Director of Human Capital
I cherish my family. Growing up, it wasn’t easy to tell I came from a blended family. When I was five, my mom passed away from cancer and about 8 months later my dad was killed in a car accident. I had three older siblings. There was no financial or estate planning in place. Although we had many loving relatives, taking on four more kids was a huge job for anyone. There was discussion on splitting us up: one here, one there. One of our aunts (my dad’s sister) stepped forward and she and our uncle, along with their two children, took us in as their own. They raised us in a Christian home ensuring we grew up with faith, hope, and love. We didn’t have many of the extras that others had but we always had the necessities and never doubted we were loved. They never tried to take the place of our parents, but spoke of them often and worked to keep their memory alive.
Although it took me many years to realize it, these personal experiences gave me great insight into the nuances of planning for the future: emotionally, financially, and spiritually. Often, we try to avoid these difficult conversations with our families; however, I’ve learned they are necessary.
Unfortunately, I have few memories of my biological parents and my younger years. You often hear, you will only have one mom and dad, but we were doubly blessed to have a second set who loved and nurtured us as their own. They always talked about their six kids. My second “mom and dad” celebrated 70 years of marriage the day he passed away. What an example of a loving and giving family. My mom is now 97 and we are thankful for every day we have with her. My husband and I have two sons with families of their own and we want to ensure they have a secure financial future for years to come!
Since I joined the team at RCG, I see how we can be a partner in achieving or enhancing your peace of mind through financial planning and investing. Remember, your family’s legacy depends on it.