Congratulations! - A Dose of Encouragement

Our family "The Black Family" has changed dramatically in the last 3 years.

This change had nothing to do with Fred and I moving house or country or the children moving.

This change all took place here in Northern Ireland.

Our son Daniel told us he had met a girl.

Nothing unusual there as he has met and dated a few girls but usually we did not meet them within 4 months; if we met them at all.

He was telling us that Suzie was going to join us for lunch at the restaurant in Belfast where all of us were going to meet him.

Poor Suzie to have to meet us all together like that.

So that was the start of what we knew was likely to be a good relationship.

Then about a year later we were not surprised when Daniel came to tell Fred & I that he was going to get engaged on Suzie's birthday in April but we had to help him in the surprise.

We were delighted to help.

Suzie's parents were happy too.

Her dad had already named one of his lambs after Daniel.

So of course after an engagement we expected a wedding to be thought about and a date decided and plans started to be put together and well that could take a year or more depending on what type of wedding etc.


One month later they tell us they want to get married at the end of October that same year - 5 months away.

Things are moving fast!    

                  In the Run Up to the Wedding.

As October approaches everything is getting organised - even my problem of  What will I wear???

Because they wanted to do a lot of the preparation themselves it became a very busy time for the excited couple.

And then the day had arrived and what a happy day it was.

This was so very true it was the best day of their lives  -  so far.

We had a newly married couple settling into a new home, starting a new life together and working hard at their jobs.

Over a year later Fred & I got a special visit and a present for each of us.

Now what special occasion is this one?

                        Not Christmas.

                                          Not our wedding anniversary,

                                                                                Not either of our birthdays.

But a very special occasion for all "The Black Family" again.

The announcement that we were going to become grandparents.

Then we had all those long months to wait to welcome our first grandchild 


into the world 

Monday 2nd November 2015.

Now there is another beautiful addition to "The Black Family"

He is such a Blessing to have in our family.

Matthew is now 16 days old and one of the "Black Family Boys"

So from engagement to wedding and then a new baby means that the Black family went from 5 to 7 in less than 3 years and nothing but smiles on our faces.

What joy to have welcomed two new members of the family and happy days to be shared together.

We are thankful to God for these blessings.

We often only know how great things are as we experience them and that is another joy God has given us in our lives.

God gives the biggest blessings

In October 2013 Daniel and Suzie thought their wedding Day was the "Best Day of their Big Black Lives".

Now in November 2015 they know that the miracle of the birth of their son was the

"Best Day of their Big Black Lives"

This is a great example of how God is never finished with our lives 
even when we think we've had the biggest blessing 

He can give us more!


  1. I love how you did this. Wonderful!

  2. Yes, Congratulations to all in the family. What nice events and all seemed to be helping towards them settling down, family even.

  3. How exciting! Merry Christmas

  4. Congratulations. I enjoyed reading your wonderful story. It certainly was a heart warmer!

  5. Oh wow... congratulations! What a beautiful story and testimony of God's grace and love --and oh my - that little one! Precious!

  6. Anonymous19:23

    Now that is cute - I've never seen an announcement to become grand parents quite like this one! Congrats!

  7. Wonderful, wonderful! Merry Christmas to you and your family. :-)
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  8. Congratulations Sandra! Beautiful baby and wonderful family.

  9. Beautifully done Sandra, Congratulations to you all and I hope Suzie's Dad has a new lamb that he can name after Mathew after all that a family tradition now! Hope you have the best Black Christmas!
    Wren x

  10. Great Going!
    God Bless The little one.

  11. Congratulations - such joy! Our first grandson is due in February! :)

  12. Congratulations! What a sweet post!
    Blessings and smiles,

  13. This is beautiful Sandra x

  14. Anonymous00:24

    Congratulations on the new additions to your family!

  15. Anonymous19:43

    Oh....WEEEEE! Such gifts! And a wonderful Christmas to you, the Black Family!
    ~ linda @

  16. As usual, you showed many things, made me smile!! Thank you.

  17. What a lovely post! Congratulations! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  18. Congratulations, Sandra!!! How exciting! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

  19. What wonderful news and congratulations! It certainly has been a busy year and 2016 is shaping up to be even more special for you. Thanks for sharing your exciting news with us at #OvertheMoon and I look forward to hearing more.

  20. I loved your story telling! Congratulations on your growing family. #Overthemoon

  21. Oh wow. Wow. Hooray, hooray!

    Congratulations to all of you!

    This post totally warmed my heart!

    There is nothing more amazing than having a Grandlittle of your very own.

    I am thrilled for you!

    Thank you for sharing this heart warming news!

    Happy New Year and...


  22. Congrats! Such great news.

  23. congratulations! how delightful:)