Location: North Texas
Day job: Diesel mechanic
Night job: I AM BATMAN, I wish, naw I’m just trying to write something you wanna read.
I thought it would be good to start by letting the people who live with me tell you about me. So I asked my wife, kids, and aunt to write a couple of sentences or short paragraph for me to put here.
Oldest daughter; 20 years old: waiting on her to give me something to put here.
Second oldest daughter; 18 years old “I think he’s alright. Sometimes he talks too much, but what he has to say is kinda enlightening. He laughs like a crazy man and likes to get on your nerves. But other than that he’s remotely normal.”
Third oldest daughter; 16 years old “Dad…..hmmm…. This is a hard one. Only joking. He is a good person, kinda intimidating, very smart, talks a lot, loves to play video games, likes to spend time with people. He is a great person and always will be.”
Oldest son; 15 years old “He can be nerdy and talk to you about one show and take forever. Overall he is smart and know’s a lot about vehicles and I would say blue-collar dad fits him.”
Youngest son; 12 years old “He is a good person and likes to work, but not too much, so he can still play video games. Likes to read too. Overall, he is definitely as cool as BATMAN!!!!”
Youngest daughter; 10 years old “He’s funny and a good man. He’s loveable and a dork, definitely a dork. He’s a tickle-monster. Every time he starts talking, he takes forever!!! :^( Zz He’s a manly man, and I take after him, I’m a tomboy and a Whovian!! Him too!! 🙂 I love him a lot!! 🙂 ”
My wife “My husband is crazy…crazy for marrying me, crazy for putting up with as much as he does, crazy about his family, crazy about the Lord, and crazy about me. I love my crazy husband and all his crazy ways. GERONIMO BABY!
My aunt “What can I tell you about my nephew, Dave. He is a big family man. He loves his wife very much and his kids are his whole world. I don’t think he has ever met a stranger. He can talk to anyone about anything. He loves God. He helps his family all the time. He is a good person and if you were to know him you would like and love him as we do”
p.s. He works hard for his family and keeps a roof over their heads and food in their tummies.
Now I will tell you a little bit about myself and my story in my words.
You might be wonderin’ how I have some kids as old as I do, well I’ll get to that in a minute. First I want to go back to when I met my wife. Though we had gone to high school together, we didn’t meet until I had been out of high school for almost 2 years. I was going to trade school and working as a diesel tech. We met in November and got married in June. We had an apartment and were just loving being together. Then we got pregnant and she had to quit her job. So we had to move in with friends to get by. Just before our first wedding anniversary, our son was born. After spending about 2 years living with friends and family we saved enough and I was making enough, so we bought a house. About 9 or 10 months later our daughter was born. If you’re a little confused about the kids at this point, it’s okay. You’ll understand how it all went down in a minute. When our daughter was about 9 months old we found our church home.
Things just kept on truckin’ we had good years and bad. I changed from working as a diesel tech to a transport refrigeration tech, then felt led to take a job for a small start-up company that did mobile maintenance on trucks and trailers. That one didn’t last long because I was paid on flag time and there wasn’t enough work to go around. I left the industry to find work closer to home and took a job in production plant maintenance. Things were going good. I had been there about 6 months when family stuff kinda hit the fan.
My sister-in-law was a druggy and had a lot of crap going on and asked us to take care of her youngest 2 kids for a while. Then 2 weeks later she asked us to take care of her older 2 kids.(Aha, this is where the older 4 kids came from.) It was almost time for school to start so we decided, more like we felt led by the Lord, that the kids needed more stability than they had had in their past. So we told their mom that if they were going to stay till after school started then they would need to stay at least till the end of the school year. She agreed. At the end of the school year, the younger 2 decided to go back with their mom, but the older 2 didn’t. They stayed with us. The next year for the younger 2 didn’t go well. They were enrolled in one school but had to enroll in another school before the school year even started. By the end of October, they moved again and had to change schools. Then again they moved at spring break. Their mom decided to stay with a man who said the kids couldn’t, and so she came to us again. At this point we felt that the kids needed to know that they were going to be safe and weren’t going to be moving around anymore, so we said if they came they would stay till they had graduated. Again she agreed. So now we have 6 kids. They all call us Mom and Dad, even if they aren’t biologically ours. The oldest girl the 20-year-old, she moved out about a year ago, after living here for 7 years. The second oldest girl, the 18-year old, is getting married soon.
Now back to MY story. So the kids came to stay with us, and about 2 years later I was laid-off due to the economy. It sucked the big one. My wife and I weren’t sure what we were gonna do to keep the house and food on the table. We prayed about it. I took some temp jobs. She got some part-time work. After about 2 years of being unemployed or under-employed (selling cell phones) I managed to get a job as a diesel tech again. Thanks to that, my wife could quit working at those crappy places. We decided to homeschool the kids, due to the stupid crap that goes on in public school.
Awhile back, my aunt-in-law (if that’s a thing,) who had been having various health issues, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. My wife started going over there to help her with things she could no longer do on her own. My wife, though sometimes blunt to the point of rudeness, is awesome and really cares about others. I don’t know what I would do without her. And, no, I’m not just putting this in here cause I want you to see it when you proofread this for me. I really do mean it. Anyway, after my wife had been doing this for a few months, we realized it would actually be easier on everyone if my aunt moved into our place. So things were put in place and plans were made, and we all know what God does when we tell Him our plans. She moved in a little over a year ago, shortly before my oldest daughter moved out.
Sometimes its cramped in this 3 bedroom, 1750 sq ft home. The boys have half of the back living room for a bedroom. All 3 girls share one bedroom. My aunt has her room. But we make it work.
I hope this helps you get to know me a little better. Oh, and the GERONIMO thing, that’s not a Whovian thing for us. It’s a leap of faith thing. Just like when Geronimo, the Native American, jumped off the cliff to flee the rangers or whatever, depending on witch version of the story you read, that were chasing him.