None of this is possible without a huge team of amazing Fire Wives who are talented and inspired and driven to bring only the best resources to the Fire Wife Community.
Please meet these real life, caring and genuine ladies who serve this community so selflessly. They contribute as writers, administrators, creators and implementers of amazing ideas, committee chairs and managers of programs.
It is my honor to have them on our team. ~ Lori Mercer, Chief Fire Wife
Growing up I felt so dorky. A child of the eighties, it wasn’t pretty. Glasses, private school, bad perms, pegged pants… Thankfully, I feel like a princess, saved from some terrible dragon, by being married to my firefighter. Or maybe it is more like, Enter The Dragon. Besides designing cakes, dabbling in photography, and running an asphalt company, he works on a paid on call department. We now have young three boys, have been married for 12 years, loving and respecting each other more than ever. Despite all the challenges, potholes, cracks, wrong turns, and u-turns. My journey into fire wife hood wasn’t easy. In fact, it wasn’t even a willing one. You see, I didn’t marry a fire fighter. Ashamedly,I went from secretly being happy when he hurt his back, actually hoping he couldn’t finish academy, to being his biggest cheerleader, ever. The year that fire fighting entered our lives, I will tease was the worst year of my life. He joined the academy, I was having my second baby, we moved right next door to family, I quit my hard hitting sales career, and became a full-time-at-home-go-crazy-mommy. Our marriage almost didn’t survive. I felt completely alone during this period. We are from a small town, and a paid on call department. Generally families have no need to be at the station and make supportive connections. When he got hired, I remember thinking, “OK, where is the wife club?” But there wasn’t any. I had to do it the hard way, alone.
Out of pure desperation, after a year and literally half my hair falling out, I needed to do something. Well, blogging is cheaper than therapy, so I started to write. That’s how Holy Fire Cake Girl started. I felt like there was a huge space not being filled. There were army wife clubs, police wife clubs, but no fire wife clubs? My heart felt so moved to help other women that might be in the same situation I was. It wasn’t fair to have to go through this alone. God had placed a fire in me. That there were women out there that needed to know they weren’t alone. The only thing I could think to do was keep writing. I started lists of what t would take to be a fire wife. I remember shaking some nights, pouring out all things I thought would help fire marriages survive. I knew how hard and how fiercely I had to fight to keep my sanity and our marriage together, and couldn’t bare the thought of a sister going through what I did. That’s when the clouds parted, a chorus of angel voices started playing, and firefighter wife talked to me.
When I found a place to talk to other women about fire life, everything changed. When the chance came up to actually have a for real place to help, not my tiny blog, I was thrilled! You can imagine how excited I was when Lori, from firefighterwife.com, just asked me to help out around the page. I nearly fainted! Now I get to have a part in this awesome mission of strengthening and encouraging fire wives, everyday! How I wished I had found this site, when I was a newbie/probie wife. I am so honored and humbled to help. A group of women who get it. Thank you for the honor and privilege of being a part of this community! Thanks for stopping by! My love to all you sisters!
I’m Heather Isaacs, a 33 year old new Firefighter Wife living in Orlando, Florida. My husband, Andrew, is an EMS Captain for the Winter Park Fire Rescue Department and has been in the fire service for over 20 years. We recently got married in December 2012 and officially blended our family. We have 5 incredible children (four boys and one girl) ranging in age from 3-13. I spend my days working in the corporate world as a Planning & Entitlement Manager for a major land development company in Orlando. My evenings are spent with typical mommy duties, but I always make sure I get quality time with my husband. After my first marriage, I realized how important our connection and love for each other was in order to raise happy, healthy children so my number one priority is respecting, honoring and uplifting my husband in everything I do.
I am lucky enough to be the chair of our Membership Committee and Flame Fest 2014. My project management skills, experience with public sector officials and communication skills will help coordinate outreach with Department Chiefs and Unions.
I also lead up our Fire Up Your Love Life group where I provide advice and encouragement for women interested in keeping the intimacy alive in their marriages. In my free time, I enjoy working on home improvement projects, fishing in the lake in my backyard, walking the dog, swimming with the children and enjoying my new life as a Firefighter Wife.
My given name is Jessica, but I prefer to be called Jessie. I’m in my 30’s and have lived in Southwest Georgia my entire life. I love coffee, lighthouses, chocolate, the color blue, movies, great deals, 90’s alternative music, cooking, crafting and all things country! I have a big heart and for me means that I laugh too loud, cry too often and love too much. I might not always have the right words but I always have the best intentions. Smiling is contagious and so is sharing kindness. I’m on a journey of Faith and finding out what that really means to me. I have a daughter from my short lived first marriage, you can chalk that up to young and dumb. My second marriage just so happened to be to a fireman in 2008. Marriage and it’s condition has never been so important in my life. He accepted my daughter as his own and we have since added one more girl to our family. I’ve watched him go from a regular blue collar job and being a volunteer firefighter, to becoming a full-time career firefighter, EMT and Instructor. We all know that list will continue to grow and I’m lucky enough to have a front row seat! I stumbled on FirefighterWife.com in 2012 and instantly felt at home. It’s been a part of my everyday life since. Being on a journey, with thousands of women who are on the same path, makes me feel like I am never alone and I can help them feel like they are never alone. I spend my “shift” days watching sappy movies, eating junk and hanging with my fire wife sisters virtually! Fire wife life isn’t always easy, but that’s why we’re all here, to comfort, support, encourage and uplift.
Being part of the firefighter lifestyle is something I walked into later in my marriage, and wow it changed me, for the better! We have a unique calling to this lifestyle. God only chooses a certain few to carry out this amazing ministry! I love to call you sisters! I love to be walking this path with all of you! I’ve been married to my amazing Chief for 19 years and we have three kiddos. One of which has become a daddy this year, so you can call me Gram’s. However, I’m not use to responding to that YET so be patient with me. hehe I work fulltime as a Children’s Ministry Director when I’m not at the station or home running everyone around. I also try to stop in and love on my grandson while I’m in taxi mode! I’m busy, I’m blessed, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Love to love you all! Katt
Being part of the firefighter lifestyle is something I walked into later in my marriage, and wow it changed me, for the better! We have a unique calling to this lifestyle. God only chooses a certain few to carry out this amazing ministry! I love to call you sisters! I love to be walking this path with all of you! I’ve been married to my amazing Chief for 19 years and we have three kiddos! One of which has become a daddy this year, so you can call me Gram’s. However, I’m not use to responding to that YET so be patient with me. hehe I work fulltime as a Children’s Ministry Director when I’m not at the station or home running everyone around! I also try to stop in and love on my grandson while I’m in taxi mode! I’m busy, I’m blessed, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Love to love you all! Katt