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Saturday, September 4, 2010

21 Months.

Yesterday, the baby in our house, er toddler I guess, turned 21 months old.

Major disbelief over here.

I just can't believe it.

I say the same things over and over and over again. Time just moves so fast. I can't believe it. Yada yada yada.

But it's the darn truth.

There are things I've never written here about Miss Evelyn Nanette, who's name is two-fold.

Evelyn as in my great grandmother Evelyn Louise. Mother of one, grandmother of six, great grandmother of 13 and great, great grandmother of six, two of which she didn't live to meet {H and E}. I have always loved the name Evelyn and Evie and even as we called my great grandma, Ev.

E's middle name has the most meaning for me, and when I've said that aloud before I've had people ask why I didn't use it as her first name. They just wouldn't understand.

Nanette as in my mother. Mother of three, grandmother of six, one {so far} of which she didn't live to meet, her own namesake.

Not so long ago someone passed along the blog of Kelle Hampton and when I checked it out a couple weeks ago she had written something that gave complete meaning and understanding to E's middle name:

If your first name is common and your last name defines you, then what lies
in the middle is the mystery of who you are, the secret of what lies within.

So, so, so very true.

And if there is anything E inherits from her grandmother may it be her strength and her ability to love and see good in all.

Before my mom passed away I remember driving home from visiting her in the hospital during one of her stays. I had T and M and H and we pulled out of the parking garage and I called J and told him it was time to have another baby that maybe, just maybe, if I saw my mom and told her I was expecting, maybe she'd hold on.

{As I write this and admit this publicly for the very first time, I am fully aware that it is never a good reason to have a baby based on emotions like this. I sound like a crazy person! Don't worry, J has a much more level head than I, wouldn't you say?}

It wasn't the right time and I knew I wasn't ready but I was grasping for something, anything. There was no pregnancy, no baby news before my mom passed away.

We told friends and whoever else that listened that we were nowhere near ready for another baby that winter following my mom's death and then just four days after my 26th birthday we found out that we better get ready because sure enough a baby was on the way.
These last twenty-one months have been a ride, wouldn't you say?
God never takes away without giving in return. -Jennifer Samuel Patterson

But oh man, this girl, there is a sparkle in her eye and a rhythm in her laugh that gets us everytime.

She is full of joy and isn't that every parents wish?

Her ears, the ENT tells us, are perfect. She even passed her hearing test.

She surprises us. She teaches us. And while she, much like her brother H, keeps us on our toes, she also has such a content spirit.

While most days I crawl into bed exhausted from my days as a mom/stepmom, there is nothing I would rather be doing right now.

My heart is smiling.

Happy 21 months, Miss E!
You are a joy, a love and we are so very thankful for the gift you are to this family.
Love, Mama


Blogger Anna said...

I can't believe she's 21 months. Wow...still as cute and little as ever. I'm loving her long hair, but those eyes seriously to sparkle!

I loved hearing the meaning and connection her name has, beautiful!

Happy 21 Months Evelyn!

September 4, 2010 at 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Jes said...

This is a beautiful post S about your beautiful girl, who is strong, and full of love, and full of surprises. Enjoy all of your moments and her moments. Happy 21 months E!

September 4, 2010 at 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG !!Is it a month already since you all were here?? She just turned 20 months while you were here,I was showing off picture's today, was asked how old E was I said 20 months!! where has the time gone?
While I'm sitting here typing this the tears are flowing... Grandma is with out little E. I see so much of her in this beautiful little girl. And those eye they do sparkle !! Happy 21 month my little peanut. I Love,Love,Love You
Great Auntie Laurie

September 4, 2010 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger LutherLiz said...

Congratulations Evie! It is hard to believe that she is 21 months already. Thanks for sharing the story of her name. I've always clung to the meanings and uniqueness of my middle name and I am sure E will do the same.

September 4, 2010 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger The Lindahl News said...

What a lovely post to celebrate this 21 month mark and remember your Mom in doing so.

In some ways, it seems like yesterday but in lots of ways it seems like a whole lot longer than 21 months has passed.

Thinking of you all!

September 5, 2010 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Very nice post Samara! E is still so cute even if she isn't a baby anymore! And your thoughts are I think pretty normal all things considered. And E will always have a part of her grandmother with her in sharing her name.

September 7, 2010 at 8:36 AM  

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