A Sacrament for Rosebud

We celebrated a sweet baptism for our little Rosebud yesterday. She was baptized in a historic Catholic Church built in 1792.
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Her Godparents couldn’t join us, so Moonbeam’s Godparents ( John’s Brother Jared and SIL Denise) stood in as Proxy.
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As Rosebud had the annointing on her chest, her siblings and a few cousins peered over the pew.
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Rosebud held it together has the chilly water fell over her head. Just like her biggest brother, she too found comfort keeping her little pacifier while the water poured.

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I love the sweet smell of the Chrism on a new baby
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Rosebud wore the same beautiful gown as two of her big sisters, Moonbeam and Bluebelle. She is so sweet and teeny tiny. She is still observing her surrounding and sounds and making some of the cutest serious faces.
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We made simple cupcakes with homemade buttercream icing topped off with little roses and made shell candies to pass out to all of the guests outside of the church. Little Rosebud was given some sweet little mementos for her big day, but the best of all, A pure white soul!
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New addition for a New School Year

We welcome little Zelie Therese on October 16th. She was 8lbs 6ozs and 19 3/4 inches. She certainly made a place in the family with her robust cries. Max seems to be mesmerized with her presence and signs baby when she cries and greets her every day with a kiss. He likes to see that she has toes just like him, she has ears, just like him, and his favorite, she has a nose, just like him!
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Opie and Max here at our back to school picture time. Opie desperately needs a new blog name. I am thinking of changing it now that he’s a Freshman in Highschool. He has continued to thrive with the Maryland Conservatory of Music and has worked diligently on Beethoven, Bach, and Chopin all summer. He has also decided to join the Ice Hockey team and has been practicing his skills weekly. Max is adorable and I love to see him communicate with us. He signs about 40 words and is in love with the ABCs and Numbers! At any given moment, he busts out singing his version of the ABCs and chanting two, nine, zero, two…etc…
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MM entered the third grade this year. She’s been enjoying soccer and just can’t wait for each Saturday game to come along. She is a ball of energy every day!
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Bluebelle entered the fifth grade and has been enjoying all of her subjects. She is the first one awake and half the time tells me she’s half way finished with school before I’ve even had coffee.

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Moonbeam is now in the 7th grade. She worked with the Home School group over the summer taking several parts in the Romeo and Juliet play they filmed. We look forward to the viewing of the movie in the Winter once it is edited. She also decided one day to climb up a tree 7 feet and then fall down… sort of like Pooh Bear, hitting every branch on her way down and breaking her collarbone. She has been healing for weeks now and is ready for a thumbs up from her Doctor next week.
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Cookie, who also needs a new blog name, is now a Senior! She’s added many new things to her school year. She has taken on her first job and is saving money towards college. We’ve been very proud of her ambition to not spend any of it. She is also dual enrolled with the local community college picking up a few credits towards college while completing her High School credits.

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FALL BONUS to POST:
To add to the fun, some of the kids went to the pumpkin patch yesterday. Our house is full of pumpkins.
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A lot of changes here

Well, we have moved since I was last on here. I spent many many weeks packing and unpacking and here we are. We’ve settled into a little cottage built in the 30’s backed up on the water. We see eagles and deer on a regular basis!
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Along with the move came another little gift from heaven right in the midst of the winter snow and boxes! We are due October 22! I’ve gone back on the progesterone injections and the blood thinner as I did with Nicholas a year ago.
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Bluebelle has donated her hair again to Locks of Love this Lent and is very happy to share her hair with others for a wig.
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Max is almost walking! He is going to be ONE on May 4th! He is such a joy and makes everyone happy!
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Cookie is finishing up an SAT prep class getting ready for the real deal in June. In the meantime, she’s really looking forward to the Junior/Senior prom! Following that I think she’s looking into taking Driver’s Ed!
Pictures will follow later in a separate post!
Opie is finishing up perfecting Beethoven’s Rage over a Lost Penny and one of Chopin’s Nocturns for a performance coming up. He is also looking forward to his Confirmation he’s been preparing for! We had to go out and buy a new suit!
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MM is getting ready to receive her First Holy Communion in May! She has enjoyed studying her Catechism with me and reading King of the Golden City. To go with that she painted a little hut and decorated it with roses to prepare for the coming of the King.
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Moonbeam has been steadily getting better and better at not only drawing horses, but also riding them! Here she is at a trot on a vaulting saddle!
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Bluebelle also was learning with the vaulting saddle!
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I wish you all a blessed and Happy Easter!

Ok, I’m failing here…

…to keep up with this little space I’ve created. So many of you have emailed me saying you want to keep reading my blog and actually enjoy it. I am honored. We’ve moved up here to Maryland and my routine with a baby has changed dramatically. What I used to do with 5 kids has suddenly changed now with 6 in the home. There is a 6 year difference between M&M and Max. Matthew would have been 4 almost connecting the ages, but with this gap, I realized that John and I are rookie parents all over again. We keep finding ourselves saying,
“Oh yeah, I remember that.”
All the things that come with having a baby in the home… the pack and play in the living room, the jumper, the bouncy seat, the toys, the diapers have taken over the house. Little Max here has more things than we do it seems, but we love every bit of it! These little eyes that gleam back at us when we talk to him just melt us all! And yup, I think he’s a hazel eyed baby!
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Moonbeam eyes, just like his big sister! And finally, he’s decided to put on some weight, once he discovered eating solids is delicious!
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Here are the brothers in a daily pose!
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Max pictures before we move!

We are heading to Maryland in a week. This morning we said goodbye to all of our friends at church and now we start the hustle of packing before the packers show up. John’s command is over and we are looking forward to a change of pace in our new home… if we could just find a home. I keep telling the kids God already knows our address. Now if John and I could just hear Him tell it to us directly, it would be a lot easier. 🙂
Little Max was 10 lbs 5 ounces at his 2 month well baby check this past week. He’s been steady on the chart. No more, no less, just right where he started. 10%. He’s such a sweet baby and loves to pass out smiles. The kids and I truly don’t get much done.
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I took this shot so you could see the details in the peter pan collar and the buttons.
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I love the hair on the back of his little head.
So sweet!

Despite getting ready for the Change of Command and packers this week, we’ve managed to squeeze in eye exams for 4 kids, a well baby visit, a doctor’s appt in Nashville, and a birthday party for two girls who will be celebrating their 9th and 11th birthday on the road! I hope to share pictures from the party later. For now, I need to start labeling items in our home to store, to pack and to not pack. Have a great week!

A New Child of God on Mother’s Day 2013

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This Mother’s Day has been so very special. We welcomed little Max into the Church today. My parents and John’s parents were able to be here with us along with Max’s Godparents and children. Fr. Kevin drove through the night to be here to baptize our little guy. Twelve years ago, he baptized Opie, and now, here Opie watched his little brother be baptized. What a sweet day!
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I love how Max is peering out while Fr. Kevin annoints him with chrism.
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Fr. Kevin took Max over to the altar to bless him. I think Opie was looking forward to this moment in the baptism of his brother for weeks before his arrival. This was a very special moment.
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Here are Jess and Gary, Max’s Godparents. They were also little Matthew’s Godparents. We were grateful they were able to make it down to be here with us to celebrate.
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Well, I know I said I wasn’t posting his name anymore, but I loved the Cake, especially the part that said Child of God. We are so blessed. Fr. Kevin said St Nicholas brought people gifts, and then continued, and this little Max has brought this family a gift. I think everyone teared up.
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Little Max wore Matthew’s gown. This was so very meaningful to us. Matthew never got to “wear” it due to all of his tubes and wires, but we did place it on him. Now, Max wore it. Thank you Cheryl, for your special gift of this gown.
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He’s Here!!

We welcomed little Max into the world on May 4, at 9:15 P.M. weighing in at 7lbs 9 ozs!
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I generally have very hard labors. This time, I was in labor at a slow and steady pace, which was an answer to my prayers for a gentle labor, especially since we were trying for a VBAC following our emergency one-minute c-section with Matthew almost four years ago. I slept through alot of the process. When we got to the hospital, I was already at a 4-5. Despite my progress, I still managed to labor for hours and hours. At completion, Little Max was out in 10 seconds! I praised God for his safe delivery!

We were able to come home Monday and since then, all we hear is, “Can I hold him?”, “Can I hold him?”, “Can I hold him?”

MM was so delighted to be a big sister, she was just bursting for our arrival home. She had this sweet sign on his pack n play waiting to welcome him home.

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MM had a perfect guess on his weight! My sister-in-law, Denise, guessed his weight as well over text! Thank you all who helped us pass the time.
This will be the only time I share his name on God’s Canvas, after this we’ll call him “Max.”

Thank you all who prayed for us throughout this pregnancy. It certainly was an easy pregnancy, despite fact that I was considered very high risk. In fact this was probably one of the best pregnancies I’ve had.

In addition to our joy, my sister also delivered a healthy baby boy five days before me, as well as a dear friend who delivered just a week or so before us. She was my prayer partner throughout this pregnancy and the past four years.

Little Max will be baptized this Sunday on Mother’s Day. We have so much to be thankful for!

Waiting for baby…

Well I think I’ve cleared through every room in the house to include the buckets in the attic. We’ve made so many trips to drop off donations that my car can probably get there on its own. I’ve hustled through drawers, refolded things, and still managed a few little projects. I received several sweet little things in the mail from some of you, thank you! I cannot wait to hold this little guy. I did turn in the little burp cloths and diaper stacker I made at the local embroidery shop, along with a few gifts. I’ve blurred the initials so we can announce his arrival with his name on his birthday.
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I’ve also found a few minutes here and there to smock a few little girl gifts that are not quite done, but still on my list. I’ll show those once I’ve mailed them off so I don’t give them away before the receiver gets them.
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John and I went to a dinner last week on post so this is probably my last picture showing off my baby belly.
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We’re hoping this little guy arrives this week! I’ve got everything ready.. so we wait… My family thought it would be fun to make a list of statistics while we wait. You’re welcome to join in the fun. Just let us know what you think in the comments!
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(these are in this order.. Mom, dad, Cookie, Opie, Moonbeam, BlueBelle, and MM)
We’ll come back and let you know who in our family was the closest and then which one of you came close, too! St Gerard, pray for us!

Easter 2013

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Our son was able to serve at the Easter Mass and carried the incense. He served with such reverence. I love how our Faith used all of the senses in the Mass. The smoke symbolizes the prayers of the faithful drifting up to heaven: the Psalmist prays, “Let my prayer come like incense before you; the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice” (Psalm 141).
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Here are the children after Mass all ready to change out of their Easter wear and dig into their candy and Easter baskets.
We enjoyed making deviled eggs, resurrection rolls, and a fruit bowl after Mass. If I had only bought enough white vinegar, we would have tried Catholic Icing’s wonderful egg ideas with food coloring… there’s always next Easter.
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A rare picture of John and me after Mass. I felt like an Easter egg myself with my tummy at almost 35 weeks. We are ready to have this little fella anytime now and meet him face to face!
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I’ve been quiet most of the time this Lent as I tried to stay off the computer as much as I could. I did a bit of sewing, to include these little burp cloths I made for the baby. I’ve also made several as gifts and had them monogramed. I am thinking about having “little brother” put on one or two of these for this little guy.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter week! May God Bless you.

A Significant day in many many ways…

*I am 32 weeks along today. Three and a half years ago, I was 32 weeks along and in the OR delivering little Matthew Karol.
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*Today is my only sister’s birthday! Today is also my Brother-in-law’s birthday! Happy Birthday to you both! What historical birthdays for both of them!
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* Obviously, I’m nesting… I’ve torn every room apart… we can’t walk down the hallways because I’ve filled them with items for give-away, items for the attic, and things I am ready to get rid of. I want furniture this and that moved, I have sewing projects pleated, and the entire refrigerator contents are all over the kitchen island (as I sit and watch EWTN all afternoon!)
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All the tiny baby boy clothes are washed and folded and put away.
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the crib is up and ready…
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*Today, my only living grandmother has moved into a memory care home. I have my grandfather heavy on my mind. This is a big change for my grandfather who has only known life with his wife by his side. Please include a prayer of peace for them.
*Today we all woke up wondering if today was the day the day our Church would elect a new shepherd.
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* Habemus Papam! Today we welcome Pope Francis as our new Shepherd! His first blessing on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica was very humble. He asked for a prayer from the people to ask the Lord to bless him. The entire crowd of pilgrims were silent in prayer. It was amazing to watch. The Church began with St Peter. This is our new leader! Matthew 16:18-19.
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* Obviously a celebration was in order. The children all voted to make a red velvet cake with white (cream cheese) icing. The red velvet with white icing in honor of the papal outfit. The significance of the red accessories: Red is the colour of martyrdom and the pope is the successor of the martyred St. Peter, “red is the color of burning love, the color of the fire of the Spirit.”
I let the two little girls make this from start to finish, they did a great job!
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10 weeks to go!

I can’t believe how quickly the time is going. I’ve had the itch to sew all of the baby’s bedding and get it all ready. I keep thinking it’s going to be here before I know it and I still need to finish up most of the school year with the children before we adjust with a newborn. My husband bought me beautiful fabric for my birthday anticipating I would sew dresses, but after we found out this little person was a boy, I searched through and found some fabric he ordered from BessieMary before she closed to use in his bedding. I paired the blue check fabric (which feels like butter to sew with) with a sage pinstripe, chocolate corduroy, and green “minky dot.” I don’t actually know the correct fabric name for this super soft fabric, but we loved it so much when I used the cream version last year on our nephew’s bedding, we decided to use it again. It is just such a baby fabric! My parents bought us a crib in a coffee color, but we are waiting to set everything up. I’ll post it all put together later on, for now, I’ll share a sneak peek at what I’ve done. Here is the quilt, similar to the one I made for my sister’s baby last year.
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Here is the reverse side of the quilt, which I think all of my family wishes I’d make them one to cuddle up with!

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Here is the diaper stacker that will eventually have an initial or monogram on the brown corduroy in cream, after we settle for sure on his name. 🙂

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My husband and I loved the feel of the minky dot so much, we decided to make the little guy a blanket that wasn’t thick like a quilt. It started out with us deciding we’d pick out a flannel for the opposite side. After running into already sewn quilt fabric and loving how it seemed to match, we decided to skip the flannel and go for the quilt fabric… after all, the hard work of cutting out those squares again was already done for me!

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For the bedskirt, I wanted to try to use what was in the quilt, but tie it together somehow. My son suggested to line the bottom with the brown. I love how it turned out and can’t wait to put it all together on the crib. For the bumper, I cheated… I wanted the minky dot, but decided to order one rather than try to sew with it. I seems to like to slip under the foot press and not do so well (for me.) I ordered one, but the color wasn’t quite right. I found this “velour” stripe at the local baby store and cut off the ties. It’s not pictured here, but I sewed the sage pinstripe fabric into one and half foot ties and sewed them back onto the appropriate spots.

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Not pictured yet, I did make several burp cloths using various scrapes of fabric. I was hoping to embroider them before posting them. I thought I’d put “little brother, ” and his monogram on them before I share them.
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our littlest Snowbaby

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So far, this little Snowbaby is doing great. He’s had a clean bill of health at every ultrasound and I’ve passed the glucose screening. God always provides. As the weeks are getting closer, I keep coming across items I need and God places them before me.
I am not quite ready to photograph what I’ve been working on, but I will tell you, I am almost finished with all of his baby crib bedding. I’ve made a sweet quilt out of several fabrics, a crib skirt, embellished a bumper I already had, and even made a diaper stacker. After that, I plan to sew him a little baptismal blanket out of some of the beautiful fabric John bought me from BessieMary before she closed. For now, I wanted to share his sweet little face. The 3D was hard to capture because most of the time, he had a leg and his hands in front of his face. Have a great week!

Snowbaby boy 21 weeks

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Our newest little addition seems to be very happy and is growing right on schedule with each ultrasound we get. We are 21+ weeks along now and get monitored every three weeks due to our past pregnancy issues. We go in for a long Echo ultrasound in January since Matthew had such a heart abnormality. I will pray all is well with this little one. We are due the first part of May. Now that we have received a pretty good diagnosis for this little one, I will be on the lookout for baby boy things since I gave almost everything away after we lost Matthew. I was looking at the Amazon baby registry and was surprised how only a handful of things came to mind. With our first child, I registered for everything. Now I am not even sure I want a changing table. We’ll see. I may scout out around town over the next couple of months since I have a little bit more time. I do plan to make a baby blanket like I made my sister for her baby shower last year. I loved it and how it felt with the minky dot fabric. I ‘ll post as I go. I do know this little boy has a beautiful Christening Gown made by Cheryl, that his big brother never got a chance to wear. (In this post, Matthew is seen with the gown placed on top of him. He had a ventilator that prevented us from dressing him.) I did hold on to that special gift. I also kept each hand-knitted cap made by his big sister Cookie, and Godmother, Jess. I know this little boy will enjoy each of them. Thank you all for your prayers along the way.