The Family

my oldest child and daughter of my childhood. Born to me as a teenager, she grew up more as a friend than a daughter. Because of this we had our share of difficulties in her teen years, but now maintain a close relationship across the miles.  She is married to Derek and they make their home in the Ohio where they are currently working and going to school. They enjoy hiking, travel and their dogs, Ginger and June.


the first born of my twin girls. After trying one year of traditional college she decided it was not for her and she wanted pursue her dreams of serving others and traveling. She has a job that allows her to see the world while at the same time working on her education. She is currently spending time in Japan but makes her home in southern California.


my dreamer, artist, and free spirit. She is my second born twin and had a slightly difficult birth and infancy.  Mama to Phoebe Joy who was born in 2015, Nakoma is a hard working, single mom. They make their home in southern Tennessee, about a day's drive from us and we enjoy seeing them regularly. In Nakoma's free time, (which is rare) she loves to paint, hike and cook.


my last child.  He brought hope and meaning into a dark period of my life after losing so many loved ones. He is a very caring young man who still hugs his mama every day! He is 17 and attends a small private high school. In his spare time, he loves to hunt, fish and work out.


my fur baby and 5th child. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog.  Koda crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 29, 2016 at the age of 8 after a battle with cancer.  Up until his death he enjoyed walks with Mom and Dad, "go's" in the car, and sleeping 20 hours on his bed next to my computer. I miss him every day.
Photo courtesy of Magical Memories Photography


We adopted Mocha about 6 months after Koda's death and her sweet personality has helped ease the pain of losing him. She loves to watch birds and squirrels from our window and go to the Farmer's Market or local Brewery with us .

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