MEET THE FAMILY

Meet the Family

Proprietors: Shalom House Bed & Breakfast is owned and operated by Margaret and Hank House.

OUR GRANDBABIES TYLER and SHIVER are the real bosses! Tyler (girl) is nine years old, born in September of ’09. She is being home schooled and is already in the fourth grade.  She supervises Papa at the barn where she collects chicken eggs, feeds the goats and chums up the fish with store bought bread. She is a regular tour guide anymore as she knows where all the feed is and what animal gets it! She also knows which electric fence is “hot”. She can catch a fish and can take a fish off the hook. I’ve seen her give children (and adults) “fishing lessons’ and then get to join in the fun of watching someone catch their first fish!
Shiver is now five. He loves outdoor trips to the barn! We let him go to pre-school every morning which he now loves. He can now spell important words like cat, fat, hat.
Selah Jean just arrived in March of ’17.  She lives near Athens with her fairly newly hatched little sister, Arlie Ruth. (nov ’18) These younguns are just toooo far away to see regularly. But I predict some added miles to the cars in days to come.

Make your reservations soon to join us. It’s great weather right now. You don’t want to miss the jasmine when it blooms this year. April is a good month for that! Also the martins (birds) are here with their families.
Come sit on the swing under the elm tree. The fish are biting. Bring or ask for bug spray.

Pets

Biscuit: Biscuit is the little dog we keep waiting to grow up. They told Hank at the flea market where he paid a whopping $15 bucks for her, that she was half lab and half retriever. You’d think ONE day she’d finally grow up. Well, she’s Tyler’s sweetheart anyway, even if she’s just a mutt.

Blake:  Blake is a yellow lab. Wonderful pedigree although I’m unable to cite all the particulars. He was a gift because he is so good with the kids.

Marley: Marley is a white lab who kept escaping from her fence down the road and ending at our house. We decided to keep her and the neighbor was willing to oblige. She is good with the kids but she hasn’t learned yet to fetch the bucket lid from the pond. She just tries to drown Blake (not really) when he is in the pond fetching it.

Coco: Coco is our tortoise shell cat who is learning to be a lap cat. Since we lost Pogo, her buddy, recently, she has become a little more needy and we are loving that she will now jump in our lap and give us some of the loving that her buddy Pogo used to. Pogo was the bob tail cat with thick grey fur who claimed kingship over the property the past ten years. He got sick recently and apparently had used up all nine lives, because we couldn’t pull him thru. We are still sad. Coco is nine years old.

The Fowl: These fowl are called guineas. They can make a ruckus if they are disturbed by local wildlife. So if you hear them making a fuss, how about running down to the barn to chase off the fox or whatever is bothering them.

Ducks: We hope to have  hatchlings this year. Did you know that a one day old hatchling can swim underwater and bob up at the most unpredictable places? I ought to Youtube that.

•Chickens and goats:  We have chickens laying eggs, a rooster crowing, mama, daddy and baby goats. They’re all fun to watch. Please feed them your vegan food scraps and they’ll be your friends for life. (Really, just as long as you have food!)

The Youngun’s: The kids are out of the house now. We have the grand kids during the weekdays. Tyler is homeschooled. Shiver is keeping homeschool interupted. What a challenge!
Benji is being deployed for a year and is headed to Africa. He has double bachelor degrees from FSU.
Jonathan finished his master’s degree in accounting at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He and his wife Ashley are currently in Athens, GA,  guiding people to good investments. Jonathan actually works sometimes, that is if he is not snowboarding, fishing or taking trips to Cancun! (Just picking at you Jonathan!) Ashley is a family counselor and has a compassionate heart. She will be a huge asset for helping people. Jonathan and Ashley got me a grandbaby Selah Jean and now Arlie Ruth. Talk about one blessed grand – ma. That’s ME! These kids are super cute!!
Keri is married to Chance. She works in Adel as an accountant and now has her masters. She is also a dancer and choreographer and helps with a local dance studio. Chance is a plumber and is now a “MASTER” plumber. One of the youngest in the state!!! They’re the ones who gave us the two Tifton grandkids.
Kayli finished a second degree of her college career. Two bachelor degrees. Good job girl! She lives in Athens and works for her brother. She is amazingly smart and talented and is also a dancer like her sister. She is smart enough to find a catch of a husband! Bryan was added to our family just this past March. He is a teacher of music and drama in the Oconee County school system.
Then there’s Melanie. She lives in Atlanta and is perhaps the most courageous of us all. She is legally blind but manages to live alone, work at Publix bagging groceries and go wherever she wants in the Big A. Incredible. I don’t know if I could make it to the bathroom if I had on a blindfold.

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