Monthly Archives: July 2017

Monday Thoughts

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Hi Guys! The busy summer just keeps hurtling forward! Just a few things before I take off for Lake Michigan with some girlfriends on our annual South Haven Getaway.

A sweet friend from BSF sent me this present! It is my desire to pray for our new grandbaby, along with future grandchildren, so hopefully this will be a well used book! She chose the letters book because she knows that The Boy and I are corresponding through the U.S. Mail, how cute is that??!! Love them both but especially love her thoughtfulness, she was a kiss on the cheek from God!

Also, kitty feets are the best, and Halle Berry’s milk dipped toes are precious.

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Honey and I did a bit of rearranging in the basement and we found this ancient catalogue. Get a load of that movie camera and cell phone, hot technology from 1988, the year before The Ab-Cat was BORN!!!!!

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And you think you pay a lot for your little hand held computers now that can make calls, take pictures AND make movies, plus keep you connected to everyone you ever met via social media!!!!!!!! Holey Moley!

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Yes, yes I do.

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The coleus are coming on strong on the patio! I enjoy the riot of colors, shapes and designs. That God, He’s a wonderful Maker.

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Ok, need to scoot, The Peanut’s Champ will be picking me up soon! I may be around on Wednesday for a group participation Wednesday Hodgepodge. Have a great week!

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi All! We had a little tech difficulty last week where our computer declined to open the internet. At All. But Honey did something and we are now back in business! Here we go with The Hodgepodge.

From this Side of the Pond

1. We’ve reached edition number 315 here in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So tell us, what were you doing at 3:15 yesterday? Is that typical? On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high) what’s your energy level usually like at 3:15 PM?

I was driving on the freeway, and that’s not what I typically do at that precise time of day. My energy level is pretty good at that time, not as fresh as the morning but a solid 6. If I were going to run out of steam, it probably would have happened earlier than that. I try not to nap after 2, it interferes with sleeping at night. And I believe that sentence is officially the most old lady thing I have ever expressed on the blog!!!!!
2. A frisbee, a tantrum, a towel, a party, a punch, or a curveball…which have you most recently thrown or had thrown at/for you? Elaborate.

I’m sorry, but I can’t make any of these fit! The thing that has been thrown at me lately is WORK! This is the busiest summer I have had in a really long time! Call that a curveball if you would like. I have started keeping a constant running list on my counter of appointments so I don’t forget anyone, which is a very real possibility in these days of forgetfulness!
3. What are three things that would help you right now. Tell us how or why.

A transporter, like on Star Trek, would come in handy so we could pop over to Washington state and see our new granddaughter! We will go on August 11, in a regular old plane.

A housekeeper would always be a wonderful extravagance, to combat the above mentioned work/activity schedule/tiredness! it would ensure that there would be no debris or cat fur on our hardwood floors, fur or dust on the window blinds, and de-cobweb the work that our evidently super busy house spiders do! And clean the dang shower, man I hate that job!

Some professional landscapers to rework a few areas of our yard that are currently bugging me. They would get done in TWO DAYS what it would take me all summer to accomplish!
4. Do you think you’re strong? Why or why not? What makes you strong?

I think I am fairly strong both emotionally and physically. Emotionally because we have had unusual trials in our family and experienced firsthand that the Lord is a firm foundation when lashed by the storms of this life.

Matthew 7:24-27

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

When you know He is reliable in times of trouble, it helps you endure the next time crisis or hardship comes flooding your way. I think that makes you strong emotionally. Some of our torrents had the very real potential to dash us against the rocks and break us into a million pieces. I also think that I come from emotionally strong women. Life did not always turn out the way my Mother or Grandmother planned, but they modeled what to do. You get up, work hard, don’t wallow in your misfortune, take care of your people, depend on the Lord and live with joy. You just get on with it. I had good examples 🙂

I think I am fairly physically strong because I am a pretty tall girl and can haul a lot of stuff!!!!
5. Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? What’s your favorite book set sometime in the past?

I do, from all sorts of time periods! I love to get a little historical learnin’ whilst enjoying a good fictional story! The first favorite that came to mind was A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. You would not think that a book set in 70 A.D., just after the fall of Jerusalem to the Roman Empire, would be a great read, but you would be wrong! It follows the story of captured young Jewish Christian Hadassah as she is forced into slavery. I learned much about how things were in that time period and of the persecution of  the early Christians. I know Hadassah was a fictional character, but I want to be her when I grow up! Her simple faith, prayer life, dependence on the Lord, and example of serving in love were so inspiring. There is a sequel too, even BETTER!!!!!! 
6. Insert your own random thought here.

Our random thoughts these days revolve around getting our daily pictures of our granddaughter Moon Pie! The kids have been good to send pictures and little videos of her making super sweet little noises and movements! It helps a LOT when we are so far away!

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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week!

Baby Business and Other Schtuff

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Things have been busy around here this summer. I can’t always say exactly why, but the fact remains. I have worked quite a bit, watered a LOT, and vacuumed less than I should have. Honey and I have accomplished quite a bit, including hedge and bush trimming detail, garage cleaning, and we made a small, but valuable dent, in our basement. 

We had the second week of our summer Bible study on Wednesday night. There are a whole slew of past and present BSFers in attendance!!! I am really liking the study, Discerning The Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. This week was about the Holy Spirit and being still, both mysterious things for me. I know that The Holy Spirit lives inside me and guides me in all things, but the hard part for me is being still to intentionally hear His still small voice. Nothing puts my ADD on full display like trying to sit still and concentrate! It’s like I physically NEED to do something else at the same time! Such as pray AND drive, work on my Bible study WHILE flipping through my Bible, pray AS I fold laundry or cut the grass. When I try to just sit I end up having to telling the Lord I am sorry to have left Him hanging while I lily pad jumped through about 37 thoughts, and got up to do 7 things I thought of, things that have nothing to do with anything! I have concluded that He made me and knows all about my deficits, He does speak to me, guides me, convicts me, and I do feel His presence, all without sitting still and focusing. He loves me and has shown His hand in my life and revealed His thoughts in other ways, and I am grateful.   

I am especially happy that The Ab-Cat has been coming. I’m not quite sure what she thinks about us all, she did say we were very LOUD!

I am trying not to inundate you all with beebee pictures, but this blog is my memory bank and it needs to be done.

Since we have not yet met the little punkin’, I have totally used pictures that The Boy and The Dane have texted, lifted some off of their Instagram and Facebook accounts and graciously had some sent to us by The Dane’s mama, Jeanette.

It sounds like everyone is doing well despite some early struggles. I think all new mamas and daddies can agree that this newborn stage is a bear to navigate, can I get an AMEN? Little Moon Pie looks to be a sweet lil’ puddin’ who is peacefully sleeping the majority of the time, according to pictures!

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They have sent a funny video of them trying to wake her and she is obliviously smiling , yawning, and making hilarious old man faces!

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It sounds like she is a good little eater and they seem to be enjoying her immensely!

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What’s not to love there??!!

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They are clearly smitten. We can’t wait to meet her!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to join the Hodgepodgers just click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s, she will guide you from there!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.

I was very close with my Mom’s parents all of their lives. My brother and I spent a lot of time at their house and we even had friends in their neighborhood. My Grandpa passed away when I was about 15. I was especially close with my Grandma until she passed away at 79 when I was around 30. I benefitted greatly from having a strong relationship with such a loving, fun, wise, positive and godly woman. She modeled faith, kindness to others, acceptance of the hardships of life with grace, a never ending desire to learn, thoughtfulness, and living life with a happy disposition and good humor. I will miss her for the rest of my life.

Two things I remember about my Grandpa are kind of funny. He had a raging sweet tooth and could always be counted on to take us to Cloverdale’s for ice cream, Ward’s candy counter to pick out a little bulk candy (usually candy corn for him!), Burger King for a milk shake or Dunkin Donuts for a jelly filled treat! Thing number two was for the majority of my childhood I thought his name was Horse. That’s what everyone called him. I remember being ABSOLUTELY shocked to discover his name was Horace! And the way southern people say that is Harse, hence Horse 🙂

I remember a lot of things my Grandmother said, and many of those things shaped my views. I have two that come to mind at the moment. My Grandma came from very humble beginnings in Tennessee. Her father was a sharecropper and she remembered working very hard and having to pick cotton. She worked hard all her life and always remembered where she came from and that she was not above anyone. When I was a child in the 60s, there was a lot of unrest in the neighboring city of Detroit. A lot of the kids I went to school with were from Detroit, and their families had moved out to the suburbs in what became known as  White Flight. They had some harsh words for the city and it’s residents. I can’t remember how we were on the subject, whether something on the news or a conversation, but it was something negative about blacks. I remember her saying “they’re just people, good people, trying to do the best they can for their families too”. It made an impression on my elementary school aged mind.

There was another thing I have recalled over the years. In her older years she spent her winters in Florida, so when she was in Michigan she always tried to see as many friends as she could. She was meeting a bunch of her “widda’s” (widows) for lunch and she wanted me to come and bring our first born so she could show her off! I was driving and we were a little late I’m sure, and she must have thought I was driving a little too fast. I remember her saying to slow down, “we have precious cargo”. I have remembered that until this day!

My other Grandparents were loved but lived in Florida for most of my earlier years. My Grandma and I wrote letters for much of that time. We saw them when they came to Michigan once a year and sometimes when we vacationed in Florida. After my Grandpa’s stroke in 1991, they moved about 4 hours north of us, so I saw them a little more. I tried to be intentional about taking the kids up to visit them, and by then long distance phone calls were a little more affordable 🙂

The two memories of my Grandpa were he liked to work crossword puzzles (as do I!) and he came from a large family (8 kids) and with the exception of a brother who passed away young and a sister who moved to Indiana, they all lived in the Detroit area and seemed very close. Holidays were lively!!!!

My Grandma and I were much closer after she returned to Michigan. One of the things I remember was from her house in Detroit, when I was growing up. She had this plaque hanging in her kitchen and I did not understand it then, but I do now!

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I found this on the internet and it is exactly the same one! A friend said his grandma had the exact same one in her kitchen! Must have been a grandma thing!

The other much more meaningful thing I learned from her was it doesn’t matter how many years have gone by, it’s never too late to ask for forgiveness. She had a lot of time to ponder in her later years and on reflection she realized she had hurt another with her words and actions. I didn’t hear her give the words of apology, but I saw how much the words meant to the receiver, and it made me love and respect her even more.

2. What’s an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

I was very attached to my cool, metallic blue bike, with the sassy high handles and sissy bar, and the silver sparkly banana seat!!! It kicked around in our garage for many years after I stopped using it and I don’t really know what happened to it. Hopefully it found its way to the Salvation Army and a new life with another little girl who loved it!

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

Literally we look out to a creek line behind our house. There is a field between us for now, but there is supposed to be a church breaking ground this summer. The church will be located closer to the road and according to the plans we saw. We will be having a retention pond back by us. So we are not sure what this will look like next summer, but there is a good sized easement all around the creek and the homes, so this area might remain the same. I hope so, it is pretty in all seasons.

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Figuratively, I am usually a big picture thinker.

4. Do you like sour candies? Which of the ‘sour’ foods listed below would you say is your favorite?grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What’s your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?

I am not really a hard candy kind of gal, sour or otherwise. Of those listed, I would probably say grapefruit would probably be my favorite, with lemon running a close second. I have never tried a kumquat before, and I’m not even sure what they look like!

I typically just eat grapefruit plain, but there are many lemon things I love; lemon meringue pie, lemoncello cake, Mediterranean salad dressing. YUM!

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it’s going so far.

Summer fleeting, good weather, sweet new Grandbaby here and going to visit in August!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post.

Here is a baby Capri K with her Grandpa “Horse” and her Grandma Georgia! My parents lived in California when I was born, while both sets of grandparents and all of their family was back home in Michigan. A little like our situation now with The Boy and The Dane and the new Grandbaby living out in Washington! This picture was taken during a visit because we did not move back to The Mitten until I was over two years old.

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These are my Father’s parents, Grandma and Grandpa Hoover. I remember hearing from I believe my Girl Cousin Vickie, that my Grandfather worked for American Blower and his bosses commented on what a good worker he was and did he have any more like him at home? He said he did and I think he might have brought all his brothers!!!!

My Grandma also came from a large farm family. She said her mother taught her to cook at a very young age and said that my Grandma’s pies were as good, if not better than hers, so that became her job. I think she said she was 9 years old!!! I can’t even! She passed away 10 years ago this summer at the grand old age of 97.

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I was blessed to have a loving extended family, and I hope to continue that tradition with our children and grandchildren.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Can you believe we are almost half way through July???!!! This summer is whizzing by! If you would like to link up, click on the button below and head over to our hostess Joyce’s blog, she will guide you along!

From this Side of the Pond

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

We chat with neighbors as the opportunity arises. We hardly see a living soul in the winter months, but come spring we all come out of hibernation and are glad to see each other. The last two conversations I had were with our neighbors on each side. Our neighbor on the left was taking a walk while her youngest little guy rode his bike. She told me they were moving in the fall, to a ranch so it would be easier for her aging in-laws to get around. I gave her a hug and told her I was sorry to see them go! She and her husband bought their home from his sister (also a sweet neighbor!) and they were young marrieds when they came. They now have 2 sweet little boys that we have watched grow, we will miss them!

The gal on the other side is closer to our age and we talked about the usual things that people in our age bracket speak of, health, aging, children, grandchildren and retirement and beyond! I pray for our neighbors when I cut the lawn so it’s good to catch up and learn how I can pray more specifically.
2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall…which one are you most like and why?

I probably have more experience on a lake. My aunt and uncle have owned a cottage on Gun Lake since I was in high school and we have always loved visiting them! Life is different on a lake, so peaceful without all the hustle and bustle of every day life.

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I think this will be our eighth annual getaway with the gals from our Caregroup. We head over to South Haven on Lake Michigan, and that is always a fun time! Once again, I think of a lake as a break from my usual life so there is more free time to lounge, talk, beach, shop and eat with loved ones!

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I don’t mind the ocean but I don’t like to go in anymore. Jaws came out at a formative time in my life and I have never swam comfortably in the sea AGAIN!!!!!
3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called ‘the first state’ because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What’s your state’s nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?

I don’t believe I have ever been to Delaware. Our state, Michigan, is commonly called The Mitten State and The Wolverine State. The former because of our unique shape, and that is how I refer to it on the blog. The Wolverine State is a little trickier. I learned this fun fact in Mrs. Horton’s first grade classroom, so it is linked inextricably in my mind, but I am here to tell you I have never in my life seen a loose wolverine, nor has anyone I know!

Our state motto is “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.“, which has spawned the wonderful Tim Allen (native son!) ads calling it Pure Michigan, I think this is very appropriate! Our state is beautiful in all seasons, but especially in fall and summer. I was not as impressed with this when younger, but I surely do appreciate the beauty we Michiganders are exposed to regularly!
4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?

The last pot luck  I attended was our end of year BSF lunch and I brought Sinful Saltines. They are a yummy little sweet and salty dessert a former BSF-fer used to bring, and when she was no longer in leadership I asked her for the recipe because the ladies were all really missing them!!! I also take them when I serve at funeral luncheons and someone almost always asks me for the recipe! It’s not that I am a scrumptious baker, it’s more they are so easy monkeys could make them!!! And I always have the ingredients on hand.

Another go-to pot luck recipe is cheesy potatoes. They are always so good with practically everything and there are hardly ever any leftovers. I have a really good cheese ball recipe that has come in handy for an appetizer.
5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

Ah, funny you should ask! Our son and daughter-in-law just had their first baby a week and a half ago and they have been having a few new parent struggles. I believe my advice was that this is a hard time but it will pass.

And I am praying it passes in a timely fashion 🙂
6. Insert your own random thought here.

There’s our new little Moon Pie! She has already changed a bunch since she arrived!

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A sleeping angel baby.

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Here she is all bright eyed and bushy tailed!

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On her first ferry ride out to Whidbey Island in Washington state. The Dane said this was her first wrap experience and the baby was SO content and very comfy! A tiny marsupial in her very own pouch!

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Hopefully the new family is getting a little shut eye, always a challenge in the first months.

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Hi sweet little bay-bee! ❤

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I totally lifted a couple of these from their Instagram accounts.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your July!

Catching Up

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Hope you all had a fine holiday! We did not do much, but Honey did have several days off and that is always most welcome!

I believe I have mentioned that Honey is Canadian by birth, and one of his favorite things from the Mother Land is fries with gravy, also known as poutine. Honey and The Girls had been having a hankering to check this place out for some time, so we headed over to Ann Arbor to give it a whirl. Unfortunately for Mousey, poutine is not legal on her keto diet at the moment, so she opted out of a big basket of temptation. Sad face emoji 😦

They had many, many different toppings for the basic fries.

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I had my fries with gravy and cheese curds with pulled pork, Honey and The Ab-Cat were purists, strictly fries, gravy and cheese. While I enjoyed it, I don’t feel like a meal of fries contributes to my best self. It was pretty heavy and would have been a better side dish. Was a fun experience though!

Honey spent a good chunk of his time tweaking with the pool while I maintained the grass and weeds until this happened.

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SHEESH!! I was standing in our raised bed, WITH NO SHOES ON, reached out and down to grab a handful of weeds and looked between the greenery and saw a black black snake a couple feet away. If I am not mistaken (or shall I say missnakin’!) this snake, or a relative, has lived in our back garden for some time. We have met before and have both slowly and respectfully gone about our business when both parties discovered one another, and that is what happened here.

The other snake startled me, and when I looked over the retaining wall to get a better look it raised straight up out of the bed at me!! The nerve of that little light colored hussy!!!!! Honey said maybe it was protecting babies. NOT HELPING HONEY!!! So there you have it, why I can never garden in our snake infested garden again.

Since they made fireworks legal several years ago in The Mitten, The Fourth has been a very colorful, very loud night. They are now sold in parking lots all across the state, no Meijer’s or O’Reilly’s left behind is their motto. Our next door neighbors have always had a display for their friends and family, even before they were so readily available. In years past we have learned to roll up our solar pool cover to prevent the burning embers from melting holes, and sure enough, at about 10:05, I asked Mousey to lend a hand with the rolling. After the rolling had commenced, the Girls and I stood on the deck and watched and listened to all the festivities going on all around us in various subdivisions. Mousey stated that this is what a war zone must sound like!

Meanwhile, in the house we had our Fearless Defender.

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He wishes you a Happy Independence Day. Weenie. The elder felines were all holed up in our bedroom, as they always are. They make no claims to being tough guys though, and therein lies the difference.

Honey had this past weekend off as well and we worked like rented mules. He trimmed the miles long hedge in the back and I raked, scooped and bagged the clippings. The next day we tackled the front yard, which I am sad to say we could not even remember how long it had been since it had seen the blade of a clipper. The burning bushes have a big comeback to make. They were taller than the windows, and are now sticks with sparse vegetation. If there is anything we learned from The Polar Vortex fiasco a few years back, is if you cut bushes WAY BACK, they will rebound. They should anyway. Well, fingers crossed.

The Boy and The Dane have been very good to send regular pictures of the new grandbaby! It helps immensely since we will not meet her until August. She is settling in very nicely! I think they are in love!

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Lots of snuggling going on.

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in most of the pictures she was sweetly sleeping. As all newborns do. Not.

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There she is! All bright eyed and bushy tailed!!!

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Precious little Moon Pie!

Have a good Monday.

Way Back When-sday/She’s Heeeere!

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The Boy and The Dane have been anxiously awaiting June 30 for 9 months! Well, it came and went, but not without a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. The Dane’s folks arrived from Denmark on July first and this little peanut decided July 2 was the perfect day to be born! 7 pounds 8 ounces, 20 inches long with a little bit of dark hair.

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Already sucking her finger, so sweet!

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The Dane looked wonderful after a couple nights of lost sleep and labor! She is very glad to have her on the outside!

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Hi Babee!

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Little Moon Pie ❤ There has been much speculation over who she resembles. I can see both of them at different times. I also see a small smackeral of Little Mousey. She is changing with every day so I will reserve judgment for a little while!

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This was one of my favorites. When you see your baby holding his baby. Surreal!

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So let’s go way back to June 21, 1991 when our Baby Boy was born! Heading home!

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With his Daddy.

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Sharing deep thoughts.

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Here is The Boy with his Grandma. He and The Dane used her name, Ruth, as their little girls middle name. Love, LOVE, L.O.V.E!!! She was truly, madly, deeply in love with all her grandbabies ❤

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Big “Wister” Ab-Cat, who lovingly called him The Young Prince, after her flavor of the month Disney movie, Bambi. The young prince is here! Her first comment was she wanted to see his bottom! True, we have it on video!

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We were all glad to make his acquaintance, he was 2 weeks late when they MADE him come out.

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Back to the present. Of course you probably knew that given the quality of the picture! One of the saddest things I now realize is we should have invested in a good camera when the kids were born. Of course, we didn’t know any better, it was all we had! Our movie camera was a behemoth too! This generation will never know the trauma of carrying those things around, they just whip out their tiny little phones!!!!!!!

I see some resemblance in his new baby, but I see her Mama as well. Looking forward to watching this little miss grow!!

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She has an iron grip on her Daddy’s finger. Hold on Little Girl, never let go!