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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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I Believe in Angels

Yesterday our daughter-in-law Jen,who lives in Ohio, went off to work like she normally does on Monday. She dropped her two babies at the babysitter and was on her way.

Shortly after she dropped the kids off she noticed a car crossing the double line on the highway and it was coming toward her. It was raining, so the road was slick. She noticed a ditch on the side of the road so in attempting to avoid it her Van did a 180. The next thing she knew, her Van was rolling over down the ditch she was trying to avoid. She heard glass breaking and metal bending. All she could think of was that she was going to die.

The amazing thing was that when the Van stopped, she was able to get out without any serious injuries. She was covered in broken glass and her morning smoothie, but not a scratch! She was disoriented and trying to find her phone when I believe an Angel here on earth came along at that moment. She witnessed the accident and went over to make sure Jen was okay. Jen told her she was trying to find her phone, but the woman told her not to worry, she had already called 911. She stayed and comforted Jen until the police arrived. She gave her statement to the police which backed up Jen’s recollection of the events.

On Mother’s Day my daughter-in-law wrote a moving tribute to her Grandmother on Facebook. Her Grandmother had passed away several years ago. They were very close. I commented how I knew she was always looking down on Jen and smiling.

I truly believe her Grandmother was with her yesterday. She was watching over her beautiful granddaughter and kept her safe for all of us.

I know that God can’t be everywhere. That is why he sends his Angels down to help us out! I pray to God every night to keep my family safe. Thank you God for answering my prayers and for sending us your Angels.

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How Did I Get Here?

As I have mentioned before, many of my family members celebrate birthdays in April and May. I celebrated my 60th birthday on Easter Sunday.

To my surprise I was honored by my wonderful husband and my wonderful kids with a beautiful party. I was amazed at how many people took time from their busy lives to celebrate with me the night before Easter. My husband said it was a tribute to me because I have touched their lives in some way.

My uncle who is 100 years old was there to celebrate with me as was my beautiful 83 year old mother. That is truly something I will never forget.

Birthdays never bothered me before. In fact, I’ve always looked forward to them. However, this year…not so much! It made me wonder, where did the time go? It seems like yesterday that my kids were small. Now they both have families of their own. Soon we will welcome our sixth grandchild! How did I get here?

I’m sure my Uncle and my Mom wonder the same thing. But they keep going through good times and bad.

I am very fortunate, because despite having had diabetes for more than 40 years, I am still in good shape. I can still get down on the floor and play without having difficulty getting up (thanks to Yoga and Pilates). I can still run around in the backyard and chase those little ones.

I received a lot of “joke” gifts for my birthday. Two people gave me lollipops that said “60 Sucks.” But it got me thinking, does it really? I look at my Mom and Uncle with admiration and hope that I still have many more happy years ahead.

At this age I have experienced so many things. I have seen many places in and outside of our beautiful country. I have met some awesome people who have taught me about life and love. My experiences are all things that I can share with my kids and grandkids. Hopefully the things they learn from me they can use throughout their lives.

One of my cousins who joined me in the 60’s club in April made an excellent point, he said, “It’s better to be over the hill then under it!” He is so right!

There is still a lot of life to live and I plan on living it. Age really doesn’t matter. It’s the lives you touch and the love you share along the way that matters the most.‚̧

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Prep Day!

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Since the New Year I have been scheduling all my doctor visits. The next one is scheduled for tomorrow and it’s a good one…Colonosccopy!

The prep started this morning with a liquid diet. This type of diet proves to be difficult when you have diabetes. Managing my blood sugar is a little tricky! However it’s not as tricky as not being able to have my morning cup of coffee.

It reminds me how our grandchildren must feel when we tell them they can’t have something. Of course they want it even more. Can’t say that I blame them…I sure would like that cup of coffeeūüėě

I just took my first dose of the prep and it was pretty nasty. Not quite as bad as my hubby made it look when he did it before his procedure a couple weeks ago, but nasty. Next dose is at 10:00PM…yummy!

I’m going to keep my eye on the ball and pray for good test results tomorrow morning and a really big breakfast!

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The Wait is Over!

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Two weeks ago I went for my annual mammogram. For what ever the reason, I just had a feeling that something wasn’t right.¬† I hadn’t felt a lump or anything, just a feeling.¬† I left the radiology group glad the testing was over, but I had a nagging feeling that I was going to be called back.

Sure enough, last week my doctor called and told me that the mammogram I had was inconclusive and I would have to go back and have it repeated.  The appointment was scheduled for today.  I had a whole week to wait and wonder what the results might be.  Of course you always think the worst.

Having had a very good friend of mine diagnosed last year with breast cancer and seeing all she had gone through to get to where she is today (which is an extremely good outcome!) I couldn’t help but worry.

I have been diabetic now for over forty years and dealing with that is a full time job.  I have been very fortunate with my health thus far, with no complications. However, adding something like cancer to the mix might be a little tricky.

I say my prayers every night, I usually pray for my family and other people who I know need some help,¬†but I had to ask for God’s help with this one.¬† I just needed him to get me through the week leading up to¬†my test today.¬† I prayed that¬†the test would prove to be negative¬†so that I would be able to still do the things I do today with my grandkids. I wanted to make sure I would be able to travel to see my grandkids whom live¬†out-of-state and I wanted to be healthy when our new grandson is born in June.¬†You know, all the crazy things that run through your mind.

When I walked in and the technician told me that they needed to get a better picture, so she was using a smaller paddle for this test. She took a few pictures then said I could have a seat in the waiting area while she brought the pictures to the radiologist for review.¬† A short while later she came back and said I didn’t need any further mammogram pictures, but I needed an ultrasound.¬† The nerves really kicked up a notch.¬† My husband was out in the main waiting room and of course had no idea what was going on.

The ultrasound technician came and got me.  She took more pictures and said she would take them to show the radiologist and she would come in to talk to me.  I prayed really hard at that point.

The technician came back with the radiologist as promised.  She was very sweet and told me that the reason they brought me back was because they thought they saw a nodule.  She said what she saw is a small cyst and I had nothing to worry about.  Be sure to come back for your exam next year!  I was so happy at that moment and grateful for her explanation.  I thanked her and God for answering my prayers!

My husband could see my smile when I walked into the waiting area where he sat.¬† He knew I was okay and was relieved when I told him what the radiologist had said.¬† I let my Mom and my kids all know so they didn’t have to worry any longer.

I know that these tests are scary, but I know how important they are.¬† I guess I am sharing this so if there is anyone out there who is putting off going for their mammography…don’t put it off.¬† It’s better to know then not knowing.

Next appointment…scheduling my colonoscopy! Yippee!