Finding Gratefulness for Family in All Seasons
By Brittany Kirkland
With Thanksgiving around the corner, gratitude is in the air. Everything is ripe for the picking, and it’s times like this that we can really appreciate the friends and family who have remained in our corners. Gratitude comes natural when you realize that the same family who was there with you while you did the work is also ready to help you partake in the celebration of your fruitful harvest. So, as we prep for honoring our persistent and unyielding work, remember to show your gratitude for the people who’ve been there through times of both work and celebration!
This season, we’re celebrating family by shining the spotlight on the Brooks family, Paulding County’s own. Eddie and Kerri Brooks are two Paulding County locals who have decided to share the love they have for the area by raising their own family here. They are the parents of Easton and Avery Kate, who are both 8 and 7 years old respectively.
October 18th marked ten years of marriage for Eddie and Kerri. The couple is celebrating a decade of being in love by heading over seas for a well-deserved anniversary trip to Punta Cana.
The couple’s origin story begins as many love origin stories do. A mutual friend just knew the two of them were meant for each other and was bent on playing Cupid. The two chatted it up on the phone for a while before they even looked each other in the eyes, but once they finally laid eyes on each other, they were smitten despite Eddie being a good 45 minutes late. Sparks flew, and the love birds have been inseparable ever since.
The couple both work in the community with Kerri dedicating her time and skills to LGE Community Credit Union, where she’s served for the past 19 years. She also serves on the LGE Community Outreach Foundation Committee where she collaborates with other committee members to raise money for several non-profit organizations in the area.
Since 2007, Eddie has worked for Cobb EMC where he operates as a First Class Lineman. Eddie is truly passionate about what he does and has recently been preparing for the possibility of having to head out of town to assist with the Hurricane Michael restoration. Avery Kate and Easton look up to their dad and the work he does, mostly because he drives “a really big bucket truck.”
The kids are also super active within the community as well. While Easton loves to play golf with his dear old dad, Avery Kate enjoys playing on the Dirt Diva’s 8 and under softball team, where Eddie is also the head coach. Eddie also enjoys mountain biking among other nature-loving activities. The family thrives outdoors! Whether they find time to hike a path in North Georgia, hunt for waterfalls to frolic in, or trek up the infamous Kennesaw Mountain, the Brooks family finds the time to make it happen and explore the good ol’ outdoors together.
This family loves doing a variety of activities that allows them to spend fun, quality time together. The Brooks family also delights in camping, fishing, and boat trips together, attending Braves games and roaming the Battery at SunTrust Park, rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs and Virginia Tech Hokies, and traveling to spots like the beach, Legoland, and Disney World for fun-filled family vacations.
Like other families, the Brooks family maintains a special Thanksgiving tradition in which they participate in MUST Ministry’s Gobble Jog on the Marietta Square each year. Every year since 2010, with the exception of 2011, the family has made their way to the Square to share their gratitude with thousands of other families in the community. This year the family plans to do the same. They’ll hit the Square and spend the rest of their special day indoors, surrounded by delicious, home cooked food and family!