Janyce Sisson is an avid supporter of Lavaca’s weekly happy hour at La Frite. In fact, she says it played a big role in her choice of the neighborhood as a place to put down roots.
Within a few weeks of renting a Callaghan Avenue “transition” home in early 2010, Janyce was convinced that the neighborhhod — its inclusiveness, diversity, community commitment, positive energy and fun-loving attitudes — was something she wanted to join.
She purchased a home on Devine, spent the next few months remodeling, and moved in exactly one year ago.
Now a year later, the house has reached “not absolutely, but mostly, remodeled” status and will be one of the featured homes on an upcoming Neighborhood Crawl.
Janyce started life in a military family that lived in Chicago, Indiana, Virginia, Texas, Germany and Japan before settling in New Jersey where she lived throughout her teen years. Marriage in the late 1960’s started her moving again, with homes in Georgia, Thailand, Colorado, Pennsylvania and, eventually, Texas.
In those years she worked as a full time homemaker raising a family of four children. In more recent years, she has owned a remodeling business with one of her sons, sold antiques through several local venues, and worked with many weddings as a consultant and/or floral designer.
Janyce enjoys lots of other creative endeavors such as calligraphy, collage, broken china crafts, and repurposing things that are worn and rusty, especially architectural antiques.
Involvement in the Christian community has also been an important part of her life, and she presently serves the Sunset Ridge Church of Christ in the women’s ministry and teaches adult Bible classes.
Three of her four children live close by in the Austin area: Steve who coaches girl’s distance running at UT, Jake who has his own remodeling business, and Joy who works for an internet training company. Son Matt is a chef in California and is father to Janyce’s only grandchild, three year old Cassius.
Family and church have provided focus and meaning for Janyce all her life, she says, and now she feels blessed to have found friends and neighbors in Lavaca with whom to share and enjoy the future. Viva Lavaca!