Meet and Greet! 100th Post Give Away Coming Soon

HooRay!!!  I will be publishing my 100th post in 2 more weeks.  I am so excited!!!  I am enjoying  jogging my memory and posting about my life experiences.  I hope you enjoy them reading half as much as I enjoy writing them…You could win a ten dollar gift card just for reading and leaving a comment!!!!

I usually write about my past, but today, I would like to  flash forward to the present and tell you just a little bit about myself and what’s happening with me and my family at the present time–just in case you are interested!

I can’t believe that I will  turn 55 in about 10 more days.  Wow, that sounds old!  My husband, Ed, will turn 60 just a couple of months later.  I am currently enjoying early retirement from my former job as a first grade paraprofessional–a job I dearly loved and thoroughly enjoyed!  There’s a reason for that early retirement, but that’s another post(stay tuned)…Ed is currently the director of radiology at a small hospital near where we live.  Ed is hoping to be able to retire within the next 5-6 years.  I am looking forward to spending some quality time together when he does retire.

We have 3 children, all of whom are grown.  Brandy, our oldest, and only girl, is about to turn 31.  She is married and has an almost 3 year old daughter who looks just like she did when she was small.  Brett, our oldest son, is 27, married, and has an 8 month old son.  Brad, our youngest, is 24, and lives with his 87 year old grandmother–that’s another good story…think about it, 24 and 87, two very different worlds, but Brad’s been a Godsend to her…and to us for helping her out!

Our family, including Ed's mother

Our family, including Ed's mother

We live in the country with quite an assortment of pets, thanks to my former days of volunteering at the local animal shelter…another good story!  At the present time we have 1 parakeet, 2 rabbits, 3 dogs, and about 16 or so cats.  I am happy to say all are spayed and neutered, except the rabbits who are kept in individual cages.  All of these animals are rescues except for 1 rabbit and 3 cats.

Ed’s mother is still living, our three other parents have passed away.  We live on a 30 acre parcel of  farmland.  All three of our children and their families live on the land, currently owned by Ed’s mother.  We are so blessed to have our whole family so close…  Ed’s brother also lives on the land. 

I have a chronic health condition which is a “rheumatoid arthritis like” disease, that as yet, has no name.  I have been on medication for this for 15 years, but function pretty well most of the time.  I also have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but this is under control most of the time, too thanks to medication.  Never take good health for granted!

I love my life!  I like doing what I want, when I want!   I stay very busy with keeping up two blogsites, scrapbooking, visiting with my grandchildren, reading, shopping, and doing odd jobs around the house.  If only I could get paid to do this, things would be perfect!!!

Now, I’m giving away a ten dollar Wal-mart gift card in honor of my 100th post that is coming up soon…and all you need to do to be entered in the contest, is leave a comment on this, or any post.  That’s it!  On Labor Day, September 7,  a winner will be drawn and announced.   Thanks for stopping by, and do come again…Good luck!

Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 9:26 pm  Comments (12)  

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  1. Nice to meet you Kathy! I am thrilled to read a blogger too who is sharing her life and heart! I could really use the gift card ;-)) AND Congrats on your 100th post! Whoo hoo!

    Thriving With No Green$

  2. Congratulations on your 100th post. Beautiful family picture. The grandkids are adorable

    • Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I have entered your name in my give away contest. Good luck! Kathy

  3. Congratulations on your upcoming 100th post 🙂 You have a beautiful family.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I have entered your name in my give away contest. Good luck! I hope you will visit again… Kathy

  4. Hopping by on the McLinky Givewaway Hop. Please hop by and enter my giveaways.

    Congrats on 100. You have been busy!

    • Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I appreciate that! I have entered your name in my give away contest. Good luck! Feel free to visit again…Kathy

  5. Kathy, It’s always so fun to read all of your great stories. You know I am your number one fan. Thank You for adding my button. I have added your beautiful button on my blog as well. Your son did a great job making it. I love the family pic. You have the most beautiful family. I didn’t know they all lived that close by you. What a blessing. I called hubby in here to read your story about the house getting sprayed ( He loved it too). I could read them all day. I told him that’s what you need on a long trip, to read to the family. Thank You for your friendship. You are a blessing. Audrey

  6. What a great family photo – you couldn’t have done any better with professional planning, the way the eldest is in the middle, comfortably surrounded by all the generations after, and the littlest ones on the railing – I just love this. If you don’t already use this as your Desktop photo, you probably ought to.

    This looks like a very warm, loving family.

    If you have a chance, hop on over to my blog for a chance to win your choice of an assortment of crosses or a signed copy of the Busy Person’s Prayer Book. Just click on Giveaways at the top of the page.

    • Thanks for your recent visit to my blog and for your sweet comments. I have entered your name in the gift card give away. I am on my way to visit your blog now…Good luck! Kathy

  7. What a lovely family photo. The little boy is just TOO precious.

    • Thanks for your recent visit to my blog and for leaving a comment. I have entered your name in my gift card give away contest. Good luck! Kathy

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