About THE MEDIAN SIB

Updated January 2010

How did this blog get its name? “Median” is a word meaning the one in the middle. I’m the fourth of seven children – the middle child, the mid kid, the median sibling – the median sib. I have two older sisters and two younger sisters. I have one older brother and one younger brother. One would think I would be an exceptionally balanced person coming from such a line-up. Wish it were true!

I named this blog on a whim. I was simply trying to come up with a blog name that someone else hadn’t already grabbed. I tried several titles, but they were taken. I have NO idea where the idea came from, but when I typed in “The Median Sib” – it was available, and it became a done deal. At first I thought it was a little silly, but it has grown on me, and now I rather like it.

I started keeping a diary at the ripe old age of 10 years when my father gave me a gift of a brown leather-bound diary. I’ve kept one ever since – about 48 years. Blogging is just a different way for me to do what I’ve been doing for so long. Since a blog is so public, though, I find myself doing more self-censoring than I did with my handwritten diaries.

I’m an early baby boomer – a wife – mother of two – and grandmother of two – reading teacher. I love reading, writing, cooking, camping, hiking, dancing, and being with family and friends.

You’ll find that I write about my husband, my children and my granddaughters a lot. My family is the most precious and important thing in the world to me. Nothing is sweeter than to hear the grandgirls’ voices calling me “Grandma Carol.” Lily is 8 now, and Sophie is 6. They belong to my daughter, Larisa. In March 2010, my son, Joey, and his wife will have my third graddaughter, Evey.

On December 1, 2008, my then 7-year old granddaughter, Lily, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). She will endure two and a half years of chemotherapy in order to get through this. Her diagnosis has turned our family inside out. It is heartbreaking to see a child I love so very much suffer day in and day out – especially the first few months after her diagnosis. However, things have evened out somewhat since then, and while there is still that anxiety of knowing what “could” happen, she’s handling the treatment okay for now.

I live in Tennessee. It has been my home for over twenty years now. However, I’m originally from Georgia. Most of my family still lives there. I’ve lived in North Carolina and Illinois, too.

I was married to RT in 1969 and we were married for 28 years, but then we divorced. After 8 years of being divorced we got back together, and in September 2006 we were remarried in a beautiful and rustic outdoor ceremony in a park near Anchorage, Alaska. The photo below is one taken at that ceremony.

I’m thrilled and happy to be back together with RT. We are in the process of settling into our dream home on some land we own here in Tennessee. RT was the contractor for our house and handled every single aspect of building it. We moved into our home in October 2007 and we love it here.

I enjoy writing this blog, and I hope you will leave a comment and visit again soon.