Happy 11th Birthday, Dylan!

Dylan Kay Ivy, 11, born February 6, 2007

Eleven years ago today, one of the three most beautiful girls in the world was born. It was on this day my #1 granddaughter, Dylan Kay, came into this world to be greeted by Daddy Dave, and Mommy Anna.

What a beautiful and smart girl she is.

Grandpa Ivy is sending out tons of love and wishes for a great year as she celebrates on this her special day.

Dylan through the years:

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Happy 60th Birthday, Phil!

My youngest brother, Phillip Paul Ivy Sr., is celebrating his birth today. It was 60 years ago that Phil was born the third son to Charles Lynn and Sharon Lynn Powell Ivy in Charleston, West Virginia.

In honor of his birthday, here are a few pictures through the years.

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Happy Birthday, Phil!

May your day be filled with joy, love and surrounded by your family and friends.

Happy 35th Birthday, Anna!

Today is my daughter-in-law Anna’s birthday. Sending out my love and wishes for a great day.

annamomHAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANNA!!!!

Saturday Is Party Day

The Birthday Girl – Sharon Hollifield, 80 years young!
Mr. Bill and the Birthday Girl looking so full of happiness! LOL
Daughter-in-Law Brenda and Daughter Leticia, both full of cheer! 😛
Son-in-Law Chad on the grill talking to youngest Son Phil, while Mr. Bill checks out the garage.
Now this looks better!
Grandson Chance sleeping behind the sunglasses, while great-grandson Jaxon wakes up.
Lighting the cake and keeping a hand on the cellphone with 911 at the ready! LOL
What’s a birthday without cake with lots of creamy icing?
As I was saying…
What do you mean cut the cake already?
Oh, yeah I am the one doing the honors in my honors.
Great-granddaughter Savannah wonders why grandson Daddy Jeremy is so rapt up in Great-Grandma Hollifields’s words as great-step-grandson Jace eyes the cake from behind the flowers.

Happy Birthday, Dave!

Feb. 21, 1979 Parkersburg, WV
         February 21, 1979

Hard to believe, but it was 37 years ago today that my oldest son, Dave, came into this world. Hard to believe that over three decades have passed since I received the phone call saying that my firstborn had made his debut. I must pause and wish to him, “Happy Birthday Dave!”.

It was a cold day in February, 1979. Sadly his mother and I were separated. She had moved back home to Parkersburg, West Virginia after leaving the Air Force. We both had been stationed at Grissom Air Force Base, Indiana when we met and wed. I was still in service three months after she had returned home. Not dealing well with my second marriage failing, the day Dave was born, I was in the hospital at Howard Community in Kokomo, Indiana.

To try and begin to express the joy that welled up inside me when I received the news of Dave’s birth would be an exercise in futility for one such as myself incapable of putting those emotions into words. Upon hearing of the arrival of my son, I called my Mom and let other family members know.

It would be about 25 years later before I met my son. Due to circumstances, the twists and turns of life, greeting my firstborn for the first time was postponed for too many years.

Now 37 years later, Dave has his own family with three beautiful little girls: Dylan, Alaina and Amelia. He has a wonderful wife, Anna. He and his family live in the Indianapolis metro area about 100 miles from Mark’s Den in the Cornfield.

On this day, the only thing that matters is that Dave celebrates his birth surrounded by those he loves and who love him.

May this day be the promise of better days and better years to come.

May the sun always rise and shine its warmth in his life.

Happy Birthday Dave!

I love you and am very proud of the great man you have become.

Here are some photos of Dave through the years:

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Wedding the love of his life, Anna

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Dave with Mom, Luann
Dave with Mom, Luann

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Happy Birthday, Phil!

My youngest brother, Phillip Paul Ivy Sr., is celebrating his birth today. It was 58 years ago that Phil was born the third son to Charles Lynn and Sharon Lynn Powell Ivy in Charleston, West Virginia.

In honor of his birthday, here are a few pictures through the years.

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Happy Birthday, Phil! May your day be filled with joy, love and surrounded by your family and friends.

Happy 1st Birthday, Amelia!

newbornameliamarieAmelia Marie Ivy – Born 6:08 a.m. December 9, 2014
7 pounds 7.5 ounces     20.25 inches long

Granddaughter #3, Amelia Marie, decided we had waited enough and took her place on the world stage Tuesday, December 9, 2014. She almost made it to my birthday.

I have already created an album for her in Mark’s Book of Memories from the photos Dave and Anna have shared on Facebook with family and friends.

Now a few of Amelia through this first year:

Mommy, Anna, Big Sis Dylan and Middle Sis Alaina
Mommy Anna, Big Sis Dylan and Middle Sis Alaina
Grandpa with newborn Amelia, Christmas 2015
Grandpa with newborn Amelia, Christmas 2014
Daddy, Dave, wih 2-month-old Amelia
Daddy Dave with 2-month-old Amelia
Three weeks old
Three weeks old
Amelia at 2 months laughing
Amelia at 2 months laughing
3 months old
3 months old
4 months old
4 months old
7 months old
7 months old
Getting big!
Getting big! Ready to take on the world!
On the Polar Express with Mommy, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia November, 2015
On the Polar Express with Mommy, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia November, 2015

Happy 59th Birthday, Lyndale Ray Ivy!

Today my brother, Lynn, turns 59.

Lynn was born a short 22 months after my arrival in Charleston, West Virginia. Dad was pastor at the Church of God in St. Albans at the time.

As with most siblings, Lynn and I have had our ups and downs. But one thing that has been constant is that we are brothers and love each other.

Here is a slight pictorial of Lynn in honor of his birthday:

Newborn Lyndale Ray Ivy

Newborn Lyndale Ray Ivy

Mom showing off Lynn

Mom (Sharon) showing off Lynn to the world

Lynn Getting Bigger

Lynn Getting Bigger

Lynn and I in chair

Posed with my new little brother

Our first boxing match

Our first boxing match – Lynn was not happy

Lynn dressed up

Look at that smile

Sitting on the bleachers

Lynn posing on the bleachers

Lynn 58 Today

Lynn 59 today!

Wishing Lynn all the best of this his day. May he have a day of joy and love. May peace be his.

Happy 29th Birthday, Iohn!

My estranged partner, Iohn, and his twin brother, Nate, turn 29. Sending out a wish for a very Happy Birthday filled with love, joy and peace. May your dreams come true and your goals be met.

In honor of his birthday, here are a few images of Iohn through the years.

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morningafteriohnHope you are having a great birthday, Iohn.

Happy 80th, Charles Lynn Ivy!

It was 80 years ago today in northeast Mississippi city of Ponotoc when Alfred Herman and Ozell Elizabeth McKnight Ivy welcomed a baby boy into the world – Charles Lynn Ivy. The parents were my grandfather and grandmother. The baby boy is my Dad.

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Happy 80th, Dad!