Monday, June 17, 2013



can i really do it?

as the weeks of summer are in full bloom...i am questioning my abilities.

the kids are all so excited. and asking me so many questions... again and again and again. i am not kidding. all of them ask the same question 3 times. even after I answer it the first time.

and they are all hypochondriacs. i see them eyeing wheelchairs and wraps and crutches whenever we see them. D has different parts of her body wrapped and iced all throughout the day. first her arm, then her leg and finally ends the day with both ankles in ankle wraps. I'm not even sure where they get these medical grade wraps.

L has been walking around with a pillow in her shirt and bean bags around her neck so they fall right on her chest. she breathes heavily and sighs and complains about how hard it is to bend over and pick up things off the floor. she said she really feels my pain.

driving in the car... now that's a whole other story. the requests... the fights of who is going to sit where.....

but then, just when I needed it, i received a package of support and love.

a package from my grandma. 

a beautiful hand stitched quilt. the sixth one she's made for my family. 

she has been working so hard getting it finished and mailed off before the baby arrives. which of course she did.

she can do anything.

she raised 6 babies.

 i always said i wanted to be just like her.

i'm sure i'll never accomplish as much as she does, but here i am. 

blessed enough to have the chance to raise 6 babies.

i called to tell her how much i love it.

she encouraged me and said the baby will be here before i know it.

and reminded me of what an honor and blessing it is to be able to carry another life and bring another beautiful baby into the world.

then she filled me in on some details around the house.

like for the first time in 47 years they paved the street in front of her house. she said how beautiful it is and how she and my grandpa drive up and down the new road. 

i put the beautiful new quilt in the beautiful cradle that my grandpa made for my babies.

and we will wait.

my babies sure are lucky to have such loving great-grandparents. i think we are the ones that are blessed by having them in our lives.

thank you grandma & grandpa.

you are truly an inspiration.


Anonymous said...

dear Nellie, I loved yhis and love you too. I laughed and shed a few tears as I read it....thanks for the sweet words and the pictures. i'll have to show this to your frampa.

rotner ramblings said...


The Richardson's said...

You are going to be the most amazing mama to 6 ever!!!

You are my parenting hero. I CANNOT WAIT to get a text from you saying you are in labor.


Anonymous said...

love this, bellis

Peace and Love said...

I love the quilt!! I love the gingham

Grammie is the best.

Hang in there, Nells, you will continue as you have....doing an outstanding job.


Peace and Love said...

I love the quilt!! I love the gingham

Grammie is the best.

Hang in there, Nells, you will continue as you have....doing an outstanding job.


Yvette said...

Ahhhh. So sweet! Can't wait to hear the news! Keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

your kids sound like they could be doctors :)
you and paul will be great with six. what a blessing and true living of our faith.

Love, Mindy said...

Oh my dear friend....first I laughed. Then, I cried. A lot. You are a beautiful, amazing mother. You are an inspiration to me!! Xoxo

Randi said...

well I did say you needed to have six kids so the header on your blog would be even, three on each side! i'm excited to see the beautiful little boy or girl! :)

saphire54 said...

Oh, Nellie, you CAN do this, & you will be wonderful doing so, & make it look easy!Thinking of you daily!
Aunt Patsy

Megan said...

As a young Catholic wife and hopefully soon, Mom, I just want to say your family is so beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for your example!