Christine Dawn Meekins was born in 1964 to Rev. Luther & Shirley Meekins Jr. and the youngest of their 8 children, 2 boys and 6 girls. I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Boonville, New York a place where Fall brings color and life to the leaves on trees, landscape and mountains, Winter time with frigid temperatures, wind, blustering snow and flurries that bring so much enjoyment to all the winter sports, Spring with blooms and fragrant smells coming to life all around and Summer the serenity of warm days spent swimming in a lake or river. Life was quite peaceful in this small country town of dairy farmers where you knew just about everyone and where God and family were the priorities in life. Faith in God, Church and Family are a very important part of my life as well as working hard to do my absolute best in everything I do.
Summers we couldn’t wait for. My parents rented a camp on the St. Lawrence River in Alexandria Bay every summer about one and half hour’s drive from our home town. From there we would take a short drive to Canada over the Thousand Island Bridge for a day of souvenir shopping. I loved those times and have many wonderful memories of watching and hearing the big barges go by, swimming and playing with my siblings.
In 1976 we moved to Daytona Beach, FL, where my Dad took a job as school administrator and counselor for Warner Christian Academy. I found that I loved the warm climate, beaches and sunshine. This relocation was short lived as we returned to our house in Boonville a little over a year later.
Little did I know that I would fall in love with Todd, the boy down the street and friend who would ride his bike up to my house, sit on the front porch with me talking, while I did my homework. We both attended Adirondack Central School where we were high school sweethearts. Todd graduated a year before me and then in 1982 I graduated with an Academic Regents Diploma.
Todd and I were married in the summer of 1982 and began our life together. We made our home in Boonville until 1999 when we relocated to Orlando, FL with our three children, Erica, Joshua and Rachel. After searching the Orlando area for a permanent place to call home we decided on Winter Garden where we lived until recently moving to Clermont.