Posted by: liz   in family fun, friends

A few weeks ago, kenny forwarded me an email with this story of a family and their miracle baby boy.

His email read, “Liz, This is incredble…I taught these kids when I taught in Hagerstown, MD!” and it took me a minute to realize he was referring to the parents in the story.  Kenny was a high school English and Grammar teacher right out of college for three years before he moved to Pittsburgh and started his current career in software. When he saw the story, he realized that this was a local family (they had recently moved to the Pittsburgh area) now. What a coincidence!  So he forwarded their story to me.

I clicked on the link and the whole time I’m blinking back tears, I’m wondering how it is I recognize this family, when I didn’t know Kenny when he was a teacher. It finally dawned on me that I read Leighann’s blog, Living with Three Hobbits and a Giant, about a year ago. I recognized the blog title right away, and I quickly wrote back to Kenny and said, “Incredible!  I used to read her blog!”

So I dashed off an email to Leighann, not knowing how she’d receive it, explaining to her who I was, and how we “found” them. I wondered if they could come for dinner soon or would it be weird for them to “hang out with an old high school teacher?” Within a few hours, she wrote back:

“Liz, Yes, it would be weird to hang out with an old high school teacher. Henry and I decided we will do it since you seem so cool, but on the condition that we continue to call Kenny “Mr. Smith”, especially since he thinks we are still kids.”

I immediately loved her sense of humor.

Last night, we were graced with their family’s presence in our home for dinner. We were both so excited to meet them, me for the first time, and Kenny, for the first time in nearly 20 years. Our children bonded over the pasture fence feeding the animals, and then eating together at the “kids table,” then building a fort and playing legos. I loved listening to Kenny, Henry and Leighann talk of old students, teachers, and families from the school.  The evening went way too quickly…we had such a great time chatting.

If there is an age difference in any of us, you wouldn’t know it. It was an honor getting to know such a wonderfully warm and loving family, and we look forward to many more “getting-togethers” with them!


Liz and Kenny, Leighann and Henry (and Ryan!)

The kiddos...


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9 comments so far


i sent you the pic with Henry’s head cut off – whoops! Had such a great time. Can’t wait to see you again.

February 6th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

This is *SOOOOO* COOL!!!!! I love it!!!!!!
I totally get the no-age-difference thing – I always had older friends in my teens & 20′s, and now here in GA, all my friends are the ages of the kids I taught in high school right out of college, too. :-P :-D

February 6th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Of course it’s not limited to homeschoolers, but one of the things I love about homeschooling is that it encourages inter-generational socialization.

February 7th, 2012 at 1:40 am
Sharon Getz

Kenny, This is how Tom (Mr Getz’s) felt when he met you and you wife at CHAPS. HE loves hearing from and seeing former students. He always calls the ones that graduated under him “His Kids.” You have a beautiful family.

February 7th, 2012 at 6:36 am

So AMAZING! Mr. Smith hasnt changed a bit, except for the bow tie! please pass on that the Gaylor’s said HI! Danny and Jill Gaylor

February 7th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

How cool! Leighann, were your girls by chance at ice skating lessons at North Park in January? You all look so familiar, and for some reason i have it in my head that I remember seeing your family there! Probably b/c your girls are the same age as the 2 of mine who took the lessons. I could be mistaking you with another family though. Funny if it is you though!

February 7th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Bonnie, Yes! We were at the North Park skating lessons in January! So funny you recognize us!

February 8th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

i love small world connections!

February 8th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

What a cool story! I loved this post – how wonderful.

February 21st, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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