Elena Harte was born on February 21, 1989, in Oxford, Mississippi, to Patricia and George Roye.
She's the youngest of three siblings and the family's only girl, which brought her mother great joy. Patricia, a stay-at-home mom, doted on all the children, but especially Elena, which created a deep bond between the two during Elena's early years.
So comfortable and secure was their relationship that Elena never wanted to leave her mother's side—to the point where she feared outside social situations, such as school and church. Warm and gregarious with her close family, Elena was painfully shy with others. She struggled to make friends and often preferred the company of books or animals to people.
Despite her timidity, Elena always has been kind and friendly to everyone, even those she dislikes. A good student, Elena earned a reputation as a "teacher's pet" and never got into any trouble in or outside of school.
After graduating from high school, she enrolled at a nearby community college to earn her two-year degree in physical therapy technology. She lived at home while attending school, and as such, missed out on some typical college experiences like sororities, parties, and late-night group study sessions.
The local hospital hired Elena right out of school, and she has worked there ever since. She specializes in children's therapy and is well respected by her colleagues, especially for her dependability, but she keeps to herself.
One day, while strolling through the park during her lunch break, a stray ball bounced out of a nearby tennis court and practically landed at her feet. Without hesitation, Elena picked up the ball and returned it to the young man inside the court. When their eyes met, Elena instantly knew she was in love.
Before meeting Jeff, Elena spent most of her free time with her mother, who had developed numerous disabilities due to a lifetime of weight gain and needed Elena's physical and emotional support.
Elena still visits her mother regularly, but she spends most of her free time now with Jeff. Both want to have a huge family with lots of children. One day, Elena hopes to move to a small farm in the country so they can raise animals, too.
For years, the couple struggled with infertility and it seemed their dream might never come true. But with the help of a specialist, Elena was able to conceive and now is six months pregnant. The couple's first child is a girl, whom they plan to name Katherine.
The pregnancy has also relieved Elena's anxiety about Jeff's relationship with his co-worker and former girlfriend, Annette. Elena has always felt uncomfortable about the two working together every day. She trusts Jeff—not Annette.
But since Elena and Jeff announced they were expecting, she has felt a change in Annette, and Elena has become more comfortable dropping by the office to visit Jeff during lunch.