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Our Thanksgiving Baby

Although Thanksgiving looks different for almost everyone this year, we still have so many  things to be thankful for, don’t we? I won’t list them all, but every seven years or so we get to celebrate not only our many blessings, but our special blessing of Hayley, who was born on this day 16 years ago! While she wasn’t born on Thanksgiving Day, we still consider her our Thanksgiving Baby!
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Today she is smart and funny and 16!!!! Oh, and did I mention quite beautiful too???  We don’t know what God has in store for you, dear Hayley,  but we pray that you continue to follow Him wholly in the days and years to come! We love you!!

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Happy 16th Birthday to our amazing Hayley! We are so thankful for you each and every day!
Grams and Pops

February Third

February Third is a lot of things to a lot of different people.  For food lovers, it’s National Carrot Cake Day. If you’re a dog lover, fear not – today is also National Golden Retriever Day.  And of course, this year it’s also the National Recover from the Super Bowl Day, which is being celebrated in different forms in different areas of our great land. (I had no skin in the game regardless of who won or lost, but I will say it was a pretty fine game of football overall!) But I digress.

In the history books you might not be aware that today in 1690 the first paper money in America was issued by the colony of Massachusetts. The currency was used to pay soldiers fighting a war against Quebec. (Ah, paper money. Less jingle in the pockets!)

It was also on February third in 1783 that Spain first recognized the United States as an independent country.  (Kinda slow on the uptake, boys!)

On 02/03/1815 the world’s first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland. (Thank goodness!)

Of course, lots of famous people were also born on February 3rd through the years.
1368 – Charles VI, King of France
1809 – Felix Mendelssohn – German Composer and pianist
1811 – Horace Greeley – who coined the phrase “Go West, young man!”
1894 – Norman Rockwell – artist and illustrator
1907 – James A. Michener – American novelist
2003 – Eliana Grace Conrad – Artist

OK, so that last one might not (yet) be quite as famous as some of the others, but she’s pretty famous in our family. Ellie ushered in the new (and wonderful) era of grandparenthood for us and she will always hold that extra special place of being our First. She was the only grandchild that was born before we began our Rving adventure, and the only one to ever visit us at our ‘sticks and bricks’ home in Pennsylvania. Today that precious squishy baby girl

turns a beautiful 17!

She’s smart, she kind, she’s talented, she’s beautiful and she is (above all else) a follower of Jesus. We give thanks daily for her and feel so blessed that we get to call her our very own first grandchild!

Happy Birthday, Ellie!!

Love, love and more love,

Grams and Pops

Footnote: Historical information was retrieved from the this webpage
Special Day information was found here.

2003 was a very good year

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The day we moved into our Jamison home in 1981 I remember hugging my mom as the last box was being unloaded and saying that this house was IT. This was our last move and THIS was the house that our grandchildren would be coming to. Little did I know at the time that 23 years later we would be not only moving from that house, but moving into a 300 square foot house on wheels. But God was kind. Feb 3, 2003 we welcomed this little darlin’ into our family. Ellie, the only one of the grands born before we began our RV adventure, came to that ‘forever’ house several times before we hit the road. She doesn’t remember of course, but I will always hold those precious memories close.
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(Actual proof that she was there!! That’s our sofa!)
Today she turned 16. Oh. My. Heart. She’s smart and kind and talented and beautiful. And most importantly, she’s given her heart to Jesus.

Happy Birthday to this sweet girl that made us grandparents. We may not be close by very often, be we carry you in our hearts and in our prayers.
XOXOXO
Grams and Pops

It’s easy today

to find something to be thankful for!! On this day, eleven years ago we welcomed this sweet little blue-eyed beauty into our family!
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(full disclosure, she did not arrive looking quite like this! =) )
She’s filled our lives with smiles and snuggles, laughter and love! I feel a special affinity with Maddie since she’s the classic ‘middle child’ (kinda like me), celebrates her birthday just one day before mine, and is the lone blonde haired, blue-eyed child in her family (which she definitely got from her Daddy’s (our son) side of the family!)
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We got to spoil her for a week this past summer, so her sweetness is still fresh in our minds!
Happy Birthday, Maddie in the Middle! We love you to the moon and back!
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