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Sweet Determination

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I know you have to be determined in life to obtain the things you want and realize your dreams. You have to work hard and set goals for yourselves. Some people are more determined than others. However, the main thing is that you’re happy in whatever you do.

This morning we were watching our youngest grandson, Evan. He just turned seven months old this week. His smile can make your heart melt and despite his young age, he is so full of determination. He loves to watch his big brother and sister play, but I believe he thinks if he can walk, they will let him join in in their games.

We were holding his hands so he could stand and walk with us this morning. He confidently places one foot in front of the other with a huge smile on his face. At times it is almost as though he is saying, “Nana and Pop Pop, I don’t need you to hold my hands, I can do this!” I truly believe he will be walking before he crawls. I believe he thinks so too!

How awesome it would be if we had no fears or worries like a baby and just went for the things we wanted. They don’t worry whether or not they will fail, they just do it. If they succeed that’s great, but if they don’t they will get up and keep on trying.

The next time I think about giving up on something, I’m going to think about the determination our grandchildren have to get the things they want. It will give me motivation to keep on trying. I hope it will do the same for you.

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Little Boys Crack Me Up!

A little more then a month ago my husband and I welcomed our sixth grandchild. He is an adorable little guy named Evan.

Evan is our third grandson. Having raised two sons, I must admit I have a soft spot in my heart for little boys. My boys always had a way of making me laugh. They still make me laugh. They are always there for me in good times and bad.

One day I stopped over my son and daughter-in laws home to see the baby. As soon as I walked in the house my daughter-in-law handed me the baby to hold so she could take a bathroom break. I sat on the couch next to our oldest grandson Garrett (4 years old). He was not paying much attention to me because he was busy playing with his iPad.

Evan started to cry. I leaned over to Garrett and said, “I think Baby Evan is getting hungry.” Without lifting his head, Garrett’s reply was, “You have to take your bra off Nana and feed him, just one side!” I thought I was going to pee my pants! He acts like he isn’t paying attention, but Garrett doesn’t miss a thing!

The next evening I was talking to my daughter-in-law in Ohio. She was telling me a story about our grandson Oliver ( 2 years old). Oliver was carrying around a baby doll. It was probably his sisters, but he claimed it as his. His Mom said, “Let’s put some clothes on your baby.” She found a newborn diaper and a newborn outfit and Ollie’s baby was ready to go!

Ollie carried his baby into the living room. Now, this baby talks and cries. He started to cry and Ollie attempted to comfort him. He laid the doll on the couch and as he did the baby said, Mama! Ollie looked at the baby and said, “No, Da Da!” The baby said “Mama” again and Ollie told him again that he was Da Da! He got disgusted and left the baby on the couch.

I’m telling you, they crack me up! I am looking forward to seeing what Evan’s personality will be like. So far his brother Garrett and cousin Ollie are keeping their Nana laughing ūüôā

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Happy Birthday Kimberly!

 

Today we will celebrate our daughter-in-law Kim’s birthday.

My husband and I were blessed with our two sons. We watched them grow into fine young men. I never expected that we would have daughters; however, we have been blessed with two beautiful daughter-in-laws who are as close to us as any daughter could be.

Kim has always been warm, caring and thoughtful. I remember the first time I was introduced to her.  We were at a friends wedding.  My husband was unable to attend, so Kim took it upon herself to make sure I had a good time.  She kept me on the dance floor all night. Sore feet and all,  I knew then that she would be a great addition to our family.

She is pregnant now with her third child and our sixth grandchild.  She also cares for her Mom who has been ill for some time now. She always makes time for my husband and I.  To her family comes first. She is a wonderful wife, mother and daughter. We always feel welcome at her home and never like an outsider.

I know that often daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law don’t have the best of relationships. I believe it’s partly because as a Mom you don’t believe anyone can care for your son the way that you did. It’s very hard to cut the apron strings.¬† However, as I get older, I realize that the most important thing is that your son is happy. I am fortunate to have an amazing relationship with both of¬†my “daughters.” And, I know our sons are happy.

I wish you a very Happy Birthday Kim. Thank you for all you do each and every day.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Oliver & Olivia

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Today is our grand babies Ollie Bear & Livy Sue’s second birthday. It’s times like this that makes the distance between New Jersey and Ohio really stink! We can’t just get together whenever we’d like. I know for some families they may think that’s a good thing…but not us! We actually enjoy spending time together! We try to get together as much as possible.

After our son Brian and his wife Jen had our grand daughter Emma, we didn’t think they were going to have any more children. Emma was nine when they surprised us with the news that they were expecting. When they had their twenty week ultrasound they called us to tell us the sex of their little one! Brian said, “We’re having another girl.” In the background Emma yelled out, “And a boy!” I said, “Okay, which is it!” They all yelled out, “It’s both!”

They were born prematurely which is not unusual for twins. Olivia was so tiny compared to her brother. However, they seem to have a bond that is adorable to watch.

It was such an exciting time. Both our daughter-in-laws were expecting at the same time with their second pregnancies and due within a couple months of each other. It’s a time I will never forget.

These babies are the light of our lives. We are having such fun with all of them. Making memories with this bunch of kids is so much funūüėä

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Zoey’s 2nd Birthday!

The meaning of the name Zoey is: Life.

Our beautiful granddaughter Zoey celebrated her 2nd birthday yesterday. Her name suits her. She is full of life.

Her giggles make you smile. When she wraps her little fingers around your hand it melts your heart. She is beginning to use her words more and more each day. It is so much fun watching her try to imitate her big brother.

She will get anything she wants from her Dad and Pop Pop in the coming years. That tilt of her head and little grin will serve her well.

As I watch her grow it makes me appreciate how precious and beautiful life is. We are truly blessed to have this little girl in our lives. Happy Birthday Zoey!

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It’s A Boy!

We finally heard the news this week, after 20 weeks of anticipation, our family tree will be adding another grandson.

We are thrilled with the news. This will give us our sixth grandchild. Three boys and three girls.

Having had two sons, I was ecstatic when I learned we were having our granddaughters. I finally was able to shop for little girls; however, I love our two grandsons with all my heart and enjoy shopping for them too. I look forward to welcoming this new little guy into the family.

I want to thank our two sons for bringing us our two beautiful daughter-in-laws and for giving us six beautiful grandchildren. They all bring us so much joy, love and happiness.

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Happy New Year!

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I’ve always thought of New Years Eve as more of a sad time rather than a happy time.

If we had a special event during the year such as a wedding, moving into a new home or the birth of a child, I hated to see that year come to a close.

Becoming a grandparent has changed those feelings for me. Each year brings a new adventure. Watching our children and grandchildren experience new things is a joy to watch.

This new year will bring us a our sixth grandchild. Our oldest granddaughter will be turning ten years old and is becoming such a beautiful young lady and big sister. Our oldest grandson will be turning four and gets smarter everyday! The three youngest will be turning two. I look forward to hearing the funny conversations we will be having with them once they learn to “Use their words.”

The new year reminds us that nothing stays the same. We need to enjoy each day we are given and make the most of them. We need to cherish the memories we are making today.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and may all your memories be happy ones!