Monday, July 16, 2018

God Bless Prince Louis


I worry about little George....he seems so dour.
But here...he smiles....and I love to see it.
Charlotte is holding her baby brother's hand.

Catherine looks so very happy.
Actually, everyone looks great!






Happy Prince Louis.
The most delightful picture.


What could be making him smile like this?
A doggie?  His brother and sister?




Saturday, July 14, 2018

John Piper quote



I've been wanting to add this quote to a one of my pictures for a while. This was my first attempt.
I like everything but the size of the quote. Now that I have put it on my blog I can see that  it is too small....and just imagine how small it would look on a phone.

I'll try again.

But it's a good quote isn't it?  My sister Janet sent it to me.


Love ya...
Donna

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

California Dream Come True





Hi!  I'm home from California!  It was such a perfect visit.
Dottie is so loved and doing super well!  Patrick and Shelby are wonderful, doting parents.  Dottie is kissed and cuddled and sung to and burped with joy!
She is strong and eating well and just about to coo.  






She likes her dressing table!





Sitting up so big.  Six weeks.  Advanced :o)




Hello Mommy.




One hundred kisses.







Special stop-crying hold.





Good fit.  Look at those toes.








Found some light and got some nice clear pictures :o)




A favorite!!  HONEY!!!



Oh my gosh.




What's so funny?




One hundred kisses.
Again.



Beloved little girl.




First trip out (not to the Dr. office)
We went to a baker in Oakland that sells chicken sandwiches between 10 and 2.
It was a great success.  




Bakesale Betty's
Go there and eat this.

The bun was perfect, the chicken perfect and the slaw was perfect when I picked the jalapenos out.



Beautiful family portrait!









We went to the farmers market in the town where Shelby teaches dance.
She saw a few students and friends while there so that was fun!




New normal :o)




My favorite thing about visiting California;
Patrick, Shelby and Dottie,
Palm trees.







Katie made me a beautiful banner!!!

Be it ever so humble....


Next time I see Dottie she will be so different.
I am very thankful that I had the chance to meet her and love her in person!
Nothing more important to me in the whole world.

Love Donna

“Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” 
~Elizabeth Stone





Monday, July 02, 2018

July is here.



Firefly July

When I was ten, one summer night,
The baby stars that leapt
Among the trees like dimes of light,
I cupped and capped, and kept.

J. Patrick Lewis















I'm off to California tomorrow.  
See you on the flip side....with loads of pictures of the wee one and a full heart!

Love,
Donna Elsie


Friday, June 29, 2018

I promised...

I promised the Instagrams and Snapchats....

They are a bit wild but they are so fun!



Melinda is finally an Auntie!!!




A visit to the Union on a cloudy, cool Saturday night.  A band was playing and the little ones got ice cream.  With all the grad activities it was tricky to fit in a tour of Madison.  Emma and James went to the Farmer's Market and then I wanted to share the wonderful Union with him.  




Zeke got a bowl of ice cream and he was terribly disappointed about it.
When Asher tired of his cone her gave the rest to Zeke.  Cindy is helping the little dude.  It's her speciality.





When did Cindy teach Lorelei how to do this?




Mr. and Mrs. Franklin





Giant senior pictures projected before the commencement!!!!




Katie's cheering squad!




Out of order picture...
this picture is from Friday...
Love the car pics Melinda sends me!!




If you don't have Snapchat, this is what it looks like before you send it.



Selfies.
We got our seats 1 hour before the commencement.
Saved a big row in the perfect spot.






Back to Saturday night.  
Will one of these children be a Badger?




Nurse Melinda posing with the Science, anatomy, Bucky Badger.

There are dozens of Bucky Badgers all over town.  
Folks are having fun finding them all!


Gosh, I couldn't love my family more....

July 3rd I am heading to California to see Shelby and Patrick and meet Dottie!!!
I can not wait!!!

Happy Friday.
It's hot as blazes here in the Midwest but I'm lucky to stay indoors most of the day and have fine air conditioning.  Emma is experiencing her first hot Missouri days.  It always took me by surprise when I visited my sister's in the summer.  Oven-like.  yikes.
So stay safe and cool if you have to be outside.

Guess what I am re-watching?

Downton Abbey!
Loving it!

Donna