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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Year of Change

This time last year we had big news that after more than three years of having six grandchildren a new one was coming our way. Seven grandchildren, wow.
Miss Molly Marie joined our crew on July 8th
 What we didn't know was that all fifteen of us would be moving and each and every one of us would be living in new cities and homes. I'm not even sure where to start. I guess at the beginning but I'm not even sure where that is since it all happened so quickly at the same time. Let's just cut to the chase.
                                                 This is Thomas and Natalie's new home.
                                              They no longer live across the street from us.
                                                       so, we HAD to move, right?

This is our new house
So we moved out of our old neighborhood.
Leaving friends and a home we lived in for longer
 than we have lived anywhere.
We may not live across the street
 but instead of 30 minutes it takes 8
That is good because we have our new little sweetie
 to take care of while her parents work.
We also doubled our square footage.
Why you ask?
Because we had a family of four move in with us.
With a fourth deployment looming over their heads
Shawn and Jennifer made the hard choice to leave the Army life.
He was able to get a job on post with the same people he worked
with when they were stationed here but the pay and benefits are less.
He'll be going back to school with his Military benefits.
Sad that this young family has given so much to this country
but have to start from scratch.
So for now they live with us.
Tom and I have everything we need on the main floor
The Bransons have the whole second floor with
3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a sitting area.
We also have a huge finished basement when all the grands are here.
Jennifer has been subbing in the kids school.
The same school that Thomas teaches in and the redheads attend. 
So I flew out to Texas and drove back with Jen and the kids
while Shawn processed out
Our Bransons
                                                        Lest you thought I forgot these four.
                                         They are now making their home in our old house.
                                                       Charlie is tickled with his 'man cave'
                                    Michele is tickled to be only three minutes from her mom
We are now recertified to take in foster children in our new home. Although we do not have a placement right now. We have a couple of families that we run into and are happy to tell us how well those children are doing.  It's nice to be appreciated but we do understand that it was most likely one of the worst times in their lives and they just as soon not remember.
This picture is from last January and I would dare you
 to tell me which were not born into our family.
We will be here when and if they call again.


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