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Blending A Family

Updated on June 28, 2013

The Restoration Of Six Lives, Plus One

The day was filled with electricity as we ascended the steps and entered the sanctuary of the beautiful, old stone church. Our lives were about to embark on an adventure that would change each of us forever. We entered those walls as individual lives and emerged, a family held in God's hands.

This man had been my friend for half my life but I knew, as his wife, our relationship would begin anew. We were taking a tremendous chance on our faith in God, in one another, and our faith in the ability of our four children to cope with, and grow within, our mutual decision.

The six of us vowed that day to work and plan for the future together. Each child, all four having spoken vows within the wedding ceremony, took their part in the decision to become a family very seriously.

We all felt so fortunate to have found each other. We looked forward to sharing our lives and making certain our blended family was a union of success for all concerned.

As I continue to reminisce, I will try to explain some of the ways in which we discovered the success we all yearned for as we spoke our vows that day.

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Learning To Cope

A Time To Share

The story actually begins in March of 1988. An old friend, who was raising his two children alone, brought them from Florida to visit me and my two children in South Carolina, during Spring Break.

We decided to spend the week with his Aunt and Uncle in Atlanta, Georgia, giving the four children a special week of fun. His children had been through so much that year and we felt it would be good for all of us.

Taking Control Of Her Future

From Lynette's Point Of View

At the end of the week, we were busy washing clothes in preparation of their trip home the next day. After almost two hours of total quiet, which we did NOT investigate after a week with four children, they came to us. My friend's thirteen year old daughter, Lynette, was the spokesperson and this is what she said.

"We have been talking and we have decided we want to be a family. So, we want to know what you two are going to do about it." And she sat down. There were four sets of eyes pinned on us with longing etched across their faces.

Carefully, I began to explain that it was something her father and I had discussed as a slight possibility for future thought.... I didn't get any further. The children ran into the back yard, screaming and tossing each other about.

As I turned to my friend for assistance, I found him staring back with the grin of a Chesser cat, totally from ear to ear. He then said, "Well, are you going to marry me or not?"

During my lifetime, I had carefully planned each future step I took. As I looked back in that moment, I realized that, even with all my careful planning, life had continually thrown me curves. Marriage was a challenge, regardless of your plans. My children were happy for the first time in a long while and so were my friend and his children. I discovered I was, too. So, throwing caution to the wind, I said yes.

And, there you have it...the Hunt Zoo came to life.

Beginning Our Lives Together

With Common Goals As A Family

We were married on June 10, 1988, in Anderson, South Carolina. The weekend was spent packing up my house and beginning the trip to Florida. I was taking my children to a place I had never been to live in a house I had never seen. Working with trust in God and my blind faith in this man I had just married, we entered our future at a dead run. With four children in tow, you can't walk!

It has been twenty-three years since I stepped, willingly, with a little push, into the roll of step-mother to two teenagers, a gentle young man of almost sixteen and a thirteen year old, quite audacious, young lady.

Since I had two children of my own, a precocious, ten year old daughter and a mischievous son of seven, this did not seem to me, anything to fear.

As my new husband and I began our lives together, we were quick to realize that six had wed that day in June, rather than just two. Therefore, we knew we all had to pull together, equally, in every aspect, to meet our common goals as a family.

(There are only five in the photo because James, our oldest, is the "Man Behind The Camera.")

Working Together As A Family

No Matter The Task

Looking back on these memories, I recall a great deal of hard work on every family member's part. As a blended family, we shared our lives much the same as natural families do.

However, there was one difference. Our children were never expected to go back to being the children they once were, though they still needed our parental guidance.

My husband and I were not the only ones hurt by divorce nor the only ones changed by it. Each child was different from before, and their maturing, due to pain and loss, had to be taken into account.

Firm, Mutual Ground Rules

Respect, The Keyword

The path was laid with firm, mutual ground rules to follow. My husband established Friday night as Family Council Night.

All grievances, during the week, were written down and discussed openly at the meetings. This eliminated our being caught in the middle of simple squabbles. Our oldest was the Chairman and we sat in as equal observers.

Each opinion difference was ironed out, one by one, and every tear, adult and child alike, dried with love from the other five.

Respect was the key word in our relationship with one another, regardless of failures or successes.

Always A Handful, Yet So Much Fun

Dinner Time, As A Family

The children were a handful, of course, but also had so much fun together. Ten year old, Carlyn, was our prankster, always looking for a way to pull something on her younger brother, Chad, or her older sister, Lynette.

Dinner time was our family time when we all came together for the meal and to hear about each others day. There were some nights when the younger three could not control their fun and the giggles would get out of hand. When this happened, their father would send the perpetrators away from the table until they could compose themselves. This usually began with seven year old Chad's misconduct. Once he was reprimanded, his older sisters would make comments and start their giggling because Chad had gotten into trouble. They, too, would have to leave the table to compose themselves. Our oldest, James, at sixteen, was always able to retain control and remain at the table.

One by one, usually beginning with Chad, each child would return to the table in a better state. But poor little Carlyn was always the last to return. We would hear footsteps coming down the hall but about half way, there would be a new eruption of giggles. She would just do a U-turn and go back down the hall to try again. After three or four trips, she would finally manage to get back to the table still retaining her composure.

Years later, we were to find out that these incidents always started with James, our composed child. Unknown to us, he would allow his food to fall from his mouth back into his plate. Chad, sitting directly across from James, would be the only witness to the display, causing his fit of laughter and you know the rest. And, of course, Chad would never squeal on his big brother.

So, our James had a bit of tarnish on his supposed Halo.

The Framework Of Our Family

Everyone Had There Place To Belong

Another important factor was the framework of our family portrait. In its new form, our family was accepted and nurtured by all sides of the family tree. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins shared the lives of all four children as their own without question or segregation. No one was left to feel set apart or unnatural.

Our church family played a huge role in helping to teach and direct our children. They always stood behind my husband and me whenever we needed someone to lean on.

(photo: Agnes Drawdy Hunt, Bill's mother, better known as "Granny", or, fondly, "The First Sergeant.")

Hold God's Hand

The Rewards Are Endless

Most of all, our family has survived because, though we have made mistakes in our lives, we have not been afraid to hold God's hand along the way or been too proud to admit defeat and the need for His help.

The road leading to the present has had its share of bumps and bruises but so does any family. Raising a blended family is really no different than any other. If you love them with all your being, sacrifice for them, and respect their individual differences and decisions, the rewards are endless.

TILL DEATH DO US PART

by Eugenia S. Hunt

I take you woman, to be my wife,

To keep you near for all my life,

To stand with you in poverty, wealth,

To nurse in sickness, rejoice in health.

Our lives, forever, one from the start,

We'll walk together till death do us part.

On the day we wed, hopes were bright,

Each new day found pure delight,

Promises made in roseate glow,

Of new love, and learning to know.

We, truly one, dear heart, dear wife,

My need, my want, my treasure, my life!

The years, so precious in every way,

Since life began that wondrous day.

The years, they pass with quickened stride,

Renewed vows shall forever abide,

To follow always wherever we trod,

To live, as one, in the sight of God!

Looking Back

And Viewing The Future

The night the children proposed to us taught me about the insight of children, before it is clouded with adult responsibility, and how much we can learn from them.

As I look back to the day when we came together within the walls of the old stone church, I bask in the knowledge that we all made the right decision.

Lynette still celebrates our wedding day as, "the day we all got married," and is more than happy to take full credit for the decision!

Now, as a grandmother, my life is again a whirlwind of love and I will be caught up in the eye of the storm forever.

(photo: Mother's Day, May 1989)

Lynette's Wedding Day

As Life Comes Full Circle

The day had been glorious with a brilliant, blue sky over an ocean of shining emeralds. A perfect day for all the last minute details that go to prepare a wedding ceremony.

There were the usual problems, and a few unusual ones, such as, the missing mess balls of bird seed. They were eventually found, two hours prior to the wedding, in someone's freezer, placed there for safe keeping, frozen solid. Each resembled tiny, decorated golf balls. But these little inconveniences make wonderful stories for reminiscing.

At last, I stood in my designated position at the back of the sanctuary with microphone in hand. As the music began to play, I heard my own voice singing, "Sunrise, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset, Swiftly flow the days...," but my mind was racing to remember those days and to hold onto them for one more moment.

The candles were lit and the lights lowered. My son took my arm and led me down the aisle as the music floated around me. The processional began and the attendants stepped into place. Then she appeared on the arm of her father, shining in satin and lace. As he gave her away, I could see his trembling.

I sat quietly in my seat, watching and praying that their happiness would always be a part of their lives for I had seen, first hand, the pain of losing that devotion. These two were beginning a voyage like no other they would ever encounter again.

Vows were exchanged and, again, I was on my feet, making my way to the front of the church on shaky legs. So many times I had sung those words, "Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be they name..." However, at that moment, they were more important to me than ever before. I felt the overwhelming need for every word to be precise with perfect comprehension.

Soon, we were all caught up in voices, faces, and laughter. The photographer was snapping pictures, the gift table was full, a beautiful cake was cut, and tiny mess balls of, now thawed, seeds were passed around. Their poor 'getaway car' resembled something out of "Steel Magnolias," and the excitement was explosive.

By this time, the night was late and we were all exhausted from the frenzy of activity and the late hour. The bride and groom were saying their goodbyes to all the remaining guests. As I turned at the sound of my name, the bride was coming towards me. She wrapped her arms around me and began to whisper in my ear.

When a child you never carried within your womb, whose diaper you never changed, or tiny hand you never held, who came to you an adolescent, wraps their arms around you and whispers, "I really love you, Mama! Thanks for everything," you feel a glow of acceptance, joy, and love born of its own unique accomplishment.

My step-daughter had just given me the best gift of all!

(After her marriage, at the age of 21, Lynette came to me and ask me to adopt her so that her children would legally be my grandchildren. I adopted her on November 15, 1996.)

Plus One

Yours, Mine, and, Now, Ours

In March of 1988, the same month our four children proposed, a little girl was born in the state of New York to an addicted mother. Her name was Audrey Lyn.

She spent the first six years with this woman and her half siblings until the Department of Children and Families found her, placing her in foster care. There she was adopted and brought, by her new family, to Florida. This family abused her until she was eleven.

Again, the Department of Children and Families rescued her.

In January of 2000, she was placed in our foster home. At the age of thirteen, we officially made her a member of our family where she was accepted by each of us. We are now seven.

For those of you who haven't read Audrey's story: Child Of My Heart, Audrey's Story (Volumes One, Two, Three, Four and Five)

The Hunt Zoo

Where Is Everyone Now!!

As Bill and I move on into our retirement years, we look back with pride at the family we have shared. Our children have been quite successful in their lives thus far, creating a legacy for us, depicting success.

Our oldest, James, now a husband and father of two boys, a graduate from Florida State University, moved on to a job with the Jacksonville Police Department. Later, he worked with Homeland Security and now holds a position based out of Washington DC.

Next in line would be our Lynette. She finished her AA in Business with Brevard Community College and then married Marcus. They have two boys. Marcus graduated from Hyles Anderson Seminary in Indiana and they moved to Oregon where he has been the acting Youth Leader and Financial Manager at their church. He also works with an Architectural Firm. Lynette is a stay at home Mom.

My Carlyn finished the University of Central Florida, Cum Laude, and has been teaching sixth grade for over ten years. She and her husband, Bobby, have a six year old daughter.

Mr. Chad went to work for Florida Power and Light right out of high school and has owned his own home since the age of twenty-four. He is now working with AT&T and is married to Ashley. They have our granddog, Tucker.

Audrey, now 23, finished High School with a 4.0GPA and chose to go right to work. She is working in Business Management.

Bill is retired from twenty-five years with the Air Force and is contracted out of Patrick AFB to Ascension Island where he is the Chief Air Traffic Controller.

After many years as an Accountant and Credit Manager, I am finally free to stay home and enjoy some of the pleasures I missed along the way when I was working. I sing, both solo and choir, at our church, attend Bible Study weekly, go to Curves three days a week, play piano, write, sew, and enjoy my grandchildren and friends.

God has been so good to us. No, he hasn't always made the way easy. But through hardship, we become strong. And our family is strong, both as individuals and as a family. We look forward to the future and anticipate what is around the next bend with excitement!

(photo: At Cypress Gardens, April 2009, during a day spent with our family.)

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Born in the small town of Pendleton, South Carolina, in 1950, I was the oldest of two, five years my sister's senior. It was a wonderful place to grow up where the entire town raised its children. I was always surrounded by people who loved and looked out for me. I graduated from High School with the same people who were in my kindergarten class. At 58, my childhood friends are still my friends. I feel so fortunate to have known such a childhood.

After college, I worked at Clemson University until May 1972. At that time, I married and lived in Glyfada, 22 miles from Athens, Greece for two years...via USAF. We then moved to North Dakota for another two years before returning to South Carolina.

We divorced after 16 years and two children. I remarried two years later and moved to Florida in 1988 and together we have raised my husband's son and daughter and my son and daughter...one federal officer, one pastor's wife, one sixth grade school teacher, and the other, after working for Florida Power and Light since age 19, is now with AT&T. In 1996, I adopted my step daughter. We are blessed with four grandsons and one granddaughter.

In 1999, we became foster parents with the Children's Home Society and had a number of children under our roof in the next 5 years. In 2001, we adopted a 13 year old girl, whom we first met at the age of 11, and is now 21. I also have spent more time in a courtroom than I care to think about, fighting for the rights of the children in our care. In 2004, I turned in my license so that I could be a full time Mom to our special needs daughter and keep our infant granddaughter five days a week while her mother was teaching.

Bill, my husband, is a retired USAF Air Traffic Controller. He is now working out of the country, on Ascension Island, with Computer Science Raytheon, as their chief controller, contracted out of Patrick AFB, Florida. This enables him to continue to do the job he loves, air traffic, and aid the military. He flies in and out on furlough and I handle things here at home. I jokingly call myself a Single Married Woman.

Actually, I am a retired Accountant/Credit Manager, now a housewife, where I enjoy writing, singing, piano, and sewing. I have had numerous poems and short stories published and have sung in churches and for church organizations for years, as well as weddings, a couple of variety shows, and even at my daughter's, and later my son's, weddings, one of the hardest things I have EVER done. We are members of a Baptist church where I am a soloist and sing in the choir. I am also a member of the Women's Bible Study Group and work on the Mission's Committee.

And, last but not least, we have two singing dogs, Raven, a thirteen year old Skipperkee/Chow with bucked teeth and attitude and Whisper, a nine pound poodle, who thinks himself a Doberman.

My life has involved many changes and avenues that I would never have dreamed of and has given me challenges that I never thought I was equal to. But, I have found that God has a plan and, if you follow His lead, you can handle anything he puts in your hands. However, you have to first learn to listen to Him. No matter what we want from life, it must come in His time. He has given my husband and me more than we could have began to imagine back in high school and we have found that what we thought was so important for our futures back then was nothing to what we have done so far. At 58, I have learned from our foster children, to look forward to the future and the next challenge with enthusiasm and excitement. If they can trust and love us after what the world has dealt them, we can surely tackle whatever lies ahead with ease. Life is a series of learning experiences and I continue to find life to be both a challenge and a joy which grows with each passing year. I learn more and more about myself with each passing day!

Jeanie

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thanks, Michey!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You just read it? Goodness, I wrote this so long ago. What an adventure it has been...wouldn't change a thing! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      So nice to come back... Love the poem!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just read this. I remember most of it well-- from near and far. Love this whole family -- even Bill!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you. We have some wonderful children who worked very hard to help us make it all possible! And, now, they are great adults raising some wonderful kids...we are definitely blessed! :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @mbgphoto: Thanks! I enjoyed living it! :D

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I so enjoyed reading your beautiful family love story. How wonderful that the two of you were able to create such a wonderful environment for yourselves and your children to grow in.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I enjoyed reading your story.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Hunt Zoo looks great...

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you so much, Michey!! :)

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      I come back to spread angel dust over this beautiful lens. It really is a great story, and I love the poetry...

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I just had to come back to this great lens and leave you a blessing. I am sure glad I did

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @ohcaroline: Thank you....we had a great time during those years....memories to look back on and to share the laughter on holidays around the dinner table! :)

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      What a wonderful story of blending a family. You have a wonderful family...you both and God did a good job bringing them into one family and growing up together. Great story for anyone who is facing a blending of their families.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 5 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey!! And Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, too!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Hi! I come back to pin, spread Angels dust on your way, and say one more time that I love to read your poems, stories.

      Happy Saint Patrick Day

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by to share my life! Looking forward to sharing more with you in the future! See you on Wizzley!! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a beautiful story. WOW beautifully laid out as well. I'm so inspired, glad I read it, you're proof it all comes together and it all matters. May you be radically and abundantly blessed so you may continue on your path of beauty. Love and Friendship, what a testament to this bond. Thanks for sharing. Katie :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 5 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thanks, Michey! :)

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      It is about time and I am glad you get the purple star, I always enjoy reading your posts, poetry as well

      Congratulation

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 5 years ago

      @OhMe: Totally surprised me, Nancy!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on that pretty purple star. well deserved!

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      sittonbull 5 years ago

      What a wonderful story this is about finding true love, the blending of two families into one and the resulting harmony guided by God's hand! Congratulations that it now shines with the light and recognition of a big purple star!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @poutine: Thank you...so glad you enjoyed our story!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Beautiful story.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @lens4Him: I am so glad to share my family with you...you truly understand where we have walked. All five are grown now, ranging in ages from 23 to 38 and we have been blessed with four grandsons, one granddaughter and one granddog :), so far. I cherish every memory and, if possible, would do it all again with pleasure! My success is measured by the success of my children!

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      lens4Him 6 years ago

      What a wonderful story. We too have a blended family, my wife and I were both widows and met in a widow support group on the Internet. We never thought we would ever meet, especially as I lived 4,000 miles away at the time :) Now we have six children between us and God has blessed us with three grandchildren.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks, Nancy...glad you came back for a return visit! I like to do that myself sometimes just to relive those happy days.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is such a beautiful lens and I enjoyed my return visit

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Senora M: So glad you enjoyed our family!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @myneverboredhands: Thank you so very much for sharing our story...I am so pleased that you enjoyed it!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much for the Squid Angel Blessing! Yes, God is wonderful indeed!! I am so glad you enjoyed our story!

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      myneverboredhands 7 years ago

      Such a beautiful life story.... God bless you and your family.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great Story, so well written! isn't God wonderful the way He works....a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks so much...so glad you enjoyed hearing about our family! I have just published volume 4 to Audrey's story, Child Of My Heart. It is in celebration of her adoption anniversary next Sunday night...she hasn't seen it yet...will tomorrow. :) https://hubpages.com/family/audreys-story-4

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Wow, I had goosebumps reading this and my love and congratulations go out to you for you love and wonderful story. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      [in reply to Michey] And Thank you again, Michey!!

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Always love to read your writing, poetry, and wisdom.

      The Wings of an Angel just Bless your Lens!

      Michey

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Michey] Thanks so much Michey! I so appreciate your opinion and praise!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to mysticmama] Thank you so much for accepting my lens into the Sharing Hearts Group!!!

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      One more look to this amazing story, it looks great, and Jeanie is definitely a gifted writer.

      Thanks for sharing

      Michey

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Sharing Hearts Group!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to ParthenaB] I said seniors but I realized after that this could be for any age group. It is a wonderful service that you give them.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to ParthenaB] Parthena, what a wonderful idea for the seniors...to help them write their stories!!! Thank you for the lensroll, too! I am so glad that you enjoyed our story. Marriage may be old fashioned but without that committment, couples will never share that kind of happiness!!

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      ParthenaB 8 years ago

      This so warms my heart, another beautiful lens. I work with hospice families and will keep it in mind as I help them write their stories. I just wrote one for the lady I care for that will be published in the local newspaper this week. I'm also lensrolling it on my lens, Is Marriage Outdated?

      http://www.squidoo.com/is-marriage-obsolete

      Which is intended to show both sides of the argument. Keep going, and congratulations on the book!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to nightbear] Hi, Susan, did you have a good vacation? So glad you enjoyed Family Sculpture...it spans over 21 years of family life. Bill and I have been so very lucky with our family. One of the best decisions Bill made was Family Council Night...it saved so many arguments between the kids as they adjusted and kept us out of the line of fire! LOL We really had a lot of fun!

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      A beautiful story, Storybook romantic, I think you have a remarkable skill with writing. The pictures are gorgeous. I am glad I know you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Welcome to the South Carolina Group.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to sittonbull] Thanks, John. This one has been so much fun for the whole family as we have gone back in time both in thought and with photos. Reminds us of just how lucky we have been.

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Another great unveiling of a masterpiece that is the Hunt family. It's great to get to know you all through Jeanie's gifted way of telling the story. God's blessings show up all over your lives. Wonderfully told!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Emily Nash] I am so glad you enjoyed reading my lens. I had a great time with this one, going through old photos and remembering that first year with Bill and the children. They have been such a pleasure and still are. Lynette and I spent a hour on the phone yesterday just catching up and Chad and Ashley are on a plane, as we speak, heading to Oregon for a surprise visit with Lynette...I so wish I could be fly on the wall when they walk in the door with Marcus this afternoon!!! It has been two years since she has been home and she has been so homesick...Chad loves his big sister!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Jeanie, I loved reading about your family. You truly have a gift for writing and I look forward to reading more about your family. One day your grandchildren will be so glad that you put all of your thoughts in writing with photos that they will be able to share with their families.

      Love you,

      Emily

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to LizMac60] Thank you, Elizabeth, for visiting my lens. So very glad you enjoyed our story!!

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      Liz Mackay 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yours is a lovely story. Thanks for sharing

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to mysticmama] Thank you Bambi...so glad you enjoyed my lens. I have enjoyed remembering the past years as our family has grown...it brought back some very happy memories.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Patsy] Thanks Patsy, so glad you enjoyed...thanks so much for the continued support! So sorry to hear about Johnny...I am so glad there is no lasting damage!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to chefkeem] Achim, Thank you very much..so glad you enjoyed our family..and thank you very much for the Angel Blessing!

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Another Beautiful lens...thanks for sharing :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Jeanie,

      I just read "Family Sculpture." It is beautiful. You have a wonderful family. Keep on writing--you are great!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Blessed by a SquidAngel today! Wonderful lens. :-)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Rebecca] Hey! Thanks!! Glad you enjoyed!! Most of it, "you were there!"

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to JaguarJulie] Thanks Julie...so glad you enjoyed!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      "How cool!! What a wonderful way to remember and document. Most folks wish

      they had their lives in writing and you DO! :) :) I love it!"

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      A remarkable story!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to mbrownauthor] Margaret Ann...so glad you enjoyed!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a wonderful story!!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Kathy in Texas] Thanks, Kathy...so glad you enjoyed your journey down the road of my memories...you have walked indirectly down so much of this road with us. So glad we have shared our lives with you!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow, Jeanie. I guess I've heard most of your stories over the past few years, but seeing it in writing and in sequence is overwhelming. I, too, just, want to cry from happiness at the blessings that have come throughout the trials of life. Your friend.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to bdkz] Thanks, Bonnie...so glad you enjoyed our family!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to GrowWear] Thanks Mimi...so glad you enjoyed our story. We had such a wonderful time creating this family and raising these wonderful children!

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Amazing lens!

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Amazing lens!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Lovely story and a blessed family!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Michey] Thank you so much, Michey. So glad you are in my corner!

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      Jeanie, it is a beautiful lens, family and a special love story.

      You have a great determination and a heart of gold

      Michey

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to MsSnow4a] Thank you, Carol. In our case, the kids had to get along or have a fat diet of crow...especially Lynette! LOL They really needed each other and replacement parents. When the need is great, it produces different reactions. They are still close.

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      Very nice story, its good to hear of a blended family who actually got along :) Thanks for sharing

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to OhMe] Thanks, Nancy...glad you enjoyed reading this since you already knew so much of the story!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow. This is another great lens and I read every word. You write so beautifully. Thank you for sharing more of your story.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      [in reply to Susan Wilson] Oh, Susan, I am so sorry I made you cry again! Yes, a good cry is supposed to be good for us! LOL I just feel so blessed to have a daughter like Lynette who saw in all of us what Bill and I were missing! At the age of 21, after her marriage, Lynette came to me and ask me to adopt her so that her children would be my grandchildren...so, I did...she is mine and I adore her!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You have to stop this...i can't read these without crying my eyes out...you have been so blessed by God....I guess a good cry is healing...

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      Cathy, Thank you so much for all you have done for all of us over the years. And thanks for being protective and for loving our family. I pulled out our video of the wedding last week when I was writing this and I saw the love you speak of that day. The memory of it was so vivid as I watched the faces on the screen. Sometimes it is good to go back and remember such things, bringing the memories into the present with you as a guide to today's thoughts. I am glad we have shared all of this and so much more together and I am glad I know I have you to share whatever lies ahead.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Well I was there before it began and when the zoo was formed. Needless to say I was somewhat over protective of you and your two but thankfully Bill measured up. That day was a day so filled with love, it just radiated out all of you and I just knew it was meant to be. What a journey. What else will God put in our lives, only time will tell. I just thank him that we'll have each other to share it all with. I love all of you.