Who’s Who in My World

The Goetz Gang

“You don’t get to choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you as you are to them.”  (Desmond Tutu)

I am a wife to Allen Goetz and we have been married for 30 years and we currently live in a sleepy little town in the middle of New Jersey.   Trust me.  You’ve never heard of it.   But we love it.

Allen is kind and gracious. I am sarcastic and I like to say, discerning (but others may call me a bit judgmental). Allen is a hard-worker, quiet and reserved. I am quick-witted and loud. He is methodical and analytical. (Read more about him here).  I am passionate and decisive. Allen is a supporter and a peacemaker. I am a leader and aggressive. As you can see, we are a match made in heaven.

I am a mom to four very unique kids, one son-in-law and one precious grandson.

Sarah is 28 and a second-grade teacher.  She is married to Cody and lives in Pennsylvania. Sarah is a hard-working rule-follower, and if we were Catholic, she might have become a nun.  She is highly creative and has had a teacher’s heart since she was little. She is deeply caring and a great writer. She is my editor when it comes to these posts.  You can read her blog HERE.  She is one of my very best friends.

Cody, her husband, is a crazy outdoorsman and has his own company helping other people exploring the outdoors.  Check it out HERE.  He is super-handy and knows what he wants. He is a man who is willing to grow and learn. We love him.

Broden, our newest member, is super cute and I love him very much.  He was born on 11/18/17 at 7:03 am, was 20.5 inches long and 7 pounds, 6 ounces.  Check out my letter to him before he was born here.

Our son Jared is an insurance salesman and lives in “da Burgh,” where my husband grew up. We call him the “edge kid.” He is the center of attention when he walks into a room. He “lights it up” as they say.  He was that wiggly, ADHD kid who loved to push the envelope. When our rule was “no eating in the family room,” he would stand with one foot in the kitchen and one foot in the family room munching away so the crumbs would technically fall into the kitchen. How could you not love this kind of kid?  We sure do!

Josh, our third-born, is basically a nerd.  He’s a data analyst with a market research firm and has a podcast with some friends about a computer game I know nothing about.  His brain goes faster and holds more information than anyone I know. He watches Ted Talks and looks stuff up on the internet and figures out how to do some of the most complicated things (like basically build his own computer).   He’s an introvert and he’s also kind and sensitive. He is smart, but he is also the wisest person I know. He might be a good match for Solomon in heaven, but hopefully won’t ever suggest cutting babies in half (see Bible for that story if you are concerned about where this blog is heading).

Our youngest, Rachel, is a technician and a musician. She is very smily and has had a sparkle since she was born. She is a true friend, fiercely independent and loves unconditionally.   Her middle name is JOY and it’s a true picture of who she is. She lives in Burbank, California and is the Dialogue Editor for the TV show “All Rise,” a job she landed because of her fierce tenacity and go-getterness (is that a word?).  She plays the guitar, the piano, the ukulele and can be found sitting making a puzzle in what little free time she has.  She says that her heart is filled with five things:  God, love of family and friends, music, the beach, and puzzles.  I can see her getting a tattoo representing each of these one day.  Check out more about her here.

I couldn’t have asked for better people to share my heart with. I am truly grateful.  I love the quote by Desmond Tutu, but I will tell you that if I got to choose, I wouldn’t choose anyone different.