Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 4: Your parents

My parents are John Lucas and Darlene Winter. 
 {I searched for a picture- none to be found :/ }

I grew up living with my mom after my parents split up. My mom is now a CNA and has been taking care of elderly women.  She is very talented. It's interesting how similar old people and babies are. That's why I tell my mom- she will be going straight to a home as soon as she needs that kind of help! 

My dad has been a taxi driver most recently, and he is an avid ping pong player.  He has had back and other physical problems, but he says that ping pong has helped him feel a lot better. I think it's kind of cool, and it keeps him busy and healthy- so the more ping pong the merrier.  He loves to golf, hates the cold weather {enter over-sized hat and coat} and listens to talk radio.

I didn't really get a chance to know my dad that well growing up. But I know that he loves me, and that's a lot more than most people have- so really, I'm lucky. I'm excited for him to meet his little grandson in March!

My mom recently got remarried; so Robert Winter has now joined our big, happy family. I don't know him very well, but he makes my mom happy. After seeing her alone for awhile, I'm glad she has someone (mainly to get stuff off the top shelf!) Robert has a quirky sense of humor and is pretty relaxed, so he fits pretty well in our posse.

When my parents were together they both worked long hours to support all 6 kids. We lived in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment (girls in 1 room, boys in another, parents in the living room). While they were gone, I was taken care from a young age by mainly my older sister. She did a great job taking care of me, and we still have a special bond because of that.

I also know that it really takes a village to raise a child. From my experience growing up, as well as from being a mother- there are a lot of outside people that play an important role in raising a child (church leaders, extended family/siblings, friends etc). I know that the Lord has put some pretty amazing people in my path to help me on my journey. They're awesome. 

So let's all go be great parents (whether you have kids or not).

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