Birth, 1998: 3 Pounds, 12 Oz*

First picture: Three weeks old: 4 Pounds, 13 Oz

Second picture: Twenty-two years old. Bigger than that!

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Theodore Roosevelt

You have been wise to make choices on:

the talents and salvation the Lord has given to you,

the honor and responsibility your dad has given to you;

the love and guidance your mom has given to you;

the influence and heritage you family has given to you;

the freedom and security your country has given to you;

the training and creativeness your teachers have given to you;

the faith and patience your church has given to you.

By those choices you have become a fine, honorable, and trustworthy man. Your family is so proud.



*Evans hand gripping an adult’s finger. Mom or Dad? I’m not sure. Evan is my sister’s grandson. So is he my great nephew? I guess so.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. What a journey— and an adventure still awaits!!!! 🥳

  2. Jael Stevens says:

    What a lovely and love-filled post–Yes, congratulations! God bless you and all of your family ❤

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