Wednesday, March 21, 2018

My Heart Is Full

Milo James Hwang
10lbs. 7oz./22in.

He is finally here!  Our first Grandchild arrived on March 16, 2018 at 4:58 pm, and he is absolute perfection!  We are so in love with this little fellow already, he has completely stolen our hearts!  His Grandpa and I just can't get enough of him!  Just looking at his picture brings a smile to our face!  We were happy to be able to meet him just hours after he came into the world.  What a blessing he is to all of us! 

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb
Psalm 139:13 

Jessica & Milo
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward
Psalm 127:3

Nana & Milo
Papa & Milo

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above
James 1:17

We are praising our God for this good and perfect gift and our prayer for him is of course to have a happy, healthy and full life of bountiful blessings, but mostly we hope for him to know and love the one who knew him first, his Creator.  We pray that we can be reflectors of our Heavenly Fathers love for him and point him toward his Lord and Savior.

A  birth is such a good reminder of the NEW life we have in Christ... a new beginning every second of every day when we trust in Him!  A life full of grace and hope.  Every time I look at that little face I am reminded of those promises.

Mom, Dad and Milo are doing great and settling in to their new routines.  They are all a little sleep deprived but look at that face... it makes it all worth it!

How amazing, a new life, a new member of our family and as Grandpa said on the way home from the hospital another person to worry about... and to love!  Looking forward to this new adventure with our Little Man, so excited to watch him grow!

Welcome to the world little one... Welcome to our hearts... Welcome to our family!

Feeling Blessed,
Sandy, aka:  Nana

Monday, February 12, 2018

Baby Shower Blessings!

The parents to be!

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, 
the fruit of the womb, a reward. ~Psalm 127:3 (ESV)

It's getting close now and we couldn't be more excited!  Our Grandson should arrive in a little over a month, and we can't believe how fast the time has gone since we found out our daughter Jessica was expecting!  On Saturday, February 3rd we celebrated this happy occasion with our friends and family with a ginormous baby shower!  It was such a fun day, and the new parents were showered with gifts and blessings to help bring this new precious life into the world! 

We decided to just throw one big shower, and include all our friends and family, instead of having a bunch of little showers with smaller groups.  It was big, and it was a lot of work, but it was so much fun!  We had it at The Red Poppy Center for Renewal, which is right down the street from our house.  It is a beautiful home that has been recently converted into a retreat center that is used for events, meetings, and groups.  The center sits on 12 beautiful wooded acres overlooking a small lake and has a large windowed room that will accommodate up to about 80, and we had it packed!  It has a fun eclectic mix of round tables and mix-matched wood chairs that adds to the charm of the venue.  The owners were wonderful to work with, and where willing to help us with as much or as little as I needed.  We chose to have the meal catered, and served soup, salad, and bread since it was a cold, snowy February afternoon.  Having not to worry about feeding 70 people was a real blessing so I could focus on doing the crafty things I really like to do!  

My baby... and her baby!

I did all of the decorations, the desserts, games, and a fun "Little Explorer" Trail Mix Bar.  We used a baby woodland animal theme which I stole from a shower my Sister-in-law Cindy had for her new grandbaby.  She was gracious enough to allow me to use some of her leftover things from the shower, and it was a great springboard for the creativity to flow!  The entire family got involved in prepping and crafting for the event, from Great Grandma Ginny who cut out felt diapers for a game, to soon to be Grandpa John who lovingly learned to use a pastry piping bag and helped me make acorn cookies for the tables, and filled assorted cupcakes with me!

Papa learning new things!

As I am reflecting back on the day, I am extremely grateful for my dear sweet "Sisters" and Jessy's dear sweet "Sisters", who dove in on the day of the shower, pushed their sleeves up and helped us make such special memories for Jessy and Justin and their sweet baby boy.  Neither Jessy or I have blood sisters, so the sisters I speak of are our "Soul Sisters".  These are women that are dear to us both.  They are women who have shared many milestones in our lives, they have been there for happy times, but also have been by our sides for the not so happy times.  They have laughed with us, cried with us, prayed with us, and prayed for us as well.  I feel extremely blessed that we both have women like this in our lives!  I have so many great memories with these women, and hope to have many more!  Thank you to all that pushed up their sleeves and dove in to lend a hand,  with setting up, clean up, games, photography, gift organizing... even stirring up the sticky punch with no running water close by!  I have learned that I am not the best at asking for help, but it doesn't matter, because these women can see what needs to be done, and they just do it!  I really want them to know that this act of love did not go unnoticed, and it was so appreciated, we love you dearly!  Also, a big thank you to my Niece Kelsey, she was such a sweet blessing to us on the day of the shower as well.  Kelsey has a big beautiful heart and is always willing to help out with anything that is needed... and she did!  She is also very creative and made some adorable frog cake pops for our dessert table that went perfectly with our baby woodland animal theme.

Frog Cake Pops!

Thanks to one of those sweet sisters, we have some lovely memories of the day and I thought I would share some with you.  I got most of my ideas for the shower from my Sister-in-law Cindy, or on Pinterest and adapted them to our theme.  By sharing, I hope to inspire some creative ideas for your next event!

Smiling faces of Family and Friends...

Sweet Treats...



Fun and Games...

Gifts for the wee one...

Now that the shower is over, all we have left to do is wait for the baby!  He is due March 17th, and we can't wait!  What a blessing he will be in all of our lives.... can you tell I am a little bit excited!

They are ready for you little one!

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
~Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV)

Now the waiting begins...

With Love, and Gratitude,

Nanna to be