Saturday morning ... 4:00 a.m. to be exact, Noah and I woke up and prepared to drive to Birmingham, Alabama. My neice, Alison, lives there with her family. Her son, Henry, was celebrating his 2nd birthday! It was a HUGE day for us as Noah would get to meet his grandfather, oldest uncle, and a few cousins!!
My father had the biggest smile I have seen on his face in years! As Mack and my Dad approached Noah for the first time, Mack exclaimed, "Jayne ... HE IS BEAUTIFUL!" and then again ... "Oh my God ... he is beautiful!" Dad and Mack were wonderful with Noah today as were my neice and her husband, Martin ... and Noah's cousins, Greta and Henry. There were other longtime friends of our family also there.
What did today mean? It was our very first feeling of ... family ... and boy, did it feel good!!! We received such an affirmation from my immediate and extended family ... that of an open armed welcome and genuine LOVE, EXCITEMENT and ACCEPTANCE.
Mack is convinced Noah must have the blood of Genghis Khan ... that of a great warrior! Mack loves the name Ramazan and got a kick out of calling Noah that.
My Dad called me when he had returned home to MS tonight and said, "This is my opinion of Noah ... he is CALM, COOL, AND COLLECTED and he will break the heart of many ladies." Dad also said, "Thank you Jayne ... for a day from which wonderful memories are made."