I wanted to share photos of my extraordinarily supportive family. I couldn’t do this without their patience and companionship.
My husband Ken is my rock, my cheerleader and my best friend. He gave up our dining room so I could have a studio and gave up part of our exercise room so I could have a gallery (used to “stage” shows – not for sales). For years, before being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, he transported and hung paintings for my shows and for the Watercolor Society of Indiana. He patiently attends openings, receptions and lectures. He has packed my paintings and carried the heavy stuff. He entertains and cares for the dogs while I am in classes or workshops. He is generous, funny, smart and extremely good looking.
Our dogs are our “in-house” family. We are both on second marriages and we have so much fun and get so much love from our furry friends that our life would not be complete without them. All of our dogs are rescues.
We have had three adopted from the Humane Society and two from the Cavalier USA Rescue group. All are different, all are older and all are ONLY CHILDREN. Independent, communicative and spoiled!
Baxter is our newest, the only boy and the youngest at 4 years old. During his second year he was in 5 “homes” – an Amish puppy mill, a kill shelter, a home that decided not to keep him because the owner loves cats and Baxter thinks they are made to chase, shake and bake, a foster home and then our home. All of that and he is normal, well adjusted, confident and a real love sponge. Anyway that’s the gang…oh yes, I also have three beautiful daughters, six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Life is good!
My oldest daughter, Christie, has two sons. Scot is married to Kelsy and has two young daughters – Hayden and Layla. They are our Honey Bunnies.
Christie’s youngest son is married to Emily and is serving in the US Army Infantry. Just returned from Afghanistan, he is currently stationed in Germany.
My daughter Heather has four children. Her two daughters Elizabeth and Amanda are in their early twenties and are stuggling with the horrible job market. Her boys Ian and Jakob are in 8th and 9th grade and are facing all of the uncertainties and social challenges associated with that age group. Ian is an artsy type and had one of his artworks exhibited in the Indiana State House when he was in 6th garde.
Kimberley married her love this summer in a beautiful wedding at the Indianapolis Museum of art. Pretty Girl is their love. Bet you would never guess she was a cat!
That’s my gang. Hope all of you are lucky enough to have family as your best friends.