I'd like to introduce you to the cast of characters you may encounter.
Thomas--first born son (16)
Pearl--dear and only daugher (13)
James--wonderful "baby" who is no longer a baby (9)
Grandma and Grandpa--my wonderful in-laws
Mandy--neurotic, but well behaved German Shepard-Cattle Dog mix
Smokie--multi-layered Cattledog-Spaniel mix
Lucky-luckiest cat I've ever known. Also the only cat I've ever had (I don't own him, he owns me.)
Lucy, Pearl's pet rat. Smart and very cool pet!
Chickens with names (read: pets who happen to lay eggs)
I also have many friends and extended family whose names I'll introduce later.
I hope you might follow along. We aren't that interesting, but that's the way we like it. We have the standard human problems, but nothing we can't overcome with the help of each other and lots of prayer.