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My family is…my family. We are not your typical American family by choice. We all have a few warts and nuts, by genetics and choices made. But I wouldn’t trade any one of them for all the money in the universe. Each one has enriched my life in so many ways and I would not be who I am today without their presence in my life. I am truly thankful for my family!

I am married to my high school sweetheart, although we had a 13 year separation before we figured out we should have just stayed together in the first place. He is my best friend and I love being his wife. We don’t always see eye-to-eye on things, but I have learned that submission is not being a doormat or never being heard, it is about leaving the responsibility for decisions up to him. He has wisely learned to value my opinion and input, and overall we make a pretty good team.

The oldest of our family is my 22 year old stepson.┬áHe’s still trying to find his place in the world, but we’re proud of what he’s done so far and continue to pray that he finds and stays on the path Yahweh has created for him.

Next is my 20 year old stepson, who is a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. He is stationed in California…a zillion miles away, unfortunately. But we’re very proud of him! He’s a daredevil at heart, a drummer and very intelligent!

Then we have my 18 year old stepson, who is a hunter and loves being a redneck. He has also blessed us with our first grandchild. We’re very pleased with how well he and his girlfriend have taken to parenthood, even for being so young, and love our grandson to pieces! Looking forward to a wedding…

The only girl in the mix is Sister, our 13 year old daughter. My husband’s family is full of boys, so when the ultrasound tech told me we were having a girl, I refused to believe it until I saw for myself. Yep, she’s a girl. She has a sweet spirit and continually amazes me with her mature and profound insights into life and the world in which we live. She loves to read, draw and has recently started writing stories for fun. Yahweh used her to turn me back to Him, and I don’t know what I’d do without her.

The baby of the family is Mister, a seriously spirited little guy. He wears me out, mostly, but is a never-ending source of hugs and kisses. He loves people the way Yeshua does – passionately and without reserve. He loves science, machines, weather and taking stuff apart. And he rarely stops moving.

Finally, our little dog Chloe too. She is a half Pomeranian, half Yorkie mix and is an amazingly good dog! Sometimes she barks too much and leaves hairballs on the floor, but she doesn’t eat much and is a nice cuddly lap-warmer when you want to curl up on the couch and read a book.

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