They were married in 1976 (check out those hats and rainbow pastel dresses), and lived in a trailer just down the road from my dad's parents' house (which is the house I live in today) for a while. My mom started working as a teacher and my dad was still working at the family auto shop.
They built a house on my mom's family's land (where they still live today), just in time for me to be born in October of 1981. We all know how fabulous I am (ha!), so I will jump ahead. My little brother was born three years later on New Year's Eve. By this time, my dad had become a teacher, too. Six years later, they added my baby sister to our family. My parents loved and supported us in whatever ventures we decided to try, which means that they spent a lot of years at sporting events and community theater. We were blessed with a good example of what marriage looks like, and I think it's something that we all strived for as we grew up.
Today, my family is ever-expanding. My brother married Melissa in June, and I couldn't ask for a better sister-in-law.
And of course, there's everyone's favorite little sister, LuLu!
I can't wait for the day that I have nieces and nephews to spoil rotten! (But, seriously, no rush on that, guys!) That's my immediate family, but that's really only a glimpse of where I come from.
My dad's side of the family is small, but my mom's is big and getting bigger. Members of my family have been here for well over 100 years, so it's hard to find someone that I'm not related to in these parts.
Here are all of the cousins in July at my grandma's 80th birthday party. These are just the grandkids as of July (we are about to add another by marriage this fall!). There are now 10 great-grands, with another on the way (due the same weekend as the wedding this fall, as fate would have it). I love being from a big family. I wouldn't know what to do if there weren't 25 or 30 people milling around the Farmhouse for dinner!
It's been a lot of fun to share about my family. I can't wait to see what everyone else has to share!