This picture is of my daughter Grace. I love it because it takes me back several years. Grace and Olive, one of our past Cairn puppies, spent the whole day playing on our twenty acres.
This picture also takes me back several years. This is my son Johnathan with our first stud dog Abraham. Abraham is now retired to a loving, pet home where he sits in the lap of an elderly gentleman all day long. What a life!!! Thank you, Roger and Sandra.
This is my daughter Hannah with another one of our past Cairn puppies. Grace and Hannah could have passed for twins back then, but they're actually two and a half years apart. When I look at these pictures, I get a little teary-eyed because my kids are growing up. Johnathan is now nineteen. Grace is seventeen, and Hannah is fifteen.
This is a picture of Johnathan, age thirteen, getting some puppy kisses from Tucker, one of our past Westie puppies. Johnathan is now a freshman in college, and for those of you who have been following us, he still has a 4.0 G.P.A. Yes, momma is proud of him!!! He is also working part-time, and he has a very sweet girlfriend which scares momma to death!! He plans to graduate from Seminole State College next year, and afterwards, he will go to East Central University in Ada. (Also, if you couldn't tell, Johnathan is a BIG OU fan like his dad. Sorry Texas fans!!)
In this picture, Grace was twelve, and Hannah was ten, but I love it!! Read Grace's T-shirt, and you will see why. I guess her T-shirt must have been true. Her brain must have still been on summer vacation because the sign behind her head reads, "DANGER!!!! DO NOT STAND IN FRONT OF DOOR."
Anyway, Grace and Hannah have always been my puppy socializers!!! When they were younger, they loved to dress the puppies up and play games with them. In fact, they're still the ones who frequently dress the puppies up for their pictures. Believe me, the puppies get a lot of attention. If Grace doesn't have them, Hannah does, and if Hannah doesn't have them, I do. What a life!!
This is an old picture of my husband, Nathan Harrington. Shortly after we married, he began working in the ministry and continued to work in the ministry for roughly nine years. Then, he became a public school teacher and a coach. He currently teaches World History, United States History, Oklahoma History, and Geography at Graham Public Schools. He also coaches basketball, cross country, and track. (Yes, he's an OU fan too!! I think he owns at least five or six OU T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and sweatpants--even sleeping pants!! I know--he's silly.)
Also, I just have to brag. In 2011, while working in the Mounds Public School system, he received the Oklahoma FCA Coach of the Year Award and was honored by former First Lady Laura Bush at an awards ceremony for having the largest FCA chapter in the United States. It was truly incredible!!! If you have never heard of FCA, it is Fellowship of Christian Athletes. It's a wonderful organization which is legally allowed in the public school system, and there are numerous FCA groups across the United States. In fact, there are close to two hundred just in Oklahoma!!
Finally, I am posting an updated picture of all of us, and I do not know why it is blurry. I apologize. From left to right, you will see my dad, Jackie Brown; my husband, Nathan Harrington; my son, Johnathan Harrington; my daughter, Grace Harrington; my daughter, Hannah Harrington; me; and my mom, Jan Brown. This picture was taken on May 16, 2014, at Johnathan's high school graduation which was also Hannah's eighth grade graduation.
Some of you know that two years ago, my family and I stopped raising puppies and moved from Okmulgee to Holdenville because we wanted to be close to my dad who had just been diagnosed with a rare, terminal lung disease--Pulmonary Fibrosis. We actually lived with them for several months while our house was being built on a 160 acre piece of their property which is about three miles from their home. Basically, we are close enough to help them but not so close that we drive them crazy!!! However, if you know my mom, she never accepts help. Mom, I know that you will read this, and YOU ARE WONDERFUL!!!!
Okay, I got teary-eyed again and lost my train of thought. My point is that my family moved here to be close to my parents, and we are so glad that we did. When we first moved, I had to place my Westies in loving homes because my dad's lung condition would not allow him to be around dogs. Basically, he could not breathe in the presence of a dog, and we were living with them so it was not possible to keep my dogs. During that time, I actually taught high school English, but my old life of staying home and raising puppies was always tugging at my heart. I was teaching, but I wanted to be home with my children raising puppies. Basically, for most of their lives, I home schooled them, and together, we kissed puppies, dressed them up, and had tea parties. Memories like those caused me to finally start all over, and I am so happy that I did. I am once again at home, home schooling Hannah, and kissing puppies. We no longer have tea parties; Hannah's a little too big for that. However, I hope to have grandchildren who like tea.
For those of you who are wondering, my dad did get a lung transplant on June 25, 2013, and we thank God for it!!! He is doing very well, and we are immensely grateful. His doctor told him that he probably only had about three to five days left, if he had not gotten the transplant. When your loved one is that close to death and you get them back, you cannot describe the gratitude!!!! To all of you who are organ donors and especially to all of you who have lost a loved one who was a donor------THANK YOU!!!!! I got my dad back, and I am sooooooooooo grateful!! Words cannot express it. Please know that my whole family sincerely hurts for the family of my dad's donor. We do not know who you are. We have never met you, but we hurt for you. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU--your tragic loss gave us life!! I hope that you can find some comfort in that. May God bless and comfort you always, and I hope to some day meet you so I can wrap my arms around you and comfort you.
This is an old picture of the kids and me. I kept it because I crack up every time that I look at Hannah's face. She was and still is an ornery little stinker, but I love her to pieces!!! Grace, on the other hand, has always been the super sweet one. It is truly amazing that two people can have three kids that are so different, yet wonderful in their own way.
Anyway, as I mentioned on the home page, my name is Tamn Harrington, and I am a stay-at-home mom. I have an Elementary Education degree with minors in Math and English. I did teach school for four years, but my heart was always at home with children so I stopped teaching. I absolutely love what I do, and I feel overwhelmingly blessed to be able to do it!!