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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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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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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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Things That Make Me Smile

We went to the park today for a picnic with our son Mike, his wife Kim and our grandchildren Garrett and Zoey. It was a beautiful day here and a perfect way to spend Memorial Day.

The kids had a great time playing on the swings and going down the slide. A lot of people had the same idea because the park was quite crowded. Luckily we were able to find a picnic table so we could sit down and enjoy our sandwiches that Kim was generous enough to make for all of us.

Not long after we began eating our sandwiches, the Ice Cream truck pulled up. Garrett and Zoey both started asking for ice cream. Pop Pop took them over to the truck and two happy children came running back to the table.

We played awhile longer and then decided to pack up. It was nap time for Zoey.

We had told Garrett that Nana & Pop Pop would be heading out to Ohio soon to visit our Ohio family. While we were walking to the car Garrett asked me if we were leaving for Ohio today? I said, “No, not today.” He said, “Nana, when you go to Ohio, can you take a picture of Uncle Brian and Aunt Jenny and send me their picture in a text?” He said he wanted his three cousins pictures texted too! I said,”Garrett, you can text now?” He said, “Yes I can!” I looked over at his Mom and she just rolled her eyes and smiled. You see, Garrett is just four years old! I don’t think he can read or write yet but knowing Garrett he probably can text. I smiled and said, “Okay!” That was just the perfect ending to a perfect afternoon.

Happy Memorial Day!

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