It's Stacey's 45th trip around the sun.
So here we all come to The Porch.
How we came to be here is a 24 year story....
Pull up a chair and have some sweet tea.
I was 27 and had a two year old little girl. I had quit teaching for awhile to stay home with her.
Tom and I had a rare night out, atthe home of my high school boyfriend Phillip, whom I have stayed friends with all these years. He even lived with Tom and I for a while.
(be careful, once you become friends with me, you are pretty well stuck with me)
There, on that New Year's Eve 1983, I met Stacey .We laughed and talked all night. After midnight, we ended up at Paddy's.
If you don't look too close, Paddy's is just a bar, a rather dingy one at that.But they make good stiff drinks and the clientel isnt too fancy.
Several months later, Paula was leaving to go to Rowatan to work in a resort, having finished her degree,I kinda walked into her job. Actually, the owner had hired someone else, but Stacey said , NO, Marti needs this job.
This is the way we met.
Now we are family.....Paula, Dana, Stephanie, Stacy, Tom, Steve, Craig and I.
Together, we have 15 children
Live in 4 states
Have been on 10 vacations
Buried 3 fathers
seen the sun come up countless times,
raised, love , fed and scolded each others kids,
It's another year for Stacey
And we're still here on The Porch.