I was born in January of 1949, the oldest of 4 children. I have a brother and two sisters. I had two really great parents. Growing up I had alot of fun, I had alot of fun wih my cousins. I was the apple of grandfather eye, on my fathers side. Some of the things I remember most from my childhood is going to the beach every summer with my parents, the 4th of July every year sparklers, the fireworks in Asbury Park and finding just the right parking place, easter egg hunts with my cousins at my aunts house, Christmas Eve and being at all my grandparents houses for that night, my Aunt Kitty babysitting us,the firehouse(my father was a fire fighter and first aidman, and a police officer),the parties there, meeting my dad when he came home from hunting in Maine for a week, and going to the circus, I guess I could go on and on but I will spare you all that, except to say I have very fond memories of my childhood and all the famlies. My father has since passed away in 1993 after a long bout of illness and however, my mother is still living. I am a high graduate. I went to Asbury Park High School for 2 years and then they opened a new school in Ocean Twp.,called Ocean Township High School and that is the high school that I graduated from 1967.
I have a grandmother on my mothers side that is 103 years old and still kicking. She had 3 children,1 son and 2 daughters. She orginally lived in Patterson, N.J. There are five generations in my family. My grandmother, my mother, me, my daughter, and my granddaughter.
All her children and grandchildren and great-great grandchildren are all still alive. She has 9 great-great grandchildren. She still lives in the same house that she has owned for as long as I remember. My Uncle lives with her. The things she has seen in her lifetime,from horse and buggy to a man on the moon and a mission to Mars. She lived through the depression and many wars.
We try to get her to write some of her memories down and how she felt as the world progressed but she won't do it. All of my other grandparents are long gone to heaven. The picture that you will see is only a small portion of our family. We gave my grandmother a birthday party for her 100th birthday, and she recieved a certificate from the president on her birthday. My grandmother has passed away, she passed on March 13,2001. She peacefully died in her sleep after a boute of pneumonia, and then congestive heart failure. She will be greatly missed.
I was married in 1967 right out of high school, to a great man, and his name is George, we were high school sweethearts,and we meet at a high school football game. We had all the same friends and never knew each other, isn't that funny, at a dance one night a friend of ours asked me if I wanted to dance with this guy over there and I said no, and it was George. I felt that if he couldn't asked me to dance himself, oh well you lose. Little did I know that, that following fall I would meet the same guys that wanted to dance with me that night. We dated for 3 1/2 years before we got married. Who would have thought that we would end up together. Out of all of our friends we are just about the only ones who never have been divorced. He has worked for our local electric company since 1967. He has been my bestfriend,and a great man for over 34 years. We have had our ups and downs just like any other couple, but our love for each other has gotten us thru all the really rough times, and we have had some really rough ones. We have 3 children, and 6 grandchild, I will update you on the newest in March 2001.
I have a son,my oldest,is mental handicapped and my second son, I am not really sure where he is and that is one of the reasons I have 3 of his sons and I have a wonderful daughter. I have 4 grandsons, 3 of which my husband and I are raising, and another one who lives with his mother in Califorina, which are my second sons children, and a beautiful granddaughter that came from my daughter. I went through a great deal with my oldest son,for me I think that was one of the hardest things I had to deal with as a mother of 18. When you fine out that you have a handicapped child and no one can tell you what happened, just tell you that you should give him up because he will be just a vegetable or a very heavy burden. I remembered how I cried when no one was a round and then one day I realized he was a gift from God above. I have read in one of my many books on angels that when you are in heaven you get to the choice of who will be your parents. I am truly blessed by this young man,he is kind, hard working,and yes he does work,loving, warm person. My sister said and I also believe my son is a prisoner in his own body. He know everything that goes on around him and understands everything, he just has trouble communicating, they finally came to the conclusion that he is mentally retarded with learning disabilities. His brain recieves the messages but the part of the brain that tells you what to do after you recieve those messages is damaged and can never be repaired. My daughter is a great person, extremely compassionate, loving,and I am so glad I have her in my life. She is married to a really good man named Eric, who I love to call son because he more of a son than a son-in-law. They have the most beautiful daughter and are expecting another one in March 2001.
Well now that you know my family, I will post a picture of my grandchildren later. I had wanted to be a teacher but I got married instead. All though every summer when my children were small I would babysit for all my neighbors and friends that worked, most of the time I would have 13 kids or more and we spent most of the summer at the beach. I had a circle of friends at the beach. The kids and I had so much fun,all my friends down at the beach had kids so there were alot of kids for everyone to play with. When I am bothered by things I go to the beach, for some reason it helps me think. I don't know if it the waves or the smell of the salty air but whatever it is it helps me to find answers to alot of very important things in my life.
I have not had an easy life from the age of 18 on and the beach has always been a soothing place for me.
My grandchildren are also something that helps me alot. They are such wonderful little human beings. I was very priviledged to see my oldest grandson and my granddaughter born and what a wonderous sight that is to see. Little human beings with personalities all of their own. I was not as priviledged to see my other 3 grandsons born. They are all beautiful and unique individuals and I love them with all my heart. Their is something wonderful and special about each one of them, yet they all look alike and you can tell that they are all related. I hope that they will remember me as a special grandmother and always know how much I loved each of them for the people that they are, and one day will be. They are my pride and joy. Would you like to meet them? Well here they are.
I have a very strong faith in God and his wonderful angels. They are his messengers, you only need to listen and they will talk to you. They are wonderous beings, that are here to help us and give bring God into our lives and his messages. When you ask God a question he sends his angels down to give you the answer, you know it is the answer because they make everything come in crystal clear, they make you see the answer like a light going on. I believe that every living thing has an angel by its side, to stand and help us get through all the tough times and makes us laugh in the good times. There is nothing that can make me not believe. I have had to many problems in my life and when I ask for answers they come to me like a shot, that is one of your angels letting you know the answer that God wants you to have. When you talk to them they will talk back if you watch and listen, they talk by way of whispers, or like a butterfly kissing you, or a warm breese that blows, and wraps itself around you , it is the angels talking back to you. I talk to the angels all the time. Look at a baby and talk to it of God and the angels and they look you right in the eye like they know exactly what you are talking about. I would show my grandchildren when they were all tiny little babies, some of my angels and talk about God to them and they would smile and look at me like "How did you know that". They say when you are up in heaven God lets you pick your own parents. I have so many books on angels and statues, and plates, and calenders, there is no were in my house that or car that you won't see and angel. I love God and his angels like I love myself.
Well there is so much that I could tell you about my best friend, that I really don't know where to begin. We have known each other over 27 years. We didn't realize it until we really became friends, that we had many friends and events in our lives,were at the same functions in high school until many years later. We have been through all the good and the bad. We have laughed and cried. Gone throught birth of our children together, the death of loves ones and so much more. We have gone a few every once in a while where we didn't see each other for a period of time, not because of anger but because of circumstances. We are like sisters we share everything and have no secrets from each other. We can sense when one of us needs the other and we will phone or visit. She doesn't and hasn't lived near me in about 10 years. She moved to Florida and lived there for 7 years, and that was no problem. We visited alot. Then she became a grandmother and wanted to be in her grandchildrens lives. Unforuantly for us she had to move to Washington State. We maybe only see each other once a year now. Want to meet her and my younger sister. Here they are.
She went to high school with my husband, and they were in the same graduating class and we still didn't know each other. I was about 3 years later that we meet each other. Her children are the same ages almost as my children. She has a son and two daughters and I have 2 sons and 1 daughter. Our daughters are very friendly. She has 2 grandchildren a little boy and a little girl. I have 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Her grandson is the same age as my granddaughter Ireland.
We can laugh when we are together and everyone looks at us like we are crazy and we don't care. We have so very much in common. We have learned alot from each other and we have watched as each of us has grown
into the women that we are today. We have always supported each other no matter what, we tell each other what we think about everything. We laugh but we believe that we have always know each other, from prior lives. LOL It could happen.
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