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Posted by Freda R Selk on April 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM Comments comments (1)

Well, it was just over a year ago that little Anthony was born.   His grandma (Teresa Merkel-SHRI Field) just shared these photos of him with me and I just had to share!

Grandma Teresa says:

Anthony turned 1 on Feb 8th.  He got a basketball and another plain bouncy one for his birthday and he loved them.  He goes around saying "ball, ball"!  They were to his other grandparents for Easter and his grandpa just took these shots of him and then added these backgrounds.  I think he's actually saying "ball" on the mag cover one.  He likes the cows at our place and says "moos, moos" all the time.  So I probably will be "G'ma Moo"I have a feeling!!

Is he cute or what?!  Now I know there are plenty of you out there with little ones!  Be it children or grandchildren, they're ALL special so send me your updates!  Everyone loves seeing photos of each others kiddos!


Posted by Freda R Selk on November 12, 2010 at 11:27 AM Comments comments (1)

Avery Evelyn Soy, 8lbs 12.9ozs. was born Monday August 23, at 12:33pm. She has 2 big sisters, Ashlynn and Aubrey.


This little cutie is Carol Anderson Soy's (Mary Greeley, Ames) SIXTH step-granddaughter!


Posted by Freda R Selk on October 1, 2010 at 10:58 PM Comments comments (2)

by Lori Odle

The Odle's (Lori - SHRI Field Staff) are happy to welcome our new grandson, Justice Samuel Sullivan to our family. He arrived on U.S. soil, 9/25/10, from Ghana, Africa. Justice is 6 years old and is the adopted son of Jake and Janel Sullivan, Lori’s daughter. We are all excited and relieved that Justice is home. To read more Justice’s journey, please check my daughter’s blog,

Grandpa Tim, Grandma Lori and Uncle Eli

Welcome home, Justice Samuel Sullivan!


Posted by Freda R Selk on August 30, 2010 at 5:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I couldn't resist sharing this little guy with everyone. This is the grandson of Teresa Merkel (ICRA Field Staff). Now I realize not EVERYONE is a HAWKEYE fan, so if you have a picture of your someone special sporting his/her favorite colors, send it to me and I'm very willing to give equal time!


another gramma is born...

Posted by Freda R Selk on June 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We have another grandma in our organization! Congratulations to Cindi Dryer (SHRI Central Office) who has welcomed her first grandchild into her life. Of course, we have all been telling her how wonderful "gramma-hood" is but, until you actually experience it firsthand, you have no idea.


Welcome, baby Olivia...



Grandbabies – Who instructs these tiny thieves to steal our hearts and take our breath away? And why isn’t it written anywhere that the first gift that we’ll give to our grandchildren won’t be a ducky, or a blanket, or a new pair of jammies.The first gift we give is our heart….”    - Chris Shea


Posted by Freda R Selk on April 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM Comments comments (0)

We have another bundle of joy to introduce to the membership!


Welcome Callum McKay Janes. Baby Callum is the grandson of Wanda Mattingley (SHRI-field). He was born on April 1, 2010, weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long!


What a cutie pie.


Congratulations to Wanda and family!

another bundle of joy to report!

Posted by Freda R Selk on March 15, 2010 at 5:23 PM Comments comments (0)

by Renee Hoyt

This little guy is almost five months old now but we still wanted to share the joy! This is Sheila Janda's (ICRA "Prez") grandson, Vincent Patrick Curfman, born October 22, 2009 in Houston, Texas. He weighed 7 pounds and was 21 inches long at birth.



Congratulations, Sheila!


Posted by Freda R Selk on February 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Teresa Merkel (SHRI-field) has become a new gramma. This is her first grandson. Little Anthony Thomas arrived February 8, weighing in at 8 lbs 7.6 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long!

Jackson Alexander Nereson

Posted by Freda R Selk on February 12, 2010 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It's hard to keep up with all the happenings in the lives of ICRA members! Here is Cyndi Brugioni's (SHRI-field) new grandson, Jackson Alexander Nereson. He was born on September 17, 2009, weighed 9 lbs 4 oz and was 22.5 inches long!


Cyndi wrote, "He arrived on Thursday evening just as I was arriving back home from our Iowa City meetings. We drove up to meet Jackson on Friday. Thank goodness for cell phones, email, and facebook. They live in St. Paul, so we don't see them often enough, but we're able to keep up with all the new milestones."

Lucy Elizabeth Lawler

Posted by Freda R Selk on February 9, 2010 at 9:47 AM Comments comments (0)

Lucy Elizabeth Lawler was born on December 18, 2009, weighed 4 lbs 13 ozs, and was 17 inches long!! Beth (Lawler - SHRI field staff) said, "Our granddaughters were supposed to be born pretty close together in dates but our Lucy decided to come six weeks early on Dec 18. She was 4 lbs 14 ozs. She really didn't have any complications but just had to get a little bigger and was in the hospital for 3 wks. We went out to see her last weekend and she is 7 lbs 9 ozs now."

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