I am first a follwer of Jesus Christ. My goal is to daily transform, becoming more like him. Second, I am a mother of three young children who make my life crazy fun. We are also expecting a baby in May 2010. I love being silly, but know when to be serious too. My husband is an amazing partner in this journey and we enjoy creating great memories with our kids. Life sure has lots of opportunities for that!
Brody is my first brother. He is the only sibling that has both of the same parents as myself. Same Mom, same Dad.
Because of this, Brody and I understood each other better as kids. We understood the crazy mass of relatives that we had and all the strange special things about both sides of the family. And let me tell you, our family has interesting methods of life. On either side of the gene pool.
I can't say that Brody and I always got along well. He is three years younger than I am and when I got older I used to get stuck babysitting him a lot (along with the other kids). Now, because not many of you know this wonderful young man, I will share with you that you missed out on a little guy who could terrorize the best of babysitters. My mom couldn't keep a babysitter with him around!
He used to get angry with me and climb up the REALLY tall trees in the front yard. That was skill. Those trees had no branches for at least 10 feet, but he would just bear hug the tree and get a good grip, then shimmy himself up the tree. And not come down. For a long time.
I might have provoked him once in awhile. Maybe.
When Brody got to Junior High, he really just needed his Dad. A boy gets to a time when he just needs man time. He moved in with Dad and I got to see him less. I missed him, though I still got to see him plenty often. It was just different, and since I was in High School I started to have my own life outside of my family anyway.
Brody really blossomed as he got older. Mind you, this kid has always been awesome, but he learned how to make his stubborn will and independent nature work for the best. EVERYONE that knows Brody will tell you that if he doesn't want to do something- he is NOT going to do it. That's the end. Done. Finished. And that serves him well now because he is a young man with integrity and good character. I am so proud of my younger brother for the man that he is becoming.
When he sees a need, he usually jumps right in to help. He may be stubborn when he feels that anyone is pushing him into something, but if you let him be you don't have to push much. He steers himself pretty well. And now he has a wonderful wife that can help nudge him if need be. That's right, last August my little brother got married to a special young woman that he had dated for less than a year officially... (But don't be fooled, they were "just friends" for a very long time. In Brody speak that means that he was interested, but had to be sure that he was ready to marry her before official dating began.)
Now, lets not get too ahead of ourselves. Brody is a stubborn boy that really does march to his own drummer. And what beautiful music that drummer plays. I love that boy more than ever, he has become such a well rounded guy that oozes kindness.
Brody likes all things weird. He always did such strange stuff when we were kids. I remember when he would be out on the back courtyard practicing shooting a basketball while ON. A. POGOSTICK. What the heck you say? Well, that's all in a day's work with Brody. And he got good too! He could pogo with no hands and make a lot of baskets before missing one. There are other tricks on the pogo stick too, according to Mom who is sitting behind me playing with Curly.
He also got into juggling sticks, rock collecting and polishing, electronic things (he was working on making his own electronic chess board for awhile), and lots of other things.
Brody married Sunny in August of last year. They are really sweet together. Right now Sunny is going to school to become a pharmacy technician and Brody works for medical transport company. He drives people in ambulance looking van things from hospitals and nursing homes and such. (Non-emergency only)
Sunny likes to giggle a lot and they both enjoy playing games. A couple of weeks ago they came over to play Handsome's favorite game, Monopoly. I despise that game. I really don't like to play it. Unfortunately for all involved, Handsome was at work and couldn't play, but another brother was here staying over during his spring break and he played with them. I watched. I do like playing other games with them, just not that particular one.
One last thing about this pair, they enjoy cooking. I have heard a story or two about my brother getting a wild hair nearing the 2 am time frame and cooking up some stuff right then and there. They have some interesting cook books with different cuisine. It's all very creative.
That's my Brody in a nutshell...or a post anyway. Hope you liked meeting him.