Married to Chris, and they have two children. Son Mark Denny, 26, is married to Leanne; daughter Natosha, 22, is engaged to Max Linke.
Some jobs take up more time than others and don’t involve a paycheck at the end of the week. Lisa Denny is a homemaker with a busy life. “It is a job,” she said, “although some people don’t always think it’s a job.” When she’s not running errands for her husband, Chris, she’s busy overseeing construction of the family’s home in Louisville. Now she is also busy planning a wedding for her daughter.
Here is Lisa Denny:
What was your first paying job?
“My first paying job was in a small convenience store in my hometown of Elizabethton. My boyfriend’s dad owned it and let me work on the weekends as a cashier.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Take both of my children and their spouses, both my family and my husband’s family and travel around the world for as long as we could, in first class accommodations.”
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“From the Notebook: ‘The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.’”
What are you guilty of?
“Being too indecisive. I question my decisions way too much and always second-guess myself.”
What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Win the lottery.”
Do you think there is life on other planets?
“Yes. I wouldn’t want to be so arrogant to think that we are all He created.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“I actually have two things that are my favorite possessions. One is a photograph of our family at my son’s college graduation. It is in a frame with a poem that was given to me by my son. The other is a picture quilt that my daughter made for me with several photographs of her and my son together that had been taken over the years. They were both given to me for Christmas a few years ago, and I treasure them.”
What are you reading currently?
“Paula Deen, ‘It Ain’t All Just About the Cookin.’”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“Influential is the key word, and a century is a long time to go back. Taking those things into consideration, I would say Bill Gates.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“There are too many to remember.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“I asked my daughter and one of my friends to answer this. Their answer was that I was ‘generous.’ I enjoy being with people and helping others when I can.”
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“As far back as I can remember I have wanted to be an elementary school teacher.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I wish I could be a more secure person, trusting my own instincts, having more confidence in myself.”
What is your passion?
“I would have to say that my passion would be my family and friends. Our daughter is still at home, and our son and daughter-in-law live close by, so get-togethers are common at our house. I consider myself very blessed that our kids and their friends have always been such a big part of our lives, and that my husband and I have friends that have become our extended family.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“I would like to have lunch with my paternal grandfather. He died when my father was very young, so I never really knew a lot about him. Just to meet him and see what he was like and hear stories about my dad’s childhood and family would be great.”
What do you hate?
“I hate when people look you in the eye and blatantly lie to you. I’m not sure I understand how someone does that. Trust is hard to regain once it’s lost.”
What is your all-time favorite movie?
What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“The Bible, because it is comforting and inspiring.”
Would you travel in space?
“No way. I am afraid of the unknown..”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period would you visit?
“I would go back to the Biblical days when Jesus was living and teaching. Listening to the parables, seeing the miracles and being in His physical presence would just be amazing.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“I would have to say airline tickets and travel information. My husband surprised me for our 20th anniversary and planned a trip for us to Florida for several days. It was so amazing because he planned it all, and it was incredible. It was the best anniversary gift I have ever received.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“That the outer beauty people see fades with time but your inner beauty is everlasting.”
What was your first car?
“A 1972 Gremlin. She was a beauty desired by all who saw her.”
What’s your favorite all time song?
“Probably Allison Kraus and Keith Whitley singing, ‘When You Say Nothing At All.’”
Who is your hero?
“The dictionary defines a hero as someone who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character. I have a friend who has overcome many trials in her life, one of which was the death of her daughter at a young age. There was no way for her to prepare and not enough time to say the things she wanted to say as a mother. The way she has lived her life is the definition of hero. Her spirit is an example for me on the days when I haven’t wanted to face the world. On most days, she has a smile, sometimes with tears in her eyes but she always shows remarkable strength and courage to those who know her. She is a woman of integrity.”