The waves of young married couples that settled in Maumelle (New Town) in the early 1990’s are now sending their children off into the world. My wife and I purchased our first home in Maumelle in 1992. Kimberly was lucky enough to land a job at the new Kroger pharmacy and I worked from home for many years.

Our first daughter, Elyse, 17,, is now heading to college with much of Maumelle to credit. She was one of the first children enrolled at Kids Academy, was taught tumbling by Miss Connie (of Maumelle Gymnastics) and attended Crystal Hill Elementary School where she was an exceptional tight-rope walker in the pre-kindergarten circus presentation. She has hunted Easter Eggs at Lake Willastein and we’ve had floats in the Fourth of July parades; seen almost every fireworks display. We’ve sled down the snowy banks behind Kroger and consumed countless hot fudge sundaes from Sonic.

All of our girls have enjoyed participating in the local sports leagues. Elyse started playing soccer at age 4 when there were still baseball fields at Rolling Oaks Park. The team name now associated with Maumelle Classic Soccer, (Dragonflies) was decided upon when a dragonfly landed on the shoulder of then coach Jay Telfer and she and nine other 4 to 5 year-olds screamed, "how about the Dragonflies." She has participated in the Arkansas Olympic Development Program and was recently selected one of only four girls her age to represent the state. She was named All-Conference her Freshman and Sophomore years and All-State her Junior year. Elyse scored the very first soccer goal for the Maumelle High School and currently holds the record for most goals scored in a game and in a season. She recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Lyon College in Batesville and hopes to help Maumelle win its first State Soccer Championship this season.

Over the past 20-plus years, our family has been positively influenced by many of you. Thank you for your support and helping us raise three amazing daughters, keeping us safe, allowing Kimberly to be your pharmacist and allowing us to be your friends.