This photo must have been taken at the end of 2015, because Mom is shown with us. Surrounding her are, from left, sister Bevs Brumbaugh and Brenda Norton; myself; and brother Ron. The photo was snapped during a Christmas gathering at the former Heartland of Greenville, where Mom, Dad and Ron had been patients. Dad passed in 2016.

Life’s Reflections: Sibling Gathering Near

Just like old times….my brother, Ron, and sisters, Bev and Brenda, and I are planning another get-together for next Saturday. We usually go somewhere to eat, but this time we’re going to gather at Ron’s house since he is unable to get out and about sometimes. But, we’re still planning on eating.

What else happens after that, I don’t know yet, but I’m sure we’ll find something to discuss and maybe even try to solve the world’s problems.

I think this will be our third or fourth outing since Mom died in September 2019. She would have wanted us to do it because she, as well as Dad, were all about family. He died six years ago on July 20.

I’m sure they will be the topic of much of our conversation. It is always nice to talk with my siblings to see if their remembrances of our family are the same. We probably all four have different concepts of how things happened back then.

We really did have a good life when we were younger. I don’t remember any of us wanting something so bad that it caused a riff in our lives because it couldn’t be gotten. We accepted what our parents gave us because that is all we knew.

They were loving, caring parents who gave us unconditional love which we realized later on as we got older, especially me.

I figured I would get disowned for a few things I did in the past but they didn’t. I knew they were disappointed in some of my shenanigans, and I was remorseful, but they never stopped loving me or my siblings. I guess that’s why I have given my son a lot of leeway in life, and I don’t regret it. You learn as you go and live with it.

Ron, widowed twice, never had any children. I have Jamie. Bev, widowed in 1980 when husband Tom Brumbaugh Sr. died, had three children, Tom Jr., who died Feb. 10, 2016; Michelle Jones, who with husband Bob, have a son Buck; and Justin, who has a daughter Maddicyn. And, last but not least, Brenda, the baby of the family, who is wed to Dan Norton, is the mother of three daughters, Nikki married to T.J. Phillips, Breanne, married to Ben Bucholtz and Jodi, who is engaged to Andrew Johnson. Together, their three daughters have a total of six children and quite a few grandchildren.

So, I’m hoping we can get some updates on their lives on Saturday since everybody, though we don’t live that far apart, can be included in our conversations.

Ron has been retired from Fram for a number of years; I am semi-retired; and Bev just retired and is loving it. Brenda is still working but am sure she will one day be looking to lighten her load  work-wise as well.

Like I’ve reported before many times, we older three were all born on the same day a year apart, and Mom said quite a few times that she wished she would have just had triplets. Can you imagine having three babies in two years? But, I think she handled it well, probably because we were such angels. Then, Brenda, bless her, decided to marry the love of her life on our birthday 47 years ago and included us in her ceremony. That was special.

I don’t mean to rush time by any means, but I can’t wait until Saturday. Hope the weather cooperates.
Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of Don Drew, Shelley Brinley, Michael R. Rindler, Geri Hodge, Doug Tinkle, Shirley Jay, Sue Best, Brenda Brinley, Mark Powell, Doris Mikesell, Teddy Royster Sr. and John Esser.
Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Danny Foster, Dave Niley, Chuck Edwards, Michael Young, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Helen L. Teeter, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Ralph Byrd, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, Michelle Leugers Enicks, Roxanne Barnes, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Debbie Labig, Kevin Wampler, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Jeff Zumbrun, Gary Cain, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, June Moody, Larry Vititoe, D’Arleen Waymire, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.
Happy birthday:
March 22 to Cris Kammer Moody, Tom Wentworth, Elaine Hartzell Howell, Glen Best, Steve Gruber and Diana Floyd.
March 23 to Sylvia Garrett, Paula Moody, Jeff Dohme, Brandan Heck, Carol Bowman Cox, Kaya Price and Virginia O’Dell.
March 24 to Norma Byrd, Kim Hershey, Cindy Jenkinson Moody, Brian K. Hathaway, Mike Thornhill, Mike Stegall, Tina Ullery, Troy Overbay, Jeff Subler, Jana Deeter and Jon Shaner.
March 25 to Brandon Moody, Joan DeMange, Doris Barga, Mike Doyle, Linda Shuttleworth, Gerry Honeycutt, Greg Knick, Brian Dapore, Nancy Norton and Shelly King.
March 26 to Nevin Elleman, Connie Starline and Kenny Erwin.
March 27 to Sherry Keen, Joan Falknor, Susan Kammer, Jeff Hile, Molly  Wentworth, Nathan Leeper, Travis Yohey, Chuck Runner and Sharon Hutchens.
March 28 to Donna Slyder, H.B. Hole Jr., Bob Berger, Eva  Cusac-Seale and Mike Henderson.
Happy anniversary to: Gene and Amy Maher on March 26.
Think about it: “Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”–Albert Camus

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Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ or 937-337-1955.

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