De Ja Vu

We may have created a monster a couple years ago when we let Nora “play billiards” on our table once she could crawl and roll balls around.
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She loved it
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and asks to play every time she comes to our house.
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So last night when she was here and asked to play,
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Evie got to join in!
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She loved it!
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Ev was in heaven with Nora there who she adores, the colorful balls rolling back and forth…

I’m afraid we’ve created another monster!

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Guess What!

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“I’m going to be a big sister!”

Unexpected.

Surprising.

Exciting.

Life.

Grandchildren:
It’s just as amazing the third time as it was the first. We can’t wait to meet Josh and Abby’s new bundle in the spring!
(just in time for Auntie’s wedding!)

I’m in Trouble

I’ve spent an hour or two each evening this week editing Mick and Sheila’s wedding photos.
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I already have my favorites, the ones that will stand out in my mind as the icons of the day,
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and as I work on the pictures I find myself with a lump in my throat.
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What worries me is that this is Sheila. Yes, we joke that she’s my adopted daughter and she calls me her Bellingham Mom, and we are good friends, but if I get choked up looking at her pictures and remembering her wedding last week, how on earth am I going to get through Abbie’s in May!?

I’m in big, big trouble.

Women

One of my favorite parts of a wedding is the bridal room. I love all the girl stuff.
Hairspray, makeup, dresses, slips, mimosas…

Laughter, secrets, spiked heels, little spats…A bunch of women and girls in one room provides plenty of drama and plenty of stories.
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The more women in the room, the more the bride is supported and loved.
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And, the more women in the room, the more stress, anxiety, nerves getting stepped on.
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The atmosphere reminds of of the scene from Gone With The Wind (minus the napping)

The best part of the bridal room is getting the bride into the dress. Especially when the bride’s Mom is the one helping her.

Sheila’s Getting Ready was even better because she had her Mom, Grandma, and her sister to help her!
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How lucky is this bride!?
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One Week

Josh and Abby and Evie live with us, but some nights if we have errands or social activities after work, Evie is already in bed when I get home, so this week I didn’t see her at all.

Do you know how much a person can change in one week when she is only 10 months old!?

I had her in my arms for a few seconds yesterday afternoon when she so sweetly and gently leaned her little lips into mine. Abby and Josh said she wanted a kiss. Sure enough, over and over she did this sweet little ‘leaning in’ to my face over and over on command.

Tonight, once Evie warmed up to my Dad and my uncle (why they were both here is another blog post) she sweetly offered them her kisses too.

Goodness. This baby steals my heart!!
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Warming up to Great Grandpa

Kisses for Great Grandpa
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Getting to know her Great Uncle DAve (actually, truth be told, Great-Great Uncle Dave)
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And…the kiss.
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Be still my heart.

This Girl

This girl,

Sheila…
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She’s been a part of our family since she first showed up as a youth group leader for Abbie when Abbie was in 6th grade.

Sheila and Abbie have been big sister/little sister ever since. She is our stand-in first daughter, and we became her Bellingham Mom and Papa. She comes back to town and sleeps at our house or Abbie’s, calls and chats, lets me know when there might be a case sale on wine on the other side of the mountain…

And then, one day we got a call from Sheila asking if she could bring someone to meet us. Someone she wanted to meet at the front of a church, with friends and family and Have Rick ask, “Do you?” and she wanted to say “I do!”

Yesterday was that day.

Our ‘other’ girl pledged her love to a man who has pledged his oath to honor and protect.
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He adores her.
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And he will protect her.
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She will bring him joy.
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And keep him on his toes…
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All of his days.
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Congratulations and best wishes, Mick and She She. Your Bellingham Parents love you both.

Belated

I came across these pictures today. They are from Abbie’s birthday 4 years ago. She was only 19 and just a baby.
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It was a cold day and we had walked down to the lake.
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And everyone was silly and fun
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I wish I could remember what was going on here,
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and here.
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It seems weird to be post these now, 4 years later, when so many people are missing.

But that day, this was it.
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These were all the kids we had and knew.
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Happy Belated Birthday, Abbie!
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Who would have thought back then that there’d already be 4 more people in our family by now!?