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Since this is mainly a papercrafting blog and since I haven’t been doing a lot of papercrafting lately, I should put something here.

And what a something she is. This is who has been consuming my attention.

Addilynn Ann

She just arrived on Monday. But I’ve been dreaming about her for years and years. And between home, work, and church and daydreaming about Addi, not a lot of papercrafting has been going on. I hope my scrapbooking will get a jumpstart with this wonderful new subject matter.

She is beautiful.

She is perfect.

She came into the world in an extraordinary way where we were privileged to witness miracles and the exponential infinity of God’s love for us. We’ve been given a witness of the power of prayer and what a blessing to know that people who don’t even know us were praying for us. How many temples held Shannon and Daren’s names on the temple roll? How many friends of friends put them on their prayer chain? How many knees were bent on their behalf? I can’t fathom it. I just know it worked. It worked. It was worth every prayer.

She has the two most devoted parents on the planet IMHO. She has the most remarkable birthmom who I pray for nothing less than God’s blessings every day for the rest of her life.

This is my new season in life as Addi’s grandma. God is faithful and true and knows me. I am so thankful that he let me see my beautiful daughter become a mom.

I am blessed beyond measure.


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Stunned, joyous, speechless…

Less than 24 hours ago, I was just me.

Now I am an expectant grandmother. My heart is so full. I’ve dreamed of this since I was 6 years old. Seriously, since I was 6 years old. My wonderful grandmother was so much fun to be around I thought to myself, “I want to bake cookies all day and have my grandchildren come and stay at my house on Saturdays and Sundays and play with me. But I’m afraid my name doesn’t sound right. I don’t have a name like Doris or Dorothy or Mildred. I hope I can still be a grandma with a name like Susie.” That thought crossed my mind over 40 years ago.


With all Heavenly Father has to do for His children, I am overjoyed that he thought to bless my sweet daughter and son-in-law, and our family. But in all this, my heart is the most grateful for a beautiful and brave young woman who is choosing to make our dreams come true in less than 3 short months. I plead to the Heavens that the Lord keeps her safe in His tender care and showers His love down upon her every moment of every day.

My heart is filled to overflowing.

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