Friday, March 28, 2008

My Brother is Coming to Live with Us



I haven't ever talked about my huge family, but I guess this is as good a time as any... I have 10 siblings. To make a long story short I have 8 brothers & 2 sisters, DeWayne 39, Shane 34, Nakia 32, Dabreon 29, Corey 29, Brendia 26, Skyler 22, Caleb 18, Andrew 18, and Jordan 16. The boys you see above are my Condra brothers. We all have the same Dad. I have the same Mom & Dad as the 2 in the middle. Maybe I'll tell about my Cassell brothers, and sister in another blog, but right now this blog is about Andrew. He is the one that is wearing green in the picture above.
Right now he is driving from St. Pete FL to Knoxville TN . So, as of tomorrow my family will go from 4 to 5. You may ask "Why is he leaving sunny florida?" Well, he graduated last year from high school, and things just haven't gone as planned. He is coming to Knoxville and hopes to make a new start. I am extremely excited. My youngest brothers, Andrew & Jordan have always lived 8 - 10 hours from me so I haven't been around them a lot. I am hoping this will be a chance for us to get to know one another, and hopefully I can help him pursue his dreams.
He would like to get a job, and then maybe in the fall start a local college here in Knoxville. Ultimately he would like to go to school at the University of Tennessee. He is a fabulous musician. He played the french horn in High School, and was even in the Drum Corp the summer before his senior year. He can play just about any instrument that is given to him. I'm not really sure if he's made up his mind "What he wants to be when he grows up" but I'm sure that the Lord didn't give him his musical talent for nothing.
I am asking each of you, as my friends, to pray that the Lord will guide him in his endeavors. I think I am safe in saying that he has made decisions that he now regrets. Also, pray that the Lord will help me & Charlie to be examples for him. He has a great Mom & Dad, and I am in no way trying to take their place. I just want to help him as he transistions into this next phase of his life.

6 comments:

Pam said...

I hope that everything works out well for all of you! Good luck!!

livin with me said...

I certainly hope it all works out of you. I can imagine it will be quite an adjustment.

Valerie said...

Krista, I didn't know your family was that big. I will pray for this change in your lives. If anyone can do it, you and Charlie can!

Sandra said...

I hope everything works out, I know it will be a huge adjustment.

Mississippi Songbird said...

That sounds wonderful. I bet you will cherish this time with your brother, before he flies out really on his own.. I went to live with my middle sister and her family when I got out of high school.We got so close during that time. I will always cherish those memories.. God Bless all of you.. I'm sure it will be a good.

Mari said...

Wow - I can't imagine having that big of a family. My family has 4 kids. You're a great sister to be willing to have him live with you and I know you'll be a good example. I'll pray for the decisions he has to make and that you will all grow closer during this time.