Friday, October 29, 2021

And Then... This Happened!

This actually happened!
And their address is in Minnesota!
I've prayed for this for 10 years...
But, I never knew it would actually happen!

This wonderful family packed up their belongings
and moved to Minnesota.

This wonderful family packed up their belongings
and moved to Minnesota.

Yes, I know I repeated myself!

I keep saying it over and over to myself 
and someday I will actually believe it!
Because it is too good to be true!

So many wonderful memories were made right in front of this window!
It was sad for them to leave this home, this neighborhood, their friends,
Ali's future husband and most importantly,
their beloved Omi and Grandpa, 
(and Auntie, Uncle and precious niece).

Babies being born, holidays celebrated
and so many beautiful memories made!
I think they were very brave to take the leap!

The Mom and Dad arrived midsummer,
to close on their home!
(Seriously, is this for real!)

They celebrated and took care of some "new home owners" business!

We were so happy to get together with the bigs that were in MN!
This makes a Momma's heart so full 💞
(Matt, Caitlin and family had not arrived in MN yet, 
bc this was early/mid summer.)

Papa was in charge of the crew at home!
They took awesome hikes in the woods, 
caught many frogs and bugs,
and played some video games!

While the ladies and some incredible helpers
did a lot of unpacking!
It was ALL such a JOY!

First Day of school photos!
Love these three sooooo much!

First Day of preschool for this lil dude!

First day... maybe second day of second grade!
Woot, Woot!

I am an "in town Nana" right now!

I've never been one before
and it is quite amazing!
(As my mother would say-
 take smaller steps and stand up straight.)
Who knew, she was right... all along!

First day of Kindergarten!

It is such a blessing to see them almost everyday!

What a joy to see a double rainbow!
It's been too long!

And for the first time in 10 years
they made it to her college homecoming!

It was fun for Katie to go down memory lane 
and show
her family around town!

We were able to help out with a kindergarten project
while babysitting at their house!

We are so thankful, grateful and feeling blessed!
Welcome to Minnesota!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

But Later in August... this happened!

Does anyone notice a few extra kids in there?
NO, we didn't adopt again!

Not even the dog...
although we do have a few dog stories coming up!
Since they are all pointing to Sam...
it must mean...

You may have already guessed it!
Sam turned 15 in August...
I can't believe it, they are all getting soooo 
grown up!

wait a second...
who's that handsome young dud in the super power undies?

These amazing young kiddos are our grandchildren!
(You probably already know that... :-))
And we are crazy excited that they are here!

I see a photo bomber!
What she doing here? 
More on that, in a bit!

Happy, Happy 15th Birthday Sam!

You have been home since April 1st 2011...
and the blessings just keep coming!
Thank you Jesus!

He loves his nieces and nephew,
and is so good with sharing the spotlight with them!

The kids have loved the pool this year!
It's been a hot summer, so it was greatly appreciated!
Sam, Melissa and Anna have worked on their diving 
and definitely regained their skills from pre-Covid 
PLUS they have excelled in new dives!
 It is so much fun watching them!

Anna for the rebound!
She was on track to be 4 ft 5 in.
This sweet girl wore that same outfits year after year 
and wasn't growing.
Of course, that didn't bother me!
I love keeping them little
it also wasn't supposed to be this way...
Her growth hormone was too low
and she needed help to grow.

Anna did the growth hormone shots for many years. 
When she was just over 5ft 2.5 in they stopped 
and now she is over 5 ft -4 in! 
They last couple inches were all on her own!
Way to go honey!

Emily LOVES her Aunties!
Grace, Madeline and Emma!

Woohoo! Go Ali!
She is flyin outta the slide!

I don't think this angle quite works for a photo!
I mean... I had no problem with it...
but they seemed too! LOL

It's a triple win for Aunties Abby, Melissa and Ava!

Nice shot, Ellie!

There's lil dude!
Thank you Mia, for keeping an eye on him!

Uncle Sam and Emily!
Everyone LOVES watching Sam dive!

I love how they enjoy games and activities!
They can hang out with each other and with old and new friends!
These kids... teens, amaze us everyday!

LOVE this family!
And, so thankful they are here!

It just so happens to be Bennett's 3rd birthday!
Time to celebrate!

Nothing better than yard tools and a t-ball set!
(Kinds feels like weapons, doesn't it!
Just a bit concerned, as I was taking the photo!)

Happy 3rd Birthday Sweet Bennett!

He has a lot of girlfriends!
(FYI- you have as many girlfriends or boyfriends as there are candles still lit!)

Second try...
still too many girlfriends!
Thank goodness I'm only the Nana!
These parents have their job cut out for them!

My kiddos got the bday pic down!
We're still workin with the grands!

And of course,
more FUN at the pool!
At this point,
we were counting down the days!

An end of the year photo at the pool!

So long summer!

Enjoying the last bit of pool time
before it closes!

Go Melissa!
She can be competitive 
but only in the kindest way!

And after all that hard work of unpacking and swimming
and, and, and...
a cookout is the perfect dinner!

The grandkids adore our teens and tweens!

Such a wonderful time together!
Having FUN and creating memories!
Thank you Jesus