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Welcome, Angel!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Our oldest delivered a beautiful, healthy baby girl today, Angel. She weighs seven pounds, ten ounces, is twenty and a quarter inches long, and is already nursing like a pro. We are so blessed!

Aunt Melanie, our youngest, 14, got to hold Angel before I did. I don't think she'll be letting me forget that for a while. lol

I wasn't far behind, though, in the introductions. What IS it about new babies that just fill you with joy and break your heart all at the same time? I was a blubbery mess of smiles and tears in no time.

Here's the happy family

Our little Angel

Daddy already laid out her going home outfit even though they'll be in the hospital three days. He is SO cute with her!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/22/2012 2:28PM

    CONGRATULATIONS Missy and Bill on your beautiful new Angel!!! She will be a real heart breaker before you know it. Blessings to her family.

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 3/21/2012 11:50PM

    I miss my little miss. Got lots of kisses saved up though

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ROZEEROZ1 3/10/2012 2:01AM

    Hi Missy, thanks for stopping by my spark Page. I had forgotten that I had seen this blog and the pics. Your granddaughter is so ADORABLE!!!!!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/6/2012 11:00PM

    I'm seeing this late, she IS an angel!!! Congrats to you all!

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PEGJOHN1997 2/27/2012 3:04PM

    Congratulations, Missy!!!!! I know how happy you must be!!!! She is beautiful!!!!

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IMAVISION 2/26/2012 7:03PM

    emoticon How precious! How adorable! emoticon

May her life be all our Abba plans that it should be!


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CHILDOFGOD4LIFE 2/25/2012 6:54PM


Congratulations to you, Mommy and Daddy and the rest of the fammily on the birth of this percious little Angel. May God Bless and Protect her for the rest of her life.

Carol from Ohio

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LADY51 2/24/2012 2:31PM

    Guys are so funny.lol She is one beautiful baby girl. Your daughter looked so tired. Bet you all are enjoying her. Is she the one with Heath?

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IDLETYME 2/24/2012 1:23PM

    I just saw the new addition to your family. She is a sweetie! Congratulations and best wishes to her family. emoticon emoticon

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IAM_HIS2 2/23/2012 6:19AM

    Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful blessing....you truly have a beautiful Angel in your life.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 2/20/2012 4:03PM

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MAVERICK59 2/20/2012 1:28AM

    Oh my goodness, you really have been blessed yet again! Congratulations to the new parents.


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GOSPELCLOWN 2/17/2012 8:33PM

    THANK YOU for sharing such a proud and emotional experience. That blog did my heart good.

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JOYATLAST 2/17/2012 4:49PM

    Oh, Missy!! What a bundle straight from God's heart. She has soooooo many people who love her. Little ones are what life is all about.

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ROZEEROZ1 2/17/2012 1:53PM

    Missy, congrats Grandma! You have been waiting for this baby to arrive for sometime. SHE IS HERE NOW!!!

Jesus I bring baby Missy and family before your throne of grace and ask that you be with them at all times. I pray a hedge of protection around baby and a whole pile of PEACE GRACE LOVE from You Jesus, Abba and the Holy Spirit. I ask for your wisdom and guidance on the baby.

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PASTORMIKE7 2/17/2012 8:13AM


What a blessing!!

Congratulations, Grandma!!!!!

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 2/16/2012 11:43AM

  Congratulations! Thank you for sharing this miracle with us.


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CMWARDRN 2/15/2012 10:48PM

  She is absolutely beautiful emoticon emoticon

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GLITTERGIRL69 2/15/2012 9:43PM

    I love the last beautiful picture of your granddaughter! Thank you for sharing.

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1GROVES2 2/15/2012 3:17PM

    Congratulations!! What a blessing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PURPLELVR7 2/15/2012 12:09AM

    congrats - she is beautiful

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 2/14/2012 5:52PM

  Missy, the new mom really looks tired. LOL

Babies are little new creations sent from our heavenly Father of lights who created each and everyone of us so, of course you are taken by this brand new creation of Love Himself with special gifts and giftings that only little Angsel will be able to accomplish.

So little time to love and cherish this little new born and such a short time to learn the gifts of this new little one created in the image and likeness of Love Himself.

So, of course you are so emotional, I would be too because this is another facet of the Father's love given to us to hold and cherish and raise learning the word of God and learning to lean on and depend in and trust and have faith in Jesus.

I call this little one into the ministry of love in the name of Jesus.

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SECRETMUSIC 2/14/2012 3:47PM

    Congratulations to your entire family! Enjoy every minute!

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IAMWINNING 2/14/2012 3:24PM

    She is an Angel indeed. What a beautiful baby. : ) Proud Daddy to lay out her going home outfit already. Not a little impatient is he? LOL Congratulations to all.

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THEADMIRAL 2/14/2012 12:48PM

    Congratulations, Missy! emoticon

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SADIEDOLORES 2/14/2012 12:42PM

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MISSG180 2/14/2012 11:37AM

    Mazel tov! How wonderful. Babies are the best.

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 2/14/2012 11:26AM

    What a precious Valentine gift from God! So adorable, so sweet, such an appropriate name for a blessed little Angel!

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FRANANN3 2/14/2012 11:09AM

    CONGRATULATIONS MISSY!!sooo precious is God's Gift! God Bless her and her whole family!

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FILLANGES 2/14/2012 10:28AM

    CONGRATS!!!!! Praise God! May God continue to bless and guide your entire family and may you all grow together IN HIM as your family grows! Enjoy your precious Angel! God Bless!

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    Aww, Missy! What a precious little Valentine! Congratulations! You must be in HEAVEN! Happy Valentine's Day, too!! emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 2/14/2012 9:07AM

    Congratulations! She is one beautiful baby girl! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 2/14/2012 7:53AM

    O Missy! *hugs* She is absolutely precious! *hugs* Truly an Angel from Heaven! *hugs* I do believe that is why babies are so incredible to us~ they are fresh from our Father. xoxoxoxs to your sweet Angel and all. What a beautiful li'l girl! And I love Papa's going~home outfit for her. *s'more hugs* With love, BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRIEANNE1027 2/14/2012 7:43AM

    Congratulations!! She's gorgeous! May God bless her and keep her always in His loving care..

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CALAMITYJANE44 2/14/2012 7:33AM

    Beautiful. Congratulations! I love the way God packages up His little miracles...! Expecting LOTS of pics nana!!!
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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 2/14/2012 1:25AM

    emoticon little lady!

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    Gorgeous, congratulations! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 2/13/2012 11:31PM

    How precious! emoticon
Praise the Lord for new life and good health!

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FENWAYGIRL18 2/13/2012 11:31PM

    Awwwww she's beautiful!!!!! God bless this little angel and her parents! emoticon

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First Mardi Gras Parade of the Year

Saturday, February 11, 2012

What fun we had!

It was Angie, Leandro & Alesandra's first Mardi Gras. It is SO fun to see their faces light up and how excited they are when they catch beads, frisbees, stuffed animals, and all the other goodies thrown at parades.

Our dear friends, Randie & Vernon

Michelle & her grandson, Randen

Alesandra caught a purple, green and gold (Mardi Gras colors) boa!

PepperLeah's catch of the night... HUGE beads!

Melanie, Diamon & Sondra enjoying the ride home

Sondra wore herself slap out

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IMAVISION 3/16/2012 1:22PM

    What a delight to be able to share in the fun through these photos! Thank you, Missy!

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ROZEEROZ1 2/26/2012 10:25PM

    I have seen some of the parades on TV = the closest I have gotten to the Mardi Gras. It looks like fun. Pepperleah looks like she is having a lot of fun. Her prize the huge beads = paid off in waiting for them. Oh yeah y'all had fun. [I had forgotten the y'all].

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/17/2012 8:35PM

    I've only seen the fun on TV. Glad you had friends by your side!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 2/14/2012 5:54PM

  This is so good for my spirit and soul to see all of your lovely family and friends having so much fun smiling and laughing just like we are supposed to do.

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SECRETMUSIC 2/13/2012 5:02PM

    What fun photos! I'm glad you had such a good time. They only thing they throw at parades here is cheap candy.

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    Awwww, it really does look like fun was had by all! I loved the last photo the most! Pictures say a 1,000 words! emoticon emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 2/11/2012 10:12PM

    Looks like everybody had a great time. Those big beads are really cute. Wishing I could have joined in the fun!

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/11/2012 6:52PM

    Thanks! We had one here today. My son and I were on a float, then got off and started throwing out beads and moon pies!!! we loved it!

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IAMWINNING 2/11/2012 6:43PM

    Glad everyone had a good time. Thank you for the pictures.

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IUHRYTR 2/11/2012 6:18PM

    Wore the kids out. When my older sister was alive and living in Baton Rouge, she and her husband went to Mardi Gras regularly and loved it every time. i knew from hearing them describe it that I would, too, but haven't had the chance yet. maybe if I win the lottery. Thanks for the pictures. -- Lou

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TEXASFILLY 2/11/2012 6:11PM

    Looks like y'all had a ball! Love the big beads! Wished I could've been there to party with y'all. *hugs* "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" BB~

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NELLIEC 2/11/2012 4:34PM

    It looks like everybody had a great time!

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This kid is truly amazing...

Monday, January 30, 2012

I made it through about a third of this before I was in tears, my heart filled with worship. This little boy is truly off the charts. I hope this blesses you as much as it blessed me.


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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/31/2012 1:30AM

    WOW!!!!! and double WOW!!!!!

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BLONDWUNN 1/31/2012 12:10AM

    Wow, so, so touching! Powerful!

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    Wow! That was FANTASTIC, Missy! Thank you so much for sharing it! emoticon

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LJCANNON 1/30/2012 7:29PM

    emoticonBeyond AWESOME!!! Thank You for posting this!!

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TEXASFILLY 1/30/2012 7:28PM

    WOW! Truly beautiful! Thank you for sharing, Missy~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 1/30/2012 7:01PM

    I got chills. He is GOOD!! I love the song, too - I have Michael W. Smith's album "Worship" and he sings it on that. emoticon

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Christmas 2011

Monday, January 30, 2012

I am able to get a lot of stuff done now that I'm on a SparkBreak! One of those things is organizing photos. Here is our Christmas morning, albeit a bit late. There were two big holes in this Christmas: Bill was at work, out on his ship, and our son is living in Ohio. I missed my menfolk big time.

Our Irish angel atop the tree, watching over the presents

Our four daughters (Melanie, Michelle, Bigga aka Big Melanie, and the furry sister, Reggie)

This is Bigga (Bill's oldest) and her fiance, Kevin (he proposed on Christmas Eve, on bended knee, in front of us and about a dozen of his kin in our living room)

Michelle (my oldest) and her beau, Josh

Melanie (my youngest) and her friend, Maggie, who spent Christmas morning with us

Bill's mom, Janet. Despite the ravages of Alzheimer's, she had a good holiday.

Pepper & Leah (PepperLeah here on SP). Last Christmas they visited us from Florida. This year they are living here with us, part of our family, part of our church, part of our hearts and lives. We are so grateful for them!

Randie & Vernon, our dearest and most precious friends who are our extended family.

This is me, all decorated for Christmas

Reggie, our furry kid, guarding the trash. She has a very important job! lol

We weren't able to be with our grandson, Heath, until a few weeks after Christmas, but we had a good visit with him just the same.

Heath opening presents

Heath playing with Pawpaw (CaptainCookie)

Heath & Mawmaw (that's me)

That's our happy and healthy boy. We are blessed!

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IMAVISION 2/26/2012 6:46PM

    Oh, Missy, how delightful to share in some of the joys of your CHRISTmas morning & the time y'all had with little Heath.

How nice that Leah & Pepper have now made the move that was so long in the making. Our Abba is so faithful & we know that His timing is perfect in all things!

I am happy I stopped by for a short visit & got caught up on some of the happenings in the lives of two of my all time favorite SP Sister/Friends - Leah & you!

Fondly, Ima

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ROZEEROZ1 2/9/2012 10:06PM

    Missy thanks for sharing your Christmas pics. I love them. Health is doing well too!!!
HUGS Dorothy

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MOMFAN 1/31/2012 6:49PM

    Great pics, thanks for sharing!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/31/2012 1:25AM

    Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!

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ABETTERSOUL 1/30/2012 8:09PM

    Thanks for sharing your family with us!!!

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GINGER_BEAR 1/30/2012 8:04PM

    You are a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your Christmas.

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TEXASFILLY 1/30/2012 7:28PM

    Just precious, Missy~ *hugs* What a beautiful family! Y'all are blessed indeed. And YOU, are cute as a button~ Love ya, gal~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMIDGON 1/30/2012 6:41PM

    Thanks for sharing! We were minus 5. Our eldest GD and her guy. Our older GS, our younger daughter and her youngest. The little one had 24-hr. virus. The most missing at one time.

What part of Ohio do your son live in. I live in the Greater Dayton area.

Janet ~+~

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SECRETMUSIC 1/30/2012 6:02PM

    What a great family! I'm glad you were surrounded by love.

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Cold Water Can Clean Dishes

Saturday, January 28, 2012

John went to visit his 90 year old grandfather in a very secluded, rural area of West Virginia.

After spending a great evening chatting the night away, John’s grandfather prepared a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast. However, John noticed a film-like substance on his plate, and questioned his grandfather asking, “Are these plates clean?”

His grandfather replied, “They’re as clean as cold water can get them. Just you go ahead and finish your meal, Sonny!”

For lunch the old man made hamburgers. Again, John was concerned about the plates as his appeared to have tiny specks around the edge that looked like dried egg and asked, “Are you sure these plates are clean?”

Without looking up the old man said, “I told you before, Sonny, those dishes are as clean as cold water can get them. Now don’t you fret, I don’t want to hear another word about it!”

Later that afternoon, John was on his way to a nearby town and as he was leaving, his grandfather’s dog started to growl, and wouldn’t let him pass.

John yelled and said, “Grandfather, your dog won’t let me get to my car.”

Without diverting his attention from the football game he was watching on TV, the old man shouted, “Coldwater, lay down.”

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ROZEEROZ1 2/9/2012 10:08PM

    Love this

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AKRONEWITTER1 2/2/2012 11:55AM

    emoticon That was good

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    emoticonMissy, that was GREAT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POORGIRL_DIET 1/29/2012 7:46PM

    That did make me chuckle

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LIGHTHEART09 1/29/2012 4:49PM

    Bunny and Scrapman would enjoy that one....love it!

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SMIDGON 1/29/2012 12:49PM

    A joke only a dog-lover can appreciate!



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SADIEDOLORES 1/29/2012 11:58AM

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SISTERDEAR 1/28/2012 10:25PM

    Think I'll stick to cleaning my own. emoticon


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SECRETMUSIC 1/28/2012 9:23PM

    HaHaHaHa! Thanks!

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PEPPERLEAH 1/28/2012 9:04PM

    emoticon LOL

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NELLIEC 1/28/2012 8:56PM

    I've heard that joke before so I knew what was coming.

I wash my dishes after my Chihuahua Cielito licks them. They definitely have a saliva residue!

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BLEGNER1 1/28/2012 8:43PM

    Thanks for the chuckle
God bless

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/28/2012 8:40PM

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Thanks, Missy for the laugh!!! Love it!!!

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