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A woman in Oregon writes to Louisiana in Tennessee.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008, Sisters, Oregon~

Dear Louisiana Sandusky~

You don't know me from Adam; I decided to write to you after reading one of your books about your family.  I hope you don't mind.

My name is Beatrice (Bea) Trammell.  I am married to George (15 years now), and we have five children, three adopted, two our own.  Our children range in age from four to fifteen; we  have two boys, three girls.

I am writing to you to tell you how much I enjoyed reading about you.  You are an incredible young woman; you've gone through so much in life, yet you remain steadfast to your faith, a faith that is refreshing to see.

How do you find time to write books, work, and raise such a large family?  Where do you put everyone when they come home for holidays?  The cost of raising such a large family must be astronomical, especially in today's shaky economy!

These are the kind of questions that ricochet through my mind as I write this.  I don't kow  how you do it!  I have enough trouble trying to keep tabs on five children; I can't imagine parenting over sixty!  You must be a sight when you go out in public!

I bet you've heard the same questions time and time again:  "Are you members of a church group?"  "Are these children your students, or are you on a school field trip?"  "Are you their babysitter?"  LOL  And to think they're all yours!  WOW!  Incredible!!

How do you handle negative questions pertaining to race, creed, disability?  How do you keep your children in line whenever they misbehave?  These are some of the things I'd like to know!

In any event, to tell you a little more about our family:  we have three girls, two boys, as I mentioned earlier.  They range in age from fifteen down to four.  Their names are Grace Elizabeth (15, ours), Tyler Wayne (13, adopted from India), Christina Michelle (11, adopted from Ecquador), Nicole Marie (7, adopted from China), and our youngest, Jayden Lance (4, ours; he was something of a surprise LOL).  They are all healthy, I'm happy to say; they bring us much in the way of joy; we can't imagine our lives without them!

I am a nurse like you; however, I work in a small community hospital here in Sisters.  My husband, meanwhile, stays home with the children; he can't work because he's on SSDI (back problems; has had several surgeries, they have done little good to ease his pain/suffering).  My mother in law (George's mom) comes to help with the children while I'm at work, so as to take some of the burden off George when his back is bothering him.  She's been a regular blessing!

I don't know if I could handle a child with special needs.  We have enough problems trying to keep a handle on five healthy children!  I guess that takes a special type of person to adopt children who are disabled; I don't think I could do it, if you want my honest opinion.

Well, I've bent your ear long enough, so I will run along now.  I hope you will write back to me; I love to get letters from other adoptive parents, to see how they handle life, how they handle their kids.  I'm always open to new ideas or suggestions.  Take care and God bless you and your beautiful family mightily!  You are definitely one of a kind!

~Most sincerely, your new friend, Beatrice Trammell, Sisters, Oregon. :)

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 10/2/2008
This is another awesome write from a caring mothers heart, Louisiana is a remarkable woman thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/1/2008
Bea, I see that you have your hands full and yet you care about others but that louis of our has put the bar quite high.
Say, anybody there talking Esperanto?

Reviewed by 000 000 10/1/2008
Karen, another lovely family. Maybe one day, all your story families will have a big reunion---at your house. They have reality in them from your tales.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/30/2008
Interesting and informative letter that looks at large family life and how others view it.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 9/30/2008
Beautiful write about beautiful new people. No one, absolutely no one can introduce them like you. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 9/30/2008
Wow Karen this was a great write as I thought first it was about me as we have five children three of which were adopted and two are mine from birth. They fall into a pattern and the days are smooth. Believe me there is no more work then if you have two children as I am sure Beatrice will tell you. Love and patience. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/30/2008

More characters to get to know and love: don't know how you do it. As far as Sisters, never heard of it: wonder if there's a Brothers? LOL (Very bad joke, sorry.) Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 9/30/2008
Hi Karen, that is a great letter and it sums up all the questions that your readers have wondered about as they read about Louisiana and her many children. But even better than the letter is the writer and her writing style, the ability to communicate so aptly on paper toward generating interest about social situations occuring to folks all around us. Great write, Karen.

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