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Several times a year we post a letter to Noah. Here are some of them.

Dear Noah,


We hope you've had a fun Spring, and a good Easter.  Here we had most of the family at Grandma's house for Easter.  Your Aunt Jess couldn't join us, but Uncle Michael, Uncle Ben, and Cousins Jack and Caitlyn were there.


The big news for Easter was that Caitlyn learned to ride a bike!  Grandma's the best at teaching kids to ride a bike, and (as she did with Jack) she taught Caitlyn.  Once we figured out that it was easier to learn on Jack's bike she picked it right up and was riding like a pro in no time.  She also just made a beautiful piece of art.  She's quite the budding artist!  We've put a picture of it in the slide show on Jack and Caitlyn's page of the website.  We also put a picture of them on Grandma's porch on Easter.


This weekend we're going to a soccer tournament Jack's team is playing in.  They have 2 games on Saturday.  If they win they play more games over the weekend.  We love going to watch him play.  Jack loves his soccer!  He also likes to watch the DC United team play.


What have you been up to?  Do you play any Spring sports?  We hope you've had a good school year, and that you have some fun plans for this summer.


We love you and miss you very much.  


Love,

Grandma and Grandpa Harney


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Dear Noah,

I'm sure it's cold and snowy there in Michigan, here in the beginning of March.  I'll bet you and Sean do lots of sledding, skiing, or building snowmen.


We're only a couple of weeks from the beginning of Spring, though, and here in Delaware we're ready for it!  It's been an especially cold Winter for this part of the country.


Speaking of Winter, since you live in Michigan I'm guessing you play lots of winter sports, like hockey and basketball.  Do you ski or skate?  Your cousins Jack and Caitlyn are learning to skate like their Mommy (who played hockey in college), and Jack's taking hockey lessons.  He also played on a basketball team this winter, and on a futbal team.


Since Spring is around the corner, I hope you have lots of special activities planned.   And of course Spring is the time for sports like baseball, tennis and soccer.  I hope you get to play something in the Spring.


Grandma is always busy with her church and her school, and Grandpa is always busy with his church and the helicopter program he works on.  Still, we find time to have fun!


As always, if you read this and want to be in touch, either click on the "Contact Us" button on the home page, or go to the "Contact Us" link at the top of this page and send us a message.  We'd love to hear from you!  
We love you and miss you very much.  
Love,

Grandma and Grandpa Harney


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Dear Noah,

WOW, TODAY'S NOAH'S 13th  BIRTHDAY!!!  You're officially a teenager!  Do you feel any different?   Are you planning a big birthday party?  Happy Birthday from Grandma,  Grandpa, Uncle Ben, Uncle Michael, Aunt Jess, Cousin Jack, and Cousin  Caitlyn.

Did you have a good Thanksgiving?   Did you have family at your house or did you go somewhere else?  We had  everyone at Grandma's house.  It was a lot of fun, and your cousins Jack  and Caitlyn entertained us all!

But now it's almost time for  Christmas!  What have you asked for this year?  Do you have traditions  you follow every Christmas, like when you open presents, or what kind of  food you eat?

Your Uncle Ben spends his Christmas  here in Delaware.  Your Uncle Michael, Aunt Jess, and Cousins Jack and  Caitlyn spend one Christmas here, then the next Christmas at Aunt Jess's  mother's house, where they'll be this year.  On their way to New York  (where Aunt Jess's mother lives) they're going to stop here on December  22nd for us to give them their presents, so we'll get to see them.  It  wouldn't be Christmas without them!

I've put in a couple of pictures I  thought you'd like.  Your Grandma is a great bicycle-riding teacher.   She taught Jack to ride a year or two ago (I've included a picture of  him riding a bike), and this year started to teach Caitlyn to ride.   I've also included a picture of Grandma working with Caitlyn.

Wherever you spend your holiday, we hope you have a great time, and get the presents you asked for.  
We love you and miss you very much.  
Love,

Grandma and Grandpa Harney


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Dear Noah,


It's finally Spring here!  This  has been a cold and snowy Winter in Delaware.  Have you had a lot of  snow there?  Is it finally starting to feel like Spring there as well?

We had a fun Easter with your  cousins Jack and Caitlyn, your Aunt Jess, and your Uncles Michael and  Ben.  Jack and Caitlyn especially enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt  behind Grandma's house.  What do you do for Easter?

It's also getting close to the  end of your school year.  Has it been a good school year for you?  Did  you like your teacher?  Were you and Sean in the same class this year?   Your cousins Jack and Caitlyn had very good years.  Next year they'll be  going to the same school, which will make life much easier on your Aunt  Jess and your Uncle Michael.  I'm sure Jack and Caitlyn will like going  to school together.

We hope you have some nice vacation plans for this Summer.  School is fun, but being out of school is just as much fun, right?

As always, we love you and miss you very much.  We hope you are having a good Spring and that you have a good Summer.

Love,

Grandma and Grandpa Harney

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Dear Noah,
  
WOW, Noah is 12 years old already!  It seems like just a few years ago  that we were at the hospital and you were being born.  We remember it  like it was yesterday, watching your dad come down the hall giving the  "TOUCHDOWN!" sign to us, tell us you'd been born and were well.  You've  grown up so fast!  So first, happy birthday from Grandma and Grandpa  Harney!

Are you and Sean looking forward to Christmas this year?  What have you  asked for?  Where are you going to spend the holidays?  Are you glad to  have a few days away from school?  Grandma gets to take next week off,  and she's looking forward to it very much.
 

Speaking of next week, your Uncle Michael and Aunt Jess are celebrating  their 10-year anniversary by taking a trip, and leaving your cousins  Jack and Caitlyn with us in Delaware.  I'm sure we'll have a very busy  time, since both Jack and Caitlyn are FULL of energy!
 

You should also know that today (December 22nd) would have been your  mother's 40th birthday.  Just as we miss you every day, we miss her  every day as well.
 

We hope you're having a good week and that you have a really fun week next week.
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Grandma and Grandpa Harney
 

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Dear Noah,
 

You should be through with the school year and beginning to enjoy your  summer by now!  We hope you have some fun plans.  As Grandma mentioned  in an earlier letter, she's going to Ghana (a country in Africa) soon.   She is starting to get excited about the trip, especially since neither  one of us have ever been in Africa!
 

Right before she leaves, your cousins Jack and Caitlyn will be in  Delaware for a week.  Caitlyn will be going to "Grandma's Camp" (the  camp they have at Grandma's school in the summer), and Jack will be  going to a different camp, since he's now too old to go to Grandma's  Camp.  It's always fun having them around, especially when they can stay  for a whole week.
 

They were also here at Easter, along with your Uncle Michael, Aunt Jess,  and Uncle Ben.  The picture below is of the family on Easter Day.
 

Everyone was also at a wedding a few weeks ago, as your Cousin Ronnie  got married.  Ronnie is the youngest of three girls in her family, and  they're all now married!  It was a wonderful and Beautiful occasion.
 

We hope you and Sean are doing well, have some fun things planned for  your summer, and perhaps are taking an exciting trip somewhere.  We'll  write again after the summer is over.
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Grandma and Grandpa Harney
 

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Dear Noah,
 

Wow, 11 years old!  It has gone by so, so fast!  We clearly remember you  being born.  Your dad came to the end of the hall at the hospital and  gave the universal "Touchdown!" sign to tell us everything was good.  We  got to hold you a few minutes later; one of the best moments of our  lives.
 

There's a second birthday to remember, though.  Your mother would have  been 39 years old on December 22nd.  We love and miss her every day, but  she left us the greatest possible gift - you!
 

As Christmas approaches, things are starting to come together.  Your  Uncle Ben is already here, and your Uncle Michael, Aunt Jess, and  cousins Jack and Caitlyn will arrive Saturday.  How we wish you could be  here as well, but we're sure you're having a great time wherever you  are.
 

So what do you want for Christmas?  It's less than a week away, you know...
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Grandma and Grandpa Harney
 

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Dear Noah,
 

This is Grandma writing today.  I wanted to give you the latest news.   When your cousins, Jack and Caitlyn, visited last week, I taught Jack to  ride his bike!  He doesn't get to ride at home very much because he  lives in the city and doesn't have a good place to ride.  Here in  Delaware, we have lots of space for riding!  He was riding on his own in  about 20 minutes.  I was very proud of his quick progress.  Caitlyn  also learned to skip  recently.  They love to look at pictures of you  and always ask how you're doing. 
 

I am going on a special trip called a "pilgrimage" this summer.  I will  be visiting Ghana!  I will have a chance to see some schools there, as  well as the places where many slaves were put on ships bound for North  America a couple of hundred years ago.  It is important to see how other  people  live and to see all the ways that we can help them and learn  from them.  I will be sure to take lots of pictures.
 

I hope you and Sean are doing well.  How is school going?  Are you  playing any sports?  Grandpa and I think about you and pray for you  always.
 

Love,
 

Grandma & Grandpa

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Dear Noah,
 

What did you and Sean do for Thanksgiving?  Whatever it was, I hope you ate lots and lots of turkey!
 

We went to Washington, DC to have Thanksgiving dinner with your Uncle Michael and Aunt Jess, cousins Jack and Caitlyn, your Uncle Ben, and Aunt Jess's mother and Aunt Jess's mother's friend.  It was a lot of fun.
 

After that, we drove to our cabin in the woods of Pennsylvania, where we had a day or two of quiet.  We also saw snow for the first time this year, though I'll bet you have snow there already too!  The picture below is of a fire we had in our outdoor fireplace one night when we were there (those are your Grandma's feet in the picture!).
 

So what do you want for Christmas?  It's not that far away, you know...
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Grandma and Grandpa Harney
 

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Dear Noah,
 

While summer doesn't end for another week or so, it probably feels like summer is over, now that you're back in school.  We hope you and Sean had a wonderful summer, and are enjoying school so far.  Are you in the same class?
 

Your cousin Caitlyn is now 3 years old, and your cousin Jack is 6 years old.  They both had birthdays this summer.  Grandma and I spent a fun weekend with them (and your Uncle Michael and Aunt Jess) at a lake in Pennsylvania recently.  It's always fun spending time with them. 
 

This weekend, Grandma is in Washington, DC helping your Uncle Michael with them, since your Aunt Jess is away for the weekend.  I'm sure Grandma is having a wonderful time, but she'll be tired when she gets home!
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Grandma and Grandpa Harney
 

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Dear Noah,
 

Is it as hot there as it is here?  I don't like really hot weather, and it is REALLY hot here in Delaware this week!
 

In my last letter, I told you Grandma had received her Doctorate recently, so she's now "Dr. Harney"!  As a reward for all the work she did, she wanted to go on a European River Cruise to celebrate.  There is a very good company called Viking River Cruises - maybe you've seen their ads on TV.  The cruise she chose started in Paris, France, then went down 3 rivers in Germany, ending in Prague, Czech Republic.
 

It was a wonderful trip.  We spent 2 days in Paris, and were there during the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, so the place was very excited and busy.  We visited the famous Eiffel Tower, which was just a block from our hotel.  They had a huge soccer ball hanging from it, which they put up for the soccer tournament!
 

We then spent 8 days cruising on German rivers, seeing castles, very old churches, houses, and vineyards everywhere!  It was beautiful.
 

The trip ended in Prague, which was also beautiful.  We got to go into a palace.  It was the biggest, most beautiful house I think I've ever been in! 
 

I hope you get to go to Europe some day and see the old houses, castles, and churches.  It's very different from the United States. I have put 3 pictures of the trip below.  Enjoy!
 

We hope you are having a wonderful summer and enjoy being out of school for a while.
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Grandma and Grandpa Harney

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Dear Noah,
 

It's finally Memorial Day Weekend!  Do you have something fun planned?  Perhaps a trip somewhere?  Grandma is going to Pennsylvania to kayak with your Aunt Jeanne and Aunt Judi.  Grandpa is staying home to sing at church on Sunday, but will have fun working on a book he's writing.
 

The biggest event here is that Grandma got her Doctor of Ministry degree in Educational Leadership!  She has been working on it for 3 years.  The picture below shows her getting her diploma.  We're all very proud of her, of course.  Uncle Ben, Uncle Michael, Aunt Jess, Aunt Jeanne, and Grandpa were at her graduation about a week ago.  She is very happy to be done, and looking forward to having more time to relax!
 

Uncle Michael had his 36th birthday yesterday (May 26th) as well.  Next will be Grandpa (June), then Jack (July) and Caitlyn (August).  It's a busy summer, isn't it?
 

We hope you have a wonderful summer and enjoy being out of school for a while.
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Grandma and Grandpa Harney
 

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Dear Noah,
 

We hope you had a fun Easter and are enjoying Spring so far!  We had a delightful Easter, and while your Uncle Ben was busy in Washington, DC, your Uncle Michael, Aunt Jess, and Cousins Jack and Caitlyn came to Delaware to enjoy the day with us.  While they were here, they had a fun Easter egg hunt, we had a nice lunch with them, Aunt Jess's mother (Bonnie), and her friend, Gary.  We also took some pictures, which are below.  You guys grow up so fast!
 

We are enjoying better weather now, and I'm sure you are glad to see the snow gone for another year.  We wish you were here, and look forward to seeing you again one day.
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Grandma and Grandpa Harney
 

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Dear Noah,
 

You might have heard that the East Coast got a huge snow storm this weekend, named "Jonas".  Delaware was right in the middle of it, as was Maryland, where your Uncle Michael, Aunt Jess, and Cousins Jack and Caitlyn live.  I think they got about 2 feet of snow, and we got about 18 inches, so it's plenty to shovel!
 

Lucky for everyone, Michael and Jess had cleared their driveway early, because last night as he was getting into bed, your cousin Jack fell and hit his head on the radiator!  They had to take him to the hospital where he got 5 stitches, but they say he handled it like a champ.
 

My singing group was also supposed to give a big concert today, but it had to be canceled because of the storm.  Instead, Grandma and I have spent the weekend reading, writing, and watching TV.  Below are 2 pictures Grandma took today.
 

I hope you have some good weather there and enough snow to play in, but not so much that you can't go anywhere!
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Love,
 

Grandma & Grandpa
 

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Dear Noah,
 

Happy 10th birthday, and Merry Christmas!!!
 

It's hard to believe you're now 10 years old!  I remember the day you were born like it was yesterday.  Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Ben were in the waiting room at the hospital, while your Mommy and Daddy were in the room where you were being born.  Shortly after you were born, your Daddy came out and gave the universal "TOUCHDOWN" sign, signaling to us that you were here and doing well.  It was the happiest day of our lives.
 

Just like your Grandma (whose birthday is December 16th) and your Mommy (whose birthday is December 22nd), you have a birthday right on top of Christmas.  Grandma always tells me she doesn't care what gifts I give her for her birthday, but to NOT wrap them in Christmas paper!  But this is a big presents time for you, isn't it?
 

We hope you have a wonderful 10th birthday and a Merry Christmas!
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Love,
 

Grandma & Grandpa
 

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Dear Noah,
 

Grandpa and I went on an amazing vacation to Idaho in August.  We visited the Sawtooth Mountains where we hiked, rode horses and went white water rafting.  Grandpa mostly liked to sit on the porch and read!
 

Here are some pictures from our trip.
 

We will be writing to you this way from now on.  You will get our letters faster this way!
 

We love you and miss you very much.
 

Love,
 

Grandma & Grandpa