Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Grandma Carmen - mother of 16!

Michael's maternal grandma, Karriemen, had 16 children of her own, so when she blesses me with her touch and prayers, I indeed feel very blessed.  

Over Easter, we visited Grandma Carmen at her home in the small valley town of Fowler.  She was pretty tired, and in bed (I would be too after 16 children!).  She is so modest, she insisted we not take her picture because she wasn't dressed up - she is beautiful anyways!  So we agreed to have the picture blur her out of focus.  Above: Grandma Carmen's hand on Maren's baby belly.

Grandma's story is interesting.  She was in an arranged marriage at the age of 14.  All 16 of her children all living, and she has over 45 grandchildren, not to mention many great-grandchildren and even a few great-great-grandchildren.  To really get an idea of what her life was like, imagine being pregnant with your youngest, while your oldest son's wife is pregnant.  

We are so blessed to have her in our lives and we can't wait for her to hold our baby girl!


  1. Such an amazing gift we have been given...Grandma Karriemen

  2. My beautiful Mom, I just hope I will be a fraction of the remarkable Grammy she is!!!! Jules(grammy)