Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Meet my beautiful granddaughter April 8, 2016

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My new granddaughter, Isabelle ("Izzy" for short) Karis. Photographed when she was about 17 hours old.

My new granddaughter, Isabelle (“Izzy” for short) Karis, photographed when she was about 17 hours old.

SHE’S HERE. She’s beautiful. And she’s my first grandbaby, Isabelle Karis.

Born 19 days early late Wednesday afternoon, Isabelle weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz., and measured 20.5 inches. It is a joy to finally meet this little girl I’ve been loving since I learned in September of her forthcoming birth. I am thrilled to be part of what numerous well-wishers term The Grandparent Club.

Isabelle is named after her paternal great great grandmother, also her Oma’s middle name. Her middle name, Karis, is the Greek word for β€œgrace.” So fitting. So lovely.

I felt that grace Thursday morning as my husband and I stood with our son-in-law at Amber’s bedside, baby Isabelle cradled in her arms, the hospital spiritual advisor also there. As Marc prayed a blessing upon his daughter, our hands hovering over her, tears leaked down my cheeks. It was a profound moment for me as I was overwhelmed by emotion. Relief. Thankfulness. Awed by the miracle of life. So in love with this little girl.

Β© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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66 Responses to “Meet my beautiful granddaughter”

  1. So thrilled for you all. What a precious time that must have been together. So special. Wee Isabelle is so blessed to be in your family.

  2. Almost Iowa Says:

    She IS beautiful!

  3. Congratulations Grandma! She is beautiful! Enjoy every moment!

  4. What a Cutie Pie and she came busting out early too πŸ™‚ Enjoy her, spoil her and soak up the love!

  5. Jenny Says:

    Welcome To this World Izzy!

  6. estremdj Says:

    She is beautiful and looks so sweet.
    She may enjoy my children’s books when she gets a little older. ☺️

  7. Dan Traun Says:

    Congratulation on the new grand baby!

  8. Norma Says:

    She is beautiful.

  9. God is Great!
    Congratulations! You will be the best grandma in the universe!! xx

  10. Jean Schmidtke Says:

    Congratulations. You are now entering into a new world of Joy. God’s Blessing’s to all.

  11. Carol King Says:

    Precious and beautiful, a true gift from God! And obviously she is coming into the lives of those who will cherish her.
    Congratulations and best wishes for all.

  12. ❀ …Is-A-Bell.. <3… Lovely, congratulations!!

  13. Don Says:

    Somehow news of this important event slipped by me. My heartfelt congratulations to you and family. Make some memories!

  14. Awe congratulations!!! What a beautiful little Angel

  15. Janelle Parry Says:

    She is so beautiful. Her first name base is “pledged to God”. I have a feeling that Izzy is going to be treated like royalty. So happy for you Grandma Audrey, Blessings and joy to all. Glad baby and Mom are well. What a wonderful story to start my day.

  16. DeLores Johnson Says:

    She is beautiful! Your life will be changed and you will love it. You feel like you just can’t hold her enough.

  17. bev walker Says:

    Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa!! Grandchildren are so much fun!!

  18. Jackie Says:

    She is perfect, your life will never be the same. Congratulations to you and Randy! God is good…. glad everyone is well!

  19. Marilyn Says:

    Sweet and beautiful. What a lovely description, leaking tears indeed. You will find grandparenthood is addictive. The heart can expand to infinite love for our grandchildren.

  20. Ralph Hopper Says:

    Congratulations Grandma

  21. hotlyspiced Says:

    Congratulations Audrey – to you and all your family and especially the brand new parents. What a precious time for everyone. I love the name – beautiful. And what a sweet face. That time in the hospital must have been so special – I’m glad you were there for that lovely moment. Best wishes to your daughter and son-in-law as they embrace parenthood and may their daughter live a blessed and peaceful life xx

    • Thank you, Charlie, for your well wishes. We love her name, too. And that sweet little face.

      We arrived at the hospital 17 hours after Isabelle was born, giving our daughter and her husband the time they needed for themselves and time to bond as a family.

  22. treadlemusic Says:

    Joining (a tad late!) the chorus of admirers and well-wishers! An answer to many prayers for sure! The name chosen is so beautiful as is its “owner”!!!! Blessings to all ……….and Welcome to the club!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Beth Ann Says:

    Congratulations again—what a beauty and what a gift. Your lives will never be quite the same again. πŸ™‚

  24. Littlesundog Says:

    So happy for you and your family. What a sweet name for a beautiful girl. A little miracle in your lives – already she’s melting hearts! πŸ™‚

  25. Welcome to the best club in the world!

  26. Sue Ready Says:

    wow the amount of responses to your recent posting should bring you much love and gratitude your way as you savor the happy time being a new grandparent.
    Congratulations

  27. Brad Says:

    All our best from your friends in the South.
    Brad and Linda

  28. May God bless the baby, the parents and the grandparents all the days of their lives. She’s beautiful.

  29. Christi Powers Says:

    Welcome baby Isabelle. She is beautiful, Audrey.

  30. I totally missed this post on the 10th. Today’s (April 20) was what cued me to scroll through and look. I’m sorry my congrats are late! But what a beautiful little girl. You must be ecstatic.


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