Newest Member Of The Family – Grandson #4

Did you miss me?

Did you think I was still celebrating the Cubs World Series win? Or that I moved into a cave after the election?

Both good guesses but the actual reason for my blogging break is way better than that.

I’ve been in Boston for an extended stay to welcome the newest member of our family. Grandson #4.

This guy.

Introducing Harry

For those of you keeping score, baby Harry joins his big brother, Andy

and twin cousins, Chip and Dale.

(All names have been changed to protect the little nuggets. And, it is my policy to not show their beautiful faces on this public site. Trust me. They are, in my completely biased but accurate opinion, ridiculously adorable.)

Particularly in light of the current tumultuous state of affairs, these precious boys are a compelling reminder of my obligation to do everything in my power to make the world a better place.

I want these boys to grow up in a world where kindness, inclusion, and compassion are the guiding principals. Where “love your neighbor” means ALL your neighbors, not just those who look, think and act like you.

This sentiment was expressed beautifully by our daughter, Annie, in her remarks at Harry’s Bris.

(These excerpts are shared with Annie’s permission.)

“…may you always stand up and fight for your beliefs and the beliefs of others. Speak up when you see others being wronged. Love everyone fiercely, not in spite of your differences but because of them.”

“Use your history as your guide. You are the great-grandson of Holocaust survivors whose mere existence is the strongest form of resistance. You are also the great-grandson of a politician who fought for civil rights. Remember this compassion for your fellow man. The fight for equality lives on in you.”

“…we pledge to raise you to live up to your name and your history, to encourage empathy and understanding and to reaffirm that the most important thing you can do is to be an ally and friend to your fellow man.”

Welcome, little one. We are so happy to have you as part of our wonderful, loving family.

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  1. Congratulations to your family on the new addition. Lots of little boys!

  2. What a beautiful piece, Mo. Congratulations on the new addition to your lovely family.

  3. How wonderful! Another beautiful grandchild! Aren’t they just the most amazing gift!? Congratulations to all of you!

  4. What wonderful news! Congratulations to all of you. As the grandmother of two beautiful little boys, your sentiments and your daughter’s say it all. Thank you for sharing.
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  5. The very best excuse for a temporary “hold” on a blog. How wonderful, Mo. I am delighted for you and your family that there is a new chap on the scene. His cousins and big brother must be over the moon. You’re on your way to a basketball team. And may I say that reading Annie’s comments made me once again realize what a special person you are. She’s a chip off the young block.
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  6. Adorable pics, Mo. Love Annie’s words – so sweet and heartfelt. Hey if you wanna share a cave, I’ll pay half. I can’t even turn on the TV anymore. Hope you have a great week. Heard you got hit with some snow. Don’t send ith this way!!

  7. More grandbabies – Congratulations! Enjoy time with your family, especially during the holidays.

    Something else to celebrate: Many prayers have been answered; football season is finally over for ND.

  8. How exciting! I’m sure there will be lots of “boy antics” in your future.
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  9. Absolutely beautiful words and baby boy! Congratulations.
    (And yes, you were missed).

  10. Congratulations! How special. Enjoy this time, Mo. I know you will.
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  11. what a doll! you are blessed and i know you know that! thanks for sharing…espcially your daughters words…truly beautiful and words to live by.

  12. Congratulations, Mo! So many darling little boys to carry on the family name. Glad you had a chance to welcome the wee one and take an extended break from blogging. Know your holidays will be extra-special this year!
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  13. mo, congratulations! what a blessing. i love what annie had to say at the bris. words to live by for sure.

    i have to share a story from a bris we attended. when the actual event happened, we were all holding our breathe, because pain obviously! the baby started screaming and we all felt horrible, but then the cries subsided and the baby passed out asleep (probably from the pain!).

    the dad let out a sigh, “that wasn’t so bad.”

    and the rabbi said, “easy for you to say.”

    we all totally cracked up!
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  14. Mazel Tov! I hope you have been thoroughly enjoying your time in Boston with your family 🙂 What beautiful sentiments Annie expressed at his bris. Thank you for sharing!
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  15. How did I miss this! Congratulations to Annie and her husband on welcoming another baby boy! You do indeed have almost a basketball team! Sending you love for the holidays! xoxo
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  16. A belated Mazel Tov on the birth of your grandson, Mo! May he grow to be a strong, compassionate, and loving man. I suspect with his family by his side, that is exactly who he will be. But until then, enjoy every second of cuddles and coos!

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