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Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Monday, October 14, 2013

gramma gramma gramma, I am a gramma!

Just as the sun was coming up this morning here on the east coast, over on the west coast....a baby was born. Anya Jade, healthy and thriving, lighting up our lives with joy I wasn't prepared for. Yes, I knew she was coming, and I was excited. But the emotion I felt when I saw the first picture, the tears that I love her already, and would do anything for her.

I mean, isn't she sweet?

Is it any wonder I want to get on the next plane to Washington state?

Today is a tired day. A wonderful day, but a tired one. I stayed up all night last night, texting Ben a bit, tossing and turning between texts, excited, tempted to be a little worried....then I finally got the one that said she had arrived...followed by a picture...and oh my. No way could I sleep then. I talked to Ben on the phone, then tried for a little nap, around 7:30 am. And...the power went out at 9:30. Yup, the fans turned off, the smoke alarms started beeping, Paul had to go into work because he can't work from home with no internet and no he rustled around in the dresser drawers, talked to me a bit...and dang it I was wide awake. Also, I remembered about Anya as soon as I woke up, and was too happy for sleep.

So today is a tired day. It is cloudy and rainy and cozy. I just had a pumpkin spice English muffin with scrambled eggs for lunch. I don't normally eat carbs like that, but oh well. I did.

The kids are having a lazy day. Camille is dressed in a beautiful princess dress, she is making thank you cards for Erika for taking her on that fun adventure yesterday. Some kids are playing video games, some are watching movies, some are doing homework. I have to go to the store at some point, there is no milk and the bananas are gone, these kids can eat things faster than I can buy them.

And then there is the Daily Dilemma: What's for dinner? Dinner, again? Didn't we just eat dinner yesterday? I know, I know, be thankful we have food.

The dogs want to go out, and I don't want to get up out of my comfy chair....

Tomorrow I have to go in to the radiology department, again. I hope and pray they say that it's nothing. Because seriously, I have a lot of living to do. But it is not my call, and I will work on being thankful for all that comes my way.


Martha said...

Congratulations, Gramma!

Cindy @ Marriedtothemilitary {dot} net said...

wow!!!!! Congrats Grandma!!! So precious!!!!

I guess that I have a lot of getting caught up on, I see prayers are needed. Saying lots of prayers for you!

kristine barr said...

Praying that it turns out to be a nothing.

Mum said...

Congratulations!, and wishing you the best tomorrow.

Valerie said...

Congratulations! What a blessing!

Humble wife said...

Well awesome! How great to hear that your family continues to expand and that you get a new title!


Joni said...

Congratulations!! She is darling!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Gramma!!!
And Ben & Ashley! How wonderful, a new little bubba to spoil!
She looks like a complete cutie and that beanie shot has her smiling ;-)

Kathyb1960 said...

OHHHH!!! I am so happy for you! She is a doll!!!

I remember you said that Ben was gone for 3 weeks on some military deal. Did she have to call and ask for him to come home, or had he already gotten back. I had been thinking about them & praying! I am so glad she is here safe and sound.

How do you pronounce that beautiful first name?

Praying for you tomorrow, too!

momto9 said...

congratulations!! Cant believe you are a grandma already!!!!! You are way too young for this I say!:)

Karen said...


FLmom7 said...

Congratulations!!! She is so precious, just adorable! Hope all goes well with your appointment tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!! She is beautiful! :) The first of many grandchildren, I hope!

Holly L.

Unknown said...

Congratulations Grandma.
I just love being a grandma:) I have 3 grandsons and a new grand-baby (we don't know if it's a boy or girl) due any day now I'm just as excited for this 4th one as I was for the other 3 it's just the best.:)

baristamom said...

Congrats!! I'm so happy for you and for Ben & Ashley! Praying for you today that you can remain in Gods perfect peace!

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Cassandra said...

Aww, congratulations!!!
She is just so sweet with her gorgeous little face, awww.

A new season in life for you Della!! How exciting :-)

Cassandra xx