Friday, February 19, 2016

My Thunder is Stolen Again!

I've been ready for a while......
As you all know, it' birthday month, with the expectation of a newborn sometime.
I've been going to sleep for the last month thinking....
Is it tonight?
Finally, I decided to accept the invite from my grandsons to hit the slopes.
We were heading out to Manning Park overnight, Feb.12-13th.
After all it's MY Birthday and so we made all the necessary arrangements.
We phoned home every few hours, because last time she labored for 30 hours.
I had plenty of time to get I thought.
Remember, there's no WiFi except at the lodge.

The short of the story is that Joy Anna was born at 1:00 am Feb.13th, 2016!
Could I ask for a better gift?

Yes, she is beautiful and content and who does she look like?
I've never been good at that.

Now I'm going to take you back a few hours....
Tara and I were both on call for the arrival of this new child.
What good is that when we are both at Manning Park?
An aunt and uncle consented to being on call.
Feb. 13th arrives, fresh snow,
 and we enjoyed a wonderful birthday breakfast in the cabin.

A loud knock on Cabin #34.
I opened the door to see a friendly smile.
I immediately invited them to enjoy some freshly baked french toast.
They hesitated, and were quick to inform us that they had a message to deliver.

"Christopher phoned and announced the birth of a child."

My face expresses it very well...I was in shock.
How could she deliver that fast?
Was  I really supposed to believe this?

While at the same moment we were receiving the news,
John was in the backroom with the boys preparing the candles and cake.
 I really thought this was a scam...
I thought they were all putting me up to this.
There were many screeches and cheers of laughter.
So much for skiing.
I've never seen a crew pack up so quickly.
Everyone, including the boys wanted to race back to meet their new cousin.

A proud family with many smiles and hugs.
Congratulations Christopher, Suzanne and Ivy!

The rest of the photos tell the story.

 Ivy stayed with us for a few days and was reading to Joy!

I love watching Ivy interact with Joy as it brings sheer delight.

Two sisters entangled in each other's lives forever.

How special to hold this little bundle of Joy in my arms.
Those first quiet tender moments and snuggles need to be savored.
How does it happen that I share my birthday first with my daughter, Mikki,
and now with my granddaughter, Joy Anna.
A mother holds her children s hands for awhile...... 
their hearts forever.


  1. Oh Marg - what Joy indeed! She's beautiful. The pictures of Ivy's pure delight really do tell the story. Happy belated birthday to you - you received the best gift ever! Thanks for sharing your Joy .... love her name!

  2. JOY, indeed. What a perfect name. Lucky little one to be born into such love - into such a family. Lucky family to be gifted with such Joy!

  3. I love this post Marg and how your love and tenderness shines through as you tell the story of Joy Anna's birth. Blessings to the birthday girls!

  4. Oh so so sweet. Somehow I missed that Mikki shares your birthday, too. I guess Joy gets to share with her Oma and auntie! The photos are wonderful. Love the one of Ivy reading to her baby doll (Joy Anna)!

  5. Congrats to Suzanne and Christopher. Thanks for posting.

  6. What a fun story of Joy's arrival! As much as you looked forward to the ski day planned for you, I know that moment when you heard the news of her birth, could not have been trumped by anything. Thankful with you that all went well.

  7. precious! What a great story...and isn't Baby Joy just the best gift ever? So happy for you all!

    PS Did I not tell you she would be born on your birthday? And I even called her 'Joy'!

  8. What special news! A new baby in the family brings more joy than anyone can imagine. Beautiful name! And yes, two sisters whose lives will be forever blessed to have each other. I'm thankful everyday for my sister. It's a very special relationship.

  9. So sweet! It was worth the changed plans!

  10. Congratulations!! That's quite a story! It's sure to bring you a smile for years to come, whenever you remember the interrupted ski trip and the granddaughter who shares your birthday. I just came back from a trip to visit my granddaughters and their newborn little sister, so I'm feeling your joy :)


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