Friday, January 20, 2017

Noah

Today is Noah's 13th birthday!
Noah is our 13th grandchild and 8th grandson.
He is an important part of this large family.
And an even more important part of this smaller family.
I wrote about Noah on his birthday in 2016 and in that post are links to all his previous posts.

And in those previous posts are many pictures of Noah and how he's changed 'through the years' so I'll just put a few in here.






So now I'll just talk briefly about Noah and what a truly wonderful kid he is.  He's a great brother to all his siblings.
He's athletic
and musically gifted - this year he started 7th grade and jazz band and choir!
But most importantly he's a sweet, smart, thoughtful, and wonderful person.  He''s responsible ( he even did a bit of babysitting for his younger siblings this year for short periods of time), kind, and conscientious.  We are inordinately proud of Noah and love him very much!  And we're wishing him his happiest birthday EVER and a year that surpasses all his dreams!
Happy Birthday, Noah!



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Jack

Today is Jack's 8th birthday!
Jack is our very first great grandchild!
He is a very important part of this large family.
And a very important of this smaller but large family.
And an even more important part of this even smaller but still large family.
And in those previous posts there are many picture of him and how he's changed through the years so I'll just put a few in here.







So now I'll just talk briefly about Jack and then kind of year he's had and how things are going for him now.  For starters his biggest change this year came in October in the form of a brand new brother, Knox.
And he started second grade this year where he gets all good marks on his report card.  It helps that he's a great reader and loves reading and he enjoys playing on the tablet he got for Christmas this year!  Last summer he got pretty good a swimming independently and he continues to be an explorer - always looking for special treasures - just like his dad.



He's sweet and popular among his peers and an awesome big brother to all his younger siblings!  Jack is an all-around wonderful boy and we couldn't be more proud of him. He's helpful and thoughtful and always cooperative!  And we're wishing him a very happy birthday and a wonderful year ahead!  Happy Birthday, Jack!

David

Today is David's 19th birthday!
David is our 7th grandchild and 5th grandson.
He is an important part of this large family.
And an even more important part of this smaller, large family.
I wrote about David in 2016 on his birthday and in that post are links to all his previous posts.  
And there are many picture of him and how he's changed through the years so I'll just put a few in here.






And now I'll just talk briefly about David and what a great kid he is!  I can still call him a kid right? He is without a doubt one of the nicest most thoughtful people you could ever meet.   At the Christmas house this year he danced with his younger cousin in the talent show where they both did SUCH a great job!
He posed with his brother
Did wind sprints with his sister,
and he still had time to be a buddy to his younger brother
and pose with his family for a Chicago Cubs Championship celebration photo.
He graduated from high school this year where he excelled academically and participated in several sports including football.  He also played club volleyball.  We attended a game and I caught these pictures of him hitting and the opponents thinking they were going to block his shot.
They really never had a chance.
And he's attending college on a volleyball scholarship where he is again excelling academically but he's paying the price.  With practices 3 times a day this past week he's busy beyond belief.  In fact when I asked if he was doing something special on his birthday, he replied that he was taking Aleve and going to bed. But we know David and we know he'll do it all!   In fact in college so far he has all A's and B's.   That's not easy even when there are no extracurricular activities.
He and his girlfriend, Jannell are not attending the same college but are definitely still an item.
David is an all around awesome person.  (In the midst of everything else going on in his life, he volunteered this year to help in the Special Olympics.)  He's hard-working, responsible, smart, loving, and very family oriented!  We could not be more proud of him or love him more than we do!
So Happy Birthday, David!  I hope you're having a wonderful day and that the coming year is even better than your very busy but special day!