Introduction To Our Family; Also Visit Our Friends

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt

Be Prepared, It's A Wild Ride

Did You Know? - In human context, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity, affinity, or co-residence. In most societies it is the principal institution for the socialization of children. Anthropologists most generally classify family organization as matrilocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a husband, his wife, and children; also called nuclear family); and consanguineal (also called an extended family) in which parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent's family.


Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author Unknown

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Those quotes pretty much describes this collection of people!

If you don't believe in ghosts, you've never been to a family reunion.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.  ~Barbara Bush

Some Terminology Might Be Helpful

Can't tell the family without a program

Our Parents??? Please Meet Them

Frank and Rita Goss circa 1976 -
From New York and New Jersey, college educated people

Paul and Georgia circa 1954;
From Arkansas and Oklahoma, finished the sixth and eleventh grade

Our parents were pretty amazing people and provided us values that will forever make us who we are.... We hope that is good.

Our Children Are Indeed A Collection

We have a collection! Step children, adopted children, and biological children! Oh my! To make this more complex, we do NOT throw out divorced kids-in-law (unless they were bad and our two sons-in-law were NOT bad guys and they are a parents of our grandchildren).

Meet Robin, Michele, Jeanette, Joe, Colleen

Robin Berry Duda - Robin was adopted after spending almost twenty years working with Paul every day at Rockwell and Boeing. When we retired we "officially" adopted her. Her husband Bob is a great guy and grandson Nick is just wonderful!

Michele Miller Adams - Michele is Sue's step daughter and another wonderful person who we love dearly. Her husband, Franklyn, is a magnificent dad to Theo!

Jeanette Liles Lind - Jeanette was married to Mitch Lind (who was the "Boy Next Door"). Mitch, our Son-In-Law, lives in the area and we see him all the time. Mitch and Jeanette had Zachary and Connor, our grandsons. Jeanette has since remarried and lives in the Temecula area.

Joe Liles - Joe lives with his beautifful wife Amy in the La Mirada area and they have two great kids, Alex and Charlie. We certainly enjoy seeing them after almost two decades of being estranged.

Colleen Liles Perry - Collen is married to Mark Perry and they reside in New Hampshire. Mark just retired form the Navy and is enjoying the civilian life. Colleen was married to Pete Chartier, a retired Gunnery Sergeant. They had three kids, Jonathan, Jacqueline, and Cassandra. We see Pete and his new wife Lisa all the time and talk to Jonathan almost every day! Jon is 27 going on 40!

Who Are The Extended Family??? Sisters/Aunts

Did You Know? - The term extended family has several distinct meanings. In modern Western cultures dominated by nuclear family constructs, it has come to be used generically to refer to grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins, whether they live together within the same household or not

The Porters...

Diane and Pat Porter
Pat and Diane Porter

Diane is Sue's sister and they live up north (Silicon Valley where she teaches school and Pat's in in high tech maling super cell phones). 

They have two daughters, Hannah and Lisa.  Lisa is now in High School and Hannah is in the honor's program at UC Irvine.

We visit several times a year usually during the summer and at Christmas.  With Hannah being local now, we will likely see them more... A goof thing!

We visited them at Tomatofest . Visit the Porter's

The Hale's

Kaye and Tom Hale
Aunt Kaye And Tom Hale

Aunt Kaye was Paul's Mom's sister (she is a Lewis).  She lives in Stockton California and has for years and years. 

Tom and Paul spent a lot of time together growing up.  Tom went into the dime store business and was an executive with the 99 Cent stores.  He is now living with his mom also in Stockton.

We see them several times a year as we fly by on the way to/from Diane's home or the Tomato Festival!

Visit Kaye and Tom

Kat & Edith (Deceased)

Kat Robinson

Kat (and Edith) traveled with us for years and the health began an issue. 

 Cousin Kat began having dementia issues soon after so we sold her home, we arranged for an assisted care facility where she can live out her days in dignity.  We see her every few days and go to movies once a week.  Visit Kat

Kat passed at the ripe age of 91 in March 2013.

Aunt  Edith was her constant companion after her mother, Opal, died.  Edit  passed on at 94 in 2004 after providing everyone in her life a load of joy!  She was funny, quick witted, and just a bundle of energy.

Jon Liles (Our Grandson)

Jonathan Liles

Our first grandson!

Jon stayed with us for several years while his dad served in the military and was stationed overseas. We call him "Jonathan Weasel" because when we used to give him a bath, we had a music box that played "Pop Goes The Weasel" and he used to laugh so lard he would fall over.

He is a man now and on his own making it though life and we are proud of him!

Is is joining us for a short vacation form New Hampshire and we are excited about it!

That's Sue and Paul in the front row!  Which one is which you ask? We will not tell.