Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dana and Austin...Perfect for our family

DANA...THE PERFECT WIFE FOR GREG and
AUSTIN, BETTER KNOWN as PARKERS BEST FRIEND!


A Dream Vacation
Dreams Do Come True!








One Tired Boy















3 Buddies visiting the MOUSE

Downtown MGM



IN
LOVE



When Greg married Dana five years ago, we got a bonus boy....She had a little guy we fell in love with. Austin was 3 and quickly became Parker's best friend. They spend every weekend together. Austin has always referred to Greg as Daddygreg... that is ALL one word. You would NEVER know he is not Greg's biological child. Although he has two other sets of grandparents that love him, we just consider ourselves as his bonus set. Austin is so excited about his new little brother arriving in June. When baby Jack was born, he was mesmerized by him. He loves for his Mom to "keep" Jack. I have so many sweet pictures of him loving on Jack.

Dana...is every mothers dream for her boy. She loves him and she confirms that to me over and over. The best words to describe her other than beautiful, would be LOW Maintenance...
She is just agreeable to whatever and whenever...
She and Greg have dreamed of a baby since the day they married and it has been a long road. At times it seemed like it would not happen. Dana has a hard time with pregnancy and the sadness of miscarriage has been a part of their lives. And then that "happy day" happened again..the day after we returned from our family Disney World trip in October...she found out she was pregnant. For the first 4 months, none of us took a deep breath. Today she is 30 weeks and we are anxiously awaiting a new little guy the middle of June. Dreams do come true. I remember standing in front of the castle during the "Wishes" fireworks show late one night, praying that God would give them a baby. Little did I know, he had already taken care of that wish!
My boy will have a boy and that just makes me smile...Dana and Austin made Greg's life complete and then God just added another treasure to their family. Makes me want to sing that song.."How Great is Our God"!

50 comments:

Kathryn said...

What a beautiful family you have!

Best wishes & God's blessings on the new one coming!

Sheryl said...

what a great story! i love that austin calls him daddygreg - that says a lot for your son's character.

thanks for sharing your family with us.

The Retired One said...

Look how happy they all are on that dream vacation!
How wonderful!

The Retirement Chronicles

One Mom said...

Blessings to you and your beautiful family!

Gram said...

Congratulations on another grandson and thank you for sharing your family's story with us. It is inspiring.

BIBI said...

You have a beautiful family and I am so happy to be a part of it by reading your post.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
You now have a new friend and fan!

MiMi said...

What a sweet story and what a beautiful family!

Congratulations on having another grandson!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

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Jess said...

Awesome story...and God is so Great...love the song too!!

Have a great day and tell them congrats for me!

Love, Jess

Debbie said...

What a precious story you shared. I love to hear things like this. Our God really does answer prayer.

BTW, I tagged you on Heart Choices this morning. It's called 8 Things and is an easy and fun way to get to know other bloggers. No pressure.

aguhmom said...

dearest friend - tonight's key verse is Psalm 127:1 "unless the Lord builds a house, its builder labor over it in vain. . ."
i think you were right on when you
prayed for an angel baby to be
on its way to your child's house.

as you stood looking at the magic
castle with a full heart along with
Jack, Gregg, & Dana - He saw some
souls with no hope but what He gives. You all knew He is the
builder of our families -

and I can imagine Him just agrinnin ( smile with tears)
because before you asked,
He provided.

hugs to you, patti

grammy said...

How exciting to have another one on the way. My son has four little girls and they will not have any more kids. I would have liked him to have a son....oh well, God had a plan (o:

Cynthia said...

Thanks for stopping and your nice comments! Love all the family pics, and congrats on the new member to be of the family. Cindy

Melissa Lester said...

Dreams really do come true, and sometimes prayers are answered before we even ask! I have enjoyed reading about all your grandsons and the love that pours out of you when you describe each one. What a blessing for them to be loved like that! But I know that just like a true grandmother, you consider yourself the one most blessed.

Lora said...

What a sweet family you have! Thanks for visiting my blog this weekend :0)

LilyLove said...

Wow! What a wonderful story and a great new blessing come June! Your family (bonus or not!) seems to be very blessed!
I hope to be blessed someday soon, but until then, I love to read about happy stories like your families!
Thanks for sharing...

xinex said...

What great news! Congrats to you all for having an addition to the family...Christine

Speaking Thru Me Ministries said...

so sweet - loved seeing all the smiles. gorgeous and you are so blessed!! thanks for stopping by my blog. come back now - ya hear?

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Teresa
Thanks for the sweet message you left on my blog. It is so nice to meet you! You have a lovely family. Congratulations on the new grand baby that is expected soon. I have one that is expected in October. I cannot wait!
~Ann
Oh also, your giveaway is awesome!

grandma mac said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a really nice comment :) I truly enjoyed reading your blog and am so excited that another grandchild is on the way! We have seven and enjoy spending time with each and every one, what blessings they are! Thanks for sharing your "story" and I look forward to checking in often. Debra

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What an adorable family you have.
I am so happy for all of you. It won't be long now. Babies are such a blessing...that is why I had my seven. Enjoy!
Mona

WackyMummy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I really enjoyed looking at yours, reading your stories and seeing the pictures of your beautiful family. I admire the grace and peace you have that comes through your writing. Life is not easy for anyone, but it doesn't seem to perturb you in any way. That is my goal, something I hope to achieve in my life someday. Thank you for sharing with a stranger-blogger. =)

Tonya said...

AAAWWWWWWW... I LOVE all the sweet things you said about your daughter-in-law! She's beautiful and I'm so happy to hear that she's such a great addition to your family. I'm ALREADY PRAYING for the just the right "girls" for my boys to marry. I want them to have JUST the RIGHT one! ☺ (I'm praying that I'll be a good mom-in-law too and that I'll have the relationship that you have with Dana) What an AWESOME testimony!

Oh, I almost forgot.. I came over to say THANKS for your comment at my blog! It always blesses my socks off when I get to meet someone that "knew" Brent. Thanks so much for telling me that you knew us from then. I'm planning to update his site again and redirect anyone that wants to keep up with our family to my blog. It's just SOOO HARD to go to his site. So many memories of HOPE there. Now don't get me wrong, now my HOPE is in what JESUS did and KNOWING that we WILL see our sweet boy again! I'm just saying that it's hard to update from there. (It feels weird to go to Brent's place and ramble on and on about the rest of us.. I guess I want to keep it for him)

Before I go.. I'm having a giveaway next week from my blog. (A $25 giftcard) If you get a minute (and if you want to) stop by and leave a comment on the giveaway post. It'd be really neat if you won!

THANKS AGAIN for introducing yourself. It's been a PLEASURE getting to know you. ☺

Love,
Tonya

Tonya said...

Okay, I'm a DORK, I didn't realize that you'd already seen that post. SORRY! Now, I'm off to look at YOUR card box. ☺

Cortney said...

Awww! that's a great story. It looked like a fun vacation! Thanks for visiting my blog.

DarcyLee said...

Congratulations on your coming grandson. What a precious family you have. Our first grand daughter is due in July and we are thrilled! What a cute blog you have!

Penny said...

My stepmother's mom called me over to her immediately after her daughter and my dad finished saying their vows and said, "We're MaMaw and PaPaw now honey." I NEVER forgot the way she said it and the look on her face. And they were my "bonus" grandparents. She for 20 years and he for 29. Their picture is right next to my "original" grandparents on my entertainment center. As I told my stepdaughter when she told us she was expecting our first grandchild, "A child can never have too many grandparents. I have been a stepmother since I was 18, but I refuse to be a 'step' grandmother." My grandkids didn't hear the word "step" until they were old enough to ask their moms, "How do you have two moms? Grandma and Mimi?" I told my stepdaughter she'd better explain that quickly before the child went to school talking about her mom's TWO MOMMIES! LOL
I don't think my "step" grandchildren will ever feel like "step." I definitely don't feel like a "step." Kudos to you, too, for excepting and loving Austin. I know Dana appreciates it more than you'll ever know. =)

Penny said...

Oh, man, I meant "accepting" not excepting. I hate misspelling anything!

Erin said...

What a precious family you have..aren't boys just the greatest!?!? I have a Jack too! He is 4, and he is the sweetest boy. I see ya'll live in La. My best friend is from Crowley, the home of the Rice Festival!! I love it in La. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Would love to be bloggie buddies!!
love and blessings from ga~erin

Leigh Anne said...

What a beautiful family you have and what fun they must of had. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I have enjoyed yours this morning.
Blessing!

skoots1mom said...

thanks for stopping by.
beautiful boys!

On Purpose said...

Your family is beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with me today and blessing me with the opportunity to come check out your blog. I would be honored to have you journey with us! May you live today fully in His amazing love for you...cause He thinks you are truly amazing!

Love to you and your family!

Samantha said...

Hi,
Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I love to meet new people
and visit new blogs, yours is just precious.
Congratulations ! God is so good !
Your story is so sweet.
Hugs and blessings to you my new friend !

jonna said...

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog. I'll just tell you right now that I tend to be very long winded, so some of my posts go on, and on, and on...
I just read about how you got started blogging and all about your family. So many blessings!
Jonna

JayCee said...

Wow - you look too young to be a grandmother!!

Thanks for stopping by our blog. We love new "blog" friends.

Have a blessed day!

mbduke said...

Very cute pictures.

Ms.Daisy said...

Hi,
I also am such a fan of Disney...when we lived in Florida we got to go much more often than now...but we have such great memories of those times now that our kids are grown and have their own children! Thanks for sharing.


~Jean

Lora said...

Sweet pictures and sweet story! I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of their little blessing come June.

Holly said...

That does look like an awesome holiday! I love Disneyland!!

Cindy said...

This is just wonderful news! Congratulations! We look forward to seeing pictures of the new one soon.

Love Being a Nonny said...

What a wonderful mother and mother-in-law you are. They are blessed to have you!

Melinda said...

precious...congrats on the new little man! Is God something, or what???

XO Melinda

Kim V said...

You have such a beautiful family and this post makes me want to go back to Disney!!!! We went in fall of '07, right before my cancer surgery.

Love your blog!!!!

Katy Lin :) said...

AMEN! what a beautiful family you have! :) praying that the remaining few weeks of this pregnancy go well!

Grandma Cyndi said...

Thanks for sharing such a sweet story about your daughter-in-law, Greg does look like a happy, proud hubby and daddy to be.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

It seems as though she is lucky to have such a wonderful MIL, just as you are lucky to have her! Congrats on the anticipated birth!

Xandra

LucieP said...

what a sweet post

amy (metz) walker said...

What a sweet post...congratulations on the new grandbaby!

Karen said...

Oh, Teresa, what a joy it's been to read your entire "About Us" page! I love how open, real, and vulnerable you were. You said such wonderfully positive things about your kids and their spouses!! I also enjoyed reading about how you go about being grandma cuz I will be a grandma in May. I'll be back soon, girlfriend. blessings on your new year! *hugs*

Karen said...

Almost forgot: thanks for visiting me!