Archive for March, 2007

Children’s Signs

March 28, 2007

We buried Lewis in the orchard next to the St. Francis statue.  Then we had a celtic cross that we placed on the grave.  The boys went to work making grave markers on cardboard tacked to large sticks.  I’ll have a picture of them soon.  James’s sign was written with bright yellow crayon.  “Here lies Lewis Fraces Vogel.  He Dide on his Borth Day.  He fonnd Jesuse.  The fist Vogel to go to Hevin.”  The other two were just as sweet.  This little baby was, and is, so loved by his siblings.

MaryEllen wanted to know where the baby came out of my belly.  “Is it where you nurse, Mommy?”  I told her no.  “Is it from your breast?”  Again I told her no.  “Did he come out of your belly button?”  I said, “Something like that.”  Later James asked if the baby came out of my belly button.  MaryEllen responded to him very matter-of-factly, “Something like that.”

Lewis Francis Vogel

March 26, 2007

This afternoon Lewis Francis Vogel was born into Heaven. He was about 5 or 6 inches long and he had 10 fingers and 10 toes. He was named after his two grandfathers who had gone before him and all the saints with those names.

Even though this is a sad occasion, it is also joyful. We are so greatful for the many gifts God has given us, especially the 5 other beautiful children that we have living here with us.

Please say a little prayer for Dad and Lewis’s siblings who are very sad about loosing the baby. God bless you all.

This Just In!

March 20, 2007

Today Charlotte was found wandering outside.  Dad came in and sternly asked the million dollar question, “Who left the front door open?”   The words “Not Me” echoed throughout the house.

Later in the day Charlotte was found opening several doors.  That answered Dad’s question.


We were in Costco on Sunday evening.  Charlotte had taken her shoes and socks off in the car and I put them back on just before going in the store.  I remember seeing her with both shoes on in the store as well.   Just as we were leaving she had only one shoe on.  We searched and searched the store and there was no little pink shoe to be found.

Since everyone needed new shoes anyway, I took everyone to the Moore’s store in Lawrenceburg after Mass on Monday morning.  Charlotte was sound asleep, so everyone else was fitted and got just what shoes they wanted.  Then it was Charlotte’s turn.  They were out of toddler size six little Merrell shoes.  I left the store, went home and searched the internet for Merrell dealers.  No one from here to Florence, AL, to Huntsville, to Columbia, TN has size toddler six pink pull on Merrell shoes.  So, the poor child is shoe-less until they come in to our local store.  Can you believe that?

Visitors and Helping Dad

March 20, 2007

This was actually a few weeks ago, but I thought these pictures had been lost.

One Sunday afternoon (before the big freeze!), the children were helping their Dad start to put together the new jungle gym in our yard. Everyone had to help, especially Charlotte.  While getting all the pieces sorted out, our neighbor stopped by on horseback.  (I love the country!)  Here are a few shots:

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Our Little Cheerleaders

March 20, 2007

This picture is from around Superbowl time.  MaryEllen was so excited that Charlotte even had some jeans to go under her cheerleading outfit.


Bread Baking

March 19, 2007

Friday was the boys’ Contenders for the Faith meeting. What faith is this, you ask? Well, I’m not sure. There are so few Catholics, especially of the homeschooling type around here that there are no Blue Knights meetings, and not enough boys to start one yet. Also, I really like these other home educators in the group so we do this. (By the way, one of the suggested activities for Contenders is for the boys to tell everyone about their favorite bible verse. John wants to do Matt 16:18, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” Yes, we are Catholic!)
Anyway, the boys made bread on Friday. The building was a little too cold and time restraints being what they were, the bread did not have time to rise properly. However, they did a great job and all the children here really enjoyed the bread.

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Charlotte Asleep

March 15, 2007

I love this age when you never know when or where they will sleep. Here’s Charlotte a few days ago…

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Yes, her legs are dangling.