Who’s Who?


Since my blog is so much about the characters in my family, I thought it might be nice to introduce you to the cast and crew, so to speak. Of course I have to add my own familial observations, which they’d probably be mortified to read but hey, it’s my blog. Oh, incidentally, I’m the third from the left in the photo above.

Cast of Characters:
– alias “The Commander”. Retired Naval Supply Corps officer who now works for a contracting firm supporting the Navy. Loves all things to do with computers and genealogy. An “ISTJ”, he is dependable, loyal, quiet, serious, logical, NOT quick to make a decision…preferring to think things through VERY thoroughly before committing to a course of action. I once joked to friends that I learned early on in our marriage that if I want him to agree to something, I have to make an appointment with him and then come with diagrams, flip charts, and hard evidence to back up my request. He is the PERFECT foil to my  flightiness and impulsiveness.

Dee – That would be me. You can read all about me already on the “About Me” pages. Suffice it to say that I march to my own drumbeat and I change tempo quite often. For you Myers-Briggs followers, I’m an “ISFJ”, extroverted when I feel I must be or when I’m with friends but very happy just being in my own company, too.   For you who are familiar with Enneagram typing, my son tells me I’m a “6” with a “7” wing.  For those who are devotees of the “Elements” personality typing, I’m a “Wind.”    I’m a VERY strong feeler. Excitable, changeable, impulsive, prone to worry, I’m kind of the exact opposite of my husband. Our marriage has never been dull and we’ve been married over 36 years.

Daughter Laura – our daughter is a unique blend of my temperament and my husband’s temperament. She is a thinker but the feeling side (which she likes to keep hidden) surfaces at endearing moments (to her mortification). She inherited her scientific and mathematical talents from her father and is a biochemist who is very talented in her field. Her brother likes to tell her that one day she is going to discover the cure for cancer and you know, it wouldn’t surprise me. But like her momma, she loves to read, has an infectious zest for life, loves animals, and the girl can write. We’re so thankful that she has a strong Christian faith. She continues the family line of strong-minded women and I love her dearly.

Son Jason – alias “dear boy” or “the minimalist.” Our son is a strong feeler. He got his dad’s math skills and his mom’s love of writing and weird sense of humor. Jason is a crusader who cares so much about the downtrodden and those too weak or too poor to have a voice to be heard. He loves the Lord and that tempers everything that he does. He can be a people person, bringing joy to everyone he is around but he is also just as happy sequestering himself away somewhere immersed in study or contemplation.  He recently finished his Master’s in Theology and is now focused on certifying as a Master Gardener while helping to hold down the fort as a busy parent of three when his wife is at work.

Son-in-law Jason – alias “Laura’s Jason.” Yes, our daughter married a “Jason.” Our son-in-law is a delightful Christian young man who enjoys the outdoors, hunting, hiking, and marksmanship. We love his sense of humor. He is a chemist who is currently employed in infectious disease research.

Daughter-in-law Laura – alias “Jason’s Laura” or “Lola.”  Yes, our son married a “Laura.” How about that? Our daughter-in-law is a great addition to our family. If God had said to Jason, “Make up a list of the characteristics you want in a wife,” she would be the embodiment of that list. And while we are on that vein, if I had made up a list of the things I wanted in a daughter-in-law, the same would hold true.   She loves to read (YES!), loves the Lord, has a real heart for the poor, and is a medical doctor working in the Galveston area.  We’re so glad that Jason and Laura found each other.

Mom – alias “Grandma ” and “Grandma Toots.” My mom passed away several years ago at age 99. She taught elementary school for 41 years, beginning with a one-room schoolhouse in rural Minnesota and ending up in Michigan. She was always a character. If she had been born in an earlier time, she would have been one of the “bluestockings” or marching with the suffragettes. She was a perfectionist, loved animals, a terrific teacher, creative, and strong-minded. Until her late 80’s, she was driving a full-size conversion van. A series of mini-strokes made it necessary for her to move to an assisted living facility near us for almost 6 years. While she was living there, she led quite an active life until another series of strokes made it necessary for her to be moved to a nursing facility. She loved the Lord, loved life, and loved people and her presence is keenly missed.

Sweet Pea – Our granddaughter is affectionately known as  “Sweet Pea.”  She is the daughter of our son, Jason and wife Laura.  She was our first grandchild and fills our lives with joy.  She has the most vivid imagination, which delights me to no end.  She not only comes up with great dialogue for her stuffed animals and toys BUT she also provides narration while she plays, is a talented artist, and has become quite the thespian.  Could we have a budding dramatist in our midst?  Now that she has started school, enrolled in a Spanish-immersion program, her horizons are continuing to expand.

Spud – “Spud” is the son of Jason and Laura.  Spud is our first native-born Texan grandchild.  Woo Hoo! He’s the leading family authority on dinosaurs and birds right now.  If it is two-legged and winged, he can identify it.   With blonde hair and big blue eyes, he’s a cutie.  Look out world!  As he has grown, I’m finding that it is just wonderful to hold intense conversations with him and to see how his impressive mind works.  He definitely keeps me on my toes.

Sprout – Our East Coast grandson, also known as “Sprout” or “Little Bean”, is the first-born of our daughter, Laura and her husband, Jason.  Sprout arrived in this world with red hair and a larger-than-life personality.  He does everything with enthusiasm and gusto and is quite the clown.  The child is fearless, a music-lover, a teasing imp and soon will be a big brother.

Scooter – Our third Texas grandchild arrived this past year and I had the joy of being in the birthing room when he made his first appearance.  Was ever a little one so loved by his siblings?  They dote on him.  Now I suspect this will change a bit once he is mobile and getting into their things but for now, this little guy is easy going and seems readily suited for “going with the flow” as the baby of the family.

Spike – Our newest grandson, brother to Sprout, arrived this summer.  It’s still too early to tell if his hair will be as red as his brother’s or more blonde but he is fitting right into the family.  Sprout declared when he first met him, “He’s cool, Mommy.”  I was blessed to be able to be at my daughter’s home when Spike arrived and to spend the first month of his life helping out with the two boys.

Toto the Terrific – Toto is our little rescue dog.  She is Pug on one side of the family tree and a Corgi-mix on the other.  She loves food, children, and following me around, not necessarily in that order.






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