Just sitting enjoying a relaxing Sunday, and thinking about how much my family means to me. I know with all the hours I worked and commuted while they were growing up I really missed out on a lot of activities with them. I guess my mistake was trying to provide them with all the niceties of life and did not think about what I was giving up by not always being there in person for them.
I have three wonderful daughters and 6 wonderful grandchildren. My oldest is still married, to same person Shawn Nursement, she has 3 children Dalyen, Harley, and Jessi. Sarah my middle daughter is divorced and dating, she is in a serious relationship with Jason Taylor, she lost her first child to a tubal pregnancy. Jason has an 11-year-old son Colton, hopefully someday they will make a family together. Amber my youngest is going through her second divorce, and has three children, Melia, Katina, and James. she is currently in a relationship who knows where that will end up.
I have been married to the same great friend, confidant, supporter, and wife any man could possibly hope to have or ask for Melia Ann Mullins Carroll. I love her with all my heart and I will always and forever.
We have always tried to raise our daughters to be goal oriented, have open minds about everything, and be good Christians, one of my greatest accomplishments with my daughters is the fact that they do not have a bigoted bone in their bodies. I may not always be happy about some of the things they have done, buy they are my daughters and no matter what they do in their lives, I will always love them, you can never deny or take away a fathers love for his children.
I really enjoy it when my daughters friends call me Dad, and that some of them who now have children of their own, call me “Poppa”. I have always tried to support my daughters friends in their lives too.
Now as I go through some major changes in my career, and have to figure out how we will survive financially with these changes, it has made reflect on just how important my family and my friends are to me.
As I continue to go through life and slowly progressing into my later years in life, I always hope I will remembered for being a fair person, not too judgemental, and willing to do what ever it takes to help everyone out when they needed me.
Just me today by Rusty Carroll