When Marley was born, Jim and I were living in Hillsdale, Michigan. I was working as a kindergarten teacher, and Jim was working at American Copper and Brass as a fork-truck operator. He'd just had surgery to remove a golf-ball sized tumor from his shoulder and had gone through six weeks of radiation. He'd had his last treatment a few days before Marley was born. We had tons of visitors the first few weeks, beginning with my parents and local friends while we were still at the hospital.
|My mom, Sherrie.|
|My dad, Rick.|
|Marley was just a few days old when Mom and Dad came to visit us.|
|This is Tressa, a friend and OB nurse.|
She was there when we lost our first baby, so it was
so wonderful to have her there to celebrate Marley's arrival.
And yes, her eyes really ARE that blue!
|This is Dr. Bediako, our OB.|
Once we came home, the visitors soon started coming over...
|There were LOTS of cousins...|
|Everyone wanted their turn to help.|
|My sisters were both there to visit and the weather was |
beautiful, so we took advantage of it and had a cookout in the back yard.
|My former boss came to visit too. Dave and Lynne would soon|
be affectionately known as Papa and Grandma.
|Jim's sisters Lisa and Wanda came up for a visit and spoiled her rotten.|
|This is Pastor Dave and his wife Pat, from my church.|
|Jill came to see us in the hospital, and then brought her|
girls over to have a turn at holding her.
|One of my best friends, Denise, was a frequent visitor for|
"baby therapy". I remember that this was a warm day, and
all the windows were open and a nice breeze was blowing
through the house.
Then it was time to head to Indiana.
|Grandpa Dave Dillon, Jim's dad, was happy to meet his newest granddaughter.|
We've spent a lot of time on his couch, playing with toys
that he keeps on hand for Marley since then!
|We went to see my grandmother, Delores Hollingsworth. |
Marley was feeling a little crabby that day.
|We met my birthmom and aunt at a Cracker Barrel in |
Indianapolis so that they could have their turn snuggling.
Beth and her kids joined us there too.
|Aunt Betty, Mamaw Paula, Marley and me.|
There were many more visitors~ I don't have pictures of them all. I think it was a full month before we were home alone all day!
What a blessing to know so many people loved us and wanted to see our miracle baby!