Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Morning Coffee

When you wake up on a Monday morning and your first thought is....... 

"Dang kids!" I've been fighting it, I haven't stopped yet, but the ever dreaded going around school cold is trying to over take me. I warned them all on Friday if I got their snotty nosed, sneezy faced cold, they would not be happy campers. 

Other than that, how was your weekend?

We had a beautiful weekend in the mitten state! The weather was record setting & in the 60s.  This is the week that we have gone to Florida in past years. On Saturday Dream Boy was talking with our friend who is down there for the month & that we stay with, and he told DB that the temp was 65 & rainy.  The temp in Michigan was 65 and sunny!  I guess most of our week is going to be like this, but then the temps and torments of winter will be returning.

We stayed in Friday night, devouring our favorite pizza & salad while catching up on some binge watching.  We were both so tired, we were in bed at 10pm, laughing at the fact that we were in bed at 10 on a Friday night. But then S1 called DB & he got back up as S1 was coming over to share a beer with his pops!

I started on a new project Friday night and then finished it up on Saturday for my Little G Man.
Poppi and I went up late afternoon and arrived at his 6pm care time. The nurse had just finished his vitals & was changing his diaper. When she finished she told me to try it on for size while she tended another little one. Oh my gosh - cuteness overload right here!

We spent some time with him while the nurse fed him & then I snuggled with him while he finished up via tube, what he hadn't taken in his bottle. We tucked him in and headed out for dinner downtown and then returned for his 9pm care time when mommi & daddi were there.  He's got a final milestone to hit with his eating before he can come home and we are hoping this is the week he makes it there.  He is up to 5 pounds, 6 ounces - gaining another ounce since Thursday night's weigh in. 
Sunday I had the distinct honor of capturing the students who were competing in the Kalamazoo Concert Band Youth Solo event. This was held in the music department of Western Michigan University.

There were 10 competitors in all, each performing a piece with their instrument and pianist. 
Oh.my.gosh are there some talented youth out there.  I was blown away at the performances - everyone of them was beyond amazing in my mind.

When we finished up in the late afternoon, I headed on home to take a little Sunday afternoon siesta.

Dream Boy was out riding and returned home not long after & we just spent the rest of our day relaxing and doing this & that.

This was a little of what we did............state of mind I tell ya, state of mind. 

With all this warm weather, summer is getting under my skin, so the highlights had to be done!

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Morning Coffee

Life has been amazingly crazy lately. 

I'm sure if you follow me at all on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I am now a Grammi.  Yep, I've joined the elite group of grandparents and I have to say I'm loving it.

Our Little G decided at 7 weeks early, 33 weeks, to try and enter this big wide world. But mommi needed some extra help with him trying this and was hospitalized to received steroids to help our little man with his lung development and other vital organs. She was told that she would be in for 48 hours and that the meds she was receiving would slow down labor and hopefully buy our little guy some more time in the womb.  But 20 minutes after she was settled in bed and the meds had started, mommi felt her water break. So, she was told that she would be there until Little G made his appearance. She was given a week and if he hadn't made an appearance on his own, they would induce labor.

As hard as it was to wait, each day was good because it was one more day that our little man had to grow stronger and develop more. The week passed ever so slowly, but it passed and mommi was induced. After a long, hard, well fought labor our little man was born via a c-section. 

He came out kicking and screaming and crying - literally. Mommi & daddi said he had beautiful color and they were overjoyed that they were able to spend some time with him in the OR before he was taken to NICU. Daddi got to hold him and bring him to mommi so she could see him before the nurses took him.
I was beyond humbled that my daughter-in-law had asked me to be a part of the whole birth experience. I watched her fight hard, she pushed through so many obstacles and she battled for many, many long hours. Through it all, she was a warrior and in the end, no matter how it came to be, a beautiful, healthy baby boy was born.
Our Little G spent a week in NICU, breathing on his own since birth,  maintaining his body temp and powering through all the milestones, one at a time. By Thursday of this week, he was moved to the step down NICU unit and by Friday he was moved to a regular crib, out of his isolate.

And then Sunday, this grammi's heart melted all over again.
He is strong enough and ready to be loved and cuddled by his poppi & me. I was able to hold him for the first time, amazed at the overflow of emotions once again.  

God is good. All the time.

Life has also been busy and filled with many other things. I have been commissioned to capture action shots of our Local Concert Band for their website and advertising.
A long over due visit and time spent with the younger kiddo's was made on Saturday. The holiday's and birth of a new baby have kept us from making the drive to D-town, so we headed on over on Saturday for the day.

We arrived not long after lunch time, so we all piled into the car and S&K took us downtown to a little building that was only a few blocks from the Ambassador Bridge. There weren't any other restaurants any where near, but this little red brick building held an amazing surprise!
This place give a whole new meaning to Ramen noodles. Oh my gosh, have you ever had a meal that you think about for days & days after? This is one of those meals. Yep, still thinking about it and can't wait to go back. 

After lunch we headed into downtown Detroit and roamed around, stopping at the Punch Bowl for a little cocktail. Then headed off on foot for Greektown and some exploring. We all decided it will be a fun summer exploring this city of the rebound, there are so many good things happening in the D.

We also decided, after we returned to S&K's apartment, that next time we will be bringing LtWD with us so we can just crash for the night to give us more quality time together.

Like I said, life has been amazingly crazy lately.

Today - I'm thanking God for all my many blessings. I have so many to count and am so grateful for each one.

It's also my Mother-in-law's birthday - and I would like to wish her a great day!  Happy birthday Ruthie!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Morning Coffee

Welcome to Monday morning.

We're still waiting. I know that's the question on your mind.

Every day that our Little G stays in mommi's womb is a good day for him. One day in mommi is like one week on the outside. Each day that he is tucked away is another day for him to develop & grow stronger. 

We can wait.

Needless to say, we spent our weekend close to home and the hospital. 

I spent Friday afternoon with mommi at the hospital. We talked about so many things. Mommi was very, very schloopy as she was still on some of the drugs they started on Wednesday. By 3pm they had taken her off of them and by 4pm she was brightening up and her quick witted humor was returning quickly.

Poppi came up & met us after he got out of work and spent time with us before we finally headed home for our dinner. He spent the night in the basement working on refinishing a hutch his great grandpa built. Mommi & daddi want it for Little G's room. This hutch was used by Poppi and all of his siblings, along with our 2 boys, and now it is being passed down to the next generation. Great Grandpa built it in 1936.

Saturday we hung at home literally all day. I spent the day in my studio working on my taxes, this is my 1st year claiming my business and I have oh, so much to learn in this area. 

Dream Boy spent the day continuing his work on the hutch. It is truly going to be beautiful when he is done. There were at least 4 layers of paint, the bottom layer being the original milk paint. He has it all stripped down & sanded now and has started painting the inside. He played with his stain, mixing 2 colors until he came up with the color he thinks will work best in the nursery.

Saturday night we headed in to visit with mommi.  Daddi soon joined us & mommi was very uncomfortable. She desperately wanted a shower, so we headed out for a bite to eat, not sure if we should go very far as she was having contractions fairly close.  

It wasn't long until daddi texted and said that he was meeting us for dinner, things had slowed down & mommi was resting quietly. She was actually blessed with 8 hours of sleep that night.

Sunday we headed off to church and had a beautiful morning in worship.  Afterwards, we headed up to check on our DIL & Littl G. Things had stopped for the most part, so she was taking advantage of the time and resting as much as possible.

Dream Boy & I then headed off to our friends for a good old fashioned Sunday Dutch Dinner!  Pot roast, potatoes & carrots. Oh my goodness, this was comfort food that was such a special treat to us. Thank you, thank you, thank you B&P - what a wonderful afternoon we had.

Of course, after our time together, we headed home in a heavy snow. I promptly plopped on the couch, with a happy, full belly & took my traditional Dutch Sunday afternoon nap.  Well, I take naps frequently, they are one of my favorite hobby's, but to take one on Sunday following a traditional Dutch dinner was definitely in order!

And here we are = back to a Monday morning.  I'm back in school & we are starting the 2nd semester, so my desk is overloaded with all kinds of stuff.  The pile, I swear, keeps growing and I'm struggling keeping up.

With that said.........................it's back to the grind!

Stay tuned everyone -------- I'm sure my next post will be all about our Little G!!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Letter to My Little G


"Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;

    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day."


Psalm 139:13-16 
the Message

My Dear Little G:

My heart is overflowing right now with so much love.  

Mommi has been in the hospital for 3 days now as you have decided you can't wait any longer to meet all of us.

Baby boy, we are so excited to meet you too, but you are coming a little early. We know that the doctors are in control and are watching you closely. We know that you & mommi are where you should be right now & you are in good hands.

But ultimately, we know God is in full control of this, as He is the creator of all beings from the very start.  

We are putting our full faith in Him that you will be delivered healthy & whole. We trust God that mommi will have a smooth delivery, with no complication.

Mommi & I have had lots of time to talk and share over the last few days. She is going to be such a good mommi to you.  She loves you so much and is so in tune to everything going on with you & her body. She is making sure you are getting the best of everything already my little man.

Daddi is a bit nervous, a bit scared (even though he probably won't admit that out loud), but watching his compassion & love with your mommi these past few days has been such a blessing to witness.  He is going to be an amazing daddi to you. Mommi said this to me yesterday too. The way he has been caring for her has made her realize this even more.  

Here's a little story for you. Your poppi & I were working on adopting our 1st baby.  We had completed our home studies in December of 1987 and on Christmas Eve we received our letter of approval from the court.  What an amazing gift. We were told that it would be at least a year, if not longer, before we would have a baby.

But God knew different. He knows everything, He knows our every thought & word before we do. 

On January 29, 1988 I received a call. I was told that your poppi & I had a baby boy, that he was 5 months old & that God's plan was not our plan at all. That a 1 year wait was not at all what God had in mind, but a 4 week wait. From the start of our home studies to the time your daddi came home to be our forever son, was 9 months. Actually, it was 2 weeks early of 9 months.  Your daddi was 2 weeks early when he was born in September of 1987.

So here we all are, 29 years later. I am amazed by God's plan and how He works in our lives.  Just when I think I have it all figured out, this God thing, His plan for my life, He laughs - I know He laughs, and tells me or shows me that I'll never have it figured out. He reminds me in these ways that I need to never stop trusting Him or following Him or talking to Him or walking along side of Him. I need to remember to follow His lead.

My Little G, I promise to love you with all my heart. To kiss your boo boo's, to tickle your belly, to spoil you rotten because I can, to tell you about Jesus and the love He has for you & me. I promise to wipe away your tears & to listen to your troubles. I promise to bake you chocolate chip cookies & teach you to swim. I promise to be there for you always. I promise to share the memory of your other grandma with you, to let you know what an amazing lady she was & how much, so very much, she loved you. I promise to love you always & forever.

Your mommi & daddi are among my greatest blessings. They are going to be such great parents to you.

Then there's your Uncle Shaun & Auntie Kylie - oh my. They are gonna be your biggest cheerleaders, they already are! We are so thankful & grateful that they live closer now and will be able to be a huge part of your life. Someday they will give you cousins & I know that all of you will be the best of buddies for life. You will make life long memories together & I can't wait to watch & witness all of you grow together.

You have Great Aunties & Uncles, & cousins too that have been praying for you all along. They are so excited to meet you too. They all love you so much already.

So my Little G, you will soon be entering our world & I can't wait to see you face to face. To hold you & cherish you. You have an amazing family waiting to meet you, you will ALWAYS know love.

I pray for you constantly & I promise I will never stop.

I love you my little man,

Grammi