Staff Spotlight: Candice Cox

 Candice and her two sons at Disney.

Candice and her two sons at Disney.

 Candice and her son, Dakota.

Candice and her son, Dakota.

 Candice and her son, Liam.

Candice and her son, Liam.

This month’s spotlight shines on Candice Horne Cox, Office Manager of our Waveland, MS office. Candice joined the DE team in 2003 and has since been a wonderful asset to our Mississippi office. Read below to learn more about her family, the first thing she’d do if she won the lottery, and her other title: craftaholic!

Hi Candice! Tell us a little bit about where you’re from, where you reside now, and what you love about your current hometown.
I grew up in a split family. I lived with mom, step dad, brothers and sister in Baton Rouge from kindergarten through high school. My brother and I spent the weekends and summers with my dad, step mom and 3 other siblings in Waveland, MS. After I graduated high school I decided to move to the Mississippi coast with my dad, but once I became a mom I knew this is where I wanted to raise my children. I currently live in Diamondhead, MS with my two boys, Dakota (14) and Liam (8). I just love the small town feel, going to the grocery store and seeing friendly familiar faces, and we don’t have 1/10th of the amount of traffic as Baton Rouge so I really love that. Even though I drive 50 minutes one way on school mornings, I will take the two-lane roads and their beautiful land full of horses, cows, chickens, and amazing sky views over city traffic any day! 

What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your free time?
Free time? What’s that?! I am a single mom of two very active boys so there is no free time. When I am not at the office I am running kids to practices, games, and social events. Both boys play basketball and Dakota does his almost year round. Luckily, they took a break from football this year because I am currently a sophomore at Pearl River Community College. I do most of my classes online so my nights after tucking the boys into bed are spent doing school work. The only fun thing I really get to do myself is my cricut! It’s a personal size vinyl cutting machine so I make a lot of craft projects like shirts, stickers, and décor stuff. 

If you could travel anywhere where would you go and why?
Any pretty beach! Even though I live on the coast I still enjoy the beach and the sun. It just makes me happy to have the sun on my face, smell the salty sea air, and have my toes in the sand. A nice frozen fruity adult beverage is always a nice plus, too.

With the holiday season fast approaching, what do you look forward to most this time of year? And dread?
I love the holiday season, especially cooler weather! I enjoy cooking, mostly baking new things, and spending time with our families during this time of year. I have a split family and so do my children so we spend a lot of time shuffling between them all which I dread, but I enjoy spending time with them all so we make it work.  

What would be impossible for you to give up?!
Chocolate or probably brownies: they are my weakness! Just ask anyone in the office because I bring them to work so I don’t eat the whole batch!

If you won the lottery tomorrow what would be the first thing you do?

The first thing I would do is purchase or build a new building for Small Blessings Preschool. They are a small preschool that two ladies own. Both of my children went there from birth to kindergarten and these two ladies have become two of my very best friends. Childcare is a passion of mine and knowing these two ladies and seeing what they do for the children in our county just warms my heart. It’s so expensive to rent a decent sized building to cover their needs so I have always wanted a brand new spacious center for them.

Tell us something people may not know about you.
I am a craftaholic! I love craft supplies and creating things.  

Thank you so much for your time!