Each day I pick up Madilyn from Mother’s Day Out I try to go a couple minutes early to catch a glimpse of Madilyn on the playground as I drive by for the pick-up line. She never sees me and for a few seconds I see her playing and interacting with the other kids. It’s a strangely magical moment for me every time. I marvel at how she’s a whole complete other being than me, yet she’s so much a part of me. She’s mine, and yet all her own. She has her own thoughts, dreams, wishes, preferences, opinions, tastes, and it makes me wonder: How much of them will be like mine? How much will be like Jeff’s? How much will be entirely her own? I don’t know, but it’s a pleasure to see them unfold.
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Madilyn’s oldest cousin Brock was baptized today by Pastor Williams. It was a great day! We love our “Frock,” as Madilyn calls him!
Here are some photos from the day.
Madilyn and Uncle John. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this already on the blog, but the other day Uncle John asked Madilyn who her favorite uncle was. She said without hesitation, “Uncle Jeff”! We roared … to her it was obvious. All her cousins call her Dad Uncle Jeff, so he must qualify.
Oooh, Mannings. How I love thee. There is a dairy farm called Manning’s close by and they have an ice cream shop where they also sell milk. A stop at Mannings is always on the agenda when we visit. Those two mountains you see in the foreground of the photo are ice cream cones. Enormous. Delish.
Jeff, Madilyn, Mimi and I flew up to Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, this Labor Day weekend to celebrate Grandma O’Hara’s very special 90th birthday. We had a big party at her house yesterday and Madilyn has had sooo much fun. She especially enjoyed meeting a lot of her cousins. Here is a video of the “Happy Birthday” song at the party then some fun photos from our weekend.
I asked Madilyn what her favorite part about the party was and she said, “Birthday cake, first. Then giving grandma hugs. Hugs are nice.”
Definitely worth the trip! What an honor for Madilyn to be at her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration!
Having fun last night with Daddy when he came home from work…What a laugh!
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