I am Elizabeth Lentz and I am thirty-eight years old. I am a wife, a mother, a coach, a tutor, a cheerleader, a therapist, a shofar, a chef, a maid, and even sometimes, I have to be the bad guy. I feel so fortunate to have had the ability to be a stay at home mom to two beautiful girls. Emma is now fourteen and Lily is eleven. Most of their lives, it was just the three of us. My husband retired from the Marine Corps two years ago and now we are back to the four of us. Greg was able to find a job in Hickory, so that is what brought my family here and me to LR. I am originally from the coast, New Bern, NC. This is Elizabeth @ 38…
The most important things to in my life are in the pictures above. I love my girls more than they will ever know. I am so proud of who they have become and look forward to watching them grow into beautiful people. I married Greg sixteen years ago, and how we made it this long is something of a mystery, but we did. I think that him being gone all of the time helped out. My best friend Heather helped me get through those months, sometimes years, of deployments. Our families still vacation together every year and we go away on girls weekends. If anyone has seen me on campus, I always have a Starbucks in my hand and my headphones on my ears. I no longer have to tune people out, I just put on my earphones, and the coffee, that is just a bad habit.
Being a military family, we moved quite often, so we always try to take advantage of what each new area has to offer. All of our outings are between volleyball, lacrosse, band, swim, and softball seasons. As a family we love to hike, attend Hornet’s and Crawdad’s games, hit up Carowinds, the PNC amphitheater for a concert and the White Water Center. We also volunteer at the Catawba History Center and Neighbor’s Network in Conover. After a game, our favorite lunch spots are Hatch and Paco’s Taco’s in Charlotte. Greg and I are members of the Comedy Zone in Charlotte and we love it! Nothing makes you feel better than a good laugh and a beer or two. We also take advantage of the Green Room Theater and the LR Writers Series. I was able to bring my mom to see Garrison Keillor last year.
I still can’t believe I have lived in Hickory for almost two years now and I don’t have to move. It took some time to get adjusted to Hickory, we have never lived anywhere it is cold. The first picture is of my backyard during our first snow in Hickory. I had to purchase winter clothes, we owned nothing warm, coming here from San Diego. The crazy picture is of me after my first exam. I was in shock, it had been 20 years since I had been in school. Now look at me, I am hanging out at the Crawdad’s Game with the International Students and SGA, supporting Hands on Hickory. I am so grateful for the opportunity to go to college at my age. It is never too late to learn.
At Thirty-Eight years old, I never thought I would live in Hickory, be back in school, wearing braces again, have two kids, and a 6 pound Chihuahua named Muchacho. But I do, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s amazing how we never know where the roads of life are going to lead us, change us, mature us and bring us to where we belong. I wouldn’t change a thing about Thirty-Eight year old Elizabeth.