Stephanie Buckley, aka The Park Wife, is a tribe builder. She is the founder of Arkansas Women Bloggers (ARWB), an online community designed to gather, grow, and connect bloggers in our state. Her company,The Women Bloggers, expanded her state-focused blog communities into Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Missouri. Through ARWB, she holds the popular, smaller niche blog conference Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged, submerging bloggers in an environment that fosters relationships, communication and some pretty fierce dedication and camaraderie.
Considered an old-timer in the blog world, since 2005 she has written, what she hopes is, a love letter to her children on her lifestyle blog, The Park Wife. Raised in the debutante world of Mississippi, she married a hunky park ranger and moved to Arkansas 15 years ago and has fallen in love with the state. She loves gardening, porch swings, a beautifully set table, a delicious meal surrounded by great conversations, their cabin in the woods and monograming everything that is not nailed down. She is a devoted wife and fun-loving, homeschool mom to two extraordinarily cool little gentlemen and is fortunate enough to live on one of Arkansas’s premier state parks.
What would you like to be remembered for, after your death?
She loved unconditionally.
Are you are morning or night person?
After a cup of coffee, a morning person. O.K. after two cups of coffee.
What are your favorite hobbies?
Hanging in Arkansas State Parks with my cool kids, helping my blog world friends to gather and connect, repurposing old things into meaningful things for our home, and making cool things out of refrigerator boxes for our boys.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
Small Italian village where I can grow a garden and have an 80-year-old Italian woman teach me all she knows about cooking and life.
What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
To raise our boys to be warriors that seek the face and heart of God, as they learn to wield a sword and conquer the ugly in this grand adventure called life. And, for them to marry gals that LOVE me!
If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
Fresh, not from Taiwan, seafood. It is so hard living in Arkansas after growing up with fresh, delicious seafood.
What is that one thing which makes you different?
What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?
If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day and why?
A person who massage therapist students have to practice on.
What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?
The Notebook. Um, because of everything.
What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Travel around in style teaching our kids about our world first hand.
What’s your favorite album to listen to over and over and why?
Any of Jimmy Buffet’s albums, make me feel all sunshiney and happy.
Would you like to know the day you’re going to die ahead of time? Why or why not?
No, because I already freak out and fear leaving my kids behind. I would be a basketcase.
What one thing are you most proud of?
Being a good mama.
What’s the kindest act you have ever seen done (either to/by you or another)?
Whenever my kids do something over and beyond for someone else without being told.
You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?
If a movie was being made of your life and you could choose the actor/actress to play you, who would you choose and why?
Ashley Judd because she would not have to fake my Southern accent.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car?
Plastic letters for a sign that my little boy changes out the message on for our community association. An axe because my husband is a park ranger and you never know when there will be a tree accross the road (I wish I was making that up). And, a lot of dirt becasue I am the mom of two boys.
Tell something that nobody knows about you.
I have blogged for 8 years, I do not think there is anything that nobody does not know about me.
Name the most famous person you’ve had a face to face encounter with (“brush with greatness”).
Chelsea Clinton spent a morning in my home interviewing our little boys for a NBC story.
What is your favorite quote?
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ―Theodore Roosevelt
What’s your favorite sport?
Soccer. I played soccer in college, even have a soccer ball tattoo on my ankle. Yes, I am fancy.
If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go?
Italy. I love how Italians have a romance with life. They savor beauty, food, and all the good that is found in the world. I want to be Italian.
If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet and why?
Oooh, Julia Child! She could cook for me and talk about how she did not even learn to cook until after 40. There is hope fo rme yet.
If you could meet anyone from the Bible who would it be and what would you ask them? (Besides Jesus)
Job. HOW did you endure?
What is the craziest (or stupidest) thing you have ever done?
1989-1993, known as my college years.
f you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
Steak, fettucini alfreado, a caesar salad, keylime pie. And, a cerveza or two.