Jason — my hubby of 24 years. We met in college. We had a couple classes together, and a few times we ended up walking out of class at the same time and thus walking home together. One time he invited me in for pesto pasta (what?!?) and he thought it was cute that I panicked when my butt left a print in his patio lounge chair. That was the beginning. Fast forward 24 years, 4 kids, some high and lows, and he has become the man God intended him to be. He is loving and faithful and patient and kind.
Zoe — my oldest daughter. Age 29. She was placed for adoption two days after her birth. Her parents have been the best – open, welcoming, willing to share life together. For the past 20 years we have been seeing each other several times a year. All of my kids just accept that they have one sister that doesn’t always live with us. It has been amazing to watch her grow into this confident, compassionate woman, and I am so thankful for every minute I’ve been able to spend with her.
Trevor — my only son. Age 20. He is a 5 on the Enneagram. The Investigator. He quietly contemplates everything. He is intelligent and wise. When he was baptized at high school camp one summer, he emerged from the water with a perfectly dry heart on the side of his shirt. Afterward someone prophesied that she saw ripples coming from him and that his ripples would spread and reach far in this world. This will absolutely happen. He is wise and faithful and fiercely loves the Lord. He will definitely change this world for the better.
Nina — my middle daughter. Age 19. She has been gifted with athleticism. She rocked the kindergarten soccer scene before becoming a competitive gymnast. When she grew three inches in three months and then another inch over the next two months she left her beloved gymnastics for a sport more suited to height (ironically she stopped growing shortly after) and started track and volleyball. She is fast. She jumps far and high. And she is currently in college on a track scholarship. She is one of the funniest people I know. She is an energetic tell it exactly like it is girl, and I can’t wait to see what she does in this world.
Ava — also in the middle. Age 15. Sweet, caring, thoughtful. Ava was also a competitive gymnast before switching to volleyball. For her it wasn’t her size as much as her health. She had pneumonia three times in three months and we made her stop. Team captain of her high school team this year she proved herself to be valuable and versatile. Beautiful inside and out she pours herself and her heart into everything she does. And she’s driving now, so life is an adventure.
Lola — the “baby.” Age 11. Her older siblings would tell you she gets all the benefits of being the baby, including relaxed rules and less chores. As their mom I would remind them that this child spent the first two years of her life napping in her car seat or baby carrier because she tagged along to every one of their school and sports events. We never even set up a crib. She is faithful and feeling. She feels everything. This causes some worry and anxiety but we are working with that. She is funny, loves to dance and has big plans for her life. A cousin prophesied that she would one day be a mother of nations and she is determined that will happen. She tells everyone that when she grows up she will be going to many countries serving underprivileged children and being a “mother” to all of them.