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Our New Arrival

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Our sweet baby arrived at 2:15 a.m. on Friday, May 6th.

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 At only 6 days past my due date, he was my earliest baby. (The others were all born between 42-44 weeks). He was also the biggest, weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces (3,936 g). Like all of my others, he was born at home.

Recovery for both of us has been slow, as labor was not easy for either of us, but I am happy to say that we are both doing well. 

This is our eighth baby. We haven't chosen a name yet. We have a tradition of naming our baby after birth, and we're still looking for the right name. I did joke to my husband on Mother's Day that we could name him Henry, since he's the eighth!

I'll post another photo when we have a name.


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Good things to come. . . .

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 Baby expected in a few weeks!


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Goodbye Mom

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I met my in-laws a few days before our wedding. My husband had found an apartment for us, which was mine alone for a month (he stayed with his brother) until we were married. We moved all of both of our things into it before we were married.
My in-laws asked to see the apartment that we had set up a couple of nights before the wedding.
"Tell me about your bust," my future mother-in-law said as we walked into one room.
I paused. WHAT had she just said? How was I supposed to answer that?
Thankfully, my husband was able to come to the rescue. "I made that," he said, looking at the bust of a woman's head that he had cast for himself as part of his work before he met me.
I sighed with relief.
That is how we met.
A few years later, they moved to Las Vegas permanently.
When my oldest was just 20 months old and my second child was just a month old, she taught me how to can peaches. I was amazed at how fast she canned. I still cannot can that fast! She set a high standard for me. That was 10 years ago.
She understood food storage; her own family lived on it for a year, too, when her husband was out of a job and my husband was a child. She was a frugal person.
She was always, always serving someone.
My mother-in-law passed away last night.
Goodbye, Mom. We sure love you.

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The Divinity of Motherhood

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On Sunday, July 1st, we blessed our baby at church.

In our church, babies are usually blessed on the first Sunday of the month, when we have fast and testimony meeting. Members of the congregation fast (go without food or drink) for 2 meals, and give the money that they would have spent on those meals to help feed the poor. The meeting during that Sunday is dedicated to the bearing of testimonies. Members of the congregation are invited to stand before everyone to bear their testimony of Jesus Christ, of His gospel, and other divine truths.

Our parents came to be with us for the baby blessing, so our children were divided between grandparents in the pews, rather than sitting next to us on this Sunday. This allowed me the opportunity to sit next to a young girl of 13. I noticed her staring at at the baby in my arms, and I wondered what she was thinking.

A little while later, she rose to bear her testimony, and to my surprise, I found out what she had been thinking.

She said that she was staring at our baby, and that she was thinking about the divinity of motherhood, and what an important role it will be for her to fulfill someday.

It was one of the most simple, most profound testimonies that I have ever heard.

Did you know that you testified of the importance of motherhood, simply by choosing to bear children?  I had never thought of it that way. Her words helped me to see the examples that we set, simply by choosing to give life to the spirits who are waiting to come to this earth.

I asked her if she wanted to hold the baby. She blinked back tears and said yes, and she held my sleeping infant in her arms for the rest of the meeting.

"Years ago, a son wrote to his mother and asked her what she did to successfully rear her children—all nineteen of them! She wrote him this reply:
The writing anything about my way of education I am much adverse to. It cannot, I think, be of service to anyone to know how I, who have lived such a retired life for so many years, used to employ my time and care in bringing up my own children. No one can, without renouncing the world, in the most literal sense, observe my methods; and there are few, if any, that would entirely devote above twenty years of the prime of life in hopes to save souls of their children,which they think may be saved without so much ado; for that was my principal intention, however unskillfully and unsuccessfully managed.” (Franklin Wilder, Immortal Mother, New York: Vantage Press, 1966, p. 43; italics added.)
That mother was Susannah Wesley, and the son who wrote was John Wesley, one of the great reformers. Twenty years of the prime of life in the hopes of saving the souls of her children! Such a task required skill, competence, courage, intelligence, and ingenuity far above any career."

Motherhood is a divine calling. Your example influences others far beyond what you may ever know.

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