Family Fun And Friends My Human Side

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    Family Fun And Friends My Human Side


Collage Family Photo

For this August Active Rain Challenge by Jim Cheney, we are to write a post about 1 thing that is personal to us.  It does not have to be unique. What we share needs to be personal and should not be related to our real estate industry.     

Not unique, but my special bind that keeps me mellow and young at heart probably stems from my childhood.  My passion for family, fun and my close friends. 

My parents divorced when I was about nine years old.  My Mother and I moved from the only home I knew in Fort Worth to Saginaw, Texas.  We actually moved into an apartment complex.  This was life changing for me to say the least.  


Family Photo

I am an only child, well I was at one time.  My sister is 18 years younger than I from another marriage.  My dad remarried, I have a younger brother and sister.

Since it was just the two of us my Mother worked more than one job most of the time to keep me in a safe environment, near family and enrolled in a great school district.  

She made sure I was involved in sports, my academics were above average. I spent lots of time with family.  At that time I didn’t understand why I spent so much time with family. Now I see it was due to the fact that they were all helping her, helping me. She was the baby of nine sibilings.  

Fast forward, I married and started our family.  I was a stay at home Mom for the longest.  I did provide care for a few children the same age as mine.  We are all friends to this day.  

Graduation Photo PawPaw     Photo Mimi Rylee Sharie

Once my youngest son began school I returned to school and worked part time over the next 12 years.  Only working part time gave me the freedom to be with my children, go to school activities and make all their games.  This was the one regret I have - my Mother was never at my games, watched me march on the field at half time or attended scouting activities.  Not because she didn’t want to be there, but she was always working.   

Although she did make it a point to attend the Rodeo Stock Show Parade every year in February.  Funny, that was the one event I hated.  It was so cold and lasted forever.  I never told her I didn’t want to march in the parade.  

kids picture

I lost my Mother to cancer in 2003.  This huge hole in my heart, the loss of my best friend. So devastating. So quickly. Once again, my life changed.  I know it happens -  I am thankful for my large family of half sisters and brothers. It’s a crazy mixture.  


My first grandchild arrived in 2004.  This beautiful little redheaded baby girl filled my heart with joy!  She may never know just how special she is to her Mimi.  I know the anticipation and arrival of this bundle saved me.

    Crazy Great Grandma Photo

I am so lucky and proud of my three grown children,  seven grand babies, two horses and one dog. Well, three dogs at this time - 2 are foster dogs. I feel blessed my schedule allows me the opportunity to spend time with all my loved ones. 

For me, my human side is just that, HUMAN - spending time with my family - extended family and friends laughing, crying and cherishing all these special moments that we are gifted.


Mother Daughter Picture B&W


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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mellisa what a touching post, glad the memories are blending to the good...even the stuff that was not so good in real life... sorry to hear about your mom...but nice to see the new additions to the family, Endre

Aug 31, 2017 11:50 PM #1
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Melissa Jackson how lucky your kids are to have you available for them.  I wish my parents came to more plays, games, and extracurricular activities.  thank you for sharing your life with us here on AR

Sep 01, 2017 09:01 AM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, I love this post, Melissa! Family is so very important to me as well - different reasons but, they are the center of my life, for sure. I'm sorry about your Mother (I love that photo) - what an amazing woman she was and look at what a wonderful job she did with her only child. 

And, that first granddaughter - I love that picture too. She's a gorgeous ginger - wow!

Sep 02, 2017 08:13 PM #3
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

You have a very beautiful family. What a blessing to have so many smiles around:)

Jan 19, 2018 11:24 PM #4
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