The Highlight of the Year!

Sunday, August 23 we were blessed with the arrival of our 5th grandchild, Archer Oak Rutz, weighing a whopping 9 lbs 3 oz and 22 inches long!

It’s hard to put into words how grateful I am for God’s blessings on our family.  He has blessed us with good health, good relationships, it’s nice that we all really like each other, and a lot of fun memories. When we started our family, there was no way to know what was ahead but I can honestly say, it’s been the best ride ever!

Troy and I were blessed with our first son Trey 28 years ago.  We were going to wait 2 years before we started our family but after about 7 months I got bored and said, “We may as well get this show on the road.  Why wait?  Let’s have kids!”  Nine months later… Ta Da!  Trey Don Lewayne came into the world weighing 6 lbs 14 oz.  He’s been a blessing ever since.  My father-in-law said, “If you have another boy… you just used up all your names.”  = )

Trey gave us a wonderful gift when he gave us our first daughter Janelle Maria Diercks!  Another GIRL in the family besides Mama and me!  I was thrilled!  Seriously!  I grew up with 2 brothers, had 2 boys and finally, I get a girl! Janelle and Trey blessed us with our first granddaughter Emily Marie and our first grandson Kevin Kole.

We wanted our boys to be two years apart and… Voilà… 2 years and 1 month later Christopher Shain  weighing 8 lbs 9 oz came barreling into the world.  We called him Christopher for the first 3 months of his life then one day I decided he didn’t look like a Christopher he looked like a Shain.  So… we made everybody stop calling him Christopher and start calling him Shain.  Yes, it was weird.  My brother Lewayne told me I couldn’t do that.  I said, “Watch me.”  You know him today as Shain.  = )  What a blessing he is!

Shain gave us our second wonderful girl gift when he married LaManda Rose McBride.  What a blessing my new daughters have been!  They are more than I could’ve asked for or picked out myself.  Good job boys!

Shain and LaManda gave us our second grandchild Kamryn Paige and our fourth grandchild Nora Kay before topping it off with our second grandson Archer Oak.

We have the most fun spending time with our kids making lifelong memories.  We love being Nina and Papa to these 5 beautiful grandchildren.  And we look forward to watching our family grow and experience new things.


Christmas 2014 – getting this photo was a challenge of mammoth proportions

I pray good health and abundant blessings on our kids and grandkids.  I pray that their homes be filled with the presence and joy of the Lord.  That provision and purpose be plentiful.  That each one discovers and fulfills the destiny God has planned for them.  And lastly, I pray that they always know that the road from their home always lead to ours.

Thanks for letting me share our new bundle of joy with you!


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