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My Page??????  How can I condense my life on a page?  Bobby has been after me for days to do this, so here goes.  It is really hard for me to talk about myself---oh yes, I can talk, but it is just so difficult to talk about ME!  Well, let me see-----I am 65 years old and have been married a little over 46 years to my childhood sweetheart.  Bobby and I were boyfriend and girlfriend in the sixth grade.  We dated all through high school and married the year after we graduated.  He was in college when we married.  I went to nursing school while he was in the Air Force and worked part time at the hospitals in which I trained.  We were going to be sure that we did not let the predictions that we would not finish school come true.  He retired from Georgia Power Company nearly three years ago and I retired from the medical field about 6 years ago.  Both of us had forty years in our respective fields.

We were married six years when our daughter, Dina, was born in Enterprise, Oregon.  We came home when she was six weeks old and started being a real family.  Dina was to be our only child------funny, I always thought I would have six boys!  God really does have a sense of humor, doesn't he?  Dina has been a real blessing to us---God knew what He was doing after all!  Dina married Bennie Branch in 1994 and they have given us three GRANDchildren--Ben is 14, Annabelle is 12 and Celiabeth is 6.  They are the lights of our lives and we not only love them, we adore them.  Nana and Honeypop are suckers when it comes to these children.

My interests are very simple.  I collect depression era glass---lot of people call it pink and green glass.   I have hundreds of pieces and I love it.  It gives me a sense of something that lasts throughout the years.  I would be glad to show off and share my collection with anyone.  Maybe Bobby can put a picture of some of my displayed glass on this site.  I also love to read.  Most of the time, you will find me with three or four books going at once.  Will read just which ever one fits the mood of the day.  I am partial to books about the women of the Bible.  I have just finished books about Rahab, Esther and Jael.  I also like to read historical fiction---where the history is correct and someone added the fiction to make it more interesting.  Reading about the Amish is also something I like to do, as well as reading about the Pioneers.  Mysteries, romances and suspense thrillers fit in there somewhere, too. Really high on the priority list are books about the Civil War.  Oh, don't get me started on those.  I am a Southern Belle from the top of my head to the tips of my red painted toes.

Both Bobby and I are very active in First Assembly of God church, where he is on the Deacon board and  I am the Women's Ministry leader.  I love this church and the people in it.  The Women's Ministry group is terrific and I feel a real connection to them.  I do not see how people get through life without Christian friends to give them a 'leg up' occasionally. Bobby has been in this church since he was about six years old---60 years!   And speaking of friends......we have a multitude and grateful for all of them, but our best buddies are Fred and Sylvia Horne and Lamar and Rita Brooks.  Not only do we all go to church together, we socialize together-----and, believe it or not, get along!  I do not know what I would do without Sylvia and Rita in my life.  They are the type of friends that leave footprints on your heart.

My family is very important to me and we are all very close. My sister, Claudia lives in Gray GA and  is married to Bob Lazenby.  They have two children. Shay who is married to Wayne Edy, and lives and works in Atlanta. Shane, who is married to Jennifer (Trappnell )----- he  is a lawyer in Gainesville, GA. They have three grandchildren, Jackson, Allie, Sawyer.  My brother, Dickie lives in Ty Ty and  was married to the late Terrie (Davis).  They have two children, Leah, who lives and works in Tifton and Richard, who is married to Brooke (Arrington)---he owns his own sign company here in Tifton.  They have two grandchildren, Chloe and Brodie. My Mama died in January 2000 and my Daddy died in February of 2004.  Mama had been sick for years, but Daddy left so suddenly.  I miss them terribly and find myself reflecting on their characters almost daily.  They helped to make me the person I am today and I am grateful for their legacy.

 I have just finished decorating my "Heirloom Room".  It contains Mama and Daddy's antique bedroom set and all the accessories are things that Mama and Bobby's Mother crocheted, sewed, quilted or made for me through the years.  It is full of pictures of past generations, trinkets and things that were given to me by them.  It is like I have walked back in time-----I never lie my head on a pillow that does not have a pillow slip on it that my Mama didn't embroider or crochet. 

I am also a member of the Proverbs 31 on-line prayer group.  Had you asked me a few years ago, would I ever be doing this, I would have had to say NO, but it is a sustaining part of my life.  I have met Christian ladies from all over the states and one in Malaysia.  They share the same goal as I, to love the Lord with all our hearts and to pray for the needs of others.  We post our requests and comments daily and pray for each other.  I know that these women know how to touch the 'hem of the garment' and they are a very special part of my life.

Yep, I am a HAM radio person. My FCC callsign is KD4SPA  It was the hardest test I have ever taken.  I am not as avid as Bobby is or as avid as he would like me to be, but I did it for him and he just has to accept that I will never love it like he does.  The test was harder than any nursing test I ever took----the difference was probably that I did not understand anything I was doing and had little or no interest in doing it.  That should tell him how much I love him, shouldn't it?

The Class of 1963 is a passion of mine.  We graduated 137 and have a reunion every five years.  In between times, we get together and cook out or have pot luck suppers.  We will celebrate ANYTHING that will let us eat.  Many more than half of us live in Tifton, or the surrounding area, so it makes it easy for us to get together and enjoy each other's company.  We are a very compatible group.  Hey, I just found out not too many years ago, that my family didn't have as much money as some of the other families!!!!!  Again, I am grateful for all these friendships that have been going on for over fifty years.

Well, I have filled 'my page' .  My life is full of family, friends, church and love----what more could I ask for?  I am rich beyond measure and I wouldn't change not a  smidgen of it.  Not one bit.