Sunday, July 17, 2016

Amber Lynn - Yesterday and Today

Today is Amber's birthday!
Amber was our very first grandchild!  She's an important part of this large family.
And an important part of this smaller but still large family.
And a very important part of this beautiful family.
I wrote about Amber in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and those posts tell you a lot about Amber through the years.  And the following pictures will show you how she's changed physically through the years.

But now I want to talk about current Amber and what's been going on in her life during the past year. Obviously, with 5 young children, she's been very busy.  And she's pregnant with that much anticipated 6th child.
Her sons started at a new school and Amber was their transportation to and from.
 And accompanied them on field trips and school picnics.
And before they found out Number 6 was on the way, they had a different new addition to the family.
And in the past year she's gotten even closer to her best friend Lacie.  And that dynamic changed when Lacie became a mom for the first time and Amber was able to be a  nearby support system for her which they both loved.  Here they are with Pokemon Go.
So it's been a busy, happy year for Amber taking care of a very busy household and all that goes with it.  But there's so much more to say about Amber.  She's smart, focused, patient, and kind;
Fun loving,
Hard working,
has a wonderful sense of humor,
and is completely devoted to her family.
And she's loyal, steadfast, and true to her extended family and friends.  Her happy disposition makes us all want to be with her all the time.  Amber is truly a treasure to our family and we all wish we could see more of her.  We're wishing her the happiest of birthdays and a year that surpasses all others in happiness and fulfillment.  So Happy Birthday, Sweet Amber!  We love you and could not be more proud of you.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Emma Jean - Yesterday and Today

Today is Emma's first birthday.  Emma Jean was our 5th great grandchild and 2nd great granddaughter.
She's an important part of this very large family.
And an important part of this smaller large family.
And an even more important part of this even smaller large and beautiful family.
Here's a look at how Emma has changed through the past year.

I wrote about Emma's birth day here.
And now I want to talk about what Emma's been up to during her first year.  Right from the get go, she was welcomed, loved, and spoiled by her older siblings.

Her dad,
And, of course, her mom.
And she shows a real propensity for music
And enjoying the great outdoors.
She's a wonderful communicator.  Even if I'm taking her picture, she has a way of letting me know that she'd like me to carry her around for awhile.
She walks a little when she feels like it but mostly she teases you for awhile before she takes those four or five steps.
She spent her first holiday season in Gulf Shores and I didn't know as I was taking this picture of her family that I wouldn't see them again for over three months.
 A few months into the year there was a sign that changes were coming in her family.  Pretty soon she'll have five siblings.
All in all, Emma is a sweet, loving little girl.  Her siblings adore her and she adores them.  She's assertive - doesn't readily take no for an answer - but agreeable and independent at the same time. She has a great vocabulary already and a wonderful sense of rhythm.  Which reminds me that when I'm walking on the treadmill at an even pace, she hurriedly crawls to where she can see me.  Then she blesses me with a big smile and rocks back and forth on her hands and knees in perfect rhythm with my walk.
She's smart, fun, sociable, very cuddly, and so much fun to have around.  We can't wait to see what the future holds for this wonderful little girl and we're wishing her the happiest of birthdays and a lifetime of blessings and happiness.