Life’s Reflections: Another addition to family is approaching

Here are the top matriarchs who will be welcoming the baby of Rileigh and Kadin soon. They are, from left, Brenda Norton, Karen Bucholtz, Rose Saintignon, Rileigh, Cheryl Ann Francis and Kay Camacho. The grandmothers are Norton, Bucholtz, and Francis; great-grandmother is Camacho; and great-great-grandmother is Saintignon.. (Complimentary photo)

ANSONIA—The new life coming into our family soon will be a welcome addition as all of them have over the years.

A baby shower was held on Sunday afternoon for my great-niece Rileigh Norton at the home of her mother Breanne and her husband Ben Bucholtz.

Rileigh Norton, the expectant mother. (Linda Moody photo)

The spacious living room was filled with more people than I have ever seen at such an event. In the kitchen area nearby was a table full of food for the guests and a side corner was flowing with gifts of all sizes…lots of gifts for the precious little boy who is expected to make his appearance sometime in May.

Guests at the shower included our side of the family, the baby’s father Kadin Saintignon’s side of the family as well as other relatives and friends of all involved. There were four generations present on the Saintignon side and three on ours. Now, these are our extended family.

I don’t think I have ever attended a baby shower with that many gifts to be opened. You can be sure that he won’t do without anything for quite awhile.

I couldn’t believe all of the little outfits he received as well as the other necessities in his life, including diapers, wipes, blankets, various toys, wash cloths, towels, lotions and what Rileigh called “butt creams” (for the baby I’m assuming).

Rileigh Norton, left, opened the gifts, while her mother, Breanne Bucholtz wrote down what was received at the shower, (Complimentary photo)

And, because “jungle” was the theme of the party, much of the gifts focused on that when choosing the gifts for the occasion. Not only were those types of animals featured on some of the onesies and other clothing he received but he also got quite a few stuffed animals to keep him company when he gets here.
It makes me wonder if they have enough room in their home to store all of these gifts, but I’m sure they will figure it out.

Rileigh is the oldest child of my sister Brenda’s middle daughter, Breanne; thus, this will be Brenda’s first great-grandchild.

Brenda is on cloud nine for this event. She is all about family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

It was sort of nostalgic for me, because I remember when Rileigh was born and the times I had the opportunity to babysit for her whenever I got time off from my job (like vacations) and Breanne worked at her job.

I fell in love with that little girl, and I missed her when Brenda’s family moved to Greenville quite a few years ago.

But, life goes on and our family is growing even more. Love it.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of (Aunt) June Moody, Carol Huntington, April Rohr, Bob Field, Wilbur Bevins, Rygh E. Fortkamp, Judith Knapke, Ralph Boyer and Tonya Anthony.
Please pray for these people: Albert Duncan, Chuck “C.W.” Cruze, Mark Lovejoy, Pat McCarthy, Connie Buemi Hodson, John Riegle, Michelle Grottle Wright, Cheryl Slonaker Gilmore, Judy York, Donald Booker, Dennis Leeper, Connie Stachler, Carson Robbins, Randy Heck, Ronnie Norton, Marie Schlechty, Jeremy “Jerm” Burke, Bev Brumbaugh, Gary Eichler, David Pretzman, Clinton Randall, Abby Heck, Linda Lore, Ralph Byrd, Beverly McCabe Baker, Doug Winger, Rusty Maloy, Debbie Mayse, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Jeanie Francis, Noah Back, Mary Moran, Harvey Hinshaw, Bruce Kaiser, Angie Brown, Nikole Baldridge, Amanda Mote, Tom Moody, Gary Francis, Anthony and Theresa Grillot, Lee Everhart, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, Kinley Bernard, D’Arleen Waymire, Tish Hodson Shepherd, Zach Urbancic.
Also, Sharon Gamster, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Marie Rieman, Becky Oliver, Jayden Martin, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.

Happy birthday:
March 29 to Tom Everhart, Henry Post, Peggy Foutz, Audrey Hathaway, Tracy Beaver and Steve Blackburn.
March 30 to Sharon Hummel, Jay Spence, Corey Mikesell, Norma Kammer, Fred Dakin and Sharon Billenstein,
March 31 to Vickie Adams, Bradley Cottrell, Kalie Riffle, Elaine Harter, Stacy Dorko,Jodi Clouse fuollroth, Jody Hufford, Anne Klamar, Greta Phlipot and Sandy Moore.
April 1 to Susan Fowble, Steve Campbell, Kristy Cutarelli, Rhonda Gigandet, Jim Appleman, Roxie Thwaits, Cheryl Campbell and Cara Hicks.
April 2 to Rita Rinderle, Pam Kramer, Darrell Coby, Mark Rismiller, Tess Schmitmeyer and Adam Schlechty.
April 3 to Patty Jennings, Sammi Midlam, Lisa Lockhart, Kent Snyder, Terry Foshee, Amanda Hoffman, twins Marilyn and Cherolyn Warren, and Ashley Young.
April 4 to Glenda Miller Jones, Rick Reichard, Barb Bey, Ronnie Barga II, Scott Robison, Amy Klingshirn Albers and Pam Moody.

Happy anniversary to Kirby and Beth Wilcox on March 29; Kevin and Terri Schlechty on April 4; Dave and Becky George and John and Carrie Newbauer and Dave and Jackie Kremer, all on April 4; and Jim and Evelyn Shuttleworth on April 5.

Think about it: “Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.”–Henry Ward Beecher