Meet the Gang

 

 

Andy- Grown-up: Andy and I met on my first day of college while I was still bringing in my luggage to my dorm room. That was almost 34 years ago. After 29 years of marriage, I have especially enjoyed this season of watcAndy and boyshing him navigate being dad to four young men. He is their role model, wrestling partner, encourager, confidant, first boss, and their source of wisdom. Somewhere along the line, Mom became less of a constant focus and Dad became the go-to. I don’t mind it at all!

 

 

Michael-age 21: Michael is a former strong-willed toddler who presented his new parents with endless challenges for almost 8 years. Currently he is a confident junior at Purdue who hasmichael chosen to use his God-given intensity for good. He is not involved in many school activities because he insists that he is focusing on “Balance” in his life. He loves knives, shooting BB guns, mechanical engineering, fishing, snow skiing, and hiking the Appalachian Trail. My favorite thing about Michael is having him call me for no reason and say, “Can we just talk? I  just miss talking to you every day.”

 

Bryan-age 19: Bryan was the easy-going, passive toddler who made us realize that Michael was indeed a difficult child. Bryan started running with his dad in second grade and has logged thousands of miles on the road bryan
just talking about business deals and life. He has always possessed a maturity and seriousness that people notice. This year he is a sophomore at Purdue who loves weight lifting, golf, snow skiing, and hiking the AT.  After starting a landscaping business at age 10, he continues to grow his business with dreams of going into real estate like his dad. He reads Barrons, Inc, and Fast Company on the day they each arrive. I love how Bryan can speak into adult situations with the wisdom and insight of someone so much older.

 

Christopher-age 17: Christopher was the perfect baby and the chattering toddler who would recite books that we read to him. He was born with a bicuspid aortic valve which SHOULD have meant surgery at age 5o, but instead caused him to have open heart and brain surgery at age ten when he contracted a rare bacterial infection.  This year, Christopher is fully healed and loves weight lifting with his big brothers as well as biking and hammocking with friends. He also loves hiking the AT and anything else outdoors. He works at REI helping people plan adventures to many of the same places he has loved traveling.  I love that Christopher is never bored and seems to entertain himself with singing Les Miserables show tunes, reciting lines from the latest movie he has watched, or seeking new random knowledge to share with friends and family.

 

 

Matthew-age 15: MaMatthewtthew began life with three big brothers and has not yet stopped trying to catch up with them. He is outgoing and full of energy and was my first kid to actually make conversations with strangers without being prompted or embarrassed. He was also the first one to end up in the ER for stitches at age 2. He also has developed a love for working out at the gym and staying fit. He is competitive in everything and had a beautiful voice as he writes music and sings at the piano nearly every day. He has presented us with a few challenging opportunities to parent him and enough “Matty Stories” to last a lifetime. I love his affectionate personality and his heart for God and his desire to serve Him with his gift of leadership.