Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dane Robert

Today is Dane's 4th birthday.  He's our 2nd great grandchild AND second great grandson.
Dane is an important part of this large family,
and an important part of this smaller family,
and an even more important part of this even smaller (but large) family.
Here is Dane 'through the years'.  These pictures were taken approximately every six months.
As you can see, Dane is an adorable child.  But what the pictures don't show is that he's incredibly loving, lovable, and sweet.  
He has great respect and awe for the military,
he is very athletic and can play any sport,
and he's a role player like no other.
We were lucky enough to have Dane and his wonderful family here for the weekend and as always, it filled my heart with love and happiness.  And we got to sing happy birthday to him and have a little party.   It doesn't get much better than that.  So we're wishing this wonderful boy a very, very happy birthday and a wonderful year ahead.  Happy Birthday, Dane!  We love you.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tracy Allen

Today is our son-in-law, Tracy's, birthday.
Tracy is an important part of this large family.
An even more important part of this smaller family.
And more important yet member of this even smaller family.
And, here is Tracy 'through the years'.
 But there's a lot more about Tracy than just his good looks.  He's very innovative which is proven by the fact that he built a little golf course on his property last year.

 He's a devoted husband and stepfather.
 Oh, and grandfather!
He's valiantly trying to recover from a debilitating foot injury after falling from a roof at work last winter.
And he's a fun-loving, helpful, loving, and much loved addition to our family.
 So, Tracy, we're wishing you the happiest of birthdays and a year better than any you've enjoyed so far but not nearly as great as the many more to come!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Marcus Joel

Yesterday was our son-in-law, Marcus', birthday.  It's a very important day for us because we celebrate that Marcus became a part of our family over twelve years ago.  But unfortunately it was also the day of our 50th class reunion and my head was filled with apprehension and nerves and I spent the day preparing and recovering from a little too much celebration the night before when our daughter Amy visited for the first time in a long time.  Just as we were walking out the door for the reunion, it hit me.  Oh my gosh!  Is it Marcus' birthday?  And it was.  I felt terrible but determined to at least text a birthday wish from the reunion but my phone had not a whisper of a signal.  But enough with the excuses because this post is for and about Marcus.
As I indicated earlier, Marcus is an important part of this large family.
And an even more important part of this smaller family.
This is Marcus 'through the years' since we've known him.
So these are pictures of Marcus since we've known him but they don't tell you a lot about him.  Marcus is a sweet, loving, considerate, kind, and helpful guy.  He changed Lori's life and ours too back in 2004 (all for the better).  And what a loving father and devoted husband he turned out to be!
And he and Lori and family moved to Nebraska in 2007.
Therefore, we don't see nearly as much of him as we'd like to; but he's always the first one to help out with long drives and anything else that needs to be done.  We probably wouldn't even have our specialty rye bread pizzas every New Years Eve if it weren't for Marcus.  But most of all, I can't emphasize enough what a loving, sweet, and easy-going person he is.  Because this is the kind of person he is, I'm confident that he'll understand and forgive this little-bit-late birthday post.  We love you, Marcus, and hope your day was awesome but not nearly as awesome as the year ahead.  Happy Birthday a little bit late!