Happy Birthday Natalie… And Gwen!

gwenGwen was born today. Gwen is Natalie’s newest great niece! Maren and Dustin are the happy, proud parents and C will be the funniest big brother, I’m sure!

Today is also Natalie’s birthday. She would have been 56 years old.

Nathan and I took Dom to Olive Garden for dinner tonight because soup seemed appropriate on a chilly night. While there, Grandma DeeDee called to ask about any updates on Maren and her baby. I appreciated having the time to talk to her and ask her how her day was. As she always is, she was honest and told me that she was sad today. It was her daughter’s birthday and she thought about that all day as she washed her hair, went to the credit union and then tried to buy stationary at Walgreen’s but apparently they didn’t have any.

After Olive Garden, we dropped off some food for Dustin at the hospital. Maren was just barely on the epidural and it was just before 8:00 pm. Then we took Dom home to bed.

Shortly before 9:00 pm, we were watching Modern Family and searching for rental homes online when the text came in from Dad that Gwen was born!

We stopped in to visit a short time later after Dad came over to sit at the house while Dom slept.

She’s so tiny. It’s amazing how quickly you forget the small size of newborns. And yet, she has these big lips! I can’t even imagine what her personality will be like, but I think perhaps she might be like her great Aunt Natalie as they share birthdays. That would make her incredibly thoughtful, silly, stylish, hard-working, and full of smiles. People will love being around her!

Happy birthday to you Gwen. And to you, Natalie. You will always be missed.


  1. Oh how cool she was born on Natalie’s birthday! Sweet baby girl. 🙂 I can’t believe Maren has two! Was she at St. Marks? I was there just a few hours later. 🙂


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