Tuesday, June 30, 2015

birthdays and bumping along

This gal had a birthday on June 23, but I was MIA and missed blogging it.
Happy birthday, Jill!
She's a mama to three tiny ones, ages 3, 22 months and one month.
Full, long days. But you handle it with grace, Jill.
This photo about sums it up, I think! (Ethan would not pose!)
Hang in there! I love you.
And this little girl turned four the day after Jill's birthday.
Oh Ashlyn, you're a sweet treasure ...
my curly-headed, lovey, cuddly, sometimes emotional, darling granddaughter.
I hope your 5th year is fabulous!
Love, love you.
I'm tellin' ya ... life is full to the brim for the Hallers!
Two new grandchildren, keeping tabs on Bill's mom,
trying to sell our cabin, and a wedding next month.
I've had LOTS of travel, and
 the coming month will be wild and wonderful
as son David gets married in Florida. Yippee!
Just crazy about all these people ... my wonderful, exploding family!
Here are a few more photos from recent weeks:
Jenny with Jordan
Dan with his older three

Noah the "squawker"
Ethan, Mark and Lily
I am exceedingly blessed and grateful.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

happy birthday, Chelsea!

This girl's birthday is today ...
She's the one who stole my son David's heart,
the one he waited for,
the one I prayed for,
the one who blew into our family just over a year ago,
who blew us away at Thanksgiving as we all crammed into
one house together with 5 little children,
who could go with the flow of our craziness,
and will officially join us when she
marries David next month!
Chelsea you are warm and witty,
outgoing and humble,
hospitable and grace-filled,
faithful and loving.
Best of all, you have brought light and love to my son's life
and for that I thank you and thank the Lord for his faithfulness.
Hope you've enjoyed a special birthday!

Monday, June 1, 2015

it's raining babies: welcome, Jordan! (And Noah's birthday)

The craziness started last Friday as Mark was bringing Jill
home from the hospital the day after she had Peter.
Jenny, expecting in about two weeks, was experiencing signs of labor!
For a few hours we wondered if we might have two babies in two days.
The visits to and from the birthing center ended in Jenny finally going
home yesterday morning, May 31, to await labor.
And May 31 is Dan and Jenny's son's birthday,
turning two yesterday!
This photo of Noah taken by Ari, age 5!
He's very difficult to capture.
Mid-afternoon we wished Noah a happy birthday via facetime.
Within the hour, Jenny's water broke and an hour or so after that,
she gave birth to Jordan Elizabeth Haller!
Would you look at this face?
She's beautiful and well-loved by Ari, Ashlyn and Noah
and has made us grandparents for the SEVENTH time!
For those a little lost on all these children ...
we have four granddaughters, ages 5, nearly 4, 3, and newborn. 
And three grandsons, ages 2, 21 months, and newborn!
I'm simply amazed and thankful!
The five older ones will be in David and Chelsea's wedding in July
so obviously our summer is crazy full and fun.
Thank you for all the messages, prayers and good wishes!!