I also can't remember when she first started keeping Riley so we could go on dates, attend meetings, or do anything else that a toddler could not be a part of. What I do know is she very quickly became an adoptive grandmother to our son. My parents were 20 hours away in Maryland, and when Riley was real little, Daniel's mom was 9 hours away in Tennessee. Iylene stepped in and loved on him as if he were her own. She's the one who kept him all day on Saturday, November 26, 2011 when Ella decided it was time to make her debut. She's the one who brought him to the hospital the night of Ella's birth so he could meet his new sister. She's the one that then turned around and drove back to Hughes Springs with Riley and spent the night with him so Daniel could stay with me in the hospital. And then she enveloped Ella with the same kind of love throughout the next 5 years. When we began fostering, she jumped right in with both feet and loved all 6 babies that came through our home.
To say we miss Mrs. Iylene is a huge understatement! We jokingly said she just needed to move with us, but honestly, there are days when I really wish she had! We were able to spend some time with her before we left and attempt to thank her for everything by feeding her lunch and giving her a framed collage picture of she and the kids.
Stephen's House Peru. The purses have been selling like hot cakes! So when she came over that day, she brought a bunch of ties and patterns and put Ella and Riley to work!
|Riley took his job very seriously|
|And Ella just likes to have fun!|
Iylene worked her magic, and here's the results!
We love you, Mrs. Iylene, and we are ready for you to come visit! Thank you for loving us so well over the last 7 years. You will always be part of our family - we've walked through too much together already to just say goodbye. So, like it or not, you're stuck with the Bramlett's! :)