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September 28, 2016

Timing Is Everything!

Last Wednesday morning around 8 a.m. we got the word that our daughter in law was in labor.  

We quickly packed and hit the road within two hours.  This is our first grandchild and we really wanted to be there for the kids.

We had a 12+ hr trip ahead of us to Pennsylvania and we figured we'd land at our hotel and see the kids the next day.

As it turned out the baby hadn't come yet so we went directly to the hospital arriving around 12:35 at night.  We were greeted by her parents and sat down in the waiting room.  

Baby came just 10 minutes later!  Talk about good timing!

 His name is Joseph and of course we're in love with him!

I hate sharing pics of me but here I am exhausted (complete with bags under my eyes) holding our new bundle of joy!

Dan and I couldn't be more proud!

A photographer came by the day they were going to be discharged and took some fabulous photos.  I will get yelled at if I show too much but I thought I'd share this one! 

~Part Two of our trip~
After several days of being with them we headed back to Michigan and stopped at my mother's for the night.  The next morning while showering I heard some gurgling in the bathroom sink that I thought was odd.  After I was dressed I went out to the kitchen where Dan was on the phone with our son.  I looked down at the floor in the utility room and noticed water coming up from the floor drain.  Oh boy- what a mess!   We stopped using any water and for the next 2 1/2 hrs stood vigilant in that area trying to contain the mess.

We removed as much from the floor as we could before it was contaminated and I called RotoRooter.  To make a long story short it turns our there was a blockage between the house and the sewer pipe.  If Dan and I hadn't been there it would have flooded everywhere.  My 94 yr. old mom was still asleep and didn't even know what was going on.  It was hard to get her to understand the problem once she was awake (she has some dementia).  Thankfully two of my sister's eventually arrived and helped with my Mom.  

Unfortunately the water also backed up in the master bathroom shower and then made a mess on the bedroom carpet. 

I had also called a company called ServPro (which we had seen tv ads for) to come clean up.  As it turned out they arrived within minutes of the RotoRooter man leaving.  Perfect timing!

Water moves fast and it traveled further than we thought.  They extracted and steam cleaned using some additional materials to kill bacteria but the carpet is going to have to be replaced.  They left these big fans and de-humidifying units that will be there for a few days.

So once again timing is (was) everything!

Phew! It's good to be back home!
I picked up some pumpkins in PA and it's chilled off here so the colors will be coming on soon!


  1. Whew, Liz! You had a very hectic time! So glad everything turned out great! Perfect timing all around! Congrats on your new Grandbaby, Joseph! He's a cutie!

  2. I'm so excited for you having your first little grandbaby. I've seen the snaps you've shared of him on FB and he is just a little doll! Tired or not, I can see the joy on your lovely face. There is just nothing like the love for a grandbaby. How fortunate that y'all where at your little mothers when this water issue happened! It could have been so much worse! Whew! Now get some much needed rest.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Boy Liz, timing is right. First congratulations on the new health bundle of joy.

    Second, thank God you were there to help your mom. What a mess. Serv Pro is a great company. We had to use them in our old home.

    Can't wait to see more pictures of the baby. Now, get some rest!


  4. Oh my word, that precious baby is wonderful. Congratulations!!! So sorry about the water problems, that was a mess.

  5. Oh Liz, that's amazing that you made it there when the baby was born! Congrats to all of you.
    And what a blessing that you were there when your Mother's water problems happened too.
    Have a good rest!

  6. What a little sweetheart! so cute! The blessings are abundant. So sorry about the mess you had to deal with when you returned. Trust it will all be resolved soon so you can get some much needed rest!

  7. What a time you have had, but your new grandson is so adorable and worth the long drive. How special to be there. Congrats! So sorry to hear about the blockage and mess. It's a good thing you stayed at your Mother's.
    I hope you are rested up after that ordeal.

  8. Congratulations on your precious new grandson, Liz!! He looks like a real charmer. :) Your time really was perfect all through this trip; I'm glad you were able to help out at your mom's house. Hope all will be well there now.

    Have a good week!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  9. Hi Liz and Congrats on the sweet adorable new grandson. He is precious and I love seeing you and your hubby holding him. Beautiful memories for sure. So sorry about the blockage and mess to deal with returning home. These things always seems to happen when we are away. I hope you can get some rest soon and recharge.
    Best wishes to all!! Hugs

  10. First of all CONGRATS GRANDPARENTS!!!!....I can see you making a lot of road trips now!...Such a beautiful baby....congrats to your son and daughter in law....and so glad that you were there when the plumbing went amiss....sorry that happened but happy that things are OK now...

  11. Congratulations to you and your family, Liz. Your grandson is beautiful. I love the photos of all of you during this joyous occasion.
    I'm so sorry to hear what happened at your mother's. Thank goodness your timing was good there as well. I understand what a mess this can make. Years ago this happened to us in our finished basement. Water goes everywhere and very quickly. Your quick action kept it from being much worse. I hope you can relax and enjoy autumn now that you are back home. ♥

  12. Congratulations on your new grandson. Timing is everything! Glad you were there to contain the problem for your mom.

  13. Indeed, timing is everything and you've certainly had experience of late! Congrats on your new grandson - he's so cute! We had the same issue as your mom about 10 years ago and know it is not fun - how good you were there! Hope you have a good rest now and can continue "playing with pumpkins" :)

  14. It never rains, but it pours! Precious new grandbaby -- many new adventures ahead for you! Hoping all goes well at your mother's.....happy fall to you and yours!

  15. Liz,
    I am just so happy for you!! I have been keeping tabs on you through FB, but wanted to hop on over and say congrats in "person."
    What a momentous occasion-we had a similiar one about 10 years ago with our oldest granddaughter. We drove from the DFW area to Louisiana and got there with about 15 minutes to spare! Whew...
    Darling photo of the sweet new Mommy, Daddy and Grandma too!
    Sorry about your Mom's place-so good that you were there to get things under control.

  16. Congratulations on the new grandson! I'm so glad you made it for the birth. How exciting! What great luck for your mom that you were there when she had problems. Your sisters probably appreciated it, too. What a mess but what a horrible mess it would have been if it hadn't been noticed for awhile longer. Glad you made it home safely!

  17. Liz, how did I ever missed this post??? Shame on me!!! I am sending late congratulations on that beautiful baby boy. What a joy! xoxo Maria


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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