In April, we said goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa Neelly's house. And we said hello to a little girl named Neelly Mae.
Neelly is the first child for my niece Paige and her husband Russ.
Neelly Mae carries the name of great-great-grandparents she will never meet. She shares her middle name with her Great Grandma Mae Bauer, who also passed away long before Neelly's birth.
Maybe it seems like a big legacy for such a little girl. But just think ... The DNA from great-great-grandparents and other long-ago ancestors from both sides of her family came together to create a beautiful little girl.
She'll be her own person. But she's uniquely part of a story that began long, long ago.
She's the second grandchild for my sister Lisa. She joins Braden in writing the new "history" for the family.
She's the second great-grandchild for my parents.
In Neelly's birth, the story of family continues. Through the years, there have been other four-generation photos taken, some in the house that just tumbled down and others in homes that are still standing.
I was the baby in this four-generation photo with my Mom, Grandpa Neelly and Great-Grandma Neelly.
Jill was the baby in this photo with my Grandma Neelly, my Mom and me, following her baptism.
But whether houses stand or they fall, the story of family goes on. It goes on in Braden and Neelly and in babies yet to be born to our family. It goes on in your families, too.
And that's the great blessing of this life. Thanks be to God!