A proud uncle, home for the holidays

So... Pardon my boasting, but I've got these two new nephews that I got to really spend some bonding time with over the holidays, I've just got to share it with the world!

They're twins (oddly people keep asking that...) and they were born a little too early. They were due November 23rd, but they were born September 8th at 3 pounds and 1 pound, 7 ounces.

This was a particularly special thanksgiving, as we gave thanks for the boys doing so well despite all that was going against them, thanks for the miracles of modern medicine that made it possible, and special thanks that we were able to be together for the holiday - Gaines (the smaller one) was released from the hospital just one hour after my flight landed! Miles was released just a couple of weeks ago.

Between a proud mother, a proud grandmother, and a proud uncle, about three hundred pictures were taken over the two days and a half days that I was there. (I'm thinking of compiling them into a flip book, which should supply video from most of my visit) But don't worry! I've just picked out a few of my favorites to share.

Here's big brother, inspecting his newest little brother. He'd been hearing about him for nearly three months, and was SO excited to finally get to see him for himself!

Gaines is now 4 1/2 pounds. He's growing up so fast!

Miles got attached to his Uncle Jon very quickly. I did get to hold him a couple of times and feed him in the hospital about a month ago. But we got a lot of special time to get to know one another this time. The hardest part is learning how to divide my time between three awesome nephews!

I call this one "Arm Full o' Boys". I was pretty reluctant to try to hold both of them at the same time, but their grandmothers insisted on the photo op, so they set it up. It worked rather well! They slept there for about an hour!

Finally, here's the whole family gathered together to ask the Lord's blessing (and to take a bunch of pics!). It's always special when we can all be in one place at one time! It's been more than a year since this happened, and now, we're happy to have two more of us in our midst!

Thanks for all of your prayers and support as the boys were having trouble and in the hospital. Now things seem to be coming along, and some prayers of thanksgiving seem to be in order. For you, for them, and for family.

It was a great holiday :)


Oh, how wonderful. Makes me eyes sweat just looking at these little bundles of miracle. Thanks for sharing these, Jon.