We live in Fort Worth, Texas in a house built approximately in 1887, but primarily live in the upstairs as the downstairs is in need of some major renovation/remodeling and is really unlivable, although my husband and I now sleep downstairs as our son also does.
Currently the porch is being rebuilt and we hope that soon we can start on the rest of the outside. After that... the inside!
I'm married to my best friend, and am still head-over-heels in love with him. We met at the University of Texas at Arlington, at the Baptist Student Union. We've been married 30+ years. We are both fully devoted followers of Christ and are as active as possible in our church:
LifeChurch.tv, Fort Worth Campus.
Glenn works in the audio/visual industry, running sound for TV shows, movies, sports events, and news interviews, as well as for meetings and conventions. He is primarily a Sound Man, but has worked Camera and Lights also. He hopes to learn how to teach gun safety, as well as get back to teaching motorcycle safety. He would like to re-enter Christian broadcasting, either in front of the microphone, camera, or behind, at some time in the future. He's also interested in underground housing and dreams of developing a neighborhood in an old cement quarry, having underground cliff homes. Yes, I think he's a renaissance man!
I have three or four ideas for future books and am starting to work on them. There’s two historical fiction novels and a nonfiction book on grieving. I also have the sequel to HOO in the works. I am a freelance artist, painting wall murals, as well as using my watercolor & calligraphy talents also. I am just now starting a business where I go to dog owners' homes, to refresh or teach basic obedience. I have worked as a free-lance copy editor. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I worked as the office manager at an animal hospital and was a church secretary. I’ve also been a manager for several gift & card shops. I am a voracious reader when I have time. I am the newsletter editor for the Metro All-Breed Obedience Club, a volunteer organization where I train my dog and teach beginners classes.
Our first-born son, Mike, is also a voracious reader. His favorite comic strip is Calvin & Hobbes. He has reread J.R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, plus Brian Jacques’ Redwall book series, and Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His current favorite author is Ted Dekker. He enjoys working with Legos, but computer games have usurped the time. After 13 years of homeschooling (K thru 12th), he graduated in the Fall of 2008. He's currently taking classes at the local community college.
Our second-born son, Richard, arrived April 30, 1992. He was 6 weeks early with a placental abruption; oxygen deprivation caused his cerebral palsy. He had severe reflux and a faulty hypothalamus (thermostat), running 106º with no infection. He had stomach surgery when he was 6 months old, to correct his reflux and stomach emptying problems. They also put in a feeding button. He had the surgery for reflux again when he was 9 months old, as he had undone the first surgery giving himself a hernia.
In June 2008, my mom came to live with us due to some health issues. She attends church with us and is in fairly good health now.
We feel so blessed to be able to serve and minister to her and she is extremely happy to be with us.
We started homeschooling Mike in the late summer of 1995, and have never looked back. After 13 years of homeschooling (Fall of 2008), we graduated him. Although he hasn't decided on a course of study or a vocation as yet, we know that homeschooling was definitely successful.
Mike has been gifted especially in language arts. He was looking at a catalog, about two months before we were to actually beging homeschooling Kindergarten. He wanted to share what he was reading. (Somehow we missed the fact that he was *reading*!!) He read aloud the caption under a castle play set. Before his father or I could help him out after he stumbled over a word, he corrected himself and read the word "medieval" with both correct pronunciation and comprehension. We were astounded and I had to sell our Kindergarten & 1st grade language arts program, starting him in 2nd grade materials.
After the death of our last Yorkshire Terrier, we were without a dog for almost 2 years. As my Christmas gift for 2003, Glenn let me adopt our female dog, Lucia, from the Humane Society. After some time with us, and after we began Obedience training, I discovereed she is an Australian Kelpie, a herding dog which is extremely smart. She's proven that to me!
This is the photo the Humane Society took for Pet Finders online. From looking at that picture. I knew that was a smart dog, and she's proven that over and over. I fell in love with her before I'd ever met her.
So, there's a short version of my life today. I deal with depression and contentment issues at times, I believe, because of living in a house which is not-quite-totally-livable. We love the potential of the house and the property. Even in its "needy" condition, we cannot walk away from it. There are a lot of issues that make staying a good idea. I know the Lord will sustain me thru this, as He has provided in so many ways over the years. My all-time favorite verse is Micah 6:8, but the Lord has given Jeremiah 29:11 as a promise to me also.
The Lord has been, is, and will ever be gracious to us! We have weathered the storms and know that He is Worthy of Trust! He gives peace in the midst of the storms. Please look to Jesus if you are unsure of your life! For He is Faithful!
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
Updated on June 12, 2012
He never got to eat anything but PediaSure. Richard had two-times-a-week physical therapy, as well as weekly visits to several doctors. He never laughed or cooed, no first words to record, but he was ever watchful and very aware of his surroundings. On April 22, 1994, a week and a day before his second birthday, he went with Jesus to live in Heaven ahead of us. It was a hard little life for him, as well as for us, while he was here, but we rejoice that he can laugh, jump, talk, and sing now, no longer a prisoner of his body! We will see him in the by-and-by.
She was 8 months old and already house-trained when we got her the day after Thanksgiving that year. She & I have taken obedience classes (Beginners, Advanced Beginners, Novice, Open, and Rally) with a local dog club, MABOC (see above).
She has shown herself to be a bit reactive toward other dogs (at times, with very little rhyme or reason, it seems), but we're working her through this also.
My dad moved to Fort Worth from Arlington, making a 20 mile trip one-way to one less than 2 miles. He is totally independent and lives alone. (My parents divorced when I was 22.) I do help him when he needs it, doing quick grocery runs for the odd item or taking him on errands.
I'm so happy that my father is closer now so that I can be available to him when he needs me.
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With every other subject, he proved to be either ahead of his age mates or right on grade level. He knows how to research well. He has been a natural learner and a joy to both his father and myself, although thoroughly a "kid" too. I see him as a professional writer some day, but I'm only the mom... ;)