Saturday, November 26, 2016

Blessing Hazel Noelle Hatch

After a wonderful Thanksgiving feast at Dawn's, and a Friday at the mall with the crazies, Saturday we all trekked to Grand Rapids (Ada, MI to be exact) to take part in Hazel's blessing.  The bishop was so very nice and came on this holiday weekend.

Jordan gave his new daughter such a lovely blessing!

Look how good the kids are with arms folded.

The bishop looks on Hazel and wondered if he still has time for another child in his life!
Here are the men who participated...Bishop, Steve, Jordan, Robert and Ken.
As customary, I presented Hazel with a silver dollar from 2016 and allowed the silver to pass her palms.  Tradition is that she will always have the money she needs for needs.
And of course, Hazel was blessed in my grandfather's christening gown (1898 made for Richard James Holman by his grandmother)

Everyone wanted to hold this simply beautiful baby.  Here she is with her big sister, Lily.
the happy parents with Hazel


Look at this sweet face with a hint of a smile.

Lovely gown...for sure.

With her Auntie Dawn

With her Pennsylvania Cousin, Val....also born this year.

Dawn and Scarlett and Lily with baby Hazel.  This is a great girlie pictures.

Look at handsome cousin Evan who also got into the holding routine.

Scarlett with Hazel

Papa looks at his newest granddaughter.

Christensen Family Picture

Auntie Jocelyn holds Hazel and the dress she sent.

Hazel changed into a dress from Jocelyn and probably felt more comfortable.  It was a lovely dress...just not the history...yet.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

This trip we could not drop Niko off at Paws since he went to Paws the last 2 times and somewhere along the line got pneumonia...which mean his system was too compromised and we didn't dare get him reinfected.  Luckily he had been at Paws which is connected to Avon Lake Animal Clinic so when we had to take him to the vet, they covered all the X-rays and visit...I only had to pay for the meds. He is not contagious so he could go with us to Dawn and be with her dog Pepper.

So off we went on Wednesday, driving up to Dawn's.  I had food things and our suitcase, Nix's food, pillows, stuff for the blessing....and we were prepared for a great time.  Only missing Marissa and her family.  Initially it seemed it was just going to be Robert and I with the Barretts. But then Cara said she and her whole family (minus Elder Cody naturally) would be there...even Jacob! and That mean Jocelyn and her family would come which meant that Jordan and his family were not gong to miss this.

We got there on Wednesday,  Christensens late that night.  Kennedy's way late into the wee hours of Thursday, and the New Hatch Batch came at noon on Turkey Day.  What a wild bunch.  Everyone played with everyone.  Games, TV games, running around, eating. Jordan brought some new games including one with whipped cream being tossed into our faces by a mechanical hand.  Adelle is very adept at drawing on henna tattoos so both Ella and I were's only temporary but still fun.  Jacob said, "And as along as THIS Granny approves (and I did), then it's all OK."  Not sure that was a compliment exactly but I decided to take it as such.

Here are the pictures from grateful to Dawn and Ken for hosting again:

 Adelle applying henna to me..................

 You can see the full henna production on Ella's hand.  Sadly it will only last one week

 preparing food

Just sitting around chatting..but you can see how loud it is as Robert is sitting with a finger in his ear. This happened a lot this holiday even tho Robert had ear plugs in both ears.

Santa arrives at the end of the Macy's favorite moment.
When I knew Santa was arriving, I insisted that all the grands stop their setting up and come watch with me.  It made me very teary eyed.  These babies are not all babies any more.

 The boys all help dragging in the tables and the chairs to set up for dinner.  There was a table for 6 in 4 rooms.  Lots of food and lots of joy.

I am not sure Hazel enjoyed all the noise but she was such a good sport.  Everyone wanted to hold her.
 This is the Pie in the Face game that Jordan bought especially for the shot whipped cream in the faces as you turned the handle....or not!

 Here are the cousins playing some sort of TV game.
 Miss Hazel
 The annual favorite...a Christmas craft.

A year ago Dawn and Ken hosted a 5k run and Steve provided a trophy.  This year Steve returned with the trophy and rather than a run, they opted for a plank challenge.  It was done by ages and then a plank off.....Which Sam Kennedy won....this pix is taken from a video so it's rather grainy

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Dixie Stencil's Bridal Shower

Today I helped Teri give a bridal shower for Dixie Stencil.  Of all the kids, Dixie has remained the most faithful, altho she's been without a spouse.  She's worked, lived on her own, dealt with her crazy older sister and been a temple worker, working in the laundry in Columbus. And at long last, she's engaged.  I was so happy for her and I sure hope her fella takes the proper care of her.

I made the invites and several of the ladies brought soup.  I brought rolls and did the games.  We held the shower at Teri's new home and it was lovely.

Here is Dixie and her Richard.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Farewell to Elder Ravsten

There haven't been a lot of missionaries we have grown close to but Elder Ravsten certain has been one of the choicest.  But today is his last day in Lorain, leaving for the mission home and then tomorrow will fly back to Idaho.

So this morning, our  elders (Ravsten and Morris) got permission for the other set of elders to come for breakfast...PLUS 2 elders from Elyria Ward.  We had sausage and biscuits, eggs, bacon,  hash brown potatoes, and juice and milk.  It was a lovely time.

Elder Morris is sitting next to Elder Ravsten with Robert on the other side.
 The elder in the dark sweater is also going home today as well..he's from Elyria Ward.

And at the end Elder Ravsten gave us one last lesson and a blessing on our home.  I hope he stays the line and finds the perfect wife to marry in the temple.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Autumn's Baptism

Another drop off of Niko at Paws Resort and we headed to Lewisburg, PA, to attend Autumn Christensen's baptism.  On Friday, Nov 4,  as we were driving there, Steve learned he had been accepted as an employee (VP of Strategic Investments) for Highmark Insurance in Pittsburgh!  That's only a 2 hour drive from us...hooray. But sad for them since they will have to leave the home they so love!  It's going to be so hard for Jocelyn and that's what I worry most about.  Change is hard, even if it's going to give forth great results.  And oh, how blessed the new area will be for having this family.

 Autumn was helping her mom finish up the refreshments for after the baptism.
 Dawn had made a strap from Autumn's ukulele and we brought it down.  She made one for me, too, and it does make playing the instrument a lot easier.
 Robert always gives our grands on their baptism a compass and tells how he earned one when he was a youngster at church by being reverent and listening to the lesson and being able to answer the questions on a quiz.  He likens it to how the Holy Ghost will lead us to good paths.  I usually give a teddy bear with all the ways we must BEAR our witness, His name, and other's burdens.
 This is Steve's mom, Christy...come alone for the first time since her husband Steve had died in the summer. It was a bit emotional for her and I dread that time for me if Robert goes first.
 Steve is happy to have a job...he seemed more at ease and relaxed.
 The proud parents of the soon to be baptized daughter, Autumn Frost.
 And after the baptism, who was willing to serve by vacuuming the Primary room...none other than Autumn
We left afterwards and headed for home.

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