Most people know that my oldest daughter, Novia was named after my late paternal Grandmother, Novia Strandquist. Grandma Novia was the second born of 4 girls in the Sutherland family. Her older sister, who is also now with Jesus, was Audrey Strandquist (Audrey & Novia married brothers). Anyway, my Great Aunt Audrey was like another grandmother to me, so part of the reason we came up with the name we did for Audrianna, was because of my great aunt and what she meant to me. It’s sad that my girlies won’t get to meet their namesakes here in this life, but some day they will all worship the Savior together.

Last week we had our traditional Sutherland cousin birthday get together and we were able to get a picture of the girls with my grandma’s two living sisters, Louella (L) and Joyce (R).

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Written by Heidi Brachle

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