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  • I dearly love being a Grandpa. I dearly love being a Great Grandpa. And I dearly love the little girl asleep in my arms in this photo.

    Natalie Isabel Montesdeoca turned five years old today. While I didn't get to be there today, we had a celebration for her and her brother, Jayden, who was baptized on my birthday almost a month ago, when they were here. It was a wonderful three week visit. "Come color with me, Grandpa." is one of Natalie's favorite things to do when she sees me. And while she colors, she tells me little stories about her friends, her brother, and whatever else she thinks of. Like her mother, Michelle, she has a very vivid imagination.

    Back when this picture was taken, Natalie and Great Grandpa were nap buddies. When she was fussy or cranky, I would get her. She always seemed to calm down when I was holding her. And we often napped together.

    And they always tell me women are the sentimental ones.

    Yeah, Right.

    Happy Birthday, Natalie, from your nap buddy, Great Grandpa Smith.

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