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BC: This book was created by Melissa Jo (Mayhew) Grandt, 2010. Melissa was born Dec. 20, 1977 to Rick & Theresa (Smith) Mayhew, the oldest of three children, in Iowa City, Iowa. She graduated from West Branch High School, and later the University of South Dakota. She married Jason August Grandt on August 27, 2005 at St. Bridget's Church in rural Solon, Iowa. In 2010, they make their home in Hoffman Estates, Illinois with their children: Maggie & Claire. Picture taken October, 2009. Jason, Melissa & Maggie Grandt | ABOUT THE COVER Calendar images, including the cover, were taken from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans 2009 Calendar.


1: BE PURPOSEFUL | On my drive to work each day, I pass a billboard that reads: It's an ad for a neighborhood college, but I don't remember the name. But the statement sticks with me. "Be Purposeful." The dictionary defines "purpose" as: purpose [pur-puhs] noun, –noun 1.the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. 2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal. 3. determination; resoluteness. 4. the subject in hand; the point at issue. 5. practical result, effect, or advantage The Bible says: "But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." Exodus 9:16 NIV. This is what we hope for you: that you live a life of purpose. Everything you do and say shall be done on purpose, for a purpose, and with purpose. Be Purposeful.

3: Jan. 20- Presidential Inauguration

4: Our Little Cowgirl! | Maggie received this bouncy horse as a Christmas present from all of her Smith aunts & uncles. She absolutely LOVED it. She would bounce up & down so hard that Daddy was worried she would give herself shaken baby syndrome!

5: Presidential Inauguration January 20 Jason and I were HUGE supporters of Barack Obama and were very excited he was elected. We both watched the inauguration at work. But Maggie was able to watch it at Nana's!

6: FIRST CEREAL | Maggie's | Maggie actually did very well with her first taste of rice cereal. We sat her in her bumbo seat and she ate a little bit. There wasn't any strange face, no questioning look of "What is this stuff?" She just ate it all up!

7: Maggie LOVES to play at the computer!

9: Joshua Michael Suelzle born Feb. 16 | 2/16 | Visiting Mike, Beth & Joshua Suelzle at the hospital

10: Growing so Fast... | Feb. 2009

11: Maggie's favorite toy right now is this mirror that makes sounds.

12: Purchasing an Heirloom... | When I was growing up, my grandmother had an old, wooden high-chair in her kitchen, painted a turquoise blue/green. All of the grandkids used it when we were small, and as great-grandchildren were born, so did they. I decided that I wanted something like that when I had children; something that would endure, be a part of our family history for generations. So, even though this was not the most economical choice, it was the perfect choice for us. We found this at an Amish furniture store in Elgin, Illinois. Cost about 250 dollars. February, 2009.

13: We You! | Valentines from Grandma Jacquie Korff

14: Grammy with Dawn & Xander | Jason & Dawn | Xander & Maggie | Matthew & Maggie | Eli | Chelle with Matthew & Eli | Chelle with Matthew, Eli & Maggie!

15: A trip home to Iowa. Such a blessing! A quick trip this time, but we were able to go to lunch after church at Pizza Hut in Tipton with the family. Maggie loves playing with her cousins and really enjoyed having Grammy Mayhew push her around in the truck! She wasn't quite too sure, though, about her newest cousin, Eli Farmer (Chauncy & Amanda's youngest). Jason & the rest of the kids enjoyed playing with the web cam, taking silly pictures. | Dawn | Maggie | Maggie & Eli

16: Mike was the vicar at St Peter from July 2008-July 2009. | Beth taught school during that time at St. Peter and we became good friends, especially with children so close in age!

17: Mike & Beth Suelzle and their new addition, Joshua Michael, born February 16, 2009. | Suelzle

20: Help! I'm stuck! | Maggie is now rolling all over & when she's under her arch, she gets caught on the legs. Kinda funny, actually.

21: Seriously, Mom. Do I really have to do this? | We take monthly pictures of Maggie with her stuffed Mickey...

22: Little Princess | I crocheted this hat for Maggie. She looked so adorable!

23: Such a sweet angel... when she is asleep.

24: 2153 Greystone Place; Hoffman Estates IL 60169 Jason's parents purchased this 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse in March. We are planning on renting it from them. But first, a LOT of work has to be done! Plans: *remove brick & mirror wall covering in living room *New countertops, appliances, tile, sink & paint in kitchen *New paint & carpet throughout *New washer/dryer Move-in Date: April 18 | where you are planted

28: Rick & Rita are dear friends of ours at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Schaumburg IL. Shortly after receiving this invitation, we learned that Rick had been diagnosed with a very rare cancer. Obviously, the party was put on hold. He endured chemotherapy treatments, being tested and prodded and is now in full remission.

29: Love | HATE | Maggie has a relationship with her pack-n-play. She'll stay in it and play when she wants to. But if she's not in the mood.....

30: Another trip home... we went to a wedding shower for Hannah Brumwell (Kinney cousin), decorated eggs, made forts & just had fun! | Dawn | Xander & Matthew help Grammy make cookies | Maggie & Dawn play in Xander's tipi

31: Xander's fort... | Maggie's a model!

32: First Eggs | First Eggs | Maggie's first experience with dying Easter eggs. She really wasn't quite sure about that round-ish thing, and it was a little warm from being hard-boiled fresh. "What am I supposed to do with it?" She watched Dawn and Melody's son, Cody, dye their eggs - although they got more food coloring on themselves than the eggs! When we dyed eggs the next week with Aunt Jenna she knew what to do!

34: There are may traditions at Eastertime in the Grandt family, but the one that is the most unique is the annual decapitation of the lamb cake, followed by the consumption of his head and body. It has to be a Chicago thing! We invited Chad & Sherry Bolosan to join us as well. Maggie dyed eggs with Mommy and Aunt Jenna, managing to cover herself in green food coloring. She earned a well-deserved bath! | Easter | Traditions

35: Gigi - Jacquie Korff | Aunt Jenna | Chad & Sherry | Papa & Nana - Bill & Cindy

39: You're gonna do great things, I already know God's got His hand on you So, don't live life in fear Forgive and forget But don't forget why you're here Take your time and pray And thank God for each day His love with find a way "These are the words I would Say" ~Sidewalk Prophets

40: Sweetheart

41: A daughter brings sunshine to brighten your day. A daughter brings joy through her loving ways. A daughter is a blessing that comes from above. A special and beautiful treasure to love.

42: Moving Day: April 18 The day started EARLY and we spent a good deal of the time before people arrived still packing. People who helped: Tom Hayes, Heather Jones, Bill & Cindy Grandt, Jenna Grandt, Mike Murray, Rick & Theresa Mayhew, Luke Mayhew, Deb Behr, Jon & Kristen Kessinger, Ken & Jan Belzer, Vicky Hollowell, Jacquie Korff

43: Work done before we moved in: Kitchen - new appliances, tile, countertop, sink, paint. Installed drawer unit in pantry Living room - new paint, carpet, TV Master bedroom - new Paint, carpet, ceiling fan/light Maggie's room - New paint, carpet, chair rail, curtains, ceiling fan Outside: Fixed fence

44: Daddy's Little White Sox Fan!

45: I'm Mobile!! Maggie started crawling right after we moved into the townhouse. Gates and barricades went up, as well as pillows around every conceivable edge!

47: I love playing with Papa!

48: This blanket was Jason's when he was a baby. A gift from Ed & Arlene Flasch.

49: Maggie at the Shedd | with Joshua Suelzle

50: Fun with Nana & Papa

51: Lost Season Finale Party | Our annual tradition: A party to celebrate the end of the season. Who is Jacob? What IS the island? Is it a Flash-forward or a Flash-back? What time period are we in? Who is Richard? So many questions. Too few answers. This year, it was at our house. Who came: Kristin Blinn, Dave & Julie Blackwell, Donna Wirschkirchen, Heidi Callahan, Chad & Sherry Bolosan, Curt & Sandy Jungkuntz Jason made Dharma beer and Dharma pop.

54: &

55: Maggie loves to stand at the window and watch the neighbor kids playing.

56: MEMORIAL DAY - Maggie loves fish and has since she was only a few months old. It was a rare day that both Jason and I were off of work and had no duties. We decided to take Maggie to the Shedd Aquarium downtown. It was a cold, rainy spring day. We bundled her up with her Babylegs, a jacket and her hat. The walk from the parking lot to the aquarium is a long one when the lake winds are whipping around you. Once inside, she loved it as much as we thought she would. And we learned that she would fall asleep in the backpack, and stay asleep! Not able to walk yet, she still was able to see the fish and other sea life. And smile. :-) | A Day at the Shedd

58: Fun with Sherry & Chad's cats. And playing with Liliana Kramer, the daughter of Marla & Evan, who is just a few weeks older than Maggie.

59: Have toes? Who needs snacks?

60: Playing with Grammy & Grampy in the camper

61: Gnome Kiss!

62: Preston James Mayhew born June 5, 2009 Parnet:Margi (Mayhew) Bowers Mercy Hospital, Iowa City IA by emergency c-section 6 weeks premature

63: Leila Elizabeth Mayhew born May 5, 2009 Parents:Luke & Michelle (Warrick) Mayhew Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids IA by emergency c-section (without anesthesia!)

64: Jason Grimm & Hannah Brumwell June 6, 2009 Williamsburg, Iowa

65: Hannah is my cousin on the Kinney side. First family wedding for Maggie!

67: Maggie - 9 months old - June, 2010 - Kiddie Kandids Photography

68: Colin! | Colin Maxwell Behr, age 7

69: Maggie & Jason

70: Maggie & Aunt Jenna

71: Jason's First Father's Day Maggie & Papa * Grandpa Grandt, Jason & Papa

72: Great-Grandma Marge Mayhew - Maggie's Namesake!


74: Our friends Carrie & Jim Kuehm June 2010

75: VBS 2009 Crocodile Dock | Once again I taught Pre-School. This was Maggie's first year at VBS - in the Infant & Toddler class with Nana! My decorations went up only with the help of my friend, Julie Blackwell - and with Maggie in her pack-n-play and Disney movies on the screen!

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