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New parents' beaming faces worth the wait for three daughters

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By SUSAN LEATHERS

I love to see people smile. Really smile. And the smiles on Kim and Alan Clarks’ faces Friday night warmed up the cold night at the Brentwood High School football stadium despite the action on the field. 

The Clarks weren’t alone. With them were their three daughters -- Kristina, Nastia and Natasha -- who now call Franklin home after being brought up in a Siberian orphanage. The game was the girls first big outing in public.

 Both of their parents were beaming.

We’ve followed the Clarks’ long journey to parenthood over the past two years. The road hasn’t been a smooth one, even when the girls finally joined their new parents in June. But Kim told me Friday that all three have now mastered English to the point that they’re all enrolled in public schools and becoming more and more comfortable in their new home.

I was thrilled to meet the girls, but even more thrilled to see how happy their parents are. What a great Christmas this one will be for Alan, pastor at Brentwood Church of the Nazarene, Kim, BHS' former choral director, and  Kristina, Nastia and Natasha.

Nolensville's calling my name

The competition for the Leathers’ next home is heating up. After years of first saying I wanted to live in the redeveloped Town Center, I’ve pretty much given up on any cool lofts being built over a cute little store or restaurant.

When the Bristol Group's Tapestry project was announced, I thought that might be a good option when the time came to give up our Brentwood acre. But since the condos are all going to be rented, at least for the foreseeable future, I’ve changed my tune there. There’s something about equity that just, well, feels right.

The concept plans for the proposed Streets of Brentwood include a residential component and I’m anxiously watching to see what that will ultimately look like.

My friend Bonnie Burch reported Sunday in The Tennessean that the developers of Bent Creek in Nolensville are considering adding a planned senior living development within the subdivision. Nothing’s set in stone yet, but I love the concept. And since November's election paved the way for a wine store in the town to our east, the option is more appealing than ever.

I’m still a few – hopefully more than a few -- years away from downsizing. But a recent week spent with my parents in the big house I grew up in affirmed my plans to do it sooner rather than later.  I sure hope Brentwood has some new options I can afford when the time comes. But I do know some very nice people who live in Nolensville, and Nolensville Home Page has a nice ring to it, yes?

 
Susan Leathers is co-owner and editor of Brentwood Home Page. Click here to read previous columns. Email her at susan@brentwoodhomepage.com.
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