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The Dance

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I came across a card today which was tucked away in a drawer. It was from my Dad on Valentine’s Day many years ago. He never forgot my Mom or my sister, brother and I on that special day each year.

Finding that card today reminded me how special the relationship is between a daughter and her Dad. He is her first hero and her first Valentine.

We can see how our granddaughter’s melt our son’s and their Pop Pop’s hearts. You can say, “They are wrapped around their fingers.” (However, I must admit our grandson’s have me wrapped around their fingers!)

Our son and many Dad’s across the Country will be taking their daughters to Father-Daughter dances this weekend. I know our granddaughter’s are so excited to be going to the dance tonight with their “Daddy.” They have their pretty dresses picked out and are ready to go. They will be making memories that they will keep in their hearts forever.

They didn’t have those dances in school when I was growing up. But it seems like such a beautiful thing to do and gives Dad’s and their daughters a special memory. It also gives Mom’s and their son’s a special time to share:-)

Happy Valentine’s Day to all Mom’s and Dad’s, son’s and daughter’s husband’s and wives, and lovers all over the world. Enjoy the dance, it will be a memory that will live on forever.

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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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My husband and I have been season ticket holders for Rutgers University Football and Basketball for more than twenty years now.

In all these years we have witnessed many wins and losses. We have seen many changes in coaching staff. We have seen good seasons and not such good seasons.

We took our sons to games. We’ve taken our grandchildren to games. It has always been a great atmosphere for them to be a part of. Tonight my husband and I along with our cousins witnessed one of the best games we’ve ever seen at a Rutgers men’s basketball game! They beat Wisconsin who are ranked number four in the country.

The atmosphere was wonderful. There were several hundred Wisconsin fans there which made it even more exciting. We all cheered and screamed for our teams as the clock ran down, and the score was close enough that it could go either way. Somehow we held on!

The team played as a team. They pulled strength from each other to get the job done. They showed so much heart tonight. They should be very proud. Their coaches should be very proud. I know the fans are proud.

You have to believe. Good things will come if you do!

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Belated Birthday Wishes

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I started out this year writing a blog for each member of our families birthdays. However, last week I missed writing a blog for our daughter-in-law Jennifer! I didn’t mean to not recognize her day, I simply forgot. Can I blame it on old age?

Jennifer is a beautiful person. She is a wonderful wife and mother. But to me, she is so much more. She is a daughter and a friend. We live several hundred miles away so we don’t see each other as often as I’d like, but we talk on the phone a lot! We laugh a lot and share stories about the grand kids.

Our son met Jennifer on Spring Break many years ago. They hit it off right away. Their relationship was a long distance one for awhile, but it wasn’t long before she moved here from Ohio so they could be together. We got very close while she lived here.

Unfortunately for me and my husband, jobs sent them both back to Ohio. Theirs is a love story I truly admire. Although they live so far away, they always keep their family ties with us close.

They have a tradition with their kids each night before bed to show them pictures of their New Jersey family so that they don’t forget us between visits. It makes us feel special. Jennifer loves family and it shows in all she does.

As I have said many times before, we are so blessed with two wonderful sons and two beautiful “daughters.”

Family is Gods greatest gift and we have been blessed with a great one.

You are very special to us Jennifer! Sorry I’m late with this blog, but always know I love you with all my heart.

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The Little Things

I have seen and heard the saying, “It’s always the small things that take your breath away.” Today my breath was taken away.

It was a beautiful afternoon here so we decided to play outside with our grandchildren, Garrett and Zoey.

While I pushed Zoey on the swing in our backyard, my husband took Garrett for a ride around the block in the wagon. Garrett took the Etch-a-sketch along for the ride.

When my husband and Garrett returned home, Garrett came running in the backyard calling for me. I asked what he wanted? He said, “Nana, I drew this for you!” I wasn’t quite sure what it was so I asked him if it was a pirate? He said, “No Nana, it’s love!” And thus, he took my breath away❤️

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Labor of Love

As we enjoy the last “official” weekend of summer, I began thinking about the fun times we had this summer with our grandchildren.

We were fortunate enough to spend a week on Long Beach Island, NJ with our oldest son Mike, his wife Kim and their three children. Besides how impressed I was with all the rebuilding that had been done since hurricane Sandy, I was impressed by how much our grandchildren enjoyed the beach and the ocean. It was our youngest grandson Evan’s first visit to the beach. At a month and a half old, he handled it like a trooper.

After we returned home, our son Brian, his wife Jen and their three children came from Ohio to spend a week with us. Having all six grandchildren together can be crazy but it fills the hole in my heart that’s there when we’re not all together.

We got to spend another day at the beach with five of our six grandchildren and close friends of our families two boys. It was such a beautiful day. The water was perfect and the kids had a great time jumping waves with their parents and their PopPop. Unfortunately for me I had eye surgery that week and couldn’t get water in my eye. But, I was able to get my feet wet and watch them play.

It was fun watching the grandkids interact. Our four year old grandson Garrett was thrilled to be able to play games on the iPad with his cousin Emma. She is our oldest granddaughter (10 years old). She seemed to enjoy spending time with Garrett too.

Our three younger grandchildren, Zoey, Oliver and Olivia ( all 2 years old) had their good times and bad. Sharing toys is still a little touch-and-go with them. But, they seemed to have fun together.

Baby Evan slept and ate through it all. Don’t worry Evan, you’ll be running around with them next summer!

It won’t be long before we’re all together again…Christmas! It’s right around the corner.

After our time together and everyone went home, the house was quiet again. It always takes me a few days to adjust to the silence.

Happy Labor Day everyone. I hope you get to spend the day with your loved ones.

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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 🙂

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