Meet Our Family

7 11 2007

    I’ve been writing for awhile but have not introduced you to our family.  I’d like to do that today.  I’ve told you already that Jim and I have been married for 33 years.  Jim is five years older than I am.  We met in a small Bible college in Alabama .  Jim is from Iowa and came south to be in the Air Force.  After he left the Air Force, he went to Bible college.  We married in l974 and had our four children right away.

    Ben is our first child and only son.  He is 32 years old now.  Since he was two years old he has been taking things apart and putting them back again.  Today , he can fix almost anything.  He is self employed and can’t keep up with all the phone calls he gets for work.  He has helped his mom and dad countless times around this old house.  Ben is newly married to Linda.  They have been next door neighbors for many years.  Around the time that Jim got sick, Ben started being interested in his neighbor, Linda.  She was a widow for 12 years.  They were married in October 2006.  We are so thankful for Linda.  I always enjoy her company.  She works with kindergarten children as a teacher’s aid.

     Sandy is our oldest daughter.  She told me when she was five that she was going to grow up and have an important job.  Sandy married after just one year of college but managed to work herself through college with a degree in business.  She got a job with a CPA firm and started as a book keeper.  That was painful for her because she had a college degree.  Her boss gradually kept promoting her and encouraged  Sandy to sit for the CPA exam.  She studied so hard for the exam but didn’t make it the first time.  Finally, she passed.  After several years of being a CPA with this company she was offered partnership.  Rob and Sandy waited seven years to have children.  Their two little charges  are now five and three.  Little John and Alex.  What blessings they are.  Even though Sandy works, she can take off for field trips and special events with her children.  Rob has worked in the heating and air conditioning field most of their married life.  He has his company van  as their second car.  John and Alex love to ride in their daddy’s van.

     Maria has a degree in social work and her master’s degree in gerontology.  She married Kirk in 2003.  Kirk is an independent truck driver.  Maria is presently working as a post master relief person and is qualified to relieve post masters in about five small towns surrounding her home.  Maria has helped us countless times with her self less care.  Most recently , she scouted out all kinds of pretty things for my home.  I spent about seven weeks painting the main floor of our home.  She found me all kinds of nice things using my color scheme of purple, green and yellow. 

    Vera is our youngest.  She  has an undergraduate degree in creative writing and her master’s degree in ESL.  She has taught in a major university and is now currently teaching at a private ESL school in Murfreesboro, Tn.  Vera ,through sorrow in her personal life, sought out the Orthodox Christian faith and we joined her in her journey. 

So here is a snapshot of our family.  In 2001 I wrote a booklet on our family and all the adventures we had while they were growing up.  Soon, I will be posting chapters of that booklet .  Be on the look out for these new postings.




One response

7 11 2007

Good description of each of us, mom. I like reading your blogs. Love Maria

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