|Three days after graduation I moved to Abilene and can't believe that I now have lived longer away from San Antonio for 20 years, after growing up in the same house on Harcourt for 18 years. While attending court reporting school, I had worked as a legal secretary for the senior partner in a general civil/criminal practice law firm. I was voted as "Legal Secretary of the Year" by the Taylor County Legal Secretaries Association. For several years now I've been self-employed as a freelance Court Reporter, but also stay diversified by substituting around the Taylor County Courthouse, in Abilene, as their assistant law librarian or assistant court administrator (which is the same as the Judge's secretary). On March 24, 2000, we celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. My husband works in the oilfield overseas in Saudi Arabia as a rig superintendent for 5-weeks-on and then has 5-weeks-off. One year we used his frequent flyer miles to take a family vacation to attend a reunion of his dad's relatives in Columbus, Ohio. Our 10-year-old son is about to finish 5th grade and stays busy in boy scouts, tae kwon do, gymnastics, and little league baseball. He is in the Abilene I.S.D.'s gifted and talented program. Our 6-year-old daughter is in 1st grade and also likes tae kwon do and gymnastics. This summer they will again be attending Hardin-Simmons University, in Abilene, for gifted and talented students. I got "volunteer of the month" at their elementary school and currently serve as Treasurer on the PTA board. After my parents died in 1982 and then 1987, I kept the house on Harcourt (for sentimental reasons) and have it rented out to a legal secretary who works across the street from the Bexar County Courthouse, in San Antonio. We also purchased a couple of other homes on our block (next door and across the street) as rental units. This year I created an "S" Corporation for my husband to work on tree trimming and removal, stump grinding, and fence construction on his days off from the oilfield.
We still attend Southwest Park Baptist Church, in Abilene, where we got married. Our son got baptized when he was in 3rd grade, which is one of the two most important decisions of his life (the other is finding his wife--but that's way on down the road from now). I've kept the guys on their properties committee organized to complete extensive renovation plans of our Family Center.
I look forward to seeing former classmates at another high school reunion, and I also deeply appreciate and applaud Jeff Tuttle for getting us all on-line with the Internet to stay in touch. |