Background Check

I find I’m always a better detective when I binge SVU if I know the ENTIRE story.  Like, Olivia, how do you expect me to help you solve this case if you aren’t vetting all of the suspects the right way?  I have to KNOW the situation to be the best I can be for you and Elliot (I MISS YOU STABLER!).

So I figured you’d want to know a little bit about the Feral Ferrells before you got all up in our lives.

Before I go into all that, I feel the need to really emphasize how to say our last name, you know, so we’re REALLY friends.

When Pat and I first started dating, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t all about that last name business.  I liked the one I had.  And I’d always known who he was in school, so it’s not like I didn’t know how to pronounce it.  Then we started going out in public together in college and hostesses at restaurants had a really hard time with it.  It was a nonissue for me since it wasn’t my last name, so there were a lot of times our group would just be sitting on the patio at Carrabbas in Montgomery like “WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG???” when in all actuality, they’d called for Fur-hell, Party of 5 several minutes before.

When we got married people really started butchering it.  Will Ferrell spells his name the same as ours & it doesn’t throw people off in any way, but we can take our happy little ends to any public setting and hear it said 6 different ways.

FAIR-RULL.  Done. Now you know.

So, what’s our backstory? I’ll keep it short…ish.


That’s Pat.  We’ve known each other since grade school, and he’s funny.  I don’t tell him that a lot because I don’t want to inflate his ego, but he is.  Sometimes annoyingly so.  We started dating right after high school.  None of that high school sweetheart junk.  We hated each others guts because neither could tolerate the other’s sarcasm or sense of humor in any way that was productive.  You can’t have 2 funny people in the same place at the same time.  It doesn’t work that way when you’re a teenager.

He went to college for Geomatics And Land surveying sciences, and now he works for an engineering firm where it seems like he spends a lot of time “at lunch” and refuses to buy new company shirts since his current ones have holes in them in weird places.  I think it’s his way of sticking it to the man, or something.  I also think he gets to inside-smile when a client wonders how much “engineering” he actually did to rip the cuff of his shirt at such an odd angle.

He also likes to build things.  He’ll tell me he’s going to his shed to work on some furniture piece for the house and then 3 hours later Hank walks in with a wooden light saber.  He’s consistent, that one!


That’s me.  I only like to have my picture taken when the sun is setting in Key West over my catamaran.

I’m also funny.  I love to remind people when I can.

And humble.

I went to college to become a high school History Teacher, did it for a few years, and then totally got sucked into the mental state you read about in all of those articles about why so many people leave the teaching field.  I love a good war like nobody’s business, but my sanity was more important than making sure a 14 year old knew that Columbus totally landed in the Bahamas, not Japan.

So now I teach preschool.  I get to exercise patience daily, see other people’s children start building all those skills they’ll be using for the rest of their lives, and go home every night to complain about how ALL CHILDREN should be born with the knowledge of how to use scissors.  SERIOUSLY!  You don’t know happy until you’ve successfully made it past the cutting unit in K Three!  Not even GOD wants to teach this particular skill.

I am also unbelievably passionate about child birth and effective parenting.  I know not everyone has the stomach to hear about what being born ‘en caul’ means, but I am more than happy to whip out BirthWithoutFear on Instagram to let you know.  I’m still feeling my way through that effective parenting bit, but I do think it’s so important to raise considerate, caring, future adults.  I don’t want to be in my nursing home and only have care providers who were waited on hand and foot as a child.  I’d never get my sponge bath that way. EVER!


Pat & I have been married for almost 8 years, and we know team work makes the dream work.  I’m gonna go ahead and say that’s why we were gifted these 3 (almost 4) tiny people with personality for days.

Total bonus that they’re funny, too!  We just don’t tell them that.  We have a hard enough time getting through discipline without laughing as it is.


These are our humans.  We made them, and that regularly blows my mind.  Check back later to read more about each one.  They deserve their own post.






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