Last week’s “Day in My Life” post focused on one side of August 1st: my daughter’s engagement.

There was another side to August 1st: my daughter-in-law and son had their first baby! Confused? It was a crazy day. In fact, let’s back up a little.

I started the day in Portland, Oregon, at a Church and Synagogue Library Conference. I was speaking on Thursday, the last night of the event. The next morning, I planned to catch the first flight back to SF Bay Area (Lord willing!) to get home pronto. I knew that James (soon-to-be-fiance) had planned to propose on Friday, August 1st, and that he had arranged for his parents to arrive at our home in the afternoon for a special dinner. But what I didn’t know, until I woke up at 4 am and read a text, that Amanda’s (daughter-in-law) labor had begun! Her actual due date was Friday, August 1st…but when does a baby ever show up on her due date? Hardly ever! Except for my little granddaughter…


Amanda labored all day and Reagan Grace arrived at 7:15 pm! Absolutely beautiful.


We finished up the engagement dinner and arrived at the hospital to meet the baby. It felt like we were in a movie!



Steve is getting the first look at his little granddaughter.


Amanda’s parents, Mike and Luanne, holding their little granddaughter.



To keep the fun going, my son Tad and his fiance, Sarah, flew in. They had planned to arrive to celebrate the engagement. Little did they know that they would be meeting their new niece!


It was actually hard to go to bed that night. Talk about a feeling like your cup runneth over. It was overflowing! Such joy and happiness, all packed into one special, memorable day. A blessed day.

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