Mid-America Harley Davidson, Dusk, Free

Kid’s Fishing on the Deck, Bass Pro, Noon to 4 p.m., Free

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Shooter Jennings, The Blue Note, 9 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 day of

Jack Grelle and the Johnson Family 45 RPM Record Release Show, Mojo’s, 9 p.m., $5-7

Monday, Aug. 5

Wavves, Mojo’s, 8 p.m., $16-18

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Kid Series: World of Art, 106 Pickard Hall, University of Missouri, 4-6 p.m., Free (preregistration required) Free Infusion Clinic, Accurate Rx Pharmacy, 103 Corporate Lake Drive, Suite B, 5:30-7 p.m., Free

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Family Fun Fest: Around the World, Flat Branch Park, 6-8 p.m., Free Theory of A Deadman, The Blue Note, 8:30 p.m., $23 in advance, $25 day of

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Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series: Norm Ruebling Band, 7-9 p.m., Free

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DoDeca-Con II: The Revenge, Kemper Arena, 4-6 p.m., Ends Sept. 8, Free on Friday, $10 on Saturday, $8 on Sunday and $15 for a weekend pass

Saturday, Sept. 7

Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride 2013, Central Missouri Events Center multipurpose room and arena, All day, Ends Sept. 8, $60 registration, $310 registration the day of

Sunday, Sept. 8

Wellness Health Expo, Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, 1-4 p.m., $5

Friday, Sept. 13

Movies in the Park: Brave, Flat Branch Park, 8:30 p.m., $2, Free for 8 and under

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September 2013 Friday, Sept. 20 Great Circle Golf Classic for Kids, Columbia Country Club, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., $175 per person or $700 per team. Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, Stephens Lake Park, Ends Sept. 22, Ticket information at rootsnbluesnbbq.com Midwest Cowboys Rodeo Company Finals, Central Missouri Events Center main arena, 5-10 p.m. Sept. 21, $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-10 years old

Saturday, Sept. 21 Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show, Nifong Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Free Blue Man Group: Experience the Phenomenon, Jesse Auditorium, 7 p.m., prices TBA

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Family Fun Fest: Creative Kids, Flat Branch Park, 6-8 p.m., Free

Boone Electric Energy Efficiency Expo, Central Missouri Events Center multipurpose room and arena, All day, Free

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Best Coast, The Blue Note, 8:30 p.m., $20-22

Pinback, Mojo’s, 9 p.m., $15-17

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FIDLAR, Mojo’s, 9 p.m., $12-14

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Southern Living in the Midwest

Drawn to a house plan in Southern Living magazine, Larry and Barbara Stratton set out to build the home of their dreams

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After living in a country area outside of Hannibal, Mo., Larry and Barbara Stratton’s careers brought them to Columbia. Barbara wanted the look of an older home, but Larry was not interested in buying one because of the maintenance. While on a trip to North Carolina, Barbara was inspired by a home in Southern Living. The two compromised on their interests by purchasing a home plan based on the house in the magazine. In 1998, their home was built, with a few tweaks that made it perfect for the two of them. David Foster was the architect for the three-level home that sits on a near-two-acre lot. The house rests behind the yard of beautiful landscaping that Larry maintains and plants that Bar-

bara cares for, which border the trail to the entrance. Within the trees behind the roomy back porch lies a stream and hiking path that add to the wooded and private feel of their property. Larry and Barbara have older children who have never lived in the home, but the house is seen as a perfect fit for the two of them and their grandchildren. The original house plan was altered to allow for a three-car garage instead of two. They even removed a wall that connected the master bedroom to a fourth bedroom. They replaced that bedroom with a large bathroom and walk-in closet. The screened-in porch turned into a built-in sunroom. “We took out some things we didn’t need to utilize the things we did need,” Barbara says. columbiahomemagazine.com | 27


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Th e r e i s n ’ t on e t h e m e to describe the decorating technique the Strattons used to enhance their home. After the builders and painters were done, Larry and Barbara took on the project of spicing up the home themselves. “It’s been fun having a house that looks old,” Barbara says. Antiques and eclectic items, such as the Mackenzie Childs ceramic dishes that sit on the kitchen table, embellish every room in the house. Barbara works at Artichoke Annie’s one day a week and brings home items she thinks will fit. Most items were purchased before they ever moved in. After two weeks, the home looked like it had been lived in for some time, she says. The leopard print carpet can’t be ignored on the walk up the stairs; Barbara felt uneasy about keeping the white carpet, which is throughout the home, on the steps. She figured with “little ones running up the stairs and high traffic,” the durable leopard print was the right pick. A trip down the steps will take you to the movie room on the bottom level. The couple did the wood floor, baseboards and painting themselves for this area, which includes comfortable couches, a game table and large flat screen. The Strattons mixed up furniture by buying some items from stores such as Ethan Allen and using other pieces that were kept in their families or that the couple previously owned. A baby buggy that was purchased before the 1900s sits on the ledge above the front door and can be seen across from Barbara’s office on the top level. Larry was the last baby in his family to ride in it in 1942. In one grandchild’s room, a pink wicker chair from her family that originally cost 10 cents rests in the corner.

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Th e s u n r oo m on t h e m ain level of the home is Barbara’s favorite area because it is cozy and “a little cottagey looking,” she says. She can’t, however, narrow down her favorite items in the house. “I love all my stuff,” she says. “It’s all very meaningful to me.” Adding granite countertops in the kitchen was the hardest part about getting their home to have the appearance they wanted as it was being built. “People weren’t doing that years ago,” Barbara says. About 17 years back, the builder told the Strattons they should find someone on their own who could do granite countertops — and they did. Barbara wants her home to always be changing and updating. Ten years from now, they wouldn’t want the house to look the same as it does now. Buying, decorating and caring for the home was and is a positive experience for the Strattons. “I just loved doing all of that,” Barbara says. “It was a labor of love.” columbiahomemagazine.com | 29


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Pain, Pain, Go Away What to do when your job takes a toll on your health

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By Olivia Han cock You’re at work. You get into a routine. To do your job, you must go through the same motions, whether you’re a schoolteacher who has to stand at the front of her classroom all day or an office worker sitting at her desk from 9 to 5. Your body starts to ache from this routine. If you suffer from chronic aches or pains, you might not realize that chronic pain that lasts for months on end is actually its own kind of disease. The nervous system will alter itself after experiencing consistent pain over a long period of time and cause a chronic pain disorder. Dr. Joe Meyer specializes in curing these disorders in his practice. With Meyer’s Know Pain, No Pain program, he helps patients understand what is causing their pain and how to reverse it. This includes pains from the workplace. Meyer says the most common work-related maladies he sees in his clinic are lower back and neck pains. “Work-related pain exacerbations are usually the result of the repetitive nature of most

work conditions, whether it’s repetitive bending, lifting or twisting or prolongation of one position such as sitting,” he says. So what’s causing these pains? Most often, Meyer says, aches and pains can be attributed to a lack of exercise and poor diet. He says emptycalorie snacks and lunches are usually the culprit of a poor workplace diet. Meyer says these empty calories give you short bursts of energy but then cause longer periods of decreased energy. “A vicious cycle develops in most workers because exercise is so important to actually increase your energy levels and sense of well-being,” Meyer says. To keep pain at bay when you’re at work, Meyer has two simple suggestions: cut out refined sugars from your diet, and participate in whole-body exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. He says these tips apply to everyone, no exceptions. “These two factors alone will eliminate a majority of work-related aches and pains,” he says.

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Use lamps to take away some of that glare from fluorescent lights. “We look better when we aren’t in direct light and can be much more productive when we aren’t stressing over how we appear to others,” says Kay Wax of Mary Moss Furniture.

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Melissa Carter: Anytime Fitness Q: What’s the best way to eat healthy at work? Anything other than the same old salad? The best way to eat healthy at work is to bring your own lunch full of fresh vegetables, fruits and lean meats. We all know that packing a lunch in the morning can be hectic, but it can be helpful to preplan your lunches and get most of it ready on Sundays. Then when the weekday mornings come, you just grab what you need and head to work.


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Blooming Business

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When you walk down Broadway in downtown Columbia, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the blocks of stores and windows displaying everything from luxury kitchenware to the perfect vintage floppy hat. Any business on the street must find a way to stand out. Kent’s Floral Gallery is sandwiched snugly between clothing stores Absolute Vintage and Glik’s. The lime green and aqua detailing on the chocolaty brown storefront help to distinguish it from its neighbors, but it’s the windows that really do the trick. Today, there is a beach motif in one, and the other has a bumblebee theme. The cheerful yellows of beehive-shaped tea sets and vibrant reds of coral-printed candles have drawn at least two customers in so far. “It always smells good in these places,” a woman says to her friend as they enter the shop. They tell a worker they’re browsing downtown while their husbands play golf. They wanted something “girly” to do. They say the windows are what made them come into Kent’s. Kent Anderson, the owner, says, “I like to say the windows are the eyes into the soul of your store.” Making the window displays is one of his favorite things to do, and he makes sure there’s always something new to see.

K en t has bee n in the floral business since the 1970s, but the shop is much more than flowers. The gallery is wall-to-wall lime green and exposed brick wall with interior décor, from the bestselling Tyler Candles line (sample scent: Lipstick) to European soaps that smell like they could have been made with the store’s titular wares. Kent says florists can’t simply make it on flowers and plants anymore, but the fresh ones on display in a far corner of the shop still stand out in the sea of merchandise. Kent never received any formal training in his trade; rather, he took over a small florist’s shop with his brother in Huntsville, Mo., in 1977. The siblings were inspired to go into the business after their father died. Kent says they were touched that people had sent flowers because they expressed sympathy in such a beautiful way.

“I thought it was so wonderful that people took the time and sent stuff,” he says. “There was so much love there.” After moving on from the first shop, he worked for various florists before opening a shop with some business partners, Crossroads Flower Shop and Greenhouse. The business folded after seven and a half years, and though Kent says it was hard to start over again, opening the gallery has been a humbling and rewarding experience. “The clientele, the employees and my faith have grown this business and made it what it is today,” he says. It’s clear from the atmosphere around the shop that his employees are happy to be there. One employee goes up to Kent to share a funny story, and they both erupt in laughter repeatedly. Another greets customers coming through and strikes up conversations that are friendly but lack that certain tension when you know you’re expected to buy something. This conscientiousness for customers is apparent in one fixture in the store that isn’t for sale: a glass-topped table with thank-you notes from brides and wedding photos placed underneath. “I keep every note,” Kent says, “and I read them, you know, I treasure them.” He says every once in a while, he’ll run into couples around town, “and they’ll say [to their kids], ‘This is the man who did Mom and Dad’s wedding.’” The notes on display are almost all handwritten, and every one is effusive in its sentiments. The words “perfect” and “beautiful” are reoccurring. One in particular demonstrates the name Kent has made for himself in Columbia. It reads: “Our photographer took one look at my bouquet and said, ‘Those must be from Kent’s, no other florist is that amazing.’”

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I can bring home the bacon but only if you’re going to make dinner and do the dishes, too

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One of the most iconic TV commercials I remember seeing as a kid was that one in which the blonde lady sings about how she can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan and never, ever, ever let you forget you’re a man. Seriously, those are the actual lyrics. The year was 1980, and I still remember the commercial all these years later, not because it was such a great ad (truthfully, I needed a quick Google search to remind me it was for Enjoli perfume) but because even at 7 years old, I think I knew the whole thing was a total Crockpot full of bullschnitzle. Obviously this ad wasn’t just selling perfume. It was selling the you-canhave-it-all lifestyle to a new generation of women who had previously been shut out of serious positions within corporate America and were largely relegated to the domestic realm. But thanks to the women’s lib movement of the 1970s, now both realms were open to women — at the same time. This commercial was more than just a commercial; it was a sign of the times. The fine folks at the now-defunct Charles of the Ritz company were trying to attach their product to the now-defunct idea that it’s a breeze for any woman to be a successful professional, a doting wife, an attentive mother, a gourmet cook, a meticulous homemaker and a satin gown-wearing sex kitten — all at the same time. Here is what the ad was really saying: I can bring home the bacon. Nice double-entendre, Enjoli. The first meaning of the word bacon in this line is obviously money. But perhaps this line would have been more accurate had it said, “I can bring home 70 percent of the same bacon you can bring home even though I worked just as hard as you did for my bacon.”

The second entendre of the word bacon here is actual bacon, with the message being: “Yes, dear. I’ll stop at the market on my way home from work and pick you up some bacon.” Fry it up in a pan. The point here is clear. That bacon ain’t going to cook itself. And never, ever, ever let you forget you’re a man. After I’ve worked all day, shopped, cooked, cleaned up and read the kids a bedtime story, there’s nothing I’d rather do than spray on some atomized pheromones (aka, Enjoli), slip into that Some Like It Hot white satin number I have lying around and rock your world. Enjoli: The eight-hour perfume for the 24-hour woman. This is the official tagline of the commercial. Maybe it’s just me, but the subtext here seems to be something a bit more subversive. There seems to be an implied threat here: You wanted it all, sweetheart? Well, here it all is. Be careful what you wish for. If this commercial were to be updated for today’s world, I think it would go something more like this: Same jazzy woman’s voice singing: You can bring home the bacon (but don’t forget to grab a gallon of milk and some Greek yogurt on your way home). Fry it up in a pan (Or microwave it. I don’t care. I’m ordering sushi.). And I’ll never, ever, ever let you forget that you’re a man (with a pre-disposition for arterial sclerosis, so slow down on that bacon. And for the love of Pete, would you do some crunches once in a while?). The tagline would also need to be changed because clearly this is now an ad for bacon. Or the American Heart Association. Or perhaps sushi. But in any case, it is no longer an ad promoting the idea that women can have it all. And thank goodness for that. We all know that though women can have it all, we don’t want it all. We want to split it. We’ll cook. You clean. We’ll fold. You put away. We won’t let you forget you’re a man if you get up with the kids in the morning. Our trailblazing, bacon-frying, Enjoli-wearing mothers taught us that though having it all is a nice idea, the reality is fraught with booby-traps. (Oh, yes. Pun intended.) And the load is lighter when shared. Of course, TV ads today don’t have the influence they once did anyway. Thanks to DVRs, most 7-year-old children, rather than ponder the sociological implications of a quasi-feminist-while-being-faintly misogynistic perfume ad, are more likely to ask the far more concrete question: “Mommy, what’s a commercial?”

J ill O r r Orr is a stay-at-home mom of two (an odd title because she is rarely ever at home). In her pre-Mommy days, she graduated from the University of Missouri with an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master's in social work, with an emphasis on children and family studies. But she wishes she would have gotten a Ph.D. in What's For Dinner and How to Get Bubblegum Out of the Carpet. That would have served her better. Read her blog at jillsorr.com. columbiahomemagazine.com | 37


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Ruthy and her classmates observed dolphins, sharks and lion fish in their natural environment. During a night dive along the coast of Nicaragua, they witnessed a magical phenomenon called “string of pearls,” in which tiny crustaceans emit luminescent chemicals that light up the sea. Near Antigua, Guatemala, they took a two-hour hike to the top of Pacaya, an active volcano that first erupted 23,000 years ago, and roasted marshmallows in its heat.

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When 16-year-old Ruthy Bondurant started preparing for a semester with The Traveling School, she wasn’t worried about sleeping in tents or navigating rugged terrain. She wasn’t even concerned about missing out on driving or the goings-on at school. “I was just scared about being disconnected from my family and my dogs,” she says. As it turned out, Marshall, Maize and Poppy were just fine, and Ruthy found herself connecting with people and places in ways she never could have imagined. Over the next four months, she would see the night sea glimmering like millions of twinkling lights; stand beneath a massive tree that was believed to connect the heavens, earth and the underworld; and learn to value a way of life far different from her own. Far from your conventional high school, The Traveling School took Ruthy and 10 other high school girls on a grand adventure through Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The all-girl program, which blends academics with travel, creates classrooms from the cultures, landscapes and communities it visits. “It was really interesting to learn about the histories of places I’ve never heard about before, even though we learned so much history in school at home,” Ruthy says. The experience has inspired her to explore other countries and cultures. “It was an interesting eye-opener.” She also developed outdoor skills through activities such as whitewater rafting, surfing and scuba diving. After getting scuba certified,

On e of Ruthy ’s favorite adventures was a trek that took three days and wound through Guatemala’s volcanic mountains from Xela to Lake Atitlan, which has been called the most beautiful lake in the world. The last day she got up at 4 a.m. to watch the sun rise over the lake and snap some photos. In Playa Gigante, Nicaragua, the group lived in tents for a week and participated in Project Wave of Optimism, which was started by former Peace Corps volunteers. Its mission, to facilitate communitydriven projects in Latin American surf-travel destinations, made a big impression on Ruthy. “It’s called voluntourism,” she says. “It’s kind of an abstract form of volunteering, being there to help out and have a cultural exchange. It’s not like we’re going to go in and say, ‘OK, we’re going to build this building, put up this school or teach this certain thing.’ It’s going in and really communicating with the community, having lots of meetings and finding out what they really want.”

“It’s called voluntourism. It’s kind of an abstract form of volunteering, being there to help out and have a cultural exchange.” — Ruthy Bondurant

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Ruthy and her classmates engaged with members of the community through activities such as making bread with a woman in town and hiking with one of the dads who hosted them on their property. Home stays, Ruthy’s favorite form of lodging while at TTS, offered additional opportunities for cultural exchange. The girls also camped, but they generally stayed in hostels. “We were part of the backpacking culture,” she says. They’d meet students traveling during a gap year between high school and college, as well as older travelers. “We met backpackers who said they wished they could have done what we were doing in high school,” she says.


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Each of the girls carried packs that were at least 70 liters (about 18.5 gallons), quite a load for Ruthy’s slight build. “We had to carry our own giant textbooks around every day,” she says. “I was in all the classes, so I had seven textbooks.” In addition, each girl was expected, occasionally, to carry heavy bags full of gear. Nevertheless they managed and seemed to come away stronger — in every sense of the word.

★★★ "I was v e ry impressed with The Traveling School,” says Ruthy’s mom, Holly. “The teachers have to have this immense travel and outdoor experience, plus be educators. You could tell they were physically fit people and that they were going to take care of Ruth.” It wasn’t until Ruthy headed for the airport that reality hit her. “I was sending my daughter to Central America,” Holly says. “I cried and cried.” The tables had turned. In 2010, Holly, a local pediatrician, traveled to Haiti for a week on a medical mission for earthquake victims. In a Columbia Daily Tribune article, she says that her family had to be on board with her desire to make the trip. The story also mentions how difficult it was for Holly and the other members of her medical team to get back to their routine once they returned home.

“The Traveling School leadership hopes the girls will come back and discover they belong somewhere between the first world and the impoverished areas where they spent most of their time.” — Holly Bondurant “There was this numb feeling after I got back,” Holly says. “Gosh, why am I here when those people live like that? What is my home? The Traveling School leadership hopes the girls will come back and discover they belong somewhere between the first world and the impoverished areas where they spent most of their time.” columbiahomemagazine.com | 43


Holly credits Columbia Independent School, where Ruthy will be a junior, for encouraging her daughter to travel. Spanish teacher Karen Davis, a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Guatemala, helped her with the language, and the school’s global studies focus offered support. Katie Tesoro, international program coordinator at CIS, says their curriculum is designed to encourage students to become global citizens. “I’ve already had students approach me about possibilities for next year,” she says. “We will be working closely to make sure that those students who have a curiosity and passion to develop themselves as global citizens will be given every opportunity to do so. We love that they can come back and share these unique and wonderful experiences with the rest of the community.” Ruthy’s experiences have certainly broadened her understanding of getting an education. Although many of the young people in the areas where she traveled didn’t go to school past sixth grade, they had learned practical skills. “We talked a lot about the different kinds of education based on what’s important,” she says. “What you need to be educated depends on where you are. Success here might mean having a good job and a nice car. In their culture you have to know how to farm and maybe build a house. Those are the kinds of skills you have to gain just to survive there.”

★★★ Ruthy returned to Columbia in May, and for the first time in more than four months, she had reunited with her family, cellphone, computer and dogs. She could take a shower whenever she wanted rather than waiting two or three days, and her home was air conditioned. But something had changed. She felt more culture shock after coming home than she did when she first arrived in Central America. “It was weird at the end,” she says of the bonds she had made with her classmates. “We had been living together for so long, it was weird to say, ‘Oh, I should probably get your phone number.’” Before Ruthy and her classmates returned home, their teachers had counseled them on how to come back. They explained that not all students would want to know every detail of their journey and suggested the girls come up with one sentence that would sum it up. Ruthy had hers: “It can’t be explained.” 44 | august/september 2013


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ties Nelly Roach grew up on a tiny island in the western Pacific before moving to the Midwest during her teenage years. Navigating two widely different cultures created many challenges, but by embracing the best of both worlds — and abandoning some traditions — Nelly has found unbelievable success as an entrepreneur and mother.

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Nelly Roach had never seen a cow before. Nor had she eaten pizza. Up until she moved to Columbia at age 13, the longest car ride of her life had been 20 minutes. On the two-hour drive from the Kansas City airport to her new CoMo home, the teenager grew understandably antsy and agitated. Peering out of the car window at the foreign surroundings, she could sense an approaching tidal wave of culture shock. Although the Midwest is often considered fairly quaint and rural, Nelly had spent her childhood in Peleliu, Palau, a tiny island in the Pacific — home to only one pickup truck at that time. Today, it’s hard to imagine that Nelly ever felt out of place in mid-Missouri. The mother of three runs two successful Columbia-based businesses: Caledon Virtual, an award-winning marketing agency, and KimberMedia, an agency specializing in social media, website maintenance and search engine optimization. She’s entrenched in the community serving as president of Northwest Rotary, having been named the 2009 Rotarian of the Year and winning JobPoint’s 2012 Celebrity Apprentice competition. In Columbia, Nelly’s name has become synonymous with hardworking female entrepreneur. “My family raised me to be feisty, my spirit to be strong,” says the effervescent Nelly. “In my family, I never felt like I couldn’t do something because of who I was. I never doubted I could do the things I’ve done.” For Nelly, growing up in a culture where women held all of the power along with all of the responsibility played to her advantage. From a young age, her family placed her on a pedestal but not in a spoiled way. Her grandparents, mother and seven uncles empowered her to be independent and gutsy. They had high hopes for her. They expected her to give back to her hometown community and uphold their family traditions — including the tradition of women allowing their parents to raise their firstborn child as their own. Tracing Nelly’s journey from Palau to Columbia reveals that this successful entrepreneur’s strength, resolve and compassionate spirit came not only from her cultural upbringing but also from her decisions to break away from it.

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Stretching only eight miles long and three miles wide, the island of Peleliu, Palau, is an isolated tropical oasis, reachable only by boat or plane and home to merely 700 people. From a young age, Nelly was acutely aware of her hometown’s historical significance. One of the 48 | august/september 2013

bloodiest battles in World War II took place on the island’s beaches and in its caves. Many artifacts from the attacks remain in place and attract tourists and curious locals like Nelly. Because of its isolation, the island had kept its history and strong culture alive for many decades. As a firstborn child herself, Nelly didn’t know as a young child that her mother had followed in her ancestors’ footsteps and given up Nelly. The woman Nelly called “Mommy” was actually her grandmother; the woman she thought of as her aunt was really her biological mother. At age 5, Nelly and her family were riding in a boat to Koror, the capital of Palau, when someone asked Nelly where her mom was. It seemed like a silly question; her “mommy” was right there with them. An uncle later told Nelly about their family tradition whereby grandparents raised their firstborn grandchild as their own. Her biological mother was living in Guam, but Nelly knew her well as she visited frequently.

“She had such strength. Yes, she gave me up as a child, but she also did all she could to give me opportunities.” — Nelly Roach “I didn’t understand, and I didn’t have the maturity to be disappointed,” Nelly says. “I was shocked when my mother started disciplining me; that was awkward, but I was never traumatized by it. I knew I was loved.” When Nelly reached her preteen years, her mother took back the parental reins. On the island, elementary school only went up to the fifth grade. After that, many parents sent their children off to


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school elsewhere, but Nelly’s grandmother did not want her to leave. A fifth-grade education would suffice, she strongly believed. But Nelly’s mother disagreed and sent for Nelly to join her in Guam and continue her schooling. The culture and traditions were similar in Guam, but the area where they lived was still fairly primitive. When her mother married an American from Rocheport, Mo., Nelly and her family — including her grandmother — relocated to Columbia, home to cows, pizza and long stretches of highway.

“I love to say that every journey has interruptions, but if you have tenacity and perseverance, you can weather your way through it.” — Nelly Roach Columbia was sensory overload for Nelly. She barely spoke English, and even though she could read the language, it didn’t always make sense. Nursery rhymes about cows jumping over moons and a dish running away with the spoon baffled her. School presented a much larger challenge. “My stepfather spoke English, so I understood exactly what the other students were saying about me, even though they didn’t realize it,” says Nelly, who grew up speaking Palauan. “I just didn’t know how to respond. There were some days when I didn’t want to go to school. I was lonely and frustrated.” Because of her poor language skills, she was placed in remedial classes that didn’t challenge her. Her stepfather declared that the entire family would only speak English at home for an entire year to help smooth out Nelly’s transition; he insisted that the school test her writing, rather than speaking, skills and place her in regular classes. “The next year, eighth grade, I was fine and spoke fluent English,” she says. “By ninth grade, I was taking honors English classes. “My mother missed the island weather and was going to move us to Florida but said she didn’t want me to go through this again,” Nelly continues. “She had such strength. Yes, she gave me up as a child, but she also did all she could to give me opportunities.” 50 | august/september 2013


But Nelly’s mother continued to feel homesick. At 16, Nelly graduated from high school and moved back to Guam with her family. She enrolled in the University of Guam and graduated with an accounting degree. Feeling drawn back to Columbia, Nelly returned to Columbia along with her mother and grandmother. “They loved Columbia for me,” she says. “My grandmother embraced what I embraced.” After moving back to Missouri and getting married, Nelly became pregnant and immediately faced a monumentally difficult decision: Would she follow family tradition and give her child to her mother to raise? Or would she break away from the culture and risk offending her mother and family? “I expected throughout my pregnancy that I’d let my mother raise my child; I mourned it,” she remembers. “But once I held that baby boy in my arms, there was no way I could go through with it.” Keeping her son Robbie created much internal turmoil for Nelly. Raising her own child seemed to make sense, but her whole life she had been taught differently. Going against her family was frightening and led to awkward interactions. “In retrospect, I know I did the right thing, but I broke a lot of cultural rules,” Nelly says. “It was heartbreaking for my mother and hard for me. I was viewed as selfish, as not being a good mother.” When Nelly’s marriage fell apart, leading to a divorce, her mother again pleaded with her to adopt Robbie. Being a single parent would be difficult; her mother was offering her an easier path. But Nelly refused. “My mother wanted the best for me, and she felt that the culture was what was best for me,” Nelly says. “After going through that, I have more forgiveness in my heart for those who did give up their child. My perspective of my mother giving me up went from ‘How could you?’ to ‘You are so strong.’ I know my mother loved me. She followed the culture, and I didn’t. But I have no judgment in my heart for my mother or resentment. It was tough for her to go with the culture, and it was equally tough for me to go against it.” Despite Nelly’s rebelliousness, her grandmother and mother helped care for Robbie and worked past their hurt feelings. Nelly later married J. Michael Roach, who adopted Robbie (now a pre-med student at Azusa Pacific University), and together they have two more children, Mikala, 16, and Garrett, 10.

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In keeping with her culture, Nelly and Michael took care of her elderly grandmother for seven years until she was diagnosed with dementia. An uncle convinced Nelly that putting her grandmother in a local nursing home would be the best option and allow her to receive aroundthe-clock care. Today, Nelly and her family maintain a strong relationship with her grandmother and her mother, who now lives in Kansas City.

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Columbia presented Nelly with the challenges of a lifetime. But on the other side of those struggles, Columbia had the opportunities of a lifetime, waiting for her to grab them. In 1994, “just as the Internet was rearing its awesome head,” Nelly got her career start in the communications software sector through a job with DataStorm Technologies. There, she met her now-husband Michael, who was ahead of his time in his thinking that the Internet was going to be a powerful marketing tool. In 1999, Nelly and Michael opened their first Columbia advertising agency, IDP Group. The business originally was created to offer website marketing tools but soon grew to include branding, direct mail marketing and more. During the early years of IDP Group, Nelly stayed home to raise Robbie, Mikala and Garrett but returned to the working world full time in 2005. Helping businesses creatively communicate with their clients came naturally to them both, but with the real estate crash of 2007, their business took a dive. “It became obvious that we had made a lot of mistakes,” Nelly says. “I love to say that every journey has interruptions, but if you have tenacity and perseverance, you can weather your way through it.” While finishing up projects for their six remaining clients, the Roaches joined Rotary as a way to give back to the community. Through their Rotary involvement, businesses began asking for their marketing help. In 2008, they rebooted and opened a new marketing agency called Caledon Virtual with Nelly as executive director and Michael as the creative director. Their previous business failure fueled them to do things differently without dampening their entrepreneurial spirit. “Being an entrepreneur allows you the freedom and flexibility to do the things in your mind, to be deliberate and intentional in your actions,” Nelly says. “To put me in a cubicle or box somewhere would not be good for anyone.”


To meet the growing demand for social media management and search engine optimization, the Roaches along with partners Tom and Kim Trabue formed a sister company called KimberMedia. Nelly says what sets Caledon Virtual and KimberMedia apart from their competitors is their proactive customer service. “We are crazy about our clients being successful,” she says, admitting that her competitors probably say the same thing. “On a weekly basis, we pick a client and look at how we can help solve whatever problem they’re encountering. We have a lot of startup companies, individuals who come up with incredible concepts and ideas but need help. We sit in a room with them, talk about their audience and the relationship they want to have with their audience, and then we implement our plan. When you walk a journey like that with someone, what happens is incredible. Rooting for them keeps me motivated. I’m always wondering, ‘What is it today that I can do to accelerate your success?’” Nelly’s hard work has paid off. In 2009 and 2011, she was recognized as an Outstanding Business Woman of the Year finalist, and her calendar is full of community commitments. But family remains of utmost importance to Nelly. Awake between 4 and 5 a.m., she gets to work by 6:30 a.m. and often doesn’t leave until 6:30 p.m. After that, she returns home to have dinner with her family and resumes her work once her kids are asleep. But if Monday through Friday is a sweaty marathon for Nelly, the weekend is a nice, cool water break. She won’t meet with clients on Saturdays or give up her family time on Sundays. The weekend is her time to re-energize and focus on her children. “For me, it’s not a balancing act,” she says. “For those who say they have found a life balance, I want them to bottle that up in a jar, and I’d pay a lot of money for it. I don’t try to achieve an unrealistic balance; I try to set priorities. I have a very strong faith, which is the platform from which my priorities come.” So aside from her family, what are Nelly’s future priorities? Recently, Sean Spence became a new partner at Caledon Virtual, which will allow the agency to offer new products and services and hopefully catapult it to the next level. They’re also expanding their office space on Corona Road. Like all entrepreneurs, Nelly and Michael hope to see continued growth and profitability in their businesses and perhaps open another company. “We also want to make a difference in the world, to change it and insert ourselves in the community,” Nelly says. “America and Columbia have given me opportunities beyond my beliefs and beyond the beliefs of my grandmother and mother. My grandmother always stressed to me how important it is to give back.”

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She wears her hair down and heals high. Smart, sophisticated, with an air of independence and unabashed elegance, she beckons a room of captivated onlookers. She sips gin before taking to the dance floor. “To hell with modesty,” she declares with jazz age spirit. Bar patrons heed her call and join in. Some think her frantic for a partner — any partner — to join her solo strut. Others see her as an untamed vixen with a revolving cast of suitors, simply seeking a man who can keep up. But we know her as restless, determined to strip off the 20th-century housecoat and find out for herself what life and love are all about. 54 | august/september 2013


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Bachelorettes

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amanda Bruckerhoff Age: 29 Hometown: Columbia Years lived in Columbia: 29 Profession: Elementary assistant principal What are your interests and hobbies outside of work? I absolutely love to travel, especially to Europe. I also enjoy snow skiing, running on the trail and tailgating with friends for MU football games. Where is your favorite Columbia hangout? Sophia’s patio I would do anything for love, but I won’t: Love someone who doesn’t like my dogs.

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elizabeth Snyder Age: 45 Hometown: Columbia Years lived in Columbia: 30-plus Profession: Chief financial officer, Central Concrete Co. Where is your favorite Columbia hangout? Lot G in the fall. My dad both played and coached at MU, so I have been tailgating since birth. What is the best first date you’ve ever been on? The Columbia Public Library. That is where I met my now adopted son for the first time. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love? I moved to Australia for a year.

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jina Yoo Age: 43 Hometown: Although I am originally from South Korea, I now consider Columbia to be my hometown. Years lived in columbia: 18 Profession: Restaurateur What are your interests and hobbies outside of your work? Spending time with my children is what is most important to me. I also enjoy travel, and I try to get away with family or friends whenever time permits. I have recently become obsessed with hot yoga. If you weren’t in your current profession, what would you be doing? I would probably be performing as a concert pianist. I am a classically trained pianist.

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beverly Reid Age: 56 Hometown: Lebanon, Mo. Years lived in Columbia: Three Profession: Owner, S. Stewart Home How do you give back to our community, and why? Cancer research and the Alzheimer’s Association. My father passed away from Alzheimer’s. Where is your favorite Columbia hangout? Home, but my favorite places to eat out would be CC’s City Broiler and Murry’s. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love? Slept in the front seat of an old car for three nights while camping out on a fishing trip to the river.

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tracy Davis Age: 43 Hometown: Coleman, Wis. Years lived in Columbia: One, 21 in the surrounding area Profession: Style consultant, Budget Blinds What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love? I don’t like chocolate, but I went on a date with a guy who didn’t know, and he made me a chocolate ice-cream shake with chocolate chunks in it. It was awful, but I choked it down because he worked so hard on it. Never again! Describe your dream date: I would love to be swept off my feet. For a guy to go that extra mile to find out what I like and plan a whole day of activities we could enjoy together would be amazing — even more incredible if travel is involved.

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Howard Age: 34 Hometown: Auxvasse, Mo. Years lived in Columbia: Off and on for 13 years Profession: Corporate marketing representative, MBS Textbook Exchange Where is your favorite Columbia hangout? I like 44 Stone, CC’s and Murry’s. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love? I cheered for the Royals. I’m a Cardinals fan, and I still feel bad about it. If you weren’t in your current profession, what would you be doing? I can’t imagine not being in sales; there is no better feeling than being in front of the customer and delivering what they need. But if that were not an option, then I would own a bedand-breakfast in a sleepy town that also had a bookstore, coffee bar and bakery attached. It would be full of old furniture and antiques, some for sale, some for keepsakes.

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Hometown: Pittsburg, Kan. Years lived in Columbia: 11 Profession: Administrative and event coordination, Miller’s Professional Imaging What are your interests and hobbies outside of your work? I attend every single MU home football and basketball game. I love being outside and taking advantage of Columbia’s trails — and patios. I’m such a summer girl, love traveling, the beach, LOTO weekends and my mom’s pool. I also like crossword puzzles and reading. And wine. If you weren’t in your current profession, what would you be doing? Traveling the world. Or throwing parties. Where is your favorite Columbia hangout? Murry’s, Sophia’s, Room 38

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Strawberry Sorbet Ingredients: • 2 lemons (1 seeded and chopped, 1 juiced) • 2 cups granulated sugar • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled Directions: 1. Place the chopped lemon and sugar in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until combined. Transfer to another bowl. 2. Puree the strawberries in the food processor. Add the lemon mixture and the lemon juice, and pulse to combine. 3. Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker, and churn until frozen (about 30 minutes). Transfer the sorbet to an airtight container, and keep it in the freezer until you’re ready to serve.

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ways to celebrate summer

There are hundreds of ways to send summer off with a bang. The staff at Columbia Home, representing all corners of the state of Missouri, have compiled 101 ways to celebrate the end of the season, whether it's spent right here in Columbia, with our nearest neighbors or in our state’s biggest cities.

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Get out of town! Staycation

Rocheport /20 Minutes

Head to Rocheport for a weekend of shopping at its galleries and antique stores, walking the quiet streets to admire its historical homes and churches and heading to Les Bourgeois Winery for a tour or tasting. Be sure to eat at the Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro and Abigail’s if you have the chance. If you don’t consider cooking a chore, check out Yates House Cooking School, which also serves as one of Rocheport’s many bed-and-breakfast inns. Spend the evening strolling along the Rocheport river walk or at the general store, where there’s live music on weekend nights.

Ashland /20 Minutes

Get a Wood Dawg burger, and play shuffleboard at Woody’s Pub & Grub in Ashland.

Fulton /30 Minutes Columbia

Stroll or picnic in Shelter Gardens, which has more than 15,000 plant varieties and is free and open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Experience Rock Bridge State Park in a whole new way. Buy an orienteering packet and map at the park office, and test your navigational skills on a unique hike through this 2,000-acre park. Find the flashlights, dress for a mess and go spelunking in the Devil’s Icebox. Head out to Twin Lakes on Chapel Hill Road to picnic, and take your little ones to Little Mates Cove. Camp out for a night at Finger Lakes to get the best of all its outdoor activities, from ATV and motocross trails to swimming, fishing, biking, boating, shooting or canoeing. Take a dip at Stephens Lake Park. Wander beneath the shadows of ancient mythological gods in MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology cast gallery. Go see Unfinished Song at Ragtag. Think The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Quartet. Hit the Perche Creek batting cages. Or mini-golf. Or go-karts. Go hug a tree. Big Tree. Drive or bike out to the biggest bur oak in America, which is more than 350 years old. Go see On Golden Pond at Maplewood Barn Theater, a play about a turbulent family retreat to a lake house. Treasure hunt at Artichoke Annie’s, Midway, Marketplace and Veranda Antique Malls. Skip rocks at Cooper’s Landing, and grab a bite at well-loved Chim’s Thai Kitchen. (10 minutes) Rock climb at Pinnacles Youth Park. (15 minutes) 70 | august/september 2013

Full of historic significance, a daytrip to Fulton wouldn’t be complete without spending some time at the National Churchill Museum, which was reconstructed on the campus of Westminster College, brick by brick, from St. Mary the Virgin Aldermansbury church in London. Open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at $6 for an adult, no trip to Fulton is complete without this stop. After absorbing some of that Cold War-era history, head to Court Street, also known as the “Brick District,” to peruse a number of antique and gift shops. Beks, with a long wine and beer list, local art covering the walls and creative specials, is the place to eat in town. The spinach and artichoke dip is to die for, according to CH’s creative marketing assistant, Gillian Tracey, who lived in Fulton for four years. For the merely peckish, an old-fashioned milkshake from Sault’s Drug Store is in order. And for people who, perhaps, want a bit more history, head to the Loganberry Inn at 310 W. Seventh St. This award-winning Victorian-built bedand-breakfast has hosted renowned guests such as Margaret Thatcher, Scotland Yard detectives and Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa. It also serves delicious gourmet meals.


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Hartsburg /30 Minutes

Bike the Katy Trail to Hartsburg to try the best cobbler of your life at Dotty’s Café, or have a casual lunch at the Hartsburg Grand restaurant.

Clark /30 Minutes

See a different side of life at the Clark, Mo., Amish Community.

Boonville /30 Minutes

Start your trip to Boonville with a walking tour through this historic town’s past. With stops at places such as Thespian Hall, the longest continually operated theater west of the Alleghany Mountains; Kemper Military School; and plenty of historic homes, this tour map can be downloaded for free at goboonville.com. The walk will lead you right by Hotel Frederick, which was built in 1905 and has been recently restored. Now a boutique hotel, it also hosts old Columbia favorite Glenn’s Café, a great place for locally inspired cuisine. For something a bit more quintessentially Boonville, Maggie’s is yet another recommended restaurant with a hometown atmosphere, local live music and delicious fried green beans. Be sure to spend some time at Warm Springs Ranch, home of the Budweiser Clydesdales and open for tours. The public pool boasts many amenities for children to enjoy, and the Isle of Capri Casino is an entertainment opportunity of a more adult persuasion.

Fayette /40 Minutes

Jefferson City/30 Minutes

Head to Fayette to try your arm at archery at D.C. Rogers Lake. While you’re there, stop in to admire art, much of it Missouri-made, at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, an artistic jewel on the campus of Central Methodist University. Before heading home, hit Emmet’s Kitchen and Tap on the main square. With a focus on unique dishes from the land and water around us and a hometown feel, it’s a discovery worth the drive.

Clark /50 Minutes

If you’ve got one day to spend in Jefferson City, longtime native and the associate publisher of Jeff City Magazine recommends combining a bit of politics, art and food with all the history the capital city has to offer. A tour of the State Capitol is a must, with tours starting at the top of every hour between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., except on Sundays, when they are available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Don’t miss the authentic art museum, romantic grounds and the governor’s garden. From the capitol, walk through the historic downtown area. With plenty of hunger remedies, including The Grand Café, Capital City Cork & Provisions and Paddy Malone’s Irish Pub (with the best fried mushrooms ever), it’s hard to remember to save room for ice cream. But not just any ice cream — Central Dairy on Madison Street. Don’t miss a ghost tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary or the fresh brew, wood-fired pizza, live music and bocce ball at Prison Brews Pub right down the street. If it’s in your plan to stay overnight, Cliff Manor Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place, nestled among the bluff tops with a great view of the Missouri River. Day two can be well spent at Canterbury Hill winery, across the river in Callaway County, and rounded off with a stop at the Clayville Store, halfway between Jefferson City and Columbia, which serves the best fried chicken, family-style, every Saturday and Sunday.

The town of Arrow Rock, a national historic landmark established in 1829, can be seen in a day and is only about an hour away from Columbia. Main Street is the place to start, with an old-time country store, post office and period shops. For people who want to see more and walk less, there are tram tours of the whole town. The must-see is the Lyceum Theater, Missouri’s oldest regional theater, where you can catch musical performances from June to November. If you spend enough time in Arrow Rock to get hungry, Catalpa, Arrow Rock Station and J. Huston Tavern (the oldest continuously operated restaurant west of the Mississippi) are some popular eateries.

Moberly/30 Minutes

Stoutsville/Camdenton /1.5 Hours

Catch a final summer blockbuster at B & B Drive-In movie theater in Moberly.

Hike, bike or horseback ride in Rudolph Bennit Wildlife Conservation Area, an almost completely wooded, 3,500-acre area with plenty of trails.

Paris /1 Hour

Take a picture in the shade of Union Covered Bridge, built in 1871, which is one of only four remaining in Missouri.

Arrow Rock /1 Hour

Take a daytrip to Mark Twain Lake or Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Get out of town!

ways to celebrate summer

Lake of the Ozarks /1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Springfield /2 Hours, 50 Minutes

St. Louis /2 Hours

Branson /3 Hours, 20 Mintues

If you want to extend your trip while you’re near the Ozarks, Tan-Tar-A is a great family resort, according to Lake of the Ozark frequenter and Columbia Home Associate Publisher Tami Turner. She suggests that visitors don’t miss Big Surf Waterpark or Paradise Parasail, which offers parasailing over Bagnell Dam. And for a bite to eat with something extra, head to Franky & Louie’s Beach Front Bar & Grill, which has an arcade and plenty of outdoor games — along with plenty of awards, including “best place for kids.”

Any Missourian knows that St. Louisans are crazy for their Cardinals. Hit a game while you’re in the city, and you’ll know why. For children, the top-rated St. Louis Zoo, Science Center, Magic House and City Museum are must-dos. With all the opportunities to run, jump, climb and learn, what’s not to love? If you’ve only got time for one or two, the City Museum and the zoo can’t be beat. For a more grown-up weekend, the Anheuser Busch tour is sure to be a good time. There’s plenty of shopping throughout the city, but for a unique experience and a oneof-a-kind find, walk The Loop near the Washington University, and drop in to one of its many boutiques and high-end secondhand and vintage retailers. With plenty of good restaurants throughout the city, if you’ve only got one meal to spend in St. Louis, head to its Italian district, The Hill. For a look into the boisterous life of little Italy, head to Adriana’s Deli around lunchtime. For a more private experience, Trattoria Marcella offers its own delicious version of osso buco (made with pork shanks instead of veal) and true Italian fare. For a day of ups, downs, loop-d-loops and carnival food, take a trip to Six Flags, near St. Louis.

Kansas City/2 Hours

No trip to Kansas City is complete without a photo with the city’s iconic shuttlecock sculptures around the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Make it an afternoon, and have a picnic on the public lawn full of art. Nearby, the Country Club Plaza — modeled to resemble Seville, Spain — offers plenty of shopping and dining opportunities. Kansas City is also known as “The City of Fountains,” with more than 40 public water works. Some are open for children to run through on warm days. And be sure not to leave Kansas City without trying some KC barbecue. Everyone has his or her favorites, but they often include Oklahoma Joe’s, Arthur Bryant’s and Gates.

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For those not afraid of a few hours in the car, Springfield, Missouri’s third largest city, has plenty of opportunities to fill a long Labor Day weekend. Springfield native Teresa White says the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens attached to Nathanael Greene Park are not to be missed. Catching a Springfield Cardinals Minor League baseball game is much cheaper than the Major League games but offers all the atmosphere of America’s favorite pastime. Another kid-friendly activity includes Dickerson Park Zoo, where visitors can feed the giraffes, and the enormous reptile house offers plenty of learning opportunities for children (and their parents). The Discovery Center and Wonders of Wildlife facility in Springfield’s Bass Pro Shops are also great options for those with kids in tow. But this city also has plenty to offer for adult visitors, too. The Gilloz Theater, built in 1926 and beautifully renovated to its former glory, hosts the Springfield Opera, as well as many concerts. Springfield Brewing Co., with plenty of craft beers and a great patio, is a popular nightlife spot. Flame is the place for topnotch steak or seafood or just a general first-class dining experience, and the restaurant’s cheesecake tree dessert is perfect for sharing. Interested visitors can also view the aging room, where the meat is dry aged. Another restaurant not to miss is Gailey’s Breakfast Café, famous for its delicious sweet potato hash browns. Another local favorite is Grad School, for its tasty burgers. Try the full-ride burger. You won’t be disappointed.

Although Branson has plenty of entertainment to offer, some of its best include the Titanic Museum, one of the coolest museums in Missouri. Visitors are given a boarding pass with a real passenger’s name and information and get to see what life was really like on the Titanic before its tragic sinking. And the Liverpool Legends, a Beatles cover band, is the closest thing to the famous foursome one can get. George Harrison’s sister relates firsthand what it was like for the quartet to reach the height of fame. The Tanger Outlets have more than 43 outlet stores, and Branson Landing also offers plenty more shopping and restaurants, as well as a fire and water musical performance on the hour, every hour. Cantina Laredo has a great view of the show, along with excellent mojitos and margaritas. Mel’s Hardluck Diner serves great burgers amid a backdrop of nostalgic décor. It’s might be dinner, but it’s also a show.


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Must Do

Mud, men and more

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As you can see, Jefferson City is filled with many interactive events this fall. However, I think the No. 1 activity in town is the Prison Break Race. How cool is it to be trapped in a real dungeon underneath a 176-yearold abandoned prison? What would it be like to stand in a place where convicts sat for years at a time without daylight, running water or contact with the outside world? This is your chance! Once you are locked in, you have to determine how to get out. Then once you are out of the dungeon, you race through the historic Housing Unit 4 and set out on a five-plus-mile course that tests every facet of your athleticism. Expect the unexpected; hilly terrain combined with a slew of obstacles are featured at every turn before the conclusion. Not only will this be exhilarating, but you will also be experiencing this race in one of the most historical places in Missouri. You will definitely be able to brag to your friends that you broke out of prison!

➻ Must Go: Men of the Club ALL STARS, Aug. 8 Men of the Club is one of the biggest nights of the year for the ladies. Local men dress up in swim wear and evening wear and entertain us with their talents. Fun! Fun! Fun! All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City.

➻ Must Give: Race to the Dome, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. Race to the Dome is a charity canoe/kayak race on the Missouri River with two race courses from Providence to Jefferson City (26.6 miles) and Hartsburg to Jefferson City (15.8 miles). Put your best Tom Sawyer hat on, and help raise funds for the Missouri River Relief project.

➻ Must Do: Prison Break Race, Sept. 7 Registration 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., Race 8 to 11 a.m. at the Missouri State Penitentiary, 115 Lafayette St.

➻ Must Try: Grand Rub Wings at The Grand Café The Grand Café just won the WingFest competition in downtown Jefferson City. Be sure to visit them on High Street, and enjoy the winning wings.

➻ Must See: Young Frankenstein the Musical, Aug. 8 to 11 and Aug. 15 to 18, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening at Capital City Players dinner theater while being entertained by the talented thespians of Jefferson City.

ta m i t u r n e r Turner is the publisher of Jefferson City Magazine and has been a lifelong resident of Jefferson City. Turner enjoys sharing what Jefferson City has to offer to its neighbors, like us, just a short drive away. She’s raised three children in the town she loves so much and sits on the public school board. columbiahomemagazine.com | 75


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Explore Thailand

With Columbia Regional’s expanded service to Dallas, this exotic vacation is just one stop away

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By Sydne Hayman

A visit to Thailand will give you the opportunity to see new sites, taste new flavors and relax — all in one trip. With Columbia Regional Airport’s expanded service to Dallas, Thailand-bound travelers can make it to their tropical getaway with only one stop. Fares are lowest between late August and November and once again from January to April. The wet season arrives between May and July, and the dry season begins in November. But no matter the time of year, Thailand has numerous attractions that keep visitors coming. Last year, a record 22 million people visited the country, with the top three destination cities being Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, according to local travel agent Bay Vanithbuncha, owner of Hello BT Tour. Thailand has thousands of temples, with several hundred in Bangkok alone. While in the capital city, set aside time to visit a few of the popular temples, known in the country as Wat. The Temple of Dawn, named after the Hindu God of Dawn, sits along the Chao Phraya River. It is suggested that being across from the temple at sunset is the prime time to view this highly photographed landmark. Finish off your viewing temples by visiting the Grand Palace. Buildings within the palace were used to house different members of the government and state departments for years. Two of the throne halls are open to the public. Be sure to dress modestly when entering the Temple of the Emerald Buddha at the palace. After hitting some of the must-see temples and palaces, check out the Damneon Saduak floating market, or check out Bangkok’s own water park, Flow House. If a water park doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps visiting one of the many attractive beaches will. To spend some time indoors, head to Bangkok’s Siam Paragon, Asia’s third largest shopping center. Visit the oceanarium on the bottom floor or the gourmet market on the ground floor. Thailand is the birthplace of pad thai, spicy tom yam soup and green curry, so don’t leave for home without trying a bite of Thai cuisine. Some highly recommended restaurants include breakfast at Dada Kafe in Chiang Mai, which has an assortment of options including a range of juices that supposedly can help with acne and high blood pressure, and Blue Elephant, a restaurant in Bangkok that focuses on authentic cuisine and Thai hospitality. If you m ake it out of the capital city, Chiang Mai to the north is near mahout schools where visitors can learn to ride elephants in the same style mahouts have used for centuries. Vanithbuncha also says bamboo rafting, guided hill tribe treks and offering food to monks, one of the most common rituals of Buddhism, are also open to adventurous and open-minded travelers. South of Bangkok, the Phuket province offers up plenty of pristine beaches to relax on, with enough waves to support some serious water sports. There are also six international-standard golf courses in the Phuket area and plenty of top-rated spas. After a day of beach relaxation, hit the town; Phuket is a renowned party spot. Whether it’s city sights, cultural insights or sunny beaches that you seek, Thailand is sure to keep you so busy that your Columbia schedule will seem like a breeze. columbiahomemagazine.com | 77


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Pamper Me

Nicci Garmon gets to dress up for the day with help from the city’s best experts By Amanda Huhman phots by anthony j inson and amanda huhman

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Nicci Garmon splits her time between acting as program director at Zimmer Radio Group, a radio personality for not one but two radio stations (The Eagle and KCMQ) and being a doting mother and wife. And still, she finds time to unwind at the lake. With so much going on, a quick beauty routine is a must: just the makeup basics. Nicci’s style is simple and casual, but she likes to feel put together, and she loves dressing up in outfits that make her feel great. Because Nicci doesn’t usually have a lot of time for shopping, a day out of the office was the perfect treat. Her day of pampering included picking out some fun clothes to match her sparkling personality, a few pairs of shoes, makeup, a fresh new hairstyle and a manicure. Nicci loved experimenting with new colors and styles and stepping outside her comfort zone; she was ready for a full-on update. “Before today I was a few plays behind,” Nicci says in reference to her style, “but now I’m back in the game.”

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Makeup Tips 1. Using a pressed foundation helps prevent shine on your face throughout the day. 2. We’ve all heard of a face primer, but the new thing is lash primer; it helps lengthen, adds volume and makes your mascara last all day. 3. Filling in your brows frames your face and makes your eyes pop. Source: Trista Hockman-Johnson, spadirector, medical aesthetician, Concannon Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa

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Erin Wagoner, the owner of Swank Boutique, helped pick out pieces that were fun and exciting. After turning the dressing room into a runway catwalk, Nicci made it out with a few fabulous outfits. She loved mixing the styles of a girly powder pink maxi skirt and a tough bronzed biker jacket. “It’s a little out of my comfort zone, but I like that it’s unexpected,” she says.

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Hair styling and color enhancement were done by Megan Groves at The Strand, who gave Nicci some chestnut lowlights for a subtle change and healthy new shine

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With bags in her hands and a smile on her face, Nicci arrived at Dryer’s Shoes and picked out some amazing cowgirl boots to complete the look. Paige, Nicci’s personal shoe expert, made the process quick and painless, especially because Dryer’s focuses on shoes that provide comfort and support.

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Love Stories "I know we’ll never have a boring day together, even if we’re doing the most boring things.” — Morgan Scott

Okruch and Arey

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Dodam and DeGraaff

May 24, 2014

Scott and Helmreich

Page Dodam and Robert DeGraaff

Lauren Okruch and Carter Arey

Morgan Scott and Andrew Helmreich

Everyone’s heard of high school sweethearts, but Page Dodam had an idea that Robert DeGraaff might be the one for her ever since their middle school days. “I have always had a little crush on Robert, and we even ‘dated’ for a little while in eighth grade,” she says. “Senior year of high school, we had children’s theater together, and it only took about a month to warm up to each other and begin dating.” The couple says they love to travel together, and their best date was dinner for two in London during a trip with Robert’s family. “After a wonderful dinner, we decided to explore the city and came across a musician gathering a crowd,” Page says. “We stopped to listen for about 30 minutes and ended up dancing in the streets of London.” The couple is considering going back to Europe or Costa Rica for their honeymoon.

“We were enjoying the rooftop of Harpo’s in the late summer and ended up talking and laughing for the entire night,” Lauren Okruch says of her fiancé, Carter Arey. Downtown happens to be the site of some very important moments for the couple. Lauren says one of their best dates was walking around The District and stopping for drinks at The Vault. Carter also decided to ask Lauren to be his wife right in front of a downtown hotspot. “We went to see Amour at Ragtag — my favorite activity — and then we went to a nice dinner,” Lauren says. “While we were walking back to the car, he started saying so many sweet things and got down on one knee right in the snow in front of Teller’s. Everyone inside started banging on the windows, and of course I said yes.” After the proposal, Lauren’s family was waiting to celebrate with them on Carter’s invitation. It seems that the couple has the approval of both family and friends.

Ever since Morgan Scott and Andrew Helmreich started dating five and a half years ago, their relationship has been full of pleasant surprises. Andrew considers the time Morgan secretly tagged along with his dad and sister to visit him at Fort Bragg to be the sweetest thing she’s ever done for him. Morgan had a very similar answer when asked the same question. “He flew home from North Carolina and surprised me at 2 a.m.,” she says. “My roommates had to wake me up, and he was standing at the front door in uniform holding a bouquet of flowers.” The surprises continued when Andrew proposed to Morgan on her parents’ farm. Andrew was home on Christmas leave, and Morgan wanted to get some pictures taken of the two of them. Andrew asked if they could keep their dog, Roxy, inside so she wouldn’t jump on them in the photos. “After a few pictures, I turned around to see Roxy running toward us,” Morgan says. “She had a note tied around her neck that said: ‘Merry Christmas, I love you. Please say yes.’ When I turned around, Andrew was down on one knee to pop the question.”

"Eventually I found the ring, and somehow Page had no idea what I was doing, even after the car broke down right outside the jewelry store” — Robert DeGraaff

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Dan and Kari Hopkins’ first meeting at a University of Missouri football game translated to the theme of their wedding. When they met for the second time at The Deuce, Dan admitted to being encouraged to ask Kari out on a date. “I was kind of intrigued,” Kari says. The two soon became an item. Kari says the moment she recognized their relationship shifted to something more serious was when the two took a trip to attend Dan’s friend’s wedding in Chicago. “We spent six-plus hours together going there and back,” Kari says. “There wasn’t a dull moment of conversation, and we didn’t bicker at all.” Dull was definitely not a factor in the proposal or wedding. Dan invited Kari to Rock Quarry Park one day only to surprise her with an engagement ring, photographer, champagne and both of their families. The couple married within five months. Wedding planning was a different realm for Kari, who is used to events. “I plan events for my job, but I never planned a wedding before,” she says. “I recommend short engagements.” Kari utilized a roommate who had a cupcake business and a friend who was talented at arts and crafts. “I learned that if you have friends that have skills that can be used for your wedding, use them,” she says. Their nighttime wedding at First Christian Church on March 23 incorporated lights, blue and yellow and a distinct sports theme. The two sides were known as Team Kari and Team Dan. Their wedding program was similar to a game day program, with phrases such as “the flower girl prepares for field” being used. The exchanging of vows was referred to as the touchdown. The ring bearer even walked down the aisle holding a football, which the wedding party signed as a gift to the couple, and the flower girl walked with Kari’s softball glove. Football was incorporated because of Kari and Dan’s love for sports. “We just played that up a bit,” Kari says. “It’s a big part of our lives.” Dan says the best part of wedding planning for him was the reception, which was held at the Courtyard Marriott. “We didn’t do a sit-down dinner,” he says. “There was food, and people could eat, but otherwise, the moment you got there, we were dancing and having a good time. There wasn’t much of a formal beginning. I just wanted the party to start.” Dan says the best part of the wedding was seeing his bride. “My wife looked really hot on her wedding day,” he says. Married life is great because the two grow closer each day, Dan says. columbiahomemagazine.com | 87


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babies ★ announcements

Welcome to the World

Vivian Lowrey

Dawson Bond

Dawson Van

Parents: Van and Suzanne Bond Birth weight: 7 pounds 10 ounces What things have surprised you most about being a mother? The unconditional love that you have for the little people you brought into this world. You don’t understand it until you experience it. What did you not expect to happen? I didn’t know a routine would play such a huge role in our lives so early on. Changing bedtime hours, moving to a new day care or school or adding a new family member can really throw havoc in the family dynamics if not handled with TLC. What unique things does your baby do? Dawson makes a funny noise when he gets excited or hungry. He’s our little noisemaker.

Francesca Hemeyer

Francesca Lucille

Parents: William and Tylisha Hemeyer Birth weight: 8.5 pounds What unique things does your baby do? Francesca loves to stand up, even at just a few weeks old. She loves sitting up and being part of what’s going on. What things do you love most about being a mother? I love mommy time, just sitting holding her and bonding. I love all the little moments that at the time seem ordinary but in hindsight will be the moments I treasure the most. What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you since becoming a mother? A diaper explosion in the middle of Hy-Vee!

Vivian Ann

Parents: Phil and Natalie Lowrey Birth weight: 6 pounds 10 ounces What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you since becoming a mother? The funniest thing has been explaining the process of breastfeeding to our 4-year-old daughter, Kora. She was concerned and confused when Vivian was eating but saw no food. What did you not expect to happen? Vivian has been a very easy baby, much like her big sister. Both girls have been great sleepers with laidback personalities. I was also surprised by all the support of friends and family. There have been many offers of play dates with her older sister and meals prepared and brought to us.

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Studio Home Event On May 22, Studio Home held an event at the recently redecorated home of Joe and Kerry Goyette.

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What I do for fun: I’ve been hanging out with friends this summer line-dancing, riding roller coasters, eating seafood, ziplining, listening to country music and even climbing trees. I also love to walk on the trail, read a good book and travel just about anywhere. On a typical weekday night, I am: Reading, tweeting and watching Castle reruns — all at the same time usually. In a single word, I am: Loyal The three questions I hate getting: What’s for dinner? (Like I’m the only one in the house capable of making that decision and cooking something.) Do you have a minute? (I love my staff, but come on, is it ever really only a minute!?) How do I get there? (My friends have learned that’s a bad question considering I’m directionally challenged, and I don’t know north from south most of the time.) What’s the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you? I can’t think of any great stories — that I would let you print anyway! Most of my embarrassing moments stem from being a little naïve and sheltered. I’ve been known to say things accidentally without knowing what they mean.

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My all-time biggest regret: Not getting my passport sooner. I’ve been on five trips overseas since getting my passport in 2005. Meeting new people, seeing new places and exploring new cultures have been highlights of my life. The song that absolutely must be included on the soundtrack to my life: It would have to be “The Good Life” by country artist Casey James. I love the lyrics: “No doubt. I’m right where I belong. No part of this road feels wrong. Yeah, it looks like the good life is coming on strong.” That’s how I feel — most days! If I were a crayon in a box of Crayolas, I would be: Periwinkle

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Most people don’t know that I: Am a real person. There are so many stereotypes of pastors, and I’ve heard them all. But I am just a normal person walking through life trying to help others on the journey. I have weaknesses, fears and pain just like everyone else. I experience joy and all the good parts of life as well. Although I am a pastor, it’s not my identity. I’m just Beth. The businessperson I admire and why: I would have to say author/speakers Jim Collins and Patrick Lencioni. They have been instrumental in my understanding and practice of organizational leadership. Relationship status: Wife to one, mom to two, friend to a few and pastor to many.


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