It’s been a couple of weeks since I introduced you to my son and his family. Plus, that took us off into our family history of foot problems.
Now I want to introduce you to my oldest daughter and her family. Amanda Ellen is named after both my grandmother, Amanda, and my mother-in-law, Ellen. She was born when I was pretty young, although I had been married 1 & 1/2 years. (And yes, her dad and I are still married after 44 years.) Amanda has blessed us with four of our 12 grandchildren.
Amanda and her husband, Rodney, have a yours, mine, and ours household. When they married, Rodney had a daughter from a previous marriage, and Amanda had a daughter, and two sons. Together, they had another daughter who will turn 13 this summer.
Amanda went to school to become a social worker and then she obtained her master’s degree in clinical therapy. She works at our local mental health facility.
She was actually the person who brought the local chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to our area. We both served on the board for a few years after its inception.
Rodney works as a union pipe fitter. I’m not sure what all the job entails but he is a very hard worker. At
this time, he is working out of state and is only home on the weekends. Both he and my son, Kelsey, have jobs that require them to be away from home frequently.
Hayley Estelle, has given her mother two beautiful grandchildren, Wyatt Baxter and Skyler Estelle. If you remember, Baxter is a family name that came from my husband’s great-uncle. (Maybe we will start another family name with Estelle.) I do hope both of these names will continue to be passed down through the family.
Hayley and her children live close to Amanda who in turn lives about 6 minutes away from my husband and me. As you can tell, we are a pretty close knit family.
Hayley is currently working in a girl’s group home. Her biggest interests are dogs and horses. She is an excellent horseman and is fantastic at training dogs.
Charles “Dakota” is Amanda’s second child and first son. He graduated from the vocational school where I currently teach. Dakota’s chosen field of study at the vocational school was Culinary Arts. He loves to cook. This fall he is planning on attending college to become a Math teacher.
Tristin Tyler is Amanda’s third child and second son. I’m proud to say that I was able to help chose his middle name. Next week he and his girlfriend, Emily will be graduating from the same vocational school. Tristin’s vocational studies were in automotive repair and Emily’s focus was in patient care. Presently, Tristin is working for McDonald’s and Emily is working at a nursing home. I am not sure of their long term plans right now.
The youngest of Amanda’s family is Autumn Lyne. The spelling of her middle name comes from the spelling of my husband’s name, Lyne Baxter. Autumn will be turning 13 this summer.
She will be hitting the teenage years. She and my grandson, Dylan, are in the sixth grade. Autumn has been involved in the baton group that Shyla and Zoey are in. She and Shyla are playing softball together
currently. She is a really good gymnast and has sang during the variety shows during her years at elementary school. She is quite a diverse and talented young lady.
Rodney’s daughter from his previous marriage is older than Amanda’s children. Kayla lived with them for a while during the early years of their marriage She eventually moved in with her mother. She and her husband live a couple of hours away from us. She is the mother of two young boys, Ryder and Braven. We do not get to see them very often.
This is the largest branch of of my family. Soon I will introduce you to my second daughter, Breanna Lyne.
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