The outdoor life was not a priority for me during my child rearing years. Most of my attention was focused on my family, and soon after, my career. I did enjoy being outdoors, but I had no involvement in any outdoor sport. It wasn’t until I partnered with Bub (Floyd Wells) that I made the transition to an outdoorswoman and wife of an outdoorsman. You can’t be around Bub for very long without talking archery, and his enthusiasm for the longbow is contagious. He always says that I took to the outdoor lifestyle like a duck takes to water. I don’t know if that is true, but I do know that I enjoy it very much.
Bub had tried to get me to shoot archery with him, but I wasn’t very good at it. I had never played sports, and I didn’t have very good hand-eye coordination. One day while attempting to diagnose my shooting woes, we discovered that I was right-handed but left-eye dominate. Bub went out and bought me a left handed 3-piece recurve. I shot it for a while but again, I just didn’t do well. Then he bought me a longbow, and my whole world changed. Feather light and comfortable to shoot, I fell in love with this form of archery. I improved quickly and gained a bit of confidence for the first time in my abilities as an archer.
Since that time I have been able to share the circles that my husband travels in, friends and family, shoots and hunts. Each trip or relationship is unique in its own way, and I absolutely love each one. I guess you could say that I fell in love with the longbow lifestyle. I know that is an odd thing to say but it is more than just shooting at targets. While it does include shooting, it also includes camping, cooking, campfires and friendships. I’ve made my own arrows, arm guards, and quivers. I have hunted my own food and shared it with others. When we got married we did so with our family and friends at the Great Lakes Longbow Invitational! It is a lifestyle change that I embrace. It’s just a lot of fun.
My career has taken me to an inner-city school where I work with at-risk youth, a charter school for pregnant and parenting teens. Having graduated from Siena Heights University and Spring Arbor University I have taken my life’s work seriously, both in raising my family and then helping other’s raise theirs. I'm a Certified Family Life Educator, Certified American Red Cross Instructor as well as a Certified Archery Instructor.
I am not a front line person and prefer to do behind-the-scenes duties. I don’t need recognition but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done when actively involved on council. My personal mission is to get more women, especially mothers, to get involved shooting a longbow and to embrace the traditional archery lifestyle.