Monday, September 29, 2008


Colton and his parents are at home now, learning and adjusting to life as a new little family. Colton had his first appointment at the peditrician's office and passed with flying colors. We are so looking forward to spending next week in Orlando getting to know him! Watch out, Colton-baby. Your Gigi is out to get all your sweet neck sugar!

There is so much going on in our lives. After a mere 19 years Mark and I spent Saturday cleaning out our attic. It was a scarry thing. We now have 3 piles; a move to Houston pile, a garage sale pile and the biggest, the trash pile. The only things in our attic now are our tubs of out of season clothes, our Christmas tree/decorations, a few pieces of furniture we are keeping and the old blue sofabed. We are still full of amazement that somehow Ross and Mark got that sofa in the attic in the first place. It is so heavy. Mark has plans to dismantle the metal parts then use the sawsall to cut apart the rest of the bohemeth. Then he will take is down the stairs in pieces.

Another fun thing aside from all the packing and such is that we are being invited to dinner. I'm worried that we might have a few crying jags as many feel these are "the last meals" but it will be fun! We are booked until we go to Orlando and only have a few more nights before we move! Yipes!

In addition to all this, I am embarking on another new adventure. A friend of mine is upgrading her long arm quilting machine to one of those great computer-driven models and is selling her trusty friend. I have decided to buy it and will begin to quilt for the public once I've practiced, practiced, practiced. She has been so gracious to train me in the use of the machine and had me to her home and studio to stitch and practice. My first outing was better than today, but I will say I may have bitten off more than I could chew today. It was a much more difficult pattern with supposedly perfect circles and little swirley points. Ugh. Mine were anything but perfect, but whoever receives this little baby quilt will love it just the same. I'll be sure to give it to a non-quilter! To those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, you can go to and look at the Premier machine. I'm so excited. I've always dreamed of having one and this is a great opportunity to own such a wonderful piece of sewing equipment. I'll be naming my machine, so any suggestions you may want to give me will be accepted!

Friday, September 26, 2008

What a fun day!

I woke up today realizing I was a grandmother! What a great blessing! Since we are moving soon and the boxes had been bought and assembled, I can no longer procrastinate. I started with cleaning out the remainder of Grace's closet. I started a "yard sale" box for sure! Then I went to the hall linen closet. I store all kinds of things there...things I didn't want in the heat of the attic. So, after the sheets, beach towels, and surprise surprise, quilts, there were quite a few Christmas ornaments bought on sale for this next year, all our Christmas stockings, etc. Then I proceeded to the coat closet in the hallway. In the top of that closet were all sorts of old pictures that used to hang on the wall when they were new. Ross, Robert, and Grace in all ages. I also ran across a picture frame that had been "creweled" (a form of needlework) for Ross when he was born. In that little frame was this picture. Ross was about 2 weeks old here.

Now compare this to Colton's first pics. Now I may be a prejudiced Gigi, but this apple did not fall far from the tree!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Introducing the most beautiful baby in the world

Here he is! Note the darling eyes, Stowers nose and chin! Ross thinks he will have dimples.

One of the x-rated photos does indicate he might have a cleft, too!

He is all boy, that's for sure!

Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!


Born at 7:44 eastern time, Colton made his entry into this world! At 8 lbs even and 21 1/2 inches, he is very healthy and doing great. Mom is doing well, a little sore from all the pushing, but otherwise glowing with happiness. Ross sounded like he was on top of the world!

No pics yet, but he does have a little dark hair! I'm sure he is the most beautiful baby ever born!

Halfway there

It is 4:15 p.m. and Lindsay has progressed to 5 cm. Just to keep you posted!

Beginner's Luck

Here I am on the day of our first grandson's birth. I can't go to Orlando to be there, so I chose to use my nervous energy to start a blog. I really don't know what I'm doing or what I will really say, but this helps to focus on something here rather than be pacing about what is going on there.

With this blog, I hope to keep you up to date on the changes in our lives. We call it "Mark and Connie's Great Adventure," moving to Katy, Texas after 51 years in Nashville, TN and its environs. The last 19 of which have been spent next door to my childhood home, thus my mom. Crazy.

Mark just walked over with an order for boxes for my approval. What do I know about how much stuff you can get in one box? At least he will make the call for the order and I will pick them up later.