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Talking it over -- 3-25-10

It just doesn't seem possible, when your heart is so full of love for family, that one more can fit inside. However, it has happened to us again as we welcomed our third grandchild into our family, into our lives and into our hearts.

Josie Jean Marquart was born on March 16, six years to the day after our first grandchild, Tristyn. She must have known that her grandparents might have trouble remembering birth dates someday so she made it easy for us, we just have to remember one for two.

As we have done with each of our grandchildren, we traveled to the hospital when labor began and waited for the new arrival. I realize that this is maybe not done by most grandparents who wait at home, but for us it is where we want to be as long as our children don't mind. Waiting at home is too frustrating and worrisome, we just need to know what is going on.

Therefore, we told our daughter and her husband to not even worry about us, just let us know when things were progressing. About 8 o'clock that night our son-in-law called us in the waiting room via cell phone and said they were going to try a few pushes. Knowing the way these things go we settled down and watched a couple game shows thinking we might just be there all night. About 45 minutes later the cell phone rang again and our daughter announced that Josie had arrived.

We were so thrilled for many reasons. Number one being that both her and the baby were healthy and most of the danger was over. The second was that her pregnancy and labor were over and the fun part was beginning. Lastly, and in many ways just as special, was that we now had a new member of our family. Someone to cuddle, spoil, cherish and, most of all, love.

The moment I met her I commented that Josie is the imagine of her mother, unlike her sister who looks like her dad. It hit me that this little girl is going to be unique. Different not only in her looks, but quite possibly also in her personality, likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams. While part of a family she will also be her own individual unit.

I look forward to witnessing her future, the roads she takes, the choices she makes and the friends she gathers along the way. She will always be our grandchild, Tristyn's cousin, Jaedyn's little sister, Cory and Tammy's baby and much more within the family, but she will also someday be a best friend, student, teammate, classmate, employee, and even wife, mother or grandmother.

Her future holds so much, both good and bad - hopefully mostly good. I can't wait to see who she becomes and how she arrives at the milestones of her life. But for now, I am simply going to take the time to just hold her and cherish this special time. I know how quickly it will pass and the next stages will begin. The times for rocking, cuddling, hugging and kissing will be rare yet I am confident that each new phase will bring fun and exciting rewards of its own.