Friday, March 4, 2011

Kelly's Show Us Your Life: My Family

Since I'm not married and their are no kids to speak of (if you don't count the ones I have from 8-3), I decided to share a little about my immediate family.  My mom and dad started dating in high school.  My mom was a year older (scandal!) and my dad was friends with my uncle, Bobby.  (Of course, as with most small towns they probably would have known each other anyway.) 

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!


  1. Lovely family! My daughter was born on 12/31 and I was born in 1981. Such coincidences. :)

    I don't want to alarm you, but we will be turning 30 this year! Just an FYI

  2. Oh, believe me, Taylor, I know! But I am choosing to be excited about the possibilities! (Until I figure out how to make my time machine work anyway! ha!)

  3. I love the pictures, especially that first one! Thanks for the sweet comment today : )

  4. I just LOVE the pastel dresses! And I love the pictures you have of your parents from when they were dating. So special! :)

  5. I wish that I had Mom and Dad's other prom picture, which is actually my favorite one. Her dress was red, white and blue gingham check. My grandmother made all of her dresses, I'm pretty sure.

    I'm lucky enough to have several pictures from when they were dating or just married. A couple of those I was able to scan in and clean up a bit, so they look better than the orignals do!


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