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Wife, doggy-mother, Jesus follower, CANCER FIGHTER! Just enjoying each day as it comes and remembering what is really important - family and GOD.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Nieces and Nephews

Today I am linking up with Kelly's Korner: Show Us Your Life. Today is about nieces and nephews!

We are blessed (seriously) with 2 beautiful nieces and a nephew. I cannot imagine life without being a Baba to these precious littles. They make my days happier, brighter and so much better.

My sweet Sam was born when I was only 13. My sister lived at home with us for 6 months of her pregnancy and again when Sam was 6months to a year old because my brother-in-law was on deployment with the Navy. I read every. single. book. Possible on pregnancy/babies when Miste was pregnant. I knew Sam's weekly stages of development - had it memorized. I read and talked and rubbed her belly. When Sam was born, at 13, I spent weeks in Virginia with Miste and Clay helping them take care of a newborn. Needless to say, Sam was like MY baby too.

Circa 2010

My handsome Sam-Sam. 2011.

Sam & Jay

Sam & Poppy. Circa 2008.

Circa 2009.

There years later my sweet as sassy Ella came along. I went to visit as much as possible, considering Miste and Clay lived in Rhode Island and later Florida. I was so blessed that Miste and Clay loved the relationship I had/have with their children - and I was elated to be their BaBa. Sam frequently tells his Miste that if his Mom can't be there, his BaBa is the next best thing.

Circa 2008.

Circa 2009.

My sweet girl!

Samuel and Ella have been a part of our lives for what feels like forever!

About a year before I married Justin, his twin brother Dustin and wife Casey found out they were expecting. I was so happy o have another baby to love! Sophie came along and once again stole our hearts. It's so amazing to see her little personality shine through. We love spending as much time with her as possible - though she has a very busy social schedule for a 2 year old!

Sweet baby. 2010.

Spring 2011.

Summer 2011.

Happy Birthday!

Flower Girl.

We spend as much time with our nieces and nephews as possible. We love each of them like they are our very own. We have an open-house policy. Sam and Ella are really old enough to take advantage of the now. They often scheme and call us asking to come stay. They know that unless we aren't home - the answer is always yes!

Our favorite littles.


  1. Hi there! Stopping by from Kelly's Korner.
    There really is nothing better than being an aunt - I love it!
    Your family is precious! You and your sister must look a lot alike because Sam and Ella could pass as your own!

    1. Hi! Thanks for visiting. I agree - there really is nothing better :) My sister and I do resemble, especially the older I get!

  2. Wow...these pictures are just amazing. Your family is beautiful. I see you are a cancer fighter? Praying all is well for you. My son is brain tumor survivor!

    Love your blog, so nice to meet you!

    1. Hi! Thank you for visiting! Actually my husband is a survivor! I just continue to fight hard in the battle to find a cure so ALL those diagnosed can wear their survivor badge.