Archive for March, 2011

Life Just Doesn’t Stop!

March 28, 2011

Here it is, 11:30 pm, and I’m still awake.  It seems that it will be a long night, as one small child has a stomach bug (that came on suddenly while sitting on my lap!) and my stomach is feeling compromised, despite my best efforts to help it feel better.  Baby has been sleeping for a while, and it will probably be another two hours before he wakes up, but you never know.  Baby, you ask.  He, you ask.  Well, since I last blogged, we had a beautiful baby boy.  Vincent Benedict Patrick was born weighing in at 7 lbs, 13 ozs.  He’s a beauty and looks like a Vogel baby.  Sometimes when nursing him or burping him, I get the sense that we have been here with this baby before.  However, it is probably just the resemblance.   Once again the birth looked quite easy according to those present.  For me it was one of the hardest.  Must be the age!    Vincent was baptized on St. Patrick’s Day followed by a low Mass and picnic in our picture perfect 75 degree and sunny weather that day.  What a blessing.  Pictures of that will be forthcoming when they arrive from the person who took them.  Vincent wore my Grandfather’s Baptism gown from 1886.  It is starting to fall apart a bit, but it is still beautiful.

Here are some pictures from his first day outside the womb…

You may click on the pictures for a larger view…



Here are some pictures from when Vincent was about 2 weeks old…



Here is Vincent with his Godfather on his baptism day…

It never ceases to amaze me how much these babies remind me of my father just before he died.  There were times when he really, really wanted to look at his grandchildren, but it was such a struggle for him to open his eyes.  His whole forehead would slowly wrinkle and move up until he barely opened his eyes.  That is exactly how a newborn opens his eyes. 

Another random thought … just after the children watched The Sound of Music, one of them came up to me and said, “We have 7 children now.”  Wow!  How did that happen?  They really are all such gifts from God.  Today as the littlest girl was sick, the older girls were taking such care of her.  They were following her to the bathroom to make sure she was OK.  Their parents did not request this, they did it on their own.  It is a joy to watch the moments when they give so much of themselves for each other.

On a totally different note, someone mentioned that the Duggars make their own laundry detergent.  A search of their website will bring you to a recipe in with their food recipes.  All of the ingredients were found at the local grocery store and tonight we finally made some.  Help was needed for lifting the 5 gallon bucket.  It has not yet been 6 weeks since Vincent was born, so I’m still taking it a bit easier.  It will sit overnight and we’ll see how it works.  Here’s hoping it cleans well so that we can save a bit of money in that area. 

Quilting has been non-existent as it is tax season.  There is not too much work for me, but enough that I will not let myself quilt until it is all done.  Finding time in between cooking and caring for newborn is interesting.  The sewing machine is calling my name and our bed quilt is starting to fall apart.  One day we’ll have another. 

We have all gone macro!  Macrobiotic that is.  Hubby had a little bit of a health scare (it’s all clear) and decided to eat healthier.  It is a big commitment!  For him to not eat out and have a lot of junk food is a major commitment.  For me the cooking is huge!  I love it, but it does take a lot of time.  Meal planning is, and has always been a big challenge for me.  It still needs a lot of work, but we are sitting down to just about every meal together.  My fussiest eater has even started eating!   It is a miracle!! He says he wants to go to camp so he is learning to eat.  He found that he loves kale and even likes carrots.  Hubby has lost over 20 pounds so far and is feeling so much better.  Posting our menus and meals here is a desire of mine, but knowing my limitations, it doesn’t seem like it will get done. 

PRAYER REQUEST…Almost forgot, we found out that a lady we knew in our old town has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  Please pray for Kathi and her family.  Thank you!

OK, enough rambling!  I hope you have had a wonderful February and March!  God bless you and yours.