Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Our Kids -

I love each and every single one of my kids.  More than .. "all the stars" as I'm always telling my daughter. I'm blessed beyond words to have such awesome kids. I have a tremendous amount of love and pride for all 4 of them. Pat and I will be married for 30 years this coming October. We have two grown boys. Dustin and Price. They will be 27 and 29 respectively this year. Both are single, good looking, hard working and have awesome attitudes. Any lady takers out there? lol.  They're both ready to settle down and start a family. Pat and I are both looking forward to it.

Dustin - our youngest is a machinist by trade at Ottesen Machine in Las Cruces, New Mexico. and has made some pretty interesting parts for some serious companies.  If only I could recall what parts and for whom! The joys of being in your late 50's. lol. At his second job he is a server in the 4 star restaurant located inside of the very nice Hotel Encanto. Check it out HERE. He works hard and I'm proud of him for it. He just bought his first really nice truck. A Chevy. Of course! The guy's are Chevy fans around here. He desperately needed a new truck as his Jeep was on it's last leg. He loves being around people and people love being around him. He's smart as a whip and is lucky enough to have one of those brains that retains just about everything he reads. And he likes to read! And don't go misspelling around him either .. he's a serious 'word cop'. lol! Smart at math and good at playing chess. Loves the Denver Bronco's. Loves both basketball and football which he played through most of his school years. And one year he was crowned King at homecoming! ha.

Price (Thomas) - is a haul truck driver at Freeport McMoRan. At the mines in Morenci, Arizona. These haul trucks are H U G E and weigh tons! I had some serious anxiety when he first started this job. It's an awesome job though. His schedule requires him to work both days and nights. It's hard work and can be long and boring which also makes it dangerous. He gets his schedule handed to him once a year showing him exactly what he is working for that whole year. He works half a month and is off for half a month. Not consecutive but he does have a full 7 days straight to look forward to every single month. The pay and benefits are good too. College wasn't for him and he ended up racking up a large student loan. He was an emotional mess about his finances when he left college. Going back to haul driving was the best thing for him. He's got his finances under control again and saving up for a new vehicle now. So proud of his accomplishments in turning around and getting himself back on a good path. He's a  much happier person. He's super smart (especially in math!) and wants to one day become an electrician through training at work. I have no doubt that he will succeed. Price is an excellent chess player and loves going to the drags. Pat and both boys love being at the drags. NHRA in Phoenix. Price also likes to play pool. 

I also have two kids from a previous marriage. My daughter Lacey, the only girl, will be 35 this year. And her brother Jason, my oldest son, is 32.

Lacey - has 7 kids. From 5 different relationships. 1 boy and 6 girls. The boy will be 16 come April. Wow! I can't believe that is correct but it is! The oldest girl will be 14 in August and is starting to become a little testy. lol. The youngest girl will be 4 in June. She's my Wild Thing and has to be to survive all her siblings. lol. Crazy how time is flying. The boy stays with his dad most of the time but that's still a lot of girls (6) and a lot of work. Can you imagine? Lacey is going to college working towards her nursing degree. She's lucky that for the most part she's been able to take online classes and stay at home to be there for the kids while she does her schooling. She has a certificate in Phlebotomy Training (May of 2010). She is certified as an RMA (Registered Medical Assistance) and has her Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting certificate (May 2012). She is very close to getting her nursing degree. I can't wait to see this happen for her. One thing that worries me terribly is the student loans she's going to have to pay back. I'm sure it will be a humdinger. She's worked long and hard to get where she is and I'm very proud of her accomplishments. It's not easy to be a mom to just one or two kids ... imagine what it is like to be a mom to 7 and put yourself through college while taking care of all of them! Kudos to you Daughter! Very proud of you and your determination. And all the kids are very good too. A handful sometimes? Absolutely. But good kids nonetheless.

Jason - and his wife Dana, of 7 years, currently work at Rodgers Plumbing and Heating. Jason job title is - Estimator. He estimates and sends out bids for utility jobs and project manages the jobs they win bids on. His jobs in the past has landed him in some pretty life threatening situations. No wonder Dana has such bad anxiety! He's had his facial and arm airs burned off in an explosion! It's by the grace of God he made it out alive. Check out my photo collage HERE -  Jason is a big Dallas Cowboy fan. He loves NASCAR racing and is a collector of Johnny Lightning cars. He likes to go fishing. He also likes to play the guitar, write is own music and sing. While Price and Dustin are Chevy fans, Jason is a Dodge and AMC fan. Jason is also a mechanic and hires himself out in his spare time. He has a mechanic business at home called "DBB Engine Specialist". The DBB stands for "Don't Break the Bank". I thought that was cute! Jason is a hard worker and has done an awesome job in supporting his family all these years. He and Dana been together longer than they've been married. He just recently bought a very nice 5th wheel which he is super proud of and has every right to be! Jason works hard for what he and Dana have. I'm very proud of him for the awesome job he has done in supporting his family all these years.

Dana's work title is - Administrator. She does all the filing, scanning, billing and answering of phone calls etc. She is a sweetheart. A loving and supporting wife and mom. This is Dana's first job since the boys were born. They have three. The oldest will be 14 this year, the middle boy will be 11 and the youngest will be 8. All three are very well behaved kids. Because Dana suffers from anxiety I know it was hard for her to accept the job and leave home when she got the offer. I can't imagine how hectic Dana's morning schedule is of getting the boys ready for school in the mornings and up to the bus stop and running back home to get herself ready for work. After work she picks up the boys and heads back home to fix dinner and take care of family etc. I know millions of mom's and dad's do this.. but this was especially hard for Dana. Anxiety is not to be shrugged off. It's very hard to overcome. I know, because I deal with it too. I'm very proud of her accomplishments.

Lacey and Jason both live 8 hours away from Pat and I. It's a big source of frustration for me. I hate not being able to spend time with my kids as well as all the grand kids. I'm a family oriented person and I don't like that we are all so far apart. I would love to have more cook outs and kids staying over nights etc.

And in case you weren't counting - Between Lacey and Jason I have 10 grand kids. And yes, I know all of their names!  ha. 

My ex is the one who raised Lacey and Jason. I've been in their lives through all the years but no where as much as I would have liked to have been. There is a lot to this story but I'm not going to go into it. The past is best left there. Leaving Lacey and Jason behind is one of the biggest regrets of my life. I've only recently learned to let go of some of that guilt. I'm happier now for it.

Over the last 16 years Lacey, Jason and I have gotten closer. Lacey and I more so. I'm thankful to God for allowing me to keep them in my life.

Lacey and I have had a lot of head butting and intense arguments here lately. It's like I'm going through the teenage years I missed out on - with a 35 year old woman. Ahhhk!

Genesis 33:5 
Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. 
“Who are these with you?” he asked.  Jacob answered, 
“They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”

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