The year 2014 is ending on a happy note for Lebanon's Rachel Dodson. She recently became engaged to Chaz Lowe.
Dodson met Lowe in January 2011. "We had known of each other, but had never actually met before. We saw each other at Kroger Gas Station. We never spoke but saw each other from across a pump," she said.
"I was actually leaving to go to San Antonio the next day. He got my number from a friend and texted me asking me on a date that night. I ended up going to San Antonio but when I got back we went on date."
The couple have been together ever since. They welcomed a son, Charles Thomas "Chayton" Lowe V in 2013.
"The best part of motherhood for me is being able to watch Chayton learn and grow. It is the most fascinating thing to see how smart a 2-year-old can be. You always hear other people talk about it, but it is not the same until you have your own," she said.
"The moments when Chayton melts my heart with his unconditional love that he gives sometimes makes me breathless."
Dodson was born in Frankfort, Kentucky and relocated to Jasper, Tenn. with her parents at the age of 3 when her dad, a preacher, was called to preach at a church there. However, a year later the family relocated once more to Lebanon to be near family.
Dodson attended Byars Dowdy Elementary, Castle Heights Upper Elementary, Walter J. Baird and graduated from Lebanon High School. She obtained her B.S. in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University.
She currently is a Physical Education teacher at West Wilson Middle School in Mt. Juliet - a job she said she loves. "I really enjoy this age group."
When she isn't working or with her family, Dodson enjoys shopping at local boutiques, working out, riding horses and being crafty. "I've recently started making signs. I buy barn wood and make different signs with sayings I find from Pinterest," she said.
The woman she most admires is her mother.
"My mother is one of the most Godly, selfless and caring women I know. She raised me to always put God first in everything I do," Dodson said. "Through the years when I let her down, no matter what she was always there for me and gave me advice that would help make me who I am today. I can only hope to be half the mother and woman that she is."