Our entire family still lives about 5 hours away in the counties surrounding Philadelphia, which is terrific, as we have the best of both worlds! Our daughters appreciate the wilderness and forests of PA, as well as receiving hefty doses of culture and experiences in southeast PA. It’s not far for weekend trips. Each year, we stay with Emily or Virginia’s parents for a week at Christmas and 2-3 weeks every summer. Since we live in “vacation land”, Virginia’s family still comes up here to camp for 1-2 weeks every July, as they did when she was a little girl.
Virginia’s family is large, ever growing and very close. Her parents, originally from west of Pittsburgh, are strong Christians, living to love and serve Jesus. Her Dad Tom has been an elder, church planter and teacher for many years. He loves Photography with his own dark room, fly-fishing, hiking, museums and studying God’s Word. Virginia’s Mother Janice is extremely energetic, exercising at her spa, teaching Sunday School and VBS and working part time. She loves her daily Starbucks, her many hundreds of plants and gardens, visiting arboretums & gardens like Meadowbrook, museums and is an avid reader (NY Times bestsellers!). They have family memberships to many Phila. area attractions, such as the Zoo, Art Museum, Franklin Institute, Morris Arboretum, Longwood Gardens, etc.
Our daughter Emily lives with her husband Mike only about 1 hour from her grandparents, Tom and Janice. They have 2 daughters, Olive 5 years and Fern 2 years. We thoroughly LOVE squeezing, hugging and playing with our granddaughters! As you can imagine, Daisy and Violet LOVE their little nieces and are very eager to be with them as much as possible. Emily is tall and beautiful with auburn hair and an outgoing, witty, funny and relaxed personality. She loves photography and has her own business.
Virginia has 3 siblings. Her brother Tom is 8 years older. His first wife sadly died of cancer. Their 2 kids are married, and he has a 2 year old granddaughter. He remarried and gained 4 more grown kids. Second older brother by 7 years is Jeffrey, whose Mongolian wife divorced him after getting citizenship. They have 2 kids close to Daisy and Violet’s ages. Virginia’s 2 year younger sister Grace is married with 2 kids close to Daisy and Violet’s age.
Chris’ family is his Mother Sandy, who also lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia but enjoys spending half her time in Hungary, the home of her belated boyfriend. We see Sandy when we travel downstate, and she likes to stay in touch via texting pictures! Chris’ Dad lives in Myrtle Beach, SC, and we stay in touch with an occasional phone call. Besides a much older stepsister from Sandy’s second marriage, most of Chris’ family has passed. Chris is close to Virginia’s family, enjoying the camaraderie and our many activities like the family camp week, where we all tube, play Bocce Ball, hike and bike in the PA Grand Canyon.
Everyone lives in the Philadelphia suburbs, except Tom’s oldest son, wife and granddaughter in the Pittsburgh area.