Archive for the ‘babies’ Category
MaryEllen is becoming quite a good cook. Even her eldest brother told his friends that the other day. For St. Patrick’s Day she made a delicious loaf of Irish Soda bread shaped like a shamrock. Just thinking about it makes me want some.
MaryEllen used the recipe below except she replaced the sugar with Sucanat and replaced the buttermilk with soymilk with umeobeshi vinegar in it.
She took a cooking class with some other girls her age and learned to make some delicious lunches. She has made a tofu feta wrap, which I didn’t get pictures of, and this lovely curried tempeh sandwich with avocado and aolie (is that how that is spelled? It’s a gourmet mayonnaise) on sourdough bread. It was delicious…
Now, here are token baby pictures taken this morning by Charlotte…
Here are some better pictures from James’s camera. At the end when we went to take the family picture, our friend Sharon ran out of the church to go get Vincent. Apparently no one in his family was watching him, so one of the ladies at the church did. We didn’t even realize it until Sharon held him up to us in time for the pictures. These pictures are a bit better than the last post.
MaryEllen got James’s old camera when he finally saved enough to buy a better one. Unfortunately it does not take the best pictures. Her’s was one of the two that were at Genevieve’s Baptism. So, the quality is not the greatest, but you get the idea.
The pictures are backwards here. Genevieve screamed until the water was poured over her head. Then she was so calm. Also, the gown was my grandfathers and from the 1880s (1886, I believe.) My friend Joan re-did the sleeve for us as the original ones were shredding. She did a lovely job. At a later date I’ll post some of the pictures that James took. They are a better quality. It is getting late here and I must go to bed. Enjoy!
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.
We are always grateful for the clothes people give us. Not too long ago, I passed on all the boy clothes from size 18 months to size 7. Some of those clothes were hard to give up. Not only did all three of my boys wear them, but I remember my 20-something nephew wearing them as well. Trusting in the Lord, Joe reminded me to “let the Lord provide” if we ever have any more boys. Typing that last sentence seems strange to me because I remember a time, not too long ago, when I wondered if we would have any girls. Here are some pictures of an outfit that Aunt Mary Lou bought for Mary Ellen about 6 years ago. We have pictures of MaryEllen wearing it. The neat thing about this is that I got Veronica dressed and put the hat on. She let me take one picture and promptly took that hat off. Then she had fun playing with it and putting it back on herself. Enjoy the pictures!