Boy oh Baby Boy

jareds baptism 001My baby boy was baptized on a cold February Sunday.His baptism was actually supposed to be the Sunday before but it was canceled to a terrible snow storm.Jared and snowstorms were a partnership in the beginning of his life because we had to bring him home from the hospital the last mile on a snowmobile because our road was plugged up with drifts.Thank you Uncle Dave.Here you are with your sweet Aunt Linda again.I hope she prays for you like I do her kids.

brooke and Jared baby 001Here is Jared with big sister Brooke.Doesn’t she look thrilled to have a new brother?

jared 5 months 001You were the happiest little guy ever born and nothing like your big sister in the sleeping department.People at church thought I gave you something before we went to church because you were always napping..I guess I should have tried that with your sister.This is Jared at 3 months old.I love this boy.

 

 

jared 9 months 001At nine months I thought you were the cutest little dude ever born.It was about this time your Aunt Lana couldn’t get enough of you and put a stuffed skunk in the middle of the road to scare me on my way to Grandmas house.It worked.I was blowing the horn and it just cracked your Aunt Lana up.

jared kdg 001Time went so fast on me with my little boy.Here he is in kindergarten and it was a horrible day for me.I thought you would be my last baby and I sat on the phone and cried with Aunt Loretta until it was time to go get you from school.When I got there Mr.Hass teased me and said the bus driver told him there was a crazy woman running after the bus after he picked you and Brooke up.You were also the first kindergarten class that started at our church school.I felt better when I would see Mrs. Hass on that couch reading you and Derek stories and both of you fast asleep in her arms.jared halloween 001The big boys at Halloween.Your dress up days were fun from the start.

 

jared and derek 001Another picture I love of those two.I think this was about the time you were biting him and Aunt Loretta got scared Carol was going to come after you.

jared and brooke 001The two cutey patooties.

Jared ss 001Here is Jared at Sunday school.His teacher Ruby told me she still hangs the dough ornament every year we made her for Christmas.Jared ‘s church family in Kilmanagh loves him.

Salty and Jared 001I loved all of the plays that  Jared was in and unfortunately it looks like I cut him half out of the picture.He is the little blue dude on the left side of the screen.Darcy in front in the pink sweater.Maybe we had to do damage control after the corn cob throwing incident.

jared 2nd grade 001Second grade and already a force to be reckoned with.I love this picture of you.Remember that gap we had to have the dentist cut out? Jared was not happy about it but he sure has beautiful teeth now and I think that is one of the reasons why.

jared and cat 001Jared with a stupid cat.I found about a dozen pictures of the thing but I can’t even remember its name.You hated school about this time in your life.Remember the fights with Darcy and how she was going to tell her school board dad on you.I told you to tell her to watch out because your mom was the president of the PTO.

Jared glasses 001 Jared in his first glasses.

jareds alf 001This is Jared’s  room with all of the Alf paraphernalia.It was from here that we could hear him trying to get his clapper to turn on his light one morning and his dad and I laughed until I could hardly breathe listening to him.I think it went on for ten minutes before he came to the conclusion it was not going to work.

jared fun 001Here is  Jared at one of the many school functions we had at our church school.Those days were sooo much fun.

 

jared pjs 001Don’t know what this dress up was for but look at the charisma in this guy.

jared and larry 001I remember when he came home and told us he met Larry.You would have thought he met the president.

jared at grammas 001Jared wrote on the back of this picture Kooking With Kovach.He was and still is my wittiest child.Taken at his Grandma Perkie’s whom he just adores.

jared pool 001My Jared swimming in Grandma Perkies pool.He is like a fish in water and I love to watch him when he is laughing and having fun.

jared kdg 002Jared and Derek on confirmation with Jared’s Grandma Perkie.His dad was so proud of him that day and I don’t think Jare even knew it.I remember Al telling me he wouldn’t be surprised if Jare  turned out to be a preacher.

jared jh 001Here he is in eighth grade.I had to put this one in to make up for the semi wind breaker one in Brooke’s Mothers Day Tribute.

jared vaycay 001We used to go camping all the time when the kids were young.I put this here because it reminds me of the time Brooke and Jared were dangerously riding in the pick up shell and I turned around and Brooke was pounding the crap out of her little brother.Do you remember sitting on that old mattress back there kids?

100_0131This is my Jared as he was getting sick with UBD.I hated it when he was sick all the time and spent many a night sleeping in a hospital bed with him.I remember one time we were in Bay Med and my best friend and her brother walked in on us napping.I am so glad Jared had the surgery and that sickly part of our lives is in the past. I wonder if Jared remembers Bethany,Alisha,and me all giving him massages at the same time because every pert of his body hurt from being so enemic.God is certainly good to my boy and I know he realizes that.I want to thank everybody at church for all the prayers.They even wanted to have a fund raiser for Jared but we told them it wasn’t necessary.The prayers were enough.

Jared and Teresa 001This is Jared and our wonderful Teresa.They were always coming up some kind of stuff.We made floats  every year for homecoming and I think these were the most fun I ever had of all the kids in high school.I bet Jared does too.She came over to see us at Easter and it was so nice to catch up again.I love that girl.

cookie time 001We made cookies and candy every year.It was a Kovach tradition that we kept up for years and started when Brooke was in high school.Here is Teresa and our Dee in the background and Jared and Nick in front.Jared was always at Nicks house.The famous buckeyes are on the counter.I bet Teresa would love to see this.

cookieswith brad 001I don’t think this was the same year but it I just wanted you to see all the cookies on the table.Not bad for a bunch of high schoolers.That was so much fun.This is Brad.Brooke and he used to call themselves The K&K Cookie Factory.Jared and his group soon took over with a gusto.

jared and Dakota 001Jared and Teresa again their Senior year I believe with little tiny Dakota my God daughter Jami’s girl at homecoming or something.Look how handsome my boy is.

Jared and Teresa 001Another picture I love of those two.

Graduation jared 001The day my boy graduated.I love you buddy.

jared and dad 001This is Jared and his dad getting ready for Brooke’s wedding.I was so happy he could be a part of that day.If I remember the ride home wasn’t so pleasant.

jared and Alisha 001Jared walked sister Alisha for junior something or other.That was a fun night for me as both the girls were on court.Jared is always honest to his sisters to a fault and I hope they appreciate that.I am looking at this and thinking –that’s my baby walking with my second baby.I want to kiss them both right now.

100_0880Jared on the left with my godson Josh at Easter.I wish I had a better picture of him.I know you can see that he is healthy and he is handsome.He is my boy, my Buddy,my sweet  little guy yet.I named him Jared Nathan because of two strong men in the Bible,but he will always the boy of my heart.Love you.Mom

A Tribute to my Daughter on Mothers Day

brookes baptism 001My step into motherhood started with this little baby and what a baby she was.To me Brooke is the true picture of motherhood and one of the best moms I know.Here she is with my grandparents and Al’s mom.

brookesbaptism2 001She was beautiful to her dad and me from the start and a blessing after a long wait.We were married about seven years before she made an appearance.

baby brooke 001I realize she looks like a sleepy baby in most of these photos but actually she was nocturnal and never slept at night until she was about two years old.I didn’t care.I was at my thinnest because I learned to go without sleep because of this precious bundle.

brooke garyswedding 001This was her first husband she thought at two and she let us all know it.At the church she beaned the brides dad over the head with that little basket.About a year later she was asked to stand up in another wedding and tried to tell them she couldn’t because she was already married to this little guy.We told her the marriage was annulled and it was OK.

brooke kdg 001It was a blink of the eye and she went to kindergarten.Her teacher made me mad because she told me Brooke was socially retarded and never colored the trees green or the sky blue and wanted her to repeat the class.We decided to move her to our church school.

birdy brooke 001I don’t know what in the name of heaven she is holding this bird for because I can’t stand them.I guess it was a good thing because I once left her in her stroller after I thought a bird was attacking me and her beloved father had to rescue her.

b&jat haags 001This is Brooke and Jared at the neighbors.They are an older couple the two of them would ride their bikes to see.Who knew that Mrs.Haag would get Brooke’s bouquet for being married the longest years later at Brooke and Mike’s wedding.I think this was my favorite time of raising these two.Look how cute both of them are and they aren’t fighting.She could get a little rough with her brother but she always always loves him.

high hair brooke 001This is her high hair days and I just hated it.I knew what battles to pick and this wasn’t one of them.I always thought she looked like she had one of those semi wind breakers on top of her head.She now hates this picture so of course I had to put it in for her brother.We should have bought stock in hair spray.

brooke confirmation 001Brooke at her confirmation.She had hurt her foot or leg or something and had to tough it out for this picture.God has always been important to my girl.She now raises her four kids in the same church she grew up in.God is good.

brooke homecoming 001Our church school only went to eighth grade so when she was a freshman she went back to the public school and she was on homecoming court.She wore her cousin Jami’s dress and she was beautiful.I video taped it and all you can hear is me bawling.I put this picture here because you can see how much she looks like her dad.They have the Kovach nose.I think that always kept her humble because she hates her nose.I love it.

brookemike rick 001Here she is at the junior prom.She was always friends with Rick and we actually didn’t meet Mike for a while.The tall one was Mike’s girlfriend at the time.We called her Amazon woman because she was so tall.I wonder if she had any idea that someday Rick would be her brother in law.

brooke grad pix 001This is Brooke’s senior picture.This girl wasn’t a minutes trouble in high school.If you told her to be in at eleven she was there at ten to eleven.I found out later she did a few shady things but nothing to out of the ordinary for a kid.She told me that her best friend asked her to try a cigarette and she told her that was the last seven minutes she was ever going to give her of her life and she kept that promise.

brooke gradwith leash 001This is Brooke walking out of her graduation ceremony.She was second in her class.Not to shabby for a socially retarded not coloring right kid.Of course by this time we had the little girls and she had her Little Wheel with her on the big walk out.

brooke jare party 001Her Aunt Linda was always special to her and here they are with Jared at one of our many family parties.She was in college here.Both of these two love their God mother.

brooke wedding 001Brooke’s wedding was a blast but one of the saddest happiest days of my life.I knew it would be hard to let go of this thing of beauty that started my own motherhood walk but it has been such a blessing to share all of her life.Brookealexisbaptism 001Here are all of my precious daughters with our little Alexis at her baptism.Brooke was born to be a mother.Alexis was a very sick baby when she was born and Brooke and Mike took such good care of her.Alexis spent time at the University of Michigan NIC unit as she was a gastroschisis baby.This means a lot of her organs were on the outside of her body when she was born.Brooke spent her birthday that year in the NIC unit and was so happy because she was holding her baby.She never once complained about the problems with her little girl.Alexis was so blessed God looked down and saw Brooke as her mother.

Brooke and Miss P 001Brooke has no idea how wonderful she is.She is kind and she is smart.She is a teacher, a wife, a daughter, and a sister,but she is also the best mom and I am so proud.I have no idea how she got to be what she is but I am so glad she is mine.Happy Mothers Day Brooke.I love you.Mom