Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Happy Birthday Sweet Girl.  This is MaKenna Ryan Dee Elam she is nine years old today.  She is my Mom's FIRST granddaughter.  First my Mom had four grandsons and then MaKenna's daddy went to Iraq and my big sister Kylei found out she was having a little girl....whoooooweeeee....my Momma and Daddy were soooooooooo happy!!!  Oh they loved all those grandsons, but a real granddaughter ...wow!!!!!

Makenna's mommy was happy cos hers had two little boys so a little girl would just make it even more special.  So while Makenna's daddy was doing his hard job for us, Makenna just waited patiently safe and sound in her momma's tummy.  She grew and she grew and she grew.

Then one day she heard her Daddy was gonna get to come home and visit everyone.  Her momma was excited, Micah and Marcus, (her brothers) were excited,  her grandma (who she already loved 100 times over) was excited, her Pappa was excited, the whole world was excited, but the person the most excited was Makenna.  So she started planning....and planning...and waiting.....

On March 30th  her Momma, her brothers and  her Grandma drove to the airport and picked up her Daddy!  Oh what a homecoming.  There were hugs and tears and more hugs.  Makenna's brothers were so excited to see their daddy!!!   Makenna knew everything was going just as she had planned.

Makenna had a special way of letting her Momma know she was all ready to meet her Daddy for the first time and finally the day had come.  Daddy and Momma went to the hospital on March 31st and on April 1st Makenna was held for the first time in her Daddy's arms.  What a special day it was for everyone!!   We know the angels danced on the day she was born. 

My momma is going to do another post later this week about what her and Makenna did over the weekend for her birthday.   Sometimes in our life though with every happy there is also a sad, because this will be Makenna's first birthday without her Grandma Terri.  I am going to tell Makenna that I want her to know that NOW Grandma Terri is right up there with those dancing angels doing her very own dance just for her MaKenna.....Happy Birthday Kenna Bear.

Stella Rose, Margaret Mae and Angus McConnell


    What a GORGEOUS girrrrl she is. We Adore the story of how she planned her daddy's HOMECOMING Surprise!!! THAT was brilliant.

  2. Happy birthday Makenna!! You are such a lucky girl to have such a beautiful loving family. Have a great day full of fun!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  3. Happy Birthday to Makenna. What a sweet story; I know that she fills all your lives with joy and love. Can't wait to hear more.
    Have a happy day!
    Noreen & Hunter

  4. Happy Birthday pretty Kenna Bear and we hope your day turns out to be a lovely one. We see the grand peeps have good looks running through their blood. We send love and hugs and warmest wishes from across the pond. We blow sweet doggy kisses her way.
    Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Happy April Fools Day.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. My peep and I love this story!! That has to be the best homecoming story I've heard!

  6. Happy Happy 9th Birthday to Makenna what a beautiful gdaughter.
    Congrats on giving yourself a talking to yesterday too. AMEN if you can raise 3 teenagers w one bathroom you MY FRIEND CAN DO ANYTHING!!!! I RAISED one and remember many a 'bad hair day'. I cannot imagine one bathroom w 3 bad hairdays.
    hugs madi's mom

  7. That's a wonderful story. Happy Birthday, Makenna. We know three pugs who'll help you celebrate.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  8. Such a beautiful grandpeep ~ Happy Birthday!!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

    p.s. We think that Grandma Terri and our Grandma Helen are both up there having a grand ol'e dance party.

  9. Happy, happy birfday hon... WOW, nine years old.. Have a great birfday. Luv's Cat Flap Cavalier X

  10. Happy Birthday Makenna!!! Were so happy to hear the story of how you came into this world-- and we want to wish you Happy Birthday!
    Your such a beautiful little princess!

  11. Happy 9th Birthday, McKenna!!! You're a beauty.

    Aroo to you,

  12. Happy Birthday Makenna. You are a lucky girl being surrounded by all that love! We wish you a wonderful day. Even though your Grandma Terri isn't there to hold you, she is there inside your heart filling it with love the same as always sweetie pie. And to you our puggie mates, hope you get some birthday cake too! No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  13. OMD we have the same Birthday :) Happy Birthday McKenna, wanna come play Twister with me BOL xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  14. Happy Birthday Makenna! Have a great day with a lot of love and gifts! You have the bestest Granny of the whole world, I'm sure!

  15. What a beautiful little girl, and what a wonderful first picture!