Category Archives: Matthias

Grandma’s Pumpkin

I had so much fun yesterday afternoon.  My daughter-in-law, Lisa took Brantley to the library because the Reptile Man was there.  He adopted Yoda, our tortoise, from us a few months ago so it was nice for Brantley to visit his old buddy.  While they were gone, I got to babysit Matthias.  I had two glorious hours of playing, holding, feeding this little sweetie.

Matthias, my daddy rocksHe is growing so fast.  Brantley too.  I love being a grandma.  Lisa asked if I would like to babysit Matthias once a week for a little while so she can take Brantley for story time.  Oh Boy!  I will have to be careful with my eating the night before, but it will be worth it.

This morning, I picked up Mom at salon and took her to the grocery store for a few things.  I am kind of glad that the weather is yucky today, that way she is less likely to over do it and try to do yard work.  So I am back home now, needing to get a few things done.

Tomorrow, Bailey and I will be running to Salem to buy a baby shower gift.  In the afternoon, we will be going to my niece Renae’s baby shower. (if my “issues” behave).  I am so excited for Renae and her husband Chris.  They have been wanting a child for a long time and she is due at the end of summer.  A little girl. 🙂  Not a lot of girls in that generation of Millers, so the whole family is excited.


Easter 2014

127Hope you had a happy Easter.

Our holiday started on Saturday night.  We had a nice dinner at Kane and Lisa’s home.  Then, for the first time, Brantley colored eggs.

Brantley was more than enthused.  I think all the brown eggs ended up just darker brown eggs. LOL

Brantley was more than enthused. I think all the brown eggs ended up just darker brown eggs. LOL

Mom, Kris, Doug, David, and I visited Kathy on Easter morning.

Mom, Kris, Doug, David, and I visited Kathy on Easter morning.


David made her a princess build a bear

David made her a princess build a bear

We had a nice dinner at Karen's home, then the kids hunted for eggs

We had a nice dinner at Karen’s home, then the kids hunted for eggs

The it was the grown-ups turn for our hunt

The it was the grown-ups turn for our hunt

Max sure enjoyed it

Max sure enjoyed it

Karen rested a few minutes with my grandson Matthias

Karen rested a few minutes with my grandson Matthias

Feel Lousy, but it’s worth it….

Well it is my own darn fault.  Tuesday evening I knew I was coming down with a cold.  Wednesday, I woke up with a very painful sore throat.  Today, my throat feels better but the rest of the cold is worse.  Almost 10:00 and I am still in my jammies.  But I knew it was going to happen.  I babysat my two grandboys Sunday.  They were both recovering from bad colds.  But I could not resist getting and giving kisses to both Brantley and Matthias.Really, how can a grandma resist kissing these cheeks and dimples. LOL  🙂matthias 2 months


My first Matthias babysitting…..I hope. :)

Yesterday, I attended my cousin Kathy’s funeral.  It was simple, beautiful and sad.  I think it reflected who she was.  I then went to Kane’s apartment to help Lisa and her mom clean.  I got home a little before 8:00.  Not sure why, but my back is aching this morning.  Guess I probably stretched more than usual.  A testament of how out of shape I am. 😦

I am a little excited about this afternoon.  I think for the first time, I get to watch both my grandsons.  So this morning, I need to do a bit of cleaning, but mostly I need to Brantley proof my house.  He is very active and if I am holding Matthias, (which I intend to do as much as possible), I need to make sure Brantley is as safe as possible.  Most the house is o.k. but Brantley loves the kitchen and loves playing with cooking utensils, maybe he will be a chef.  So I need to put my knives and a few other things away.  He is getting good at leaving grandma’s “pretties” alone, but when it comes to sharp things and toxic things, never good to take a chance.

I hope I have time for a little yard work before the boys come.  Looks like it will be a beautiful day and I have some winter clean-up to take care of before I can start getting my garden area ready for planting this spring.  Have a great day.

Who’s My Baby?

Had a nice weekend.  Babysat Saturday, Kane’s new house on Sunday. The kids came over Sunday night for our annual Oscar viewing party.  Every year we eat, watch the Oscars and compete on who picks the most winners.  Bailey won second year in a row.  The prize was three packages of Uncle Leo’s Hamburger. 🙂

Yesterday, Kris and I did our annual Guardian Report for Kathy.  Then Mom, Kris and I went to visit Kathy.  She was in a great mood.  Afterwards, we ran an errand and then stopped for lunch.  So the rest of my afternoon was me running with “issues”.  But it was a good day.

Matthias had a doctor appointment, that boy is growing fast. 🙂  Lisa took this picture of the boys at the appointment.

Brantley and Mathias at doctorLook at those rolls. LOL

I love my two baby boys, they are so sweet.  But I have another baby who is somewhat jealous of these two boys.  Rufus is very patient with Brantley and Matthias, but he thinks he is my one and only baby.  When Bailey and I were going home from Kane’s on Sunday, Rufus got into the car and sat in Brantley’s car seat.  He would not move.  So he rode in it half-way back to Silverton.  Then I guess he decided he was not comfortable and moved.  Rufus should know I have more than enough love to go around. 🙂

rufas in carseat

A Great Blessing For My Grandsons

As usual, many happenings within the Miller family.  Monte’s burial service and celebration of life service were both beautiful.  There were over 500 people at his service on Friday evening.  His church and family made sure he had a wonderful tribute.  Also last week, my daughter-in-law Lisa, lost her very beloved grandmother.  To say Lisa was close to her grandma would be an understatement.  So it is a sad time for her, but a little bit a good news for her, Kane and the boys.  In fact it is great news.

962Brantley and his new brother Matthias are getting a new home!  This is really an answer to my prayers.  Brantley is a very active boy.  Curious, creative, and too much energy to be contained in a small apartment without a yard.  But renting a house and moving is a very expensive undertaking.

Well LL’s cousin owns a house in the country about a mile from Kane’s Uncle Monte’s house and the St. Louis church and grange.  Any one that knows this area, knows it is beautiful and quiet and perfect to raise a family.  This used to be LL’s Uncle Clayton’s farm.  Linda, LL’s cousin has leased the farm land to a local farmer and rented the house along with 1 1/2 acres to a couple who recently moved out.  She offered it to Kane and Lisa.  She is making it very easy to afford and they can basically do what ever they want to the house and to the acre and a half.  Boy, I have had answers to prayers in the past, but this is one of the most spectacular. First things on the list is for LL and Kane to put up a fence in the back yard.  Beyond that, they can do house improvements, put in a garden, get chickens, etc. while living there and take their time.  I am beyond happy for them.  Especially those two little guys.  I can see them playing out side for many years to come.  Thank you God!

The house is on a long gravel road with little traffic. Kane has the use of the shop, riding lawn mower, and tractor.

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Winter Wonderland




092What an unexpected surprise. This picture was taken on the first day of the snow storm.  We ended up with about three times the snow that is in this picture.  It started on Max’s birthday on Thursday, snowed all day Friday, and yesterday was a mix of snow and ice coming down.  Needless to say, with my driveway, I have been housebound and likely to be till Monday.  I hope I can get out Monday morning as I have a meeting in Salem for Kathy.  LL has been in Roseburg since Friday and will not return till Monday evening, so no hope for his shoveling assistance. LOL

So today will be another day of simple food and Netflix movies.  I may tackle a neglected closet or two, or maybe not.  But I did not want another day to go by without posting a picture of my beautiful Matthias.  He does not have his dad’s coloring, but most everything else looks like his dad, Kane.  Even down to the pesky cowlick on top of his head.  Oh Matthias is going to love that. LOL


Needing Some Heartlight

Blessings in life are so many.  I am proud to be a grandma for the second time.  Matthias Cole Allen Miller was born on January 29th.  I had the privilege of witnessing his birth.  What a miracle.  I will post a photo soon but want this post to be a catch-up on events post.

The fall went by pretty uneventful.  I did go to Reno with my family for a few days.  It was fun, but unfortunately my mom became ill and was in the hospital during that time.  Because of the altitude, it will likely be her last trip there.  Christmas came and went.  We kept the holidays very simple.  The New Year started out rough because my mom developed pneumonia and took a long time to recover.  I also spent most the month running to the phone every time it rang, hoping to hear that my grandson was on his way.  But right on time, his mom, Lisa, went into labor on the due date and had him at 1:01 am on the 29th.

I have been to a new specialist for my digestion.  I had great hopes of improvement, but so far, little progress has been made.  Max has been trying to be healthier and has lost 11 lbs so far as of last week.  Pretty proud of him.  We are now dealing with health issues for my sister Kathy.  Not ready to talk in detail about her but prayers are needed for her more than I can possibly say.  My brother-in-law cancer has spread and last week, he started radiation on his brain.  I guess my family needs prayers all around. 😦

Today, I am going to visit my sister Kathy, talk to her staff, and I hope to get copies of her labs and perhaps set up an appointment to talk to her doctor.  Then I hope to go visit Brantley and Matthias.  Matthias is being circumcised this morning, so he might not want grandma to hold him too much.  Then I will head over to my mom’s to see if she needs help with anything.

Tomorrow, I have a doctor appointment in Portland, my mom is having dental work, so when I am done with my appointment, I will spend the rest of day taking care of her.

I am hoping everyone’s health in the family improves in the next few weeks.  Especially Kathy’s and Monte’s.  I am looking forward to having a day soon that is filled with a lightness and joy of heart.