Monday, January 15, 2018

New Great Granddaughter

Doesn't Vivi just look so peaceful and content? She is truly a perfect little Gift from God.
Welcome,  Vivian Lee,  born January 11, 2018,  at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth,  VA.    Vivian is the daughter of Granddaughter Brooke and her husband Tristan. Vivian was 8 pounds and was 21.5 inches long, and was born at 6:11 a.m.

My beautiful Granddaughter Brooke married her Navy man, Tristan,  on 6/17/16.

I took this picture in December of 2016--and have never seen two such happy Young Adults.

Then on 1/10/18---these two hurried to the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth,  Virginia.

There--they are waiting for the arrival of a precious baby girl.

Then after a long long hard labor (28 hours),  Miss Vivi came into the world (on 1/11).   WOW---what a blessing to see this little bundle of joy.

Here's another picture showing Little Vivi.

This is Mimi (Lara),  Vivi's Grandmother.  She was a trooper during the 28 hours of labor.. She was the only person I think who didn't sleep.   I remember the joy of being a Grandmother for the first time.   Such Joy!!!

And,  here is a picture of Brooke's sister,  Bay, holding her niece.  Bay and Lara were both there from Texas for the birth.  Bay is so excited to be the very best Aunt she can be!!!!

Now let's switch gears!!!!   This picture was taken on March 6, 1997, when Brooke was born.  That is her Dad  (son Mark) and her Mom (Lara).    (Brooke herself --like Vivian--was a big baby weighing  9 lb 12 oz at birth!!)

Also,  in 1997,   Daddy Mark is making his daughter Brooke smile.  Speaking of Mark,  he came down with that terrible FLU last weekend,  so he has to wait a little while before seeing his Granddaughter Vivian.   He will be known as Pappa,  and he cannot wait to see them.  I cannot wait to see him holding that precious granddaughter  for the first time!!!!   This birth is especially timely for Mark since he lost his wife in August.  There's DEATH---and then there is LIFE.   Thanks be to God.

One more picture from 1997:  This is Brooke and you can definitely see the resemblance between her and her daughter.  Brooke was always smiling --just like her Daddy.

VIVIAN LEE  (Vivi) at 2 days of age!

Here's one more picture of my adorable GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER.  This is my favorite one SO FAR... Mom and Dad are just leaving from the hospital to go HOME.  I'm sure I'll have many more pictures to share as time passes.   She's the first BABY in our family in about 20 years --so you can imagine the excitement all of us have.

And for Brooke and Tristan,  CONGRATULATIONS.... Your life will never the be same!

One more thing:   A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to son Mark TODAY....Mark was born on January 15, 1970...... Hope you have a good day,  Honey!


Monday, January 8, 2018

A Smoky Mountain Christmas --Part I

Kelly (George's daughter),  George and me --on a bitterly cold Christmas Day morning  (22 degrees)   in the Elkmont area of the Smokies   (12/25/17)
Happy 2018 my Friends... Hope you had a great holiday season...    We did something VERY different on Christmas this year....  Since George's daughter (who lost her husband in November) was spending Christmas with us this year,   we wanted to do something to help her find some JOY during this hard time for her....

SO---we spent several days in Gatlinburg  and the Smoky Mountains... Kelly had never been to this area ---so George and I  enjoyed showing off some of our favorite areas of the Smokies...   She is a photographer (like her Dad) ---so we of course took her to places where we love to take photos... She  seemed to enjoy herself --and I hope she was able to find some PEACE and JOY in 'our' mountains.

Today and next Monday,  I will share two posts from our little Christmas Vacation... Hope you enjoy the pictures....

Downtown  Gatlinburg,  Tennessee on 12/24/17  (People-people-people-Traffic-traffic-traffic);  But the  Christmas lights were pretty and festive!!!!

We visited Patriot Park (12/26/17).  It was great seeing all of the patriotic light displays....  Recognize this one?   I'll bet you do!!!!!

SNOW on Christmas Day in the mountains  (12/25/17);    We didn't get much snow at all where we were --but the road (441) across the mountain was closed for 2 days while we were there due to ice and snow...

Guess who joined us on  Christmas Day?????    Our good Indiana Friends,  Neal and Patti,   were in the area on a short vacation ---so of course,  we just 'had' to make plans to spend the day with them...Our original plans were to go across the mountain to Newfound Gap and Cherokee ---but since the road was closed,  we had to go to "Plan B"....   Instead,  we did quite a bit of hiking in the Elkmont area of the Smokies...  Other than the frigid weather,   we had a great time...  Then--after about a 3 mile hike and lots of pictures,  we all went to dinner together in late afternoon.  Had a great day with special friends!!!   (12/25/17)

Along Little River Road (between Gatlinburg and Cades Cove),  we stopped at the SINKS....   Since we had had a lot of rain recently,  the water in all of the creeks and rivers was really flowing... SO pretty.  (12/24/17)

I love this picture of my Sweetheart,  taken in the Elkmont area  on 12/25/17.

On 12/26/17,   we took Kelly to CADES COVE ....  Here is a great picture of one of the amazing cabins there...  This is the John  Oliver Cabin,  the oldest log home in Cades Cove.  John Oliver arrived in the cove prior to 1820....  IF you get to Cades Cove when visiting the Smokies,  be sure to take the short walk and check out this cabin...

One of my favorite places in the Smokies is the Greenbriar area.   We visited there on 12/27/17.   This is a picture taken in the Greenbriar area.  I love the big rocks and boulders in this area.  The flowing water was beautiful.

Besides taking pictures of the flowing water,   all of us enjoyed taking pictures of the ICE.  This was taken in the Greenbriar area on 12/27/17.....

Taken in the Greenbriar area,   George took this picture of some silly  'tree-hugger'.....  12/27/17

THEN---after each long day out in the cold  (did I say  COLD???) weather   (Brrrrrrrr),  it felt good coming back to our motel room and enjoy a roaring wood-fire in the fireplace.
I have one more set of pictures to share from this little trip,  but that will be next week.... Hope you enjoyed this first set...  We hope that this little Christmas trip gave Kelly a distraction from the heartache she feels after losing her husband of 20 years....   Keep her in your prayers.