Sunday, July 16, 2017


Today is Amber's birthday!
Amber was our first grandchild.
She is an important part of this large family,
an important part of this smaller, large family,
and a very important part of this smaller yet but still large, beautiful family.
I wrote about Amber on her birthday last year and that post will show you links to all her previous posts.
And those links will tell stories and show pictures of how she's changed through the years.  So I'll just post a few pictures here

 and talk a little about what's been going on in her life during the past year.  First and foremost:  Knox was born!

Then in April the family had a getaway at Splash Universe and had a wonderful time.
Amber also enjoyed a short mommy getaway in March with two of her friends when they went to Frankenmuth, MI.  And she and the kids took a few days to visit Great Grandma and Grandpa in Indiana just last week.
During this very busy year, Aubrey started preschool three days a week for half a day, there have been innumerable visits from the tooth fairy, and Emma started sharing a room with Aubrey.
And there hasn't been time for a whole lot else.  Amber is busy all day, every day, and she wouldn't have it any other way.  I watched her during their recent visit and I loved how she enjoyed her children.
As busy as she is, she finds time to see the humor and the love and the uniqueness of each of her kids. She always wants to hear what each one has to say even if they have to wait their turn to say it.  Also she sings which the kids love and so they immediately join in.   And I'm so moved and so impressed by all their beautiful voices belting out some really complicated songs!  Because Amber really is musically inclined and she has all the dance moves too.
 Also, she is and always has been one of the sweetest natured  girls you could ever know.  And this comes through in her mothering.  She's patient and understanding and fair.  BUT, she's not a pushover and the kids know their boundaries which makes their visits to Great Grandma's and Great Grandpa's very enjoyable.  They're all such good kids and I know it's because they have such good and loving parents!
There's so much more to say about our sweet first granddaughter.  She's smart, focused, patient, kind, fun loving, and has a wonderful sense of humor.  She's quick to laugh even when teased which makes her a lot of fun to be around.
And she's the most loving granddaughter anybody could ask for.  We are so blessed that she's part of our family and we're incredibly proud of her and her family.  We love you. Amber, and we hope you have the best birthday EVER and that the coming year is even more joyous than any so far.  Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Today is Emma's second birthday!
Emma is our 5th great grandchild and second great granddaughter.
She's an important part of this large family
and an important part of this smaller, large family
and a very important part of this beautiful family.
I wrote about Emma on her birthday last year and I wrote about her birth in a post in 2015 and clicking on those links will show a lot of pictures and tell about her birth and her first year.  So now I'll just post a few pictures here

and talk about what's been going on in her life during the past year.  Always a great talker, she's now a grown-up, even-greater talker.  When they visited last week she bent over to examine a spot on the floor and announced that Knox had spit up.  Then marched into the kitchen and told me she needed a paper towel.  Of course she cleaned up the spot very thoroughly, threw away the paper towel, and went on with her day.  She was very important and so very cute.
But being so grown up doesn't keep her from partaking in some of Knox's activities.  After all, it's not a bad idea to keep a foot in each world.
During the past year, she learned about saying 'cheese' for the camera and does it with great enthusiasm - when she wants to.  
Other times she hams it up
or just coyly smiles her sweet Emma smile.
Also she's ventured into the big girl world of potty training with some success but she's not quite there yet.  She shares a room with big sister Aubrey and they get along quite well.  Aubrey understands when Emma wants to share the seat she discovered and is sweet and loving about trying it out.

She also has a very special bond with oldest brother, Jack

loves fishing, and last night held a crayfish for the very first time (something that I've STILL not done.  lol)

 Another change for her this year was becoming a big sister.  Little brother, Knox, was born when she was only a little over 15 months old and she loves being his big sister.
During their visit last week, we got to see a lot of Emma and it was SO fun.  She's smart, inquisitive, and quirky.
She has a mind of her own and a pose that can't be resisted - her request to be picked up.

She's loving, fun (really hilarious), and absolutely adorable.  We had a great time when they visited and can't wait until they come back.  In the meantime, Happy Birthday to one of the sweetest, cutest, little girls EVER.  We love you so much, Emma!