Straight from the heart...

I am not normally a very emotionall person (at least not outwardly) but when it comes to my family I get emotional.  I am not talking just about my immediate family....I am talking all 39 of us (about to be 40 in March).  I am talking about the Middlebrooks clan...

It amazes me how far apart we all are but how close we really are.  We don't talk everyday (although I am sure one Middlebrooks talks to another every SINGLE day) but we still know that each of us will be there in a moment's notice if needed. 

I can promise you that we are not a perfect family (which some like to scream from the rooftops!), hello we know that we are human.  I can promise you that we all have pasts just like everyone else some more colorful than others.  The only thing that matters, I PROMISE, is that we are all good-hearted people and we are A FAMILY.  We are not overly a "lovey dovey" family...some of us choke on saying "I love you" (lol...seriously...I am one of them!).  We have a hard time showing our emotions face to face but buddy do we ever know how to text (except Aunt Sheila, even granny can...lol), email (I think Aunt Sheila is getting better at this), and snail mail cards (I love to send cards).  The thing is it isn't necessary in this crazy family because we know we love each other.  Cast one stone towards a Middlebrooks and let's just say you better run....

Some of us are a little more outspoken than others (me...which my mom hates) and some that just everything bottled up.  We all balance each other out pretty nicely...at least we think so. 

What I like to brag about the most is granny and grandaddy had 5 children who are still married to the same person.  All 5 children have children who are all married to the same person (except me of course...kind of the outspoken black sheep lol) and they all have children.  That is rare these days...no divorces, no step children, etc.  The one thing I miss is that we used to all live so close to one another (and the kids all worked for grandaddy which probably wouldn't work well now!!!  to many egos!!  ha! ha!), that we saw each other every day.  The thing I look forward to the most is our weekend getaway in Pigeon Forge once a year for Christmas.

PICTURE THIS:  39.5 Middlebrooks (of all ages: 9 are 5 years or under, 7 are under 20, and well the rest of us we won't mention age but 75 is the oldest) in a three story cabin with 16 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and a TON of food.  Let me just say not a lot of sleep happens but there are definitely some laughs and looking back on years past:

"the grandkids"

granny and grandaddy

aunt lora

grandkids: Brandon & Emma
great grandkids: Bryson, Will, & Emily

Daniel...who knows what he is doing?!

grandaddy in the 80s
grandaddy with an audience

dumb & dumber

Uncle Chris, Aunt Lora, Alex, & mom

Addy & Lucas
(the year WE ALL went to the
Dixie Stampede)

Uncle Chris & Aunt Lora

Scott & Tyree

Granny with the "only" two great
granddaughters (at the time)

Beth, Aunt Sheila, Aunt Sonya

the FAV grandkid (lol)

LeAnne & Beth

4 more since then...and one more on the way

Aunt Maronica & Uncle Kevin

Me, Alex, and Kyle

Daniel & Sonya



  1. The Middlebrooks have a bond like few have. Proud to be an "adopted" member every once in a while :)

  2. I am going to kill you for the picture of me and LeAnne!!! Just for the record it was New Years Eve but unfortunatley I can not blame it on anything but stupidity. (no alchol was involved)!!