One of the most rewarding things I've ever done

Two and half years ago Donald and I were volunteered by my daughter to babysit for her friend Tashsa. Now you might think... rewarding? babysitting? are you nuts? But I want to share some photos and our story of growing our family. 

Over that two and half years these children, all FIVE of them, we kept that first night have become family as has their mama, she's just another one of my adopted kids.  

There is Laston who just turned 3, the twins James and Jonah who just turned 5 last week, Braylee who will be 6 next month and and Makayla who turned 11 on Wednesday earlier this week.

And because I want you to see the sweet video I'm going to link you to my Facebook page to check out their photos.

The reward has been 100% more than the work it takes to babysit or attend events for these little ones.  We've been invited and gone to grandparents day at school, we've been to ball games, we've had dinner dates and movie nights with these children. And if you've never seen a 2 year old mesmerized by a movie try the Jungle Book.  Donald calls James "man cub" ever since we took them to see that movie.

If your life isn't too full to add some joy... I strongly suggest you find a family who might need "adopting". I can almost guarantee there is a neighbor or a family in your church or community who really needs you and I promise the rewards will make your life richer. I can't imagine my life without these 5 little monkeys that call me Grammy and call Donald Papa Don. 


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Comment balloon 11 commentsTammy Lankford, • April 15 2017 09:38PM


Tammy this is so wonderful - these kids and their Momma are so lucky to have you in their lives - and you them! Blessings to all of you!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 3 years ago

Hi Tammy I remember you telling us about these kids and I am so glad for them and for your extended family- seems children return any effort 100 times with their joy and love. Happy Easter Tammy!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 3 years ago

I can see the love these give and it is so welcome to see

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 3 years ago

Tammy, my girls and I have been on the receiving end of such kindness. When my oldest was about 2 years old, one of my colleagues back then invited the 2 of us to join her entire extended family for a 4th of July celebration. We did. And what followed were countless family get-togethers over the years.. tomorrow will be another Easter at their house. I am so incredibly grateful to all of them. It gives my girls the opportunity to experience family life while separated by an ocean from their family. I know first hand what a difference you and Donald are making in the lives of these children and their mom. Thank you. 

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) over 3 years ago

Andrea Bedard your comment just melted my heart and brought tears to my eyes.  I wish you were closer and I'd be Aunt Tammy to your babies too. (although they really aren't babies anymore) yet they always will be.

William Feela so much love.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 3 years ago

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS I bought the boys "clothes" for their birthday, but gave them a gift card to pick a toy and today when Tasha posted a photo of James, who has CP, with a photo of him and his bat and another of him with his ball and glove I was just in awe at the great mom she is and the joy on his little face.

Mary Douglas Happy Easter to you too.  I can't even begin to explain the happiness these kids give me.  I'm hoping to add a new grandbaby to my pack sooner than later too.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 3 years ago

Remarkable Tammy Lankford, that you could find time to be so successful and yet find time to devote to these appreciative little ones. You are the 'Energizer Bunny' and these children will forever love you!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 3 years ago

So much fun!!!  I am happy for you my friend, you have done so much for that special family and I know it brings you such joy!!!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) over 3 years ago

Good morning Tammy. What a wonderful story. You are very special and I enjoyed our conversation this week so much too. Happy Easter.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Tammy-This is just another example of how big your heart is. It has enriched not only your life but theirs as well. Hope you had a great Easter,

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 3 years ago

Very commendable and may you be rewarded handsomely, wouldn't it change the world if everyone followed suit. 

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 3 years ago