Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Evan

Sunday was Evan's 20th birthday!
Evan was our 6th grandchild and 4th grandson.
He's a very important part of this large family.
And a very important part of this beautiful family.
I wrote about Evan for his birthday last year in this post and visiting there will show you links to all his previous posts.
And the links in THAT post will take you to many pictures and stories of how he's changed over the years.
so I'll just post a few pictures here.






and talk a little about what's been going on in his life during the past year - and there's a lot! First of all, Evan has moved - twice.  Done with roommates for awhile, he's now the lone renter of a downstairs apartment in a great neighborhood.  Oh wait, he does have a roommate.
Evan adopted Quintus or I should say Quintus adopted Evan during a visit with a friend to an animal shelter.  For Quintus it was love at first sight and Evan just had to make him part of his family.
And here's another change in Evan's life during the past year.
Evan and Meagan met at Comic-con last summer and are now in a relationship - albeit it's a long-distance relationship to say the least since she lives in Illinois.  And the exciting news is that Evan plans to move there in the next month or two which is awesome since they would only be about three hours from us!
Evan already has a job lined up and is looking forward to the move.  He was recently promoted to a manager position at Burger King and I'm sure that that experience will help him in his new position in Illinois.
So Evan's had lots of changes and there are lots more to come.  But I have to add a little bit more about him.  He's a willing and hard worker.  Here, he and his closest cousin, Jeremy, voluntarily do the clean-up after one of our massive dinners in Gulf Shores.
Evan is also sweet, agreeable, smart, and has a wonderful, loving sense of humor.  He has his dad's gift for figuring out how things work and then making them work again and he's happy to lend a hand whenever it's needed.  He's also very creative and a gifted musician.
He's a loving brother.

And a sensitive, caring son and grandson.
Evan's been out on his own for over a year.  With his parents almost 2,000 miles away now, we're proud of him for his independence and his self reliance but most importantly, we're proud of him for the kind of person he is and we could not love him more.  So happy birthday again, Evan.  I hope the coming year is your best one yet and it's only half as great as the many, many more to come.   

Friday, May 5, 2017

Emily

Today is Emily's 20th birthday!
Emily is our 5th grandchild and 2nd granddaughter!
She's a very important part of this very large family
and a very, very important part of this wonderful family.
I wrote about Emily on her birthday last year in this post and visiting there will show the links to all her previous posts.
And those links will take you to many pictures and stories of how she's changed over 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 of all, after a summer off from school but still working at Olive Garden, Emily enrolled at Grand Valley State University near Grand Rapids to pursue a degree in Geology.   Although she feels she will always be interested in Geology she realized that it was not what she envisioned for a life career.  That, coupled with the fact that she missed South Bend resulted in the decision to move back.
Indiana University South Bend offers an excellent course in Marketing/Business which she was interested in pursuing and a much less expensive educational option.  
She shares a small townhouse near campus with her roommate, Brooke, and loves taking care of herself - shopping, cleaning, etc.
She's doing well at IUSB, loves her new lifestyle, and dates Chandler.
So now Emily is starting to look at internships in Marketing and hopes to work for the South Bend Cubs next summer.  
Emily's busy, motivated, and smart.  She's loving, sweet, and thoughtful and no one could ask for more in a granddaughter.  We're hoping she had the best birthday EVER and that the coming year is even better!  Happy Birthday, Emily!  We love you!



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sarah

Friday was Sarah's birthday.
Sarah was our 6th child.
and our grand finale. 
Sarah is a very important part of this very large family.
And a very important part of this very beautiful family.
I wrote about Sarah on her birthday last year in this post and visiting there will show the links to all her previous posts.
And those links will take you to many pictures and stories of how she's changed over 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.  To begin with, she started a new job perfectly fitted to her and her current situation.  With three kids in two schools, this job is part-time and has flexible hours plus the opportunity to work some of her hours at home!
For the first time she has a child in middle school,
And all three of her kids have passed out of the pre-school/kindergarten eras and are on to regular grade school.  And, all three are involved in sports.
But probably the biggest change for Sarah this year is training for a half marathon which takes place next weekend.  A few months ago, she was just starting to learn to run....
 and now she's ready to go for 13.1 miles!!!

All in all, Sarah has had a busy and productive year.  As always she's organized, hard-working, and dedicated to her family.  Even the four-legged member.  
And she cheerfully buys crickets for Mary's lizard, Chance.  (Well, maybe not cheerfully but she does buy them.)  And her household also boasts two fish, Zeus and Frank, and a snail named Stripes belonging to Ethan.  So you can see that it's a very busy household.
The year wasn't without it's heartaches though because Sarah recently and unexpectedly lost a beloved friend/co-worker when he died of a heart attack a few weeks ago.  But being Sarah, she's soldiered through and instead of wallowing in her own sorrow she's tried to be as helpful and supportive as possible under the circumstances.
She's never been one to put herself first and she's always been kind, thoughtful, and loving.  I'd never expect less from her.  So Sarah, Happy Birthday, a little late but just as heartfelt.  I hope the coming year is your best one yet but not nearly as great as the many more to follow!