Friday, May 1, 2009

Meet Micah....What Can I Say? I WAS WRONG!

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Greg, Micah and their boys

two buddies

Amanda and Micah right before Jack was born












Micahs first attempt to teach Jack to drive.
It is very comforting to pass a driver with a
pacifier in his mouth






Jack's favorite place to be, snuggled in his Dad's lap!


one of my favorite shots..teaching Parker to fish I think they love each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meet Micah.....The WORLD'S GREATEST HUGGER! a great golfer, a good cook,
a laugh a minute, a guy that has had some hard times in his life, but has chosen to move on and live life to the fullest!

Micah was my sons best
friend during their (wild) college days!
He was my son's best man in his wedding. I have always loved
Micah but I did not love Micah for Amanda's husband and Parker's stepdad.
At least that was the story for many years. Micah has always been in love with Greg's little sister! He might or might not admit that, but he was.
A mother knows those things.

Micah and I have HISTORY. Some good and some not so good...but he was not the person I wanted to be the stepdad to "the greatest thing that ever happened to me!" Period! He and Amanda dated when Parker was 4 and he was in NO way ready to parent. Another period! Thankfully Amanda got that too, although there was no doubt she was in love with him. This is a place I need to pause and bow my head in thanks!

Fast forward another few years and Micah graduated from college. Still not ready to parent...he needed to get a REAL job. He needed to leave the bartending business. That was a great job for both he and Greg during college days, but it is not for a man with a family.

When Parker was 7, Amanda was in her own house, totally taking care of herself and Parker, she had a great job and was attending college.
Micah enters the picture again. No doubt they loved each other...
We had invested so many years making sure Parker was an emotionally healthy and MUCH loved little boy. We did not not need a rookie to come in and tell Amanda or us how to parent and grandparent. We had it it down. Can you feel the emotions rising?
And then it got serious! I knew Amanda was going to marry him. I can remember praying that I could keep my mouth shut (hard) and just maybe I would be wrong. Please remember this is a boy, kid, and now man that I loved...but I loved him as Greg's friend.

I wanted to be WRONG..and guess what ...I WAS........from day one of this round of the romance, things had changed. Micah began to spend lots of time with my husband. I began to see him emulating in him in little ways. He and I had long talks about how we had longed for and had prayed for Amanda's future husband and that he would fall head over heels in love with Parker.

I could cry as I type the next line..Micah is not only madly in love with my girl, but he is so in love with her boy! Then we found out they were going to have another boy...and he and I stood side by side on a cold January day and saw Jack Strother enter our world. We shared a rather historical moment. I call those HOLY moments.
He has a great job and is a very hard worker (that always gets you points in our family). I am constlantly amazed at how seriously he takes, caring for his family.
He is a hands on DAD and over and over he amazes me with his love and care of his family. He is a wonderful husband to Amanda....and he is an awesome DAD and STEPDAD...So again I want to repeat, I WAS WRONG!!!!!!
He is all that and more in what I had dreamed for in a son-in-law. I am sure glad that Amanda saw what I did not see. Micah...In case you do ever read this...This Grammy thinks you Rock!!!
We are coming to the end of my family introductions ...so now you have the
main players....Jack and I are the Mom and Dad, Amanda and Greg are our kids, Amanda is married to Micah and they have Parker and Jack, Greg is married to Dana and they have Austin and a new little boy arriving in June...so meet the Powells has come to an end....and you are probably glad!

119 comments:

One Mom said...

Sometimes being wrong is a good thing and you had the wisdom and grace to admit it! Thanks for introducing your family...I think me kids would have a fit if I gave up their anonymity!

Love Being a Nonny said...

I have loved getting to know your family. I can tell that you love them like I love mine. I too made a mistake about a son-in-law that is now one of the greatest blessings in my life. Thank you for sharing.

Lora said...

The pictures are absolutely precious. It is soo evident that there is mutual love and admiration going on. And it takes a humble person to admit that they are wrong, and how sweet for you it has turned out - being wrong can be a very good thing!

Bacardi Mama said...

They say every picture tells a story and yours sure did. What a beautiful post. Sometimes, it's okay to be able to say we were wrong, especially when it's something perfect like this. I loved meeting your family. Have a great weekend.

Laurie in Ca. said...

Oh this is so sweet and true!! Micah was in your family for such a long time being loved by you before he became your "son". It's okay that you were wrong because God was RIGHT and knew all along that he was the one for Amanda and Parker, and now Jack. I love the pictures and the love flows out of each one. Isn't it great to watch our children love their mates and then give us the most precious grandkids? Life is good and so is God. Have a wonderful weekend.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

wife.mom.nurse said...

How beautiful it is to see how God shaped a boy into a wonderful man.

And to see your heart grow and grow...

Amanda looked so beautiful pregnant!

What a wonderful series!

Penny said...

Teresa,
This is probably my favorite post, because I love how God shows up in unexpected ways! And I have two sons-in-law that I love. (and an "adopted" son-in-law, too.) Come back and visit soon and read about our latest miracle! Oh, and my new baby Leon-- well, he's my Parker. =)

Mid Stutsman said...

Teresa, thank you for finding me and leaving a comment!! I love your story about Micah...it sure exposes your heart and in a good way.
Some day, please visit my website~I'll put a link to you there and on my blog: http://midspoint.com and please sign the guest book while you are there ;)
Hope to get to know you better!
blessings,
mid

Mary said...

Some call it fate others call it karma, but whatever we call it what will be will be. How wonderful your son-in-law had time to "season" before he became a stepdad. How wonderful of you to admit you were mistaken. What a wonderful family!

Nancy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog (that poem I'll be the Sea was written by my 14 yr old daughter by the way, I dont want to take credit for her work... :-) )

Thanks also for inviting me to your blog, you have a beautiful family!

Sass said...

And...I now have tears in my eyes.

Thanks for visiting my blog!!!

Joanne Sher said...

Lovely pictures, and what a wonderful man for your daughter, it seems. Thanks for stopping by my blog (and I'm heading for DisneyWorld NEXT week - love that picture to my right)

hippo chick said...

What a wonderful tribute to your SIL and your daughter. Isn't it wonderful to be wrong sometimes?

If you read my blog in any regular manner, you will see I, too, love my dear son in law.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You can be sure I'll be back to yours again.

~hippo hugs~

grammy said...

Rats...I didn't win the card box (o: Loved the family introduction. Reminds me of what I said to God when my daughter was getting serious with a divorced man with two kids. I said, "God, that is not exactly what I expected." I swear, I laughed because the first thought that came into my head (I say from God) was..."When did I ever do exactly what you expected!"

MiMi said...

How fun it has been to get to know your family! Thanks so much for sharing!

Michelle said...

I am tickcled that you were wrong!

WackyMummy said...

Great stories. I'm really enjoying learning about your family and like your positive outlook. Grace, I think it's called. I wish I had it. Hopefully, I can still learn it.
Thanks for popping by my "place". Can't wait to read more of your story. :)

mbduke said...

Micah sound like a great guy. He just needed a little time to grow up.

Liz said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and I really enjoyed reading about your family! It's a strong person who can admit they were wrong, like you just did about Micah.

Snooky doodle said...

thanks for visiting my blog. Yours looks so nice, Great family you ve got :)

ShortyMom said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I love the pictures of your family..they are beautiful.

I'll be sure to come back and read more on a less hectic day. Can't wait to read more!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful story! I understand your caution about Michah but I was so glad to read how he's changed. And I'm sure he appreciates how you wrote that you were wrong. I think any mom wants the best for their children. But isn't it great that our God loves them so much too? Amanda gained a friend, husband and dad for Parker and now Jack. How awesome is that? I will be back to visit you again. For someone new to blogging, you're doing a great job!

Queenie Jeannie said...

That's a great story!!

Shari said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I need to catch up. Does Parker call Micah Dad? How awesome! I will read more when I have time. I have three little boys to take care of.

Emily said...

Nice family. Thanks for visiting my blog at Stepping Stones.

Sheryl said...

oh i have loved meeting the powells!! this story is especially touching. i am so glad that parker has a stepdad(hate that word) who loves him like his own. micah sounds like yet another amazing member of your family.

look at all these comments you have! you are a "hit" in the blog world. i'm so happy for you.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a neat post this was! I loved it! When you are wrong about something and have the good grace to admit it...well..I think it takes a really good and secure person to do that! Meeting the Powells was such an all American family post!
Love to you and yours! :)
Mona

Holly said...

I enjoyed reading this about your family! Thanks for sharing it!

mbkatc230 said...

I loved this post. What a wonderful man, and I bet you've never been more happy to be wrong. What a great family you have, I've really enjoyed meeting all of you! Kathy

The Wrought Iron Gate said...

What a beautiful story and a beautiful family. It appears that good things do come to those who wait.....you got a very good man for your daughter and grandsons.

I have enjoyed meeting your lovely family, and look forward to my next visit.

Best Wishes,
Kay

the voice of melody said...

I'm glad I got to "meet" your family. It's obvious how much you love your chilren and grandchildren and are very protective. I love grammies like you! :)

Laura said...

What a beautiful story of true love! Thank you for sharing your heart with us. You have a beautiful family. And a beautiful heart. I can imagine how desperately you longed for that special man for your daughter and grandson.

Aren't you glad our plans are different than His?

Connie said...

I DID come over to visit and found this story, sugar! What a deliciously sweet story of love you have to that young man! I appreciate you telling it to the world.

Oooooh, I want to use pix of them for an upcoming blog on American men. May I snag the photos to have and use???????

xoxo,
Connie

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

What a sweet sweet story, and I admire a man that loves a child as their own truly like they are of the same flesh and blood, I do because I married one. Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad!! What a blessing.

I'm so glad you visited my blog today, because that lead me to your beautiful blog. I hope you visit again soon, and you have the prettiest name..... LOL!!
♥ Teresa

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Thanks for stopping my blog again. It's so interesting getting to know more and more about you. I love the honesty of your story.

My husband used to be a bartender too before he went back to college, where he met me. And I know he'd agree it's not the best occupation for a family man.

(And oddly enough I never would have guessed that I would be married to or even date a bartender, since I don't even drink, but I guess sometimes life just surprises us.)

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

What a sweet post about your family...it is evident that you love them dearly. What a sweet Grammy you are! I am so glad you were "wrong" about dear Micah. What a testimony to how God makes all things beautiful "in His time". I love visiting your blog...you are so much fun.

Blessings to you,
Kelly Gerken
Sufficient Grace Ministries

Sita said...

Hi,
Thanks for visiting me with a thoughtful note.
I always pray for my sons that if there are any relationships that are destructive to them ,that God would either remove them or transform them. So glad God transformed Micah before your very eyes. His timing is always perfect.

Wonderful that you get to go to Disney. Have a wonderful time.
Blessings,
Sita

Beth in NC said...

Thankfully you were wrong! Yay! Sounds like everyone is a winner in this situation. Praise God!

Beth in NC said...

BTW ... I am going to follow ya!

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by the swing. Oh......Shreveport uh, see you love football.....Should be fun. Are you a Saints fan by any chance?

Somebody Loved said...

Teresa,
My pleasure to meet you here in the blog-world.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment so that I knew you were there.

You sound like an amazing person.
I will make sure to stop in often... yep you have another follower.

ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

Cathy said...

I just read your comment on my blog...thank you so much! Sounds like you and I have a lot in common. I just read about your giveaway and would love to put an entry in for that. Thanks for sharing your beautiful family!

Sasha said...

what a fun story! so glad you found me, so I could find you! :)

And just so you know... I'm not glad Meet the Powells has come to an end... I always enjoy getting to know new friends.

thanks for sharing!

much love,
Sasha

Winnie said...

Oh, you have a beautiful family and you clearly love them very much!

Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Take care!

valerie said...

I loved meeting your family.
What a blessing that in God's timing he brought Micah and Amanda together.
I had a list going for my daughter's future husband. She met him at college and he met every desire for her that was on my list.
God is amazing.
The pictures of Micah and the kids shows how genuine his love is for your family.
Thank God!

Oh Dear said...

I am so glad you were wrong! Look what you could have missed. Thanks for stopping by my blog. What a treat to "meet" your family.

Alleluiabelle said...

What a wonderful family! I loved reading about them and viewing the adorable pictures too. What beautiful grandchildren you have. They are so precious and give so much joy don't they?

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I added myself as a follower to your site here. If you enjoyed my site, I would love for you to be a follower there as well. If you do, would you sign my guestbook too?

I'll be back again soon.

Blessings,
Alleluiabelle

Hayley said...

Hi Teresa,

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. When I read what you do as an occupation (decorating homes for Christmas), I nearly dies with excitement, I would LOVE to do that. I am obsessed with Christmas.

Wow it looks like you have an amazing family. As I have gotten older I have realised how important family is.

Will be popping by again.

Nice to 'meet' you :-)

Mimi said...

The best part is that God knew the whole time!

Stop by my blogs & say hi. I have a devotional blog that you might like. www.DevotionalDaze.com

Denise said...

What a great story! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Jordan said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Don't be a stranger! That was a great story, thanks for sharing! =]

Mom2Valerie said...

It has been SO wonderful getting to know your family. What amazing stories you have to share! God has sure blessed your home!

By the way, I just posted a fun blogging award for you on my blog, so check it out!

Gram said...

I have truly enjoyed reading about your amazing family. I have a dear daughter-in-law who would not have been my choice for my son, but I too was wrong. She is a wonderful wife to him, a loving mother to our grandson and a pretty terrific person once we put our judgements aside and trusted our son.

Heather Kimble said...

I am looking forward to reading your blog...I am tying to get "all caught up" now...Thanks for the comment on my blog :o)

Staci said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. Your family is beautiful! Have fun in Disney......we will be there in November.

Tara Gibson said...

what a lovely story! Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog! have a wonderful day!

Morgan said...

I literally laughed out loud at "the baby with a pacifier driving" comment, too funny! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love new blog buddies! :)

Sares said...

Teresa,
Thank you for coming by Loveleigh Treasures. I popped on over to see you at your blog and read the most heartfelt and charming post. I'm so glad things worked out well for your family, especially little Parker. Have yourself a blessed day!

Lynn Cowell said...

Teresa,
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It looks like you have such a beautiful family...how precious!
Have a beautiful week!
Lynn

Saleslady371 said...

I love your story and admire you because you are so honest. I can see why you and your family are so close. You have a beautiful family and I enjoyed the pics. Wishing all of you blessings!

Ashley said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I can't wait to read more about you and your family!

Shirl said...

Hello, thank you so much for stopping by. What a beautiful family and a lovely story.
Bless you, Shirl
SHirls Rose Cottage

Jennifer said...

Teresa,
Thanks for stopping by my blog...Bugs and Twinks.... It was wonderful to meet your family! How blessed you are :) I will be following your story and look forward to it!

Blessings,
Jennifer

Kelsey said...

What a beautiful tribute to your son-in-law! I'm going to have to go back and read the others. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning and entering the contest for the blog makeover giveaway! I'm so with you--changing the look of your blog is completely addicting. But, as you said, I think it's because these little blogs become our own little space to share our story and read those of others. What a blessing the blog world has been to me in just the last few months!

PamperingBeki said...

What a beautiful family they are!

grandma mac said...

Too funny, my dad, whom I adored, was not happy with "my choice" and challenged him in "every way". We were married in a small ceremony and I remember that it seemed that my dad "scowled" through the whole thing....but years later, I remember a talk when he said how proud he was of us, even through the obstacles of being married young with opportunities being scarce...We stood tall and stayed strong through adversity...not expecting anything from anyone, depending on us..our "little family"...We had a daughter a year and a half later...and yes, still married many, many years later...Our families are like quilts and the families are as strong as the stitches.........

Teri~Facedown said...

Hey Teresa!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I haven't been updating much because I have been going to school full time, which has over taken my brain! But thankfully the school year os over and I can return to blogging a little more regularly!

I loved reading your story! When I read through a few of your lists I was smiling at how much we have in common! (I'm a Fox News junkie-it's pretty much on at all times when my kids aren't home, Beth Moore Bible studies ROCK, bloging changed my life! And the list goes on!) Oh! One thing I wanted to mention is that we have a little boy named Jackson who loves the Packers and a few years ago their kicker (Dave Rayner) was a guy that grew up in the youth group my husband and I worked for, so we were able to get 2 signed footballs by Brett Favre! It was a great Christmas gift to give to our boys!

OH! We love Disney too! We are Vacation Club Members! YAY! OH! I got my first Mac this year to..I LOVE IT!

Anyway, sorry for the long comment! I will be back for sure!

:) Teri

Jules from "The Roost" said...

What a beautiful story....even more beautiful that you included the struggles. It was a blessing to read. Thanks for stopping by my blog too! :)

Dot said...

Thank you for hoping over to my blog..don't know how you found me but I am glad you did. I have alot of reading to catch up with your blog. You are blessed to have such a beautiful family !

The Blonde Duck said...

What a wonderful tale! Hopefully my sister's boyfriend will be as great as Micah...

Thank you for popping by to read Marie's feature at the Pond! She's fabulous, isn't she? It was lovely to meet you and learn more about your family!

Kat said...

Your posts about your family has kept me coming back for more, and I've really enjoyed getting to know each and every one of them - they all sound wonderful. Amanda seems like such a strong woman. You must be a very proud grammy.

JottinMama said...

Wow! What a story!

I loved the pictures - especially the fishing ones :) So awesome.

What a blessing!

Have a wonderful week,
Kate :)

Tutu said...

Thank you for the comment on my blog! This post brought tears to my eyes. My girls are only 11 and 7, and I'm already scared to death about who they will choose to date!

And by the way, I am so jealous you'll be in Disney!!

~Susan

Jenny.Lee said...

Thank you for stopping by! Have fun at Disney World!

Mika said...

Since his name is Micah, then he is for sure a keeper :)

And your daughter is Gorgeous.

Kara said...

God always has something up his sleeve huh! Glad u found my blog--loved reading urs!
Love the picture of Jack "driving" the car!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

What a great post! So honest and so heartfelt! Your family sounds just wonderful and you can feel the love you all have for each other through your words!

I'm glad you were wrong (and that you admit it) too ! ^_^

bethany said...

How wonderful! It was great "meeting" your family! Sometimes it fantastic to be wrong. I was wrong about my first impression of my now amazing husband! :)

Love Being a Nonny said...

Thank you for your comment. I think she is going to make a GREAT big sister....well, as good as you can be when you are 24 months at the new sister/brother's birth.

Hope you are doing well and enjoying your family.

The Hall Family said...

thanks for finding me and inviting me to stop by! it was nice getting to know your family from this post, and its nice to meet you! hope you stop by mine again! have a blessed day.

Taiya said...

Great blog! Can't wait to read the Disney posts... :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

DeeDee said...

how good to know more about you and yours...
It is funny how our perspective changes with a little time. :)

Sweet Blessings to you!

Tonya said...

I LOVE to hear stories about your family! I also LOVE that you LOVE them SO!! (Again, I pray that I have these kinds of relationships with my daughters in law) ☺

I'm going to see if I can remember to enter your next giveaway while I'm actually still AT your blog. (The last time I think I came TWICE BEFORE I ever got my name in the hat!) HA!!!

Hey, I'll be doing a BIG giveaway in October to celebrate Brent's birthday, but I'm thinking that the giveaways are SO MUCH fun I may just have to do them more often myself. ;-)

Under the Florida Sun said...

WOW!! What a great post!! BEAUTIFUL!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Disney World eh.. I live about 45 minutes from there!!

Whoo wee.. be ready for some heat when you get here. It's getting quiet toasty here. Hopefully the parks won't be to crazy for ya!!

We are big Disney fans but have let our passes expire for now. If you need any tips... just give me a holler :-)

Nicole O'Dell said...

What a beautiful post!

Thanks for coming by my blog for Tuesday's blog party. I'm a follower over here now. :)

Carol said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I loved this story. I related to it, because of my husband and my daughter (who is now his adopted daughter) and their bond. People wondered what I saw in him, but if you just watch the two of them together I saw what God wanted me to see.

So glad you shared that story.

Carol

Linda said...

Hi Teresa,..."Grammy Girlfriend", (Cute Blog Name)

Oh, I loved the happy ending to your son-in-law story. I have two of the most wonderful son-in-laws! And I feel like they are truly my own sons! I love them.

I lost one of my son-in-laws when my youngest daughter got a divorce after nearly 10 years of marriage. I still have a place in my heart for him,..even though they have been divorced 5 years. He will always be the dad to 4 of my grandkids, and I love him. (I don't agree with some of the things he does,...but I was a mom to him for 10 years and I miss him being in our lives).

I am so glad that you were wrong about your son-in-law,...and that he is a wonderful, husband, stepdad, father, and son-in-law. You are blessed.

Thanks for the comment on my blog today, and for inviting me to visit yours. I will come back again and read some more of your stories.

I loved the pictures. You have a lovely family.

Have a good Mother's Day!
Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Tonya said...

HA!! I'm glad to hear that I didn't have to do anything special to register - I thought I was too ditzy to find the place to enter. (I sure wasn't gonna admit it!) Heehee...

Have a GREAT rest of your week! ☺

Crazymamaof6 said...

yay! so glad it worked out, and he was the right one after all!
he sounds like a GEM!
sweet pictures

Nina (femme rationale) said...

this is one of the loveliest stories i have read. thank u so much for sharing this with us. i'm so happy everything worked out and u are lucky to have such an amazing family.

Supercool Hotmama said...

Wow! I just came by to get to know you and your family! What a great SIL you have, and what a great MIL you are to admit that you were wrong! LOL! Thanks for stopping by my blog :D

mommaof4wife2r said...

ahhhhh...soooo cute!!!

niartist said...

WOW! Teresa! How great that it worked out like it did, huh? People can surprise you sometimes! :) And I didn't realize you're in Shreveport! I've spent many a day in Shreveport. My grandparents live in Ida, Louisiana, and before that lived in Mansfield. My grandfather had a cattle ranch there, and we (my cousin's and I) would spend summers there every year growing up. Nothing quite like a Louisiana summer, huh? :)

Ohilda said...

Wow! I just stumbled upon your blog and love it! I'll definitely be back.

Andrea said...

Maybe you were wrong the last time around -- but it sounds like you were right when he was younger and still had some growing up to do.

Sometimes even when 2 people are right for each other, they need to wait until the timing is right in order for things to work out.

I'm glad he has matured and turned into the wonderful son-in-law you were waiting for!!

Thanks for dropping by my blog! Nice to 'meet' you!

monica said...

You sound like a very proud mom and mom-in-law! What a sweet and caring post about your son-in-law.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and being a follower and i am now a follower of yours and can't wait to read more about your world. By the way, how did you find me?

girlytwins said...

I so enjoyed this post. What a lucky daughter you have to have found such a wonderful man to fit so perfectly into your family. He sounds amazing.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I will be back for sure :)

TammyIsBlessed said...

What a wonderful story. Don't you love it when you're wrong and it turns out so right?!

Irritable Mother said...

I think it is wonderful that you were WRONG!
And even better that you'll admit it. What a blessed man Micah is to have you for a mother-in-law!

Kristin said...

That is awesome that you have such a great family to be proud of. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Jessica said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Great looking family you have there.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a GREAt story and you are so big to admit you were wrong. Sometimes being wrong is a great thing, huh? Beautiful and moving story!

Grandma Cyndi said...

God does work in mysterious ways. He was not ready for them to be a family, but now he is. He gave your heart time to realize what he knew all along. What a gift!

Valerie said...

I loved this post. I am off to read the other family introductions.

Don't you just love being a Grammy? I am a Grammy too and I do.

Ok off to read. Have a blessed day!

Tammy Nischan said...

Hi!!!

So glad you popped by my blog and encouraged me.

Loved reading your family story!

Love,
tammy nischan

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Teresa, I love that name...my youngest DIL has the same name..lol...
I cried when I read about your SIL's love for his step-son...We had hoped my Ronnie would find a girl that loved his son as much as we do, but she put on a good act untill after the wedding and then her Daughter was bone,then everything changed, she couldn't careless what Keifer did. She doesn't mistreat him, just more or less exnored him, he is 19 now and his dad did a great job of raising him, he is over pride and joy.

Sharon Brumfield said...

It is beautiful to see how God provided for your family....even when it did not look like it from the beginning.
It is a sweet story....Love always is!
Enjoy your trip to Disney...have fun being a kid again. :)

Jodi said...

Some of the best people in our lives are the ones we don't notice as being so special at first and then they grow on you in a most amazing way and you can't imagine life without them. Thank GOD for people like that. My best friend in the world came down a similar "not so special" path and now she is my SISTER! Thanks for checking out my blog! Take care Grammy!

jlc said...

Thanks for visiting my blog --- and omg Parker Jack and Austin are the names we have picked out for sons!

Austin (we were married there)
Jack (my Husband's father's name)
and Parker (just cause it's so classy!!)

Great blog you have here!

And those pictures are just priceless!!

~Deborah~ said...

What a beautifully awesome post! I loved every word!

This is one of those times when it's good to be wrong!

Beautiful family and thank you so much for participating in Friday's Favorite Family Foto!

Hope you will do it again!
Deborah

Verna said...

Lovely photos.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day and a fantastic time on vacation.

Midwest Mommy said...

Sometimes it is really great to be wrong! What a great guy.

justabeachkat said...

Happy Mother's Day sweet friend!
Hugs!
Kat

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Joy said...

Thankfully boys do grow up and become fine fathers and husbands. If I had known my husband in highschool or college, we probably wouldn't be married today. :)
But I met him at just the right time and it was God's timing and we'll be celebrating 21 years of marriage in June.

So glad after all those years of knowing each other that Amanda and Micah waited for the right time to get married.
I love happy endings.

Joy

Bellamere Cottage said...

What a dear story. I didn't think my son-in-law was ready to be a dad. I wanted to be a grandma more than anything, but.......they had my little Brett and Mike turned out to be the BEST father I could ever imagined. His world revolved around Brett. It was wonderful. Mike was killed in a car accident when Brett was two and a half. What a loss, both for my daughter and my little guy. It's been tough, but my daughter is soooo strong. I'm so proud of her. I'm glad your story had such a remarkable ending.

Hugs!
Spencer

Christina said...

I love the picture of Father and Son Fishing... so classic, so simple, so true and REAL. Simple Joys in life. Beautiful.

Happy Daisy AZ said...

Wow - what a great story and it sounds like you have an awesome family! Enjoy!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

So, so, so glad you were wrong as I know you are too. It's not often we can hope/wish/want to be wrong. This is a powerful story. I'm so glad I read it today.