Monday, August 8, 2016

Babies and Blessings and a Wonderful Announcement

Hello, sweet friends, today I would 
like to share the most wonderful blessings
in life - Grandchildren. 

For many years I have dreamed of one day
completing our family with grandchildren. 

I have saved children's books, crochet patterns, 
ideas for craft projects, and imaginings 
for that magical time when our family
of 6 would one day become more. 

Last spring we were blessed with our 
first grandson. My son Gabe, and lovely wife Erica
were so happy to introduce this sweet little one
to our family. 

Now our little Ethan is already walking! 

Grandpa - Ramblin' Man and I were so thrilled 
to spend the day baby-sitting on Saturday
and see him in action. 

Here he is with the quilt I made out of Grandpa's shirts. 

And with the book from Grandpa :)

Our little guy loves to 'read'! 

He's happy, healthy and loves to learn. 
He can say, 'Mama, Dada, Moo-Moo, Meow', 
and Grandpa taught him 'Icky'. 
Leave it to Grandpa......he's like a kid again
when he's with this little sweetheart. 

He's brought so much love and happiness 
into our lives. 

And just when we thought life couldn't get 
any better, my daughter, Heather shares 
more wonderful news.....

She had invited me over for brunch one 
beautiful spring day. 

Distracted by the delicious offerings, 

And Jimmy, the Labra-doodle Pup......

I didn't notice the centerpiece! 

Or the sonogram! 

I was momentarily confused.....

Until I looked at her beaming face. 

It really was a miracle. 

You see, Heather and Eric had been 
dreaming of being parents for many long years. 

Anyone who has suffered through the 
trials and tribulations of infertility
knows the heart-ache and loss that goes 
along with it. 

After exhausting all options, they had come to terms
with the fact that they might never be parents, 
and had adopted Jimmy, the dog. 

Our hearts broke for them, but 
we encouraged them to keep the faith. 

Not more than 6 mos. later, they got the 
wonderful news. 

Then on Mother's Day at Gabe and Erica's, 
they had the gender reveal 
with bubblegum of pink and blue. 

The blue bubble was not popped......
A boy! 

Our new little guy is due in early November. 

She's getting excellent care, 
as she is high-risk due to underlying health problems
of her own, but so far all tests have come back 
positive for a healthy mother and baby. 

We feel so very blessed. 

I'm so happy to share this wonderful news 
with you, my dear friends! 

Life is good. 



  1. Oh Karen! That is such wonderful news! There is nothing that makes my heart sing like a new grandbaby. I am sure you can't wait to hold this new little life in your arms! Have a wonderful week.

  2. Oh Karen, I am so happy for your whole family! Grandchildren are so wonderful! (We just spent the afternoon with Tad at the waterpark.)
    it's hard to believe that Ethan is walking already! He is such a handsome boy and I can see that he is surrounded by love. Here is to a very healthy and easy pregnancy for your daughter!

  3. Congratulations to your daughter and her husband!! Such an exciting time for your family!!

  4. Karen, this is wonderful news. Grandchildren are such a delight, and I know from sad experience how difficult it is to watch a daughter struggle with infertility. May your blessings give you much joy.

  5. Hi Karen, my dear friend, this is such wonderful news! Congratulations to your lovely daughter and her husband!
    Ethan is such a lovely grandchild, already walking, time goes by so quick ....
    Blessings and Love and hugs to you all!
    Claudia xo

  6. This is such wonderful news to read at the end of a long day. I am so happy for you and your daughter and her husband. We too know the pain and anxiety of infertility and so can appreciate the joy with which your daughter gave the news and the joy with which you received it. Grandchildren are the ultimate blessing on a family!

  7. Karen, I am just beaming full of happiness for you all. Being recently made a "Gramma" for the first time I finally GET IT!

    You have a beautiful family. Best wishes. I will keep Heather in my prayers. She is sooooo beautiful!

  8. It was nice to read about your family. Your grandson looks cute and smart.

  9. I am thrilled for you, you are certainly blessed. The joy of an addition to the family is the ultimate gift. Such exciting news, I bet your crochet hook has been in overdrive.

  10. Such lovely news Karen. To have waited so long and then such goods news. Will be thinking of you all. B x

  11. How marvellous! I'm thrilled for you all. November will be here before we know it. What an exciting Christmas you will have. x

  12. Congratulations to you all!!! So very very pleased for all of you!!

  13. What a lovely little angel is your grandson Karen! May all goes well until December. Be all blessed!

  14. OH Karen, I'm so happy for you and your daughter Heather's exciting news. I hope all goes well with her pregnancy. Ethan is adorable. I hope you are enjoying summer there. We've had a hot one here and been very busy with family company. Take care and blessings to you. Pam

  15. Hello, your grandson is just adorable. You have a lovely family and beautiful daughters. Congrats to you, Heather and her hubby on the new baby. Wonderful news! Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

  16. Just hope and pray that she'll be healthy throughout the pregnancy. And a happy, healthy child in November! How exciting.

    And your grandson is just adorable.

  17. Congratulations Heather and Eric! Sometimes getting a dog makes everything work out just fine.
    I loved the booties on the table. What a wonderful suprise for you and your family. I can see another shirt being put to excellent use!!
    Have a lovely week :)

  18. Congratulations! There is nothing sweeter or more satisfying than grandchildren. I pray all goes well for Heather and baby boy!

  19. I am so happy for all of you! Such a wonderful blessing for a family!

  20. What a sweetie your grandson is and congrats on the new little one due in Nov.

    Love, hugs & prayers for all of you ~ FlowerLady

  21. Oh I'm so happy for You <3 <3 <3
    Congrats to ALL of You!!!

  22. What wonderful news!! What an exciting Christmas your family is going to have. Wishing Heather and Eric all the best as they start down the glorious road of parenthood.

    Congrats to Jimmy too. He's about to become a big brother. :-)

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  23. What wonderful news! I know how Erica must feel as was unable to have children and after all the painful tests I went through it turned out that my husband was infertile. I pray all goes well for her.

  24. Congratulations! How fun for you! I hope both grandbabies live close by so you can enjoy them in your everyday life. I am blessed to have that and it is wonderful.

  25. Congrats Karen!! That's awesome! And so happy for your daughter and her hubby. I know some of that feeling of pain....and then such great joy. ;) And it's so neat that he won't be that much older than Ethan, and being another boy too, I bet they'll be great buddies.

    Again, congrats to you All!! God is good!! ;) xoxo

  26. I share in your joy of having a growing family with grandchildren We have little Elsie, eighteen months old with son Kevin and his wife Mary Clare. And my daughter Emily is due, like your daughter, in early November with a girl! Those gender reveals are so cute!

    Like your daughter and her husband, Emily and Mike were at the point where fertility treatment was the path they had to take. They took out a home equity loan to afford it. Before they even started the injections, she was a bit late and took a pregnancy test to be sure. Yes, it's a miracle. They had already purchased the drugs to increase the eggs and since it could not be returned to the pharmaceutical company, she donated them to a local couple who were on round three. We so hope this will be their good luck charm!

    We are so blessed. Seeing you playing on the floor with your sweet little guy is much like I do with Elsie. I wasn't sure if I'd have that same bond with grandkids as I did with my own but it's definitely there. I can't stop from hugging and kissing and sniffing them (don't you love to inhale that warm sweet scent?!!)!!

    Best wishes to your daughter and her husband and to all of you!


  27. This is so wonderful! Best wishes for baby and mother's continued health!

  28. Karen, I am so happy and excited for you! Being a nana is one of my greatest joys in life. Your little Ethan is so adorable! November will be here before you know it! {{HUGS}}

  29. Congratulations dear Karen! I am so happy for you and your daughter and son in law. We'll be celebrating two birthdays these next ten days with our two grandchildren. Blessings to you and family. Pat xx

  30. Congratulations to your dear family! There is so much love and happiness in those pictures, you are indeed blessed!

  31. Excited to hear of another grandson is on his way! So thankful for miracles. There have been a few couples in our church who've been through the same thing. One has had their baby boy already and a girl is coming up in another month! Sweet! Thanks for sharing the good news! Your little grandson is adorable.

  32. What a gorgeous family you have. Congrats on the addition to your family. Your Grandson is so adorable. Jimmy stole my heart too. yvonne

  33. Congratulations to your beautiful family. Thank you so much for sharing their stories.
    So happy for you ♥Hugs, Jody

  34. Oh Karen so happy for you all!!! I know the road of infertility very well, we tried for many years and with the help of clomid was able to get pregnant, although we lost one to still born and two to miscarriage we were blessed with a daughter, that is so very precious! Can't wait until you can share the pics of your new grandson :)

  35. On, wonderful news, I'm so happy for your family! Lots of love to you all! xoxo

  36. Isn't that the most wonderful news for Heather and Eric??!! She does look absolutely beautiful and beaming with happiness. I'm so happy for all of you. Little Ethan is just so darling and now he'll have a cousin. I must tell you that I suffered through two miscarriages before our four children were born, and it is a heartbreaking time. I'm just thrilled for Heather!

  37. Hello Karen,

    I'm new to your blog, and it's so nice the first post I read brings only good news, children are such a blessing to any family.

  38. Hello Karen,

    I'm new to your blog, and it's so nice the first post I read brings only good news, children are such a blessing to any family.

  39. Wonderful news for the whole family.

  40. OMG...such glorious news Karen!
    your daughter is gorgeous!
    Congrats to all...and that wee cute!
    Linda :o)

  41. Hi Dear Karen, Congrats to your daughter on her wonderful news. What a happy blessing and I know you are all so excited God is so good!! Your little grandson is on so cute too. Now you will have two to love and adore!
    Blessings to you all. xo

  42. Congrats to you and your family!
    I think our chances of having grandchildren are slim to none but we are okay about it. What is meant to be , will be ...or maybe will not be...

  43. Dear Karen,

    Congratulations on your exciting news and having your sweet grandchildren in your life is such a joy. Ethan is such a little cutie. Best wishes to Heather, Eric and baby.

  44. Oh Karen, this is wonderful news. Congratulations to Heather and all the family. She looks radiant in this picture. And she's having a boy! A mother's love for her son is so very special, it's hard to describe. And little Ethan is getting so big. I am so happy for you, Karen. I look forward to having grandkids someday. They are what makes the circle of life. :)


  45. I am so happy for the expecting couple. I could not have children, and no explanation could ever be given why, so I understand their frustration. Which makes their blessing all the more special.

    Cindy Bee

  46. Karen ... such special and joyful news you've shared, many congratulations to your daughter and her husband.

    I love the photo's of Ethan too.

    Children and grand-children bring so much joy and pleasure to our lives.

    All the best Jan

  47. Congratulations to everyone, that is wonderful news!

  48. This is such good news for your family. Your daughter must be thrilled and the baby is probably already feeling all the love surrounding him!


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