Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tracy

Today is Tracy's birthday!
Tracy is married to our second child, Amy, and they live in Belleville, Michigan.
He is a very important part of this large family
and a very important part of this large family
and, of course, a very important part of this beautiful core family.
I wrote about Tracy on his birthday last year in this post and it contains links to all his previous posts.  All together they contain lots of facts and pictures of Tracy through the years so I'll just include a few pictures here









and talk about what's been going on in his life during the past year.  First of all, the sad part. Tracy had to say good-bye to a very beloved furbaby, Sheba.  She may look ferocious but she was truly a sweetheart 
and as devoted to Tracy as he was to her
even comforting him when he so badly broke his foot.
But on the up side, they still have Britta although she's taken Sheba's passing pretty hard too.
This has been a busy year for Tracy.  He and Amy have done a lot of remodeling.  Once they finished their bathroom, they tackled the living room.  The updates included new electrical, trim, front door, walls, ceiling and ceiling fan, and now they're ready to install the new floor.  
And after all that hard work, he got something to make the outside work a little easier.
He's also enjoyed time with the grandchildren
and attending Jeremy's golf matches and Jenna's softball games.
Another red letter event in Tracy's life this year is that he caught his biggest bass EVER just last week!
We visited the campground on Saturday and watched as Tracy gave boat rides.  He's a great skipper but the family is getting so large that it takes multiple trips to get everybody in.

The good news is that he's assured me that he'll have a big pontoon soon to accommodate us all!! Thanks, Tracy!
While we were there, we celebrated three birthdays, one of which was his.  And we're reminded once again what a great sport he is and what a great sense of humor he has.  Amber can always make him laugh but she outdid herself this year when she gave him his gifts and he immediately recognized them as coming from the 'free' table up the street.  His reaction:  


And a good time was had by all!  Tracy is so much fun and so considerate and thoughtful that it would be hard to visit and not have a good time.  He's a hard working guy and can fix anything! He's devoted to his family and dedicated to his job.  We're proud of him and glad he's part of our family!  So, Tracy, Happy Birthday!  We're hoping you'll have a wonderful day and a year ahead that surpasses all others but one that's only half as great as the many more to come!  We love you!  Happy Birthday!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Marcus

Today is Marcus' birthday
Marcus is married to Lori, our first child and they live in Pella, Iowa.
He is an important part of this large family.
And, of course, an important part of this beautiful family.
I wrote about Marcus on his birthday last year in this post and it contains links to all his previous posts.  Altogether they contain lots of facts and pictures of Marcus through the years so I'll just include a few pictures here







and talk a little about what's been going on in his life during the past year.  There haven't been a lot of changes for him but there was one big one.  There was a new addition to the family.  On November 11th, he and Lori adopted Farrah and she's been an integral member of the family ever since.
And this year Marcus has continued working in a job he loves and that he is surely cut out for.  He works for a radio station and does some sports coverage for them.  As a matter of fact, his station won an award from the Iowa Broadcast News Association for best sports coverage in small market radio specifically for their Football Friday Night Preview Show.  He's been on the show since it was created in 2013 and last year was his first year as lead host.  The show has won first place 3 of its 4 years in existence.

Another interesting facet of his job includes stints as parade announcer during Pella's Tulip Time festival.
So Marcus has had a good year.  He and Lori are essentially empty nesters now and they're perfect for each other.  Marcus is one of the sweetest, kindest, and most practical, level-headed people you could ever meet.
He's steady, smart, unassuming, and he loves and knows his sports!

But when I say he's unassuming, I hope it doesn't sound like I'm saying he's boring because he's anything but.  He joins in, has a good time, and fits right into every situation.  Here he's working as a dealer at a fundraising event for the the Pella Opera House.  The theme was a prohibition era speakeasy so they had a jazz band and gambling for the guests.  Perfect fit right?
And here's something I found out about him this year that I didn't know before.  He's a great dancer.  I watched him and Beth 'cut the rug' at a wedding reception this spring and I don't know who I was more impressed with.  They both had all the moves!

All in all, we feel extremely blessed that Marcus is part of our family.  He's the first to lend a hand when help is needed and is always considerate of everybody around him.  We love Marcus and we're wishing him the best birthday ever but one not nearly as great as the many more to come.  Happy Birthday, Marcus!