All About Me

I was a kid raised in the 50's  during a time of innocence  and hopeful expectation...  I was a shy little kid, an only child...  with very little confidence in myself,  and like so many other girls of that time, felt uncertain about myself in the world...
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  thought everyone else was prettier, smarter,   etc...  but I had my dreams. From the time I started school I knew I wanted to grow up to be a teacher... Not only that, but from my earliest memory I loved music.  I remember sitting on my front porch,,, just a tot, really, singing  a song to the Lord... I don't think my words were intelligible to anyone but God, but to me,  it was a song of praise!  And from that moment on, I knew music would play an integral part of my life.
 My parents sacrificed to give me the best they could offer...piano lessons... a good education.  I did graduate from  Radford College in 1972
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and married that same week...
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(I didnt have a digital photo of Lynn at the time of our marriage, but this handsome photo was taken on the day of Amanda's wedding and he looks just as dapper as the day we wed!)and throughout the next several years I learned a thing or two about myself that changed my life forever...
 I learned to walk with God  and I learned that He never made anything that wasnt beautiful and worthwhile.... it was then   that I knew that I had to exercise my newfound confidence... not in myself, but my faith and confidence in the One who fashioned me. 
Teaching for 30 years  seems like it has passed by at an alarming rate...  perhaps what really made it speed by was that about half way through my career I became a mother of Amanda, whom we adopted from South Korea when I was 35.   What a joy!  Again our lives were changed forever as we began that new chapter... parenthood...
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Amanda is now 25  and married and living 12 hours away  and Ive experienced the empty nest now for about 8 years since she left home for college...  I can finally say that it is becoming easier...  life seems fuller now  with churchwork and friends, and the occassional visits with our daughter and SIL
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are golden moments   set apart in time...  perhaps it is because  we are older and gaining in wisdom.. I like to think that is the case, anyway, but the tears upon our parting dont come quite so readily and I actually sigh a sigh of contentment with things just the way they are now,  which is a lovely thing.
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