Our journey through life is like a novel. Each chapter adds to the story, creating and building who we are today. And like a novel, the page that we’re on makes us excited to see what’s ahead. So who is Kathleen Neely?
God blessed me in 1972 with Vaughn Neely, my husband and friend. He supports all that I do and grants me freedom to chase dreams. Our three sons, Brian, Stephen, and Darren, our daughter-in-law Brittney, and two beautiful grandsons make our life rich.
I can’t say that we are empty nesters. We are now parents to Madison, Tucker, Murphy, and Chester. (Lab, mixed-breed lab, sweet cat, and psycho cat). Tucker and Chester are the interlopers. We’re not sure how they came to be ours.
If God didn’t give you a sister, find and adopt one, and you will be blessed. My sisters are a safety net, ready to catch me if I fall. For the first time in twenty years we are all living in the same city. We laugh together and cry together. Thank God for sisters.
I enjoyed the best job of my life during the stay-at-home mom years. I highly recommend it to anyone who is able. Believe me, those years speed by. Blink your eye and they’re over. To all of the moms out there, enjoy and savor each precious moment. Even the hard ones will make you smile twenty years later.
When my baby was no longer a baby, I returned to work, teaching fourth grade. Facebook allows me to keep up with some of those students. It’s such a joy to see where they are today and how God has added to their stories. If you are a former student, I’d love to hear from you. Eventually I graduated from fourth grade to serve as an elementary principal. A big shout out to Eden Christian Academy in Pittsburgh and Shannon Forest Christian School in Greenville, SC. Thanks for the memories.
Parkinson ’s disease was an unwelcomed surprise, leading me to retire earlier than I had planned. But God, in His infinite goodness, had another idea. My active mind makes up stories and God opened doors to allow me to share those with you. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing.
Stay tuned. The next chapter is yet to come. I can’t wait to see what God has planned.
Remember the words of the prophet Zephaniah – The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save, He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17