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Families of the Year: Dapprich Family

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

DAPPRICH FAMILY

Julie and Daryl Dapprich decided to home school their children six years ago and they've never looked back.

"I feel God put it on our hearts as parents and he just let everything fall into place," Julie Dapprich said.

The family also knows that learning goes beyond the walls of their home and it sometimes can take you across the world.

"We started through out church sponsoring a young man in an orphanage in Malawi, Africa. His name is Ronald," Daryl Dapprich said.

For 10 years they keep in touch with Ronald through letters and pictures he sent them of his homeland. Then finally they got a chance to meet him on one of the church's mission trips.

"For that moment to be realized it was really special. We were really blessed not only did we serve our church and orphanage but we were able to meet Ronald. It was neat and overwhelming for us," Darryl Dapprich said.

And for their son Christian it was even more special. He got a chance to spend the evening talking learning more about Ronald in his hut. It was a chance to meet the man who had become like the brother he never had.

"Waking up the next morning and thinking Ronald is laying the in the bottom bunk underneath me cause it was bunk beds it was hard to fathom," Christian said.

In a family where education is important this less is one they will never forget. It's about a family related not by blood but one joined together by love.


PARKS FAMILY

In the Parks family it's all about service. 

"When you give unto others it make you feel good," Patrick Parks said.

That's a feeling they like to spread around. That's why it's important they lead by example -- in the home and in the community. Connie and Patrick Parks are faith volunteers at their church. Patrick also spends as much time as possible being a role model to young men.

"I try to be that figure for them. I try to be the figure along the way," Patrick Parks said.

"We try to be what God has called us to be and that is that sale that seasons on the Earth, those disciples," Connie Parks said.

So when Connie decided to start a tutoring program at their church, the family was all in helping with students and supplies, and when she decided to start a feeding program this past summer, she got the same support from her husband, daughter, Ashley, and son, Patrick Jr., who's now away at college.

"She knows I'm gonna jump right on board with her and we're going. We may be tired some day but we're going," Patrick Parks said.

"That's my mom, she likes to help and I was excited to help," Ashley said.

While the Parks continue to help others through their giving spirit, they hope their example serves as food for the soul served up one plate at a time.


PRICKETT FAMILY

Logan Prickett loves music. He got his first guitar at age 4, but he no long plays. A medical crisis changed his life in 2008. 

A doctor ordered an MRI to learn why he wasn't growing as fast as his classmates.

"He had an allergic reaction to the contract dye in the MRI and received an anoxic brain injury," said Logan's mother, Tammy Prickett.

Doctor's worked for hours to revive him and just when they were ready to sign his death certificate, his heart started beating again. He slipped into a 12-day coma and when he awoke, his family knew it was only by the grace of God.

"He had no muscle control when he came out of the coma that they said he would ever come out of. It's a miracle he's alive," Tammy Prickett said.

He went through months of physical therapy and everyone had to adjust to in order to help Logan through it. Tammy stopped working for 10 months, his sister, Cheyenne Prickett, was home schooled to be closer to her brother.

"We've had to take care of each other all our lives. We've always been close, but I think it brought us to a whole new level of closeness," Cheyenne said. "We actually saw people start coming to our aid before we had to ask. It was like we would have a need and someone would come up with what we needed before we had to mention a word about it."

Logan is now a senior in high school and he continues to study music. When asked about his family's nomination for Families of the Year, he said he wasn't surprised because the world now knows what he already knew.

"My family is awesome," Logan said.

 

COLEMAN FAMILY

It's just before 8 p.m. on a Monday at the Coleman house and one one's thinking about bed. With homework done and household chores completed, it's time for family.

"We're committed to the relationship. We often make time on our schedule if it's just staying up all night knowing we have to go to work in the morning we do that. It's important that we spend time with each other and the kids to keep the lines of communications open," Brian Coleman said.

Brian, Wendy, Jakayla, Little Brian and Baby Wynton are busy. Brian and Wendy volunteer at their children's school. They also volunteer as coaches for various sporting activities their children are involved in. They are also chairpersons for their church's outreach literacy program in Kenya. They do all of this while working full time jobs.

"We give all glory to God we just thank him for an opportunity to represent him and show people families are important,"Brian Coleman said.

Putting family first has always been their mantra. During the early days of their marriage, Wendy was a college student and stay-at-home mom and in order for her to complete her degree. It meant long days and nights for Brian working a full time job to support his family and taking care of their children while Wendy went to school.

"It was hard because he was working sometimes off an hour or two of sleep while keeping them but it worked out for the both of us and our family," Wendy Coleman said.

Call it the right ingredients to make any family works -- a mix of patience, support and a whole lot of love.


NEAL FAMILY

How many people does it take to make up a family?

When the Neal family was nominated for this year's Families of Year award through the family guidance center they said "we never thought we'd be nominated because it's just us two!"

However, we learned what just two people can do when they work together as a family. Harold and Carolyn Neal have traveled to some pretty impressive places -- England and Scotland. Harold served in the Air Force and was awarded a Bronze Star and six Air Force commendations for meritorious service, and his service continued after retirement.

When the Neal family's church decided to buy a bus, the couple decided to get their commercial drivers licenses. 

"Before it seemed like we worked and we got ready to go to work and basically we were never involved in the community until we retired so I guess we're making up for lost time," Harold Neal said.

Along with volunteering with the church's bus ministry, they started a tutoring program at Morris Elementary School -- a project that is close to their hearts.

"Really it's just helping those children who need that extra push. We're not teachers, we're just giving that little extra attention some of them need," Carolyn Neal said.

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