Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Today is Jon's 30Th birthday and I want to wish him a very Happy Birthday! As I was pondering what to write for him I was going through some pictures of his birthday last year. The kids and I decorated with balloons and banners and made him a special dinner. The kids had so much fun playing with the balloons and waiting for Daddy to come home. Going back and watching those videos makes my heart so sad. Sad because this year we won't have Lindsay with us to help celebrate her Daddy's birthday. But I am sure she will be watching and celebrating in heaven. I am so thankful we have so many memories and special times that we as a family can go back and look at. Jon is the greatest Daddy in the world to our kids. I love to watch him play with them and even now to watch Tanner being his helper. I love listening to Tanner and Jon working in the basement together and to hear what they talk about.

Jon, I hope that your birthday today is extra special. I am so glad that God has given you to me and that for 10 years we have stuck together through some hard times. I couldn't have asked for a better Daddy for my kids. Your tender heart, big hugs, making the kids laugh, and the care that you give them is amazing. Lindsay Bear was so special to you and I know how much your arms ache for her. But I am so thankful that one day we will get to see her again. I hope that in some small way you will be able to feel her presence today and know how much she loves you. I love you so much and I thank you for being the best husband in the world!

Daddy, I love you very much and I miss you like crazy. I hope you have a fun birthday. Thanks for being the best Daddy to me and Tanner. Love, Lindsay Bear

Daddy, I hope you have a good birthday. I love you, Tanner

Here is a little video of the kids wishing Jon a Happy Birthday! (2-14-08)

Happy Anniversary to Dad and Mom Groen today!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

CHD Awareness Week

This week is CHD week. CHD stands for Congenital Heart Defects. We have come to know many babies who have been born with so many different types of heart defects. I encourage you to watch this little video and read the statics that they give. I didn't know half of them and was very surprised when I read them. Our two heart baby friends Annabelle and Lindsay Dean's pictures are in this video. We all need to be aware of these defects and pray for all these babies and kids who have it.

One of my elementary school friends Sibahan lost her baby to CHD. We have since become close and I know that she is trying to raise more of an awareness.

Please be in prayer for our dear friend Rebecca. Her daughter is Annabelle. Well Rebecca is expecting a baby and we are very excited for her. Please pray that God will protect this baby and that he or she will have a healthy heart.

One last thing is we want to wish my sister in law Jenny a very Happy Birthday today. We love you lots Jenny and we thank you for all your prayers and support you have given to us. Thanks so much for all the hard work you did on putting the special books together from the blog.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandpa Groen

Today is Dad Groen' s birthday and we want to wish him a very Happy Birthday! Dad has a special name that he gave to Lindsay after she was born. He would call her the Little Pinkster. The reason for this special name is because her skin when she was little was so pink.

We love you Dad/ Grandpa and we hope your day is extra special. Thanks for all you have done for all of us. Thanks for supporting us and for all the trips you and Mom made to Boston while Lindsay was there.

Dear Grandpa,

I miss you so much but I am having a good time in Heaven with Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Groen and all our other family members. Thanks for being such a great grandpa to me and Tanner.

I love you,