Monday, June 22, 2015

The relatives came.

We went to visit Matthew and Melinda and the boys over the weekend.

It's been very hard to find a weekend that worked for all of us. (Emma, Patrick, Katie and me) Unfortunately, Melinda's work schedule refused to cooperate so we didn't get to spend as much time with her as we would have loved...but we made sure to fit in a photoshoot.

Here is a peek into our busy, exhausting, sweaty, wonderful time together!


Emma and Asher





We went to a College World Series game on Friday. 
This is Malachi who turned two in May. And Ezekiel behind Malachi.  He kept his hat on which was a tremendous feat for a seven month old.  :o)





I have not seen Ezekiel since he was born!  He is on the move and sweet and content.  His eyelashes remind me of a cartoon character.






I tried so hard to get a good family picture.  These two will have to do.






I think this one is the best of the bunch.





Gosh.  They are beautiful.





so cute




Melinda is just remarkable!  She is not afraid to work hard for her family and her dreams.












Trying to catch up on the Ezekiel baby pictures :o)
I love this one!























So very proud of Matthew.  He is the best dad I know.











I have more pictures to edit.   I'll post more tomorrow.

Love wins. 

Donna



33 comments:

  1. Donna, they are such a beautiful family! the three boys on the blanket is to sweet...
    my sister always says, "there's a special place in heaven for a mother of three boys..."

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  2. Such a lovely family, those three boys are so cute!

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  3. Amy J in WI10:05 AM

    What a treat to see Matthew's family...you did a wonderful job with the photos. How busy they must be!

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  4. O Donna!! These pics are wonderful! They are such a sweet family! How wonderful that you were able to spend time with them. The eyes on those boys are gorgeous! Blessings to you and yours!

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  5. Oh, Donna! These are fabulous. You tried so hard and succeeded! Such a sweet trio of boys they have there.

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  6. What Southern Gal said. Great pics mom.

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  7. eAch child a Grand Gift. Each photo a treasure. !!

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  8. This family is so gorgeous! Melinda, I do love your eyes and your smile. You are gorgeous. I miss reading your blog and it's great to see your family again. Can Donna update us on your job?

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  9. This family is so gorgeous! Melinda, I do love your eyes and your smile. You are gorgeous. I miss reading your blog and it's great to see your family again. Can Donna update us on your job?

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    1. hi beth! i am so busy with school and work i don't have time to read blogs, yet alone write them... someday again. i am working as an ob tech on a labor and delivery unit in a hospital. i have been there for almost 3 years, and just finished training for this new position, hopefully in a couple more years i will be nurse on this very unit. i finally started nursing school (2 pregnancies interrupted me starting earlier, but i got a lot more pre-req's out of the way for when i want to go back again someday for my masters) i am in my second quarter, and it is hard. i wonder what in the world i was thinking trying to go to nursing school while working fulltime with 3 kids, a husband, and a mortgage... but i press on. matthew presses on too... last quarter i never cleaned a single thing, went grocery shopping twice, and only cooked a handful of times. that plus i am out of the house at work or school 3 overnights, 3 evenings, and one full saturday every week... this means so much is left for matthew, and he does it all so that i can keep pushing. i am stressed and flustered and so so very tired, but these boys keep me happy and driven. and that is my life in a nutshell for all of you who care. now, i have ton shut up and study ;)

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    2. Anonymous7:12 AM

      Thank you so much for writing an update for all of us Melinda Sue! Like Beth and others I have missed your blog. Praying for your studies and family situation and thanking God for you each one....love and prayers, jep

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    3. I am really proud of you Melinda. :) And thank goodness for supportive Matthew. You guys make a great team.

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  10. sonjasunshine12:41 PM

    Wonderful photos! You did a great job. And those boys are just beautiful!

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  11. Anonymous12:55 PM

    What a beautiful family. And those boys just couldn't be any cuter. I am so glad you got to spend wonderful time with them!

    Debbie Z.

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  12. Anonymous1:20 PM

    It is easy to tell that they are brothers, but wow are they each one unique, too!
    Gorgeous photographs of such a precious family....thank you so much for sharing!
    love and prayers, jep

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  13. Such a good looking family! You did a great job capturing rowdy boys in a still moment.

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  14. Such beautiful, beautiful boys! And their mom and dad look great, too. :)

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  15. The computer ate my comment - fabulous photos of a gorgeous family. You must be so proud :-)

    Well done, you!

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  16. all your portraits are beautiful! How far away do you live from your son?

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    1. We live seven hours away! Too far!
      420 miles each way

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  17. Beautiful boys with such gorgeous names!

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  18. janice10:33 PM

    Such a beautiful family!!

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  19. Anonymous7:32 AM

    Grandchildren are a special gift from God.

    Kris Schwarz

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  20. How blessed are Matthew and Melinda to have you in their lives? Gorgeous photos, Donna. Asher is so grown up! How did that happen so quickly?

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  21. he is the best dad i know too.

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  22. Wonderful family photos x

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  23. Melinda has the most beautiful smile ... it radiates from within ... shows her love and happiness with her life. Thanks for sharing! Your grandchildren are beautiful and precious! You are blessed. Linda

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  24. I love seeing all of the babies. I can't believe how big they are getting. I guess that is what time does. Marches on! : ) I hope you can be with them again soon. Sending love, Becky

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  25. Anonymous1:38 PM

    beautiful family beautiful boys
    bye Paola From Italy

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  26. Such beautiful family pics. A Zeke's cheeks. Squishy. <3

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