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Here Ye! Here Ye!

Our 1st born Princess, Rylee Alisabeth, is 9!

This little girl is definitely a blessing to us and all those who know her.

She is sweet and kind.

She has the biggest, brightest smile ever.

Her favorite color is purple and favorite number is 3.

You can catch her turning cartwheels in any open area. 

I learned last night that she loves being the 1st born grandchild. ūüôā

She loves watching Little House on the Prairie & reading Little House in the Big Woods chapter books.

Her favorite play time activity is playing school and yes, she is ALWAYS the teacher.

She is a snuggler, hand-holder and wants to sit in your lap whenever she can.  I love it!  Can’t get enough of it and hope she never outgrows it! 

We celebrated her birthday last night by taking her and Jaedyn out to eat.¬† Her choice, Swadleys!¬† Ha, it use to be Chicken Express!¬† We played some sort of clapping-cup game with the ketchup bottle to pass the time while waiting for our food.¬† We were quite the show for all those around us since Nana and Papa¬†couldn’t¬†grasp the whole thing and kept the girls laughing and saying ‚ÄėNooooo‚Äô and then repeating the game over and over again. After dinner we went to Orange Leaf for some yummy frozen yogurt.¬†¬†

It was a special time for this Nana and Papa.

She brings us such joy!

We are excited to see what new and exciting things God has in store for her this year.

We love you Rylee Beth!

Nana & Papa

A special message she left on the 
wipe off board in our toy room!
P.S. I borrowed the head shot from Michele! ¬†Thanks! ūüôā
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Happy Birthday Dee!

Today we celebrate my sister Dolores. It’s her birthday! Dee is the 3rd born in our family of 5 kids, the 2nd sister..almost the oldest..but not quite!! ¬†I won’t tell you how old she is, but she was born in ’63…you do the math!
It’s funny how when I was a kid being the oldest sister spoke power and authority, but now that we are older, it’s just a number! And a big one at that! ¬†
My sister is Mom to Kent, a Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Grandma and Friend.  She has a sweet heart and loves all those that she calls family and friends.  She is loving, kind and very independent! 

She has a dog named Willie..he’s part Golden Retriever and something else…not sure what, but it all makes for a great dog. ¬†She says he thinks he’s human, but I think he knows he’s a dog and is worried about her lack of reality! She talks to him like he’s one of her children…says he understands her every word. But in reality, we all know he hears ‘wah, wah, wah’. ¬†He has the wags of his tail and the tilt of his head down to perfect timing….makes her think he knows exactly what she is saying… Good dog, Willie!
Dee recently completed Medical Assistant school. ¬†Woot Woot! ¬†It’s been a lot of work and not always easy, but she never gave up. ¬†Most mornings Keith and I received a text reminding us to pray for her. It was always followed up with news of good ¬†test scores & higher class average. This season of her life helped her realize God does take care of her in all circumstances and she is smarter than she believes. ¬†We are so proud of her!¬†

We don’t live close, so we appreciate social media, phones calls and texts that allow us to stay in touch. We are excited to see where God takes her from here. ¬†His plans are always great!¬†

Happy Birthday Dee!
We love you so much!

Babe & Keith

P.S. Molly says to tell Willie Hi—wah wah wah!

P. P. S. I would post a picture of Dee…but who has one….crazy, but I searched and couldn’t find one. Even crazier, her Facebook photos are all of Willie!

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Happy Birthday Melanie!

Today is my sister’s birthday, won’t mention which one, but let’s just say she is growing ever so close to the big five-oh!

Melanie is the baby sister, the one who got away with a lot more than Dee & I did!  

I am the oldest daughter and she is the youngest, but our lives have taken similar paths…bet she’s copying me! ¬†

Today I want to celebrate her, to let everyone know that she is the sweetest, kindest, most loving person you will ever meet…see I told you she was copying me. ¬†No really, I love her so much and we are not only sisters but best friends. We text each other everyday and talk at least once or twice a week. It’s so much fun being her sister.

We have been there for each other for many changes in our lives, moves with the military, our kids going through the terrible twos and the teenage years, graduations, weddings, grand babies and now empty nesting. 

In the middle of all of that moving, growing and raising of children, Melanie was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I remember the day she called me, I had just pulled into the garage with Keith and it was Easter weekend over 7 years ago.  I was in total disbelief, but the big sister in me knew I would have plenty of time to be sad later, at that moment I needed to be her comfort. So, plans were put into place and I flew up and took care of her after the initial surgery and held her hand through a second. She lives in the far away land of New Hampshire. She had a total of 11 surgeries over a period of 2 years and 12 rounds of chemo and 30 rounds of radiation. It was hard to watch her go through those years of surgeries and treatments, but she is a strong person and nothing was going to take her down.  So, here we are today, 7 years later, celebrating her birthday, thanking God for seeing her through one of the toughest times in her life. 

I wanted her to write about her journey, but she isn’t ready, said she isn’t able to put it on paper yet and that’s okay. I know that one day she will have a story only she can share. ¬†And that story, that journey, is going to help another mom, daughter, sister who is going through breast cancer get through it. No one can help you get through something unless they have walked the same journey, so one day God is going to take that time in her life and turn into a testimony. ¬†Not only will Melanie be blessed, but God will get all the glory.

She has spoken at different events about her cancer and treatment,¬†participated in Relay for Life, has been called on to mentor several ladies through¬†their initial treatments and volunteers at the wig bank every other week. ¬†She is my hero and I know God put her here for a purpose and she hasn’t even touched the surface of what He has planned for her.

Happy Birthday Melanie…looking forward to many more!

Love you tons!
Your Big Sister!