Friday, February 8, 2013

Baby, Baby, Oh Baby Boy

When we moved to Pierre, I didn't know many people. Shortly after moving in, as many good neighbors do, a lady named Susie came over with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and introduced herself to us. Little did I know that there would be MANY, MANY more cookies, baked goods, jellies, and meals to come. I also didn't know that such a wonderful friendship would develop with our neighbors. Now, I don't often refer to them first as neighbors, but first as friends, who happen to be our neighbors.

They are just truly great people. The kind of people that everyone needs in their life. The kind of people that I especially needed in my life after moving to a place where I didn't know many. After about a year and a half of living here, because of my friendship with Susie and her family, I finally felt safe.  Cody traveled some for his job, and I always had this feeling of fear, aloneness, and panic that if something did happen, I wouldn't have anyone to call. Our friendship with Susie and Todd meant a sense of calmness for me. I knew I could call them if I ever needed ANYTHING. And we did. Several times.

About a year ago, Cody was out of town, Grace wasn't feeling well, and didn't want to go anywhere. I didn't have any medication for her. So I called Susie. Susie wasn't home, but Todd was. Grace pretends to be shy of him. Todd came over to my "rescue." Of course, within minutes after me leaving to run to the store, my sick lethargic child was running around the house because Todd O. was there. "Super sick," puhlease.

And most recently, in August, we called Susie at 1:00 in the morning to come and stay with Grace while Cody and I went to the hospital when I was in labor with Annie. She slept at our house, got Grace ready for school, and Todd O. brought Grace to school. Per Grace's instructions, he even parked his pick-up and walked Grace around to the back of the school "just like Daddy." The kiddos sure had looks for Todd! Especially since he's a big tall guy!

But it's not just the big things. It's the little things. The things like bringing goodies over for us. Inviting us for dinner. Being able to stop over anytime just to say hi. Having a drink on their deck. Helping us with projects around the house. Lending us tools, countless tools! We always joke that it's nice to have "established" neighbors when our poor youngins' don't want to go out and purchase tools, ladders, etc.

My long story about Susie and Todd O. is over. However, I wanted to make sure all the things about Todd O. and Susie are remembered.

Their daughter Kelsey was expecting her first baby - a boy! So, I threw a shower for her and the little man. She was a few days overdue, and we didn't know it, but her body was beginning to battle a serious infection. I'm so glad that she was able to stick it out for the shower and I was able to host it. Hosting a shower for Susie's daughter was one little thing I could do for all the big things she has done for us. A quick look at the evening...

Kelsey was having a Pooh theme for her baby boy's nursey. So my menu included Veggies from Rabbits Garden, Tigger Tea (mock champagne), Eeyore Tails (pretzel rods dipped in blue/white almond bark), Bacon Wrapped Piglets, (little weenies), and Pooh's Pineapple Pie. Oh, I also made some spicy "Evict The Baby Chip Dip" since Kelsey was overdue.

Kelsey and Matt's sister

Friends and neighbors

Kelsey, Dean, and the Grandma's (Susie is on the left)

Kelsey checking out the scrapbook Susie had made for her

Susie and Kelsey's Aunt Peggy

The crew, minus a few that had to leave early..
Don't mind my children, Annie's searching for me and Grace is doing her hair. Nice girls.

Dean certainly made his arrival distinctly! Both him and Momma are healthy now and at home. Thank God. What a little blessing.

A few pictures from Susie of the new arrival...

We're happy for Kelsey, Matt, Todd and Susie. And we're so grateful to have them in our lives! If we ever move, I'm making sure my house has a guest house that they can move into. They MUST go with us.

1 comment:

  1. So happy you have such great neighbors you can count on! You're a great person too and they are lucky to have you there. I wish you were my neighbor! Maybe when we're 80!


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