Shannon Radel is a believer in love at first sight - mostly because she experienced it when she met her husband.
Radel, who was raised in Sanborn, Minnesota, attended a Rascal Flatts concert in her native state when she locked eyes with the band's keyboard player, Howard Duck. "I was invited backstage and when my eyes saw his for the first time it was a magical love at first sight moment. I moved to Nashville two weeks later," she remembered.
A job opportunity at MacPherson and Youmans, Attorneys at Law, brought Radel into Wilson County. "What I received from Wilson County was far more than a job. I found who I am as a woman and what I want to do with my life," she said.
Part of that life was becoming a mother to twin boys, Dallas and Dorian.
"My husband and I were foster parents and we were asked by Wilson County DCS (Department of Children's Services) to take in twin boys that were born two months prematurely," Radel explained.
"We accepted the request and when the boys became available for adoption, we adopted them."
The adoption date was September 20, 2013. Radel said her sons are now 2-and-a-half years old.
"I want to raise my children to be good, honest, God-fearing, hardworking, contributing members of society and I want to give help and happiness to as many people as I can," she said. "I believe that is what the goal in life should be - simply to give love and goodness out into the world to help make it a better place."
Although Radel is no longer at MacPherson and Youmans due to her latest role as owner of Rising Star Travel, a full service tour travel agency, she still counts Elizabeth Youmans as one of the women she most admires.
"She has encountered incredible challenges and adversity throughout her life and has never given up nor has she allowed those difficulties to dampen her outlook on life. She fights for the underdog relentlessly and her life is not about how much she can make or what kind of status she can acquire in life - but rather what good she can do for someone else," Radel said. "I strive to be like her."
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.