Saturday, May 14, 2016

We're Expecting!

It's true! 
Baby M is due in early July!
We are looking forward to being grandparents, again!
It is such a privilege and blessing to welcome a new child into the family!

Katie and I were so excited to have a baby shower for Matt and Caitlin,

to help them get ready for their sweet little baby!

The big kids arrived early for a family picture BUT
it was pouring rain...
so we waited until it cleared up
to take the pic!

I prayed as the rain poured down...
God, you know how much I want this picture...
it's a rare opportunity to have us ALL together.
I trust you.
Somehow, while we are all here...
please give us a moment to gather together
and get a family picture.
I will not worry and I will trust you!
(repeat, repeat, repeat)

There are blue raindrops with the banner
but don't be fooled
we have no idea
they have no idea
if they are having a
or a

Matt and Caitlin had a very busy weekend-
 grooms dinner, wedding(Matt was in the wedding), after wedding party, goodbye party for a friend and then
the baby shower!

It was nice to have a moment to visit before the guests arrived!

All the children were so excited to see Caitlin and her baby belly!
(sorry for the blurry pics- my camera was acting up)

Katie was the mastermind behind all of this!
She got her creativity from her Grandma Lolly (hubby's Mom)! 

The kids were so excited for the festivities!

Auntie Barbie brought the jellycats and matching books!
We used them as decorations for the party
but then they could take them home for baby M!

Auntie Mimi brought the books for decoration and ambience!
The beginnings of baby M's library!

We tried to do everything gender neutral!
I love the baby balloon!

Can't wait to read to our grand baby #3!

Baby pictures of the new Mom and Dad, to be!
Matt's in the red and Caitlin is the other two!

We went the easy route and had it catered!
I am a believer in doing what you can do to have things work out!
It's challenging feeding our 14, plus Katie and her family -
while preparing food and keeping the house clean!

The food was fantastic and the caterers were wonderful 
except they ran into the slate front steps and
smashed them...
Yes, they gave us their insurance information!
We are working on it now!

Ali joined us for some of the party and then it was naptime!

Uncle Billy was happy to meet his new niece!

And she was happy to meet him!

It is so nice to have an extra set of loving arms when having a party!

Great Uncles, Great Aunts, cousins and cousins children, all arrived!

Caitlin's parents drove in from Milwaukee!
It was so wonderful to see them!

Willa and Emily are only 3 weeks apart!

Emily gets lots of attention from the children when she visits!

Matt and Caitlin's friends came!

We loved having Auntie Mimi here!

Thank you to everyone for pitching in and helping!
Thank you Deb and Sarah!

Game time!

There was some serious competition going on!
Kelly, your busted- We see you looking at Billy's answers!

(So sorry this is so blurry)
I couldn't resist taking pics of how 
Sam just plops right down in the middle of it all!

Yes, he is a very confident boy!

Katie was in charge of the games!

And guess who won!
AVA did!
Gift certificate to a coffee and specialty drink shop!
I'm hoping she will bring her Mom!

What a great way to get this young couple prepared for their first baby!

It was so wonderful celebrating together!

here are my pics... of our family...
they're a little blurry...

Hoping and praying...
 Katie got some of these...

My camera was acting up so the pics came out blurry...

Best Papa award goes to this guy!

So glad some of their local friends could join us!

Emily just got up from her nap!
I think it was a short one!

She loves her Auntie Ava!
(Ava and some of the other kids had to go off to horseback riding!)

Katie and I realized the last couple times we have been together
we haven't gotten a pic of us-
 so we put it on the list!
Love my girl!

I think my left shoulder is wet from baby drool!
 A sign of a true Nana!

So excited for them,
for us,
for baby M!

Here are our guesses!
What's your guess?
Although, now I am beginning to think
we are having a baby girl!


Sherri said...

How exciting....i'm guessing Boy on July 21st 7 pds, 12 son was born on that day, same weight and will be sweet 16.

Wendy said...

I am guessing July 14 and 8 lbs, 15 ounces, 22 inches long. That is what two of mine weighed. My third was 9 lbs, 8 ounces. I would not wish that on her. Looks like a wonderful shower!!!! So happy you could get everyone together!!!

Laurel said...

Congrats! How fun to have the WHOLE family together!

Lori at JOY Unspeakable said...

I just love watching your family GROW!

And I think Katie needs to add event-planner to her photography business!