May 2010 has certainly been an amazing month of double blessings for our family! We celebrate and rejoice in the birth of little Jackson Morton just this past Monday on May 24th. He weighed 8 lbs. 10 ozs., and was 20.5 inches long - a beautiful big baby boy! His mommy, my daughter-in-law had a wonderful delivery - short and sweet, thank You Jesus.
This is Jackson just a few hours after he was born...
What a beautiful family...the brunettes :)
Hmmmmmmm...Gran Jan is also a brunette.
Perhaps Jackson got that dark hair from her too?
This is "Pop," my sweet husband with Jackson:
These are Jackson's maternal grandparents,
my son's wonderful in-laws.
Jackson is their first grandchild
and they are so very excited!
My baby boy watching his baby boy in the nursery...
This is a blanket I made for Jackson that my
daughter-in-law brought to the hospital with her.
She also wore a necklace while she was in labor
that I had just given to her for Mother's Day.
It was the very same necklace that my husband
had given to me when our son was born.
When I saw her wearing it, I was so very touched...
When we first learned about the double grandblessings back in September and that we would have back-to-back grandbabies in May 2010, I really had no idea how it would be - I was just so thankful and VERY excited. The boys and their wives were even so thoughtful that they paid to have early sonograms so they could announce the genders to us on Christmas Eve. They gave us these stockings wrapped up as gifts and surprised us...this kind of thoughtfulness blesses us every day with these four wonderful children.
The long-awaited month of May is almost over. The double portion blessings are HERE and the joy begins. I want to testify that I am committed to being the best Gran Jan ever. I will love and pray for my grands and I will be there for them - in every way possible. As long as the good Lord gives me breath, I will be there for my family.
Counting my blessings, naming them one by one...Zeke, Madie Ruth, Jackson...
These wonderful easy-to-make cookies bring back memories of being a little girl and my own mother making these for me and my sisters. I love making them and I hope you will too! I can't wait to make them for Zeke, Madie Ruth, and Jackson!
2 cups of sugar
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup of Cocoa
1 tsp. of vanilla
1/2 cup of peanut butter
3 cups of raw oatmeal
* Mix sugar, butter, milk and cocoa in a saucepan on top of the stove and bring to a boil for about a minute - stirring the whole time.
* Immediately remove from heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and peanut butter.
* Now pour in the 3 cups of Oatmeal, mixing well.
* Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper and let cool and set up! Do not bake!
ENJOY this cookie - it has to be pretty good for you with the cocoa and raw oatmeal and peanut butter...just don't eat too many (at one time)!
5-10-10...My son and his wife were on the way to the hospital, and I went to keep Zeke and took this picture right before they left. Then on Monday afternoon around 1:45 my sweet daughter-in-law, gave birth to a girl.
I have a granddaughter! Her name is Madie Ruth Morton
(Madie is pronounced may-dee.) She weighed 8 pounds and 5 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. She is so beautiful.
Gran Jan's Joy is now PINK!
Her Grandaddy meets her for the first time below,
and I could hardly wait for this moment,
because we had BOYS!
I just know he is in for a wonderful JOY!
These are Madie's maternal grandparents.
They did a wonderful job raising her mother, my daughter-in-law!
This is Madie's big brother Zeke,
my inspiration to begin this blog,
Gran Jan's Joy.
In less than two weeks my baby boy's sweet wife will deliver grandbaby number 3, little Jackson Evan Morton. Gran Jan's Joy is receiving the double portion this month. I honestly can't wrap my heart and mind around everything I am feeling and praying and rejoicing over, but I'm doing the best I can to enjoy every minute and to be thankful.
My family is growing and the heritage of faith they are going to receive is the most important gift my husband and I can give them...
But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's children-
Today marks the first day of a long awaited month - MAY, 2010! May is one of my favorite months in the garden. This picture was taken just this morning in my garden and is my most favorite rose, "Mr. Lincoln." It smells so sweet and is big and red and like I said, it really is my favorite...
Long-awaited May is the month our family will add 2 new members...two grandchildren; a granddaughter, Madie Ruth Morton, and a grandson, Jackson Evan Morton. (Madie is pronounced "May-Dee.")
Both of their names have connections to family. Madie Ruth's middle name, Ruth, was my paternal grandmother's middle name. Mary Ruth Thomas Maloy was born on May 16, 1896, and my Dad, was the 9th of her 11 children! Two of her children died within a few days of each other during the great flu epidemic of 1918. She was a woman of great faith and loved the Lord with all her heart. She was what some would call a "shouting Baptist." I was embarrassed as a little girl when attending church with her, but would sure love to attend church with her now...
Both of Jackson's names have family history. Jackson was my husband's great-great grandfather's name. He was born August 3, 1817. We actually have an old newspaper article from 1907 where he was being interviewed. It says:
"although nearly 92 years of age, Mr. Morton stands straight as an arrow.
His eyes are keen and he stands 6 feet, 2 inches. His speech is quick, with no waver in it. He is a "hale and hearty" survivor of Georgia's Indian Wars.
He was cutting wood when interviewed, and from his looks and activity,
one would not take him for more than sixty years."
Jackson's middle name Evan, is a version of his maternal grandmother's maiden name, Evans. (I know that was a lot of information, but I like to document things such as this on my blog.)
The following three photos show the journey these two sweet girls have allowed me to capture on film as they have both grown "great with child."
Madie's mommy is in green, Jackson's mommy is in blue.
Gran Jan is most thankful for this long-awaited month of May, and I am counting my blessings. I cannot wait to meet Madie Ruth and Jackson Evan, and I know that along with Ezekiel Timothy, we are in for some fun times ahead.