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Hi Everyone,

This may not be the post you were expecting from me today.. I will have another post later today or tomorrow on my Panda Recovery series, but this post needs to be sent..

The Smith family has a new member!

Anya Mae came into the world at 3:32 A.M. Sunday Morning...

Since we all are becoming friends here on ActiveRain, this will be a great opportunity to introduce you to my family and I...

You know, business is great, life is great, but at the end of the day, my family is the most valuable and precious thing that God has brought into my life! 

I consider myself to be incredibly blessed to have a wonderful wife, 4 children (ages 9 to 33), 4 grandchildren (ages 1 day to 19 years), 1 great grandchild (age 1).. For a 52 year old man, I have so so much to be thankful for!

Here are a few photos from the hospital, and a few family pics at the bottom... 


 Anya --- Our newest angel    Alayna and Anya 

                       Anya Mae                                                       Alayna and Anya


Joe and Anya  Alexys

                            Grandpa and Anya                                                                           Alexys


Joe Jr. and Anya  Monica and Anya  

         Joe Jr. and Anya                                                                    Monica and Anya


Joe Jr. and Monica 

Joe Jr. and his WONDERFUL wife Monica with Anya.. 

Gayle and I

My wonderful wife Gayle and I

Kathryn and Mark

Our daghter Kathryn and her husband Mark who just came back
from Afghanastan

Gayle and I with Benjamin and Jaymie 

Gayle and I with our 2 youngest Benjamin and Jaymie

I am SO thankful for my family. We are healthy and blessed!

Many people ask me why I am always so cheerful and upbeat.. This is why! There is nothing more that I could ever ask or expect out of life.. I have SO SO much to be thankful for.

Have a great day my friends!

Comments (12)

Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Joe - Thanks for the introduction. I think you have the best possible excuse to take a Panda break. That's a great picture of Alayna and Anya! Congratulations ot all of you!

Jun 25, 2012 03:18 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Joe - You are a blessed man in many ways my friend.  Enjoy your family they always come first.  Congrats to all

Jun 25, 2012 03:19 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Congrats.  What a wonderful family.  Sounds like you have your priorities straight.

Jun 25, 2012 03:50 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Joe I'm so glad you shared this wonderful event with all of us.  You made my day!  Having a loving family is the best blessing ever - you are so blessed!  Congratulations on the newest little one, Anya!

Jun 25, 2012 05:00 AM
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hey Joe,

Congratulations to you and your family for your new 'addition' today!  Children are such a blessing.  Best of success to you and all of your family this year!

Jun 25, 2012 05:31 AM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Joe, Congrats. You do have a sweet looking family that is awesome. Hope everyone is doing very well. Have a great day.

Jun 25, 2012 12:14 PM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Those are lovely family photographs!  Thanks for sharing them with us.

Jun 25, 2012 01:02 PM
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTORĀ® For The Valley Of The Sun

Congratulations Joe, you are blessed indeed! Anya Mae is adorable!

Jun 25, 2012 03:05 PM
Bob & Bonnie Horning
Mount Joy, PA

Many Blessings to you and your awesome family. The first thought I had is we almost shared a birthday and she was just 3:32 after mine. I love Jeremiah 33:2 and 3 for her. This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it —the Lord is His name: 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know'. You are truly Blessed Joe. Love, Bob

Jun 25, 2012 11:44 PM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Thanks for sharing the new family member and existing family members with us Joe.

Jun 26, 2012 01:05 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Congratulations! Enjoy those grand children and great grand children (yipes!).

Hopefully, I am a long way from having a grand child announcement!

Thank your son-in-law for us (for his service), too.

Jun 26, 2012 01:39 AM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
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Thank you all for reaching out and commenting..
I will reply to all your comments when I come up for air..
We currently have one of our granddaughters over here to give Joe Jr. and Monica a break while they settle in with Anya.

It has bee a little (LOT!) crazy around here with Alexys and Benjamin spending this week together..

Will be back on radar later today or tomorrow morning..

Baby Anya is doing WONDERFULLY!

I have a tradition, when a grandbaby is born, I give a bouquet of flowers to the mother, and one long stem
rose for the baby.. I bought the rose below for Anya, and it AMAZINGLY bloomed to be bigger than her head.
There is no trick photography in this, look at Monica's hand holding the rose, and compare the size of it to Anya's head.. I have never seen a rose so BIG, and it felt it was my loving Father putting His hand of approval on Anya, and  
showing His love for her.. I know, kind of funny, but you would have to see it to believe it..

We really love and appreciate you all, and all your support! 

Joe and Gayle.


Jun 28, 2012 03:04 AM