Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Apple Crisp

This is tonight's Dessert..  YUM..   (the apple cake from last night is gone already)


 


 


Apple Crisp


Crystal Miller


 


5 large apples, peeled, cored, sliced


2/3 c Sucanat


2/3 c cane juice crystals


1 c whole wheat pastry flour


1 ½ c oats


1 c butter, melted


2/3 c water


 


Butter the bottom of a 9x13 pan.  Lay apples slices in the pan.  In a medium size bowl combine the rest of the ingredients except the water.  Spread this over the apples. Pour the water over the top.  Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the top is browned. 


 


Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream


 

Tuesday on the Homestead


 


Well it happened…  we had our first frosty 32 degree morning of the season this morning.  I knew it was cold yesterday and sunny which usually means cooler temps, and the temps did drop last night.  But boy it really seemed like we dropped from nice fall like temps to very cool…  very quickly!  I love fall, but am not that crazy about winter!    Needless to say, the wood furnace is working away this morning warming up the Miller Homestead..   and I think I will bake something this morning to help the heating process along! 


 


Yesterday the sing practice went really well.  Funny thing about singing with kids..  We had 5 weeks to practice.  The senior center moved the date ahead on us giving us less practice time than we thought we had…. and we went into a panic (or maybe I was the only one who did.. LOL) .. oh no.. can the kids be ready???  After the first practice with them, well I was still in a panic! LOL..  But kids learn so quickly and Hannah made some changes in the music selection that was an improvement…..  and yesterday we had our last practice and I was impressed at how well the kids did.  So we are ready for Friday! 


 


They will do some practicing before the luncheon on Friday while the moms work on the tables.  We volunteered to do all the hosting this time.  Typically we have just done the entertainment.  So we have to have center pieces for the tables, and have to bake cakes (it is the monthly birthday luncheon) and provide entertainment and serve the plates of food to the seniors.   I am going to try and take pictures to share..


 


Today I will be home all day.  I have housework to do, and walnuts to continue drying.  We have lots of walnut trees and we have been harvesting them..  so I have sacks, bags and boxes of walnuts everywhere!    But they do taste good..  they are what I used in my apple cake yesterday. 


 


I also have laundry to keep moving through and dinner preps to work on and a November menu to write and a grocery list to make for my big shopping trip tomorrow.


 


Have a great Tuesday on your Homestead! 

Monday, October 30, 2006

Apple Cake Recipe

Apple Cake


This has been a favorite cake of ours for many years.  It was originally the recipe of a good friend of mine and over the years I converted it to be a bit healthier.  Hope you enjoy it too!


 


 


 


2 cups cane juice crystals


1 c coconut oil


½ c olive oil


3 eggs


2t vanilla


1 t lemon juice


3 c whole wheat pastry flour


1 t salt


1 t soda


1 t cinnamon


3 c apples, peeled & chopped


1 c chopped nuts


 


Heat oven to 350.  Blend cane juice crystals, coconut oil and olive oil in a mixer until creamy looking. Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice.  Add flour, salt, soda, cinnamon and mix well.  Fold in the apples and nuts.  Bake in a 9x13 pan for 1 hour or until cake is done. 


 


Frosting/Topping:


1 c Sucanat


¼ c cream or evaporated milk


8 T butter


2 t vanilla


 


 


In a saucepan combine all the above ingredients.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Boil for 2 to3 minutes.  Cool while cake bakes.  Pour over hot cake.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Time Change :)


I was just looking at the Bloggers main page and saw the reminder that was posted a couple of days ago on the Front Porch to change the clocks back ..  well I guess I have not been paying attention to these little details very well! LOL..   So I though I would share this story..


 


Yesterday morning Tobin woke up earlier than usual and could not sleep (he does not require a whole lot of sleep so this is normal for him)..  The clock in our room said 3:30am and we decided to get up and he would go into work early.  He got ready for work, I got his lunch packed and the coffee made.  We were standing in the kitchen and he was looking at the clock that said 4:10am.  Then he said to me, “Isn’t this the weekend we were suppose to set the clocks back?”.  I went to look at the calendar and sure enough it was.  He looked at me and said,  “So it is actually 3:10am?”  hee.. hee..    I suggested that he and I just enjoy the one hour that we now had having coffee together and chatting.. something we rarely have the luxury of doing..  When he did leave for work at the REAL 4:10am we were both thankful for that extra hour AND thankful this little oversight did not happen in the spring..  LOL… 

Monday on the Homestead

 


I am up early this morning as usual.  Tobin just left for work.   I have a load of towels drying right now and a load of hubby’s work uniforms in the washer…. and now I am working on my to-do list for the day.


 


We have sing practice with the homeschool group this afternoon.  This will be our last practice before we sing for the senior luncheon on Friday.  The kids are sounding good! 


 


Hannah is working for our pastor this morning.  She does data entry type things for him (for the church) about once a month, and usually another time during the month she helps him with other office type jobs. 


 


I need to get school work for the kids organized for the week, send out some orders from my little store, set out some rice to soak for tonight’s dinner, and pull up some hamburger from the freezer to defrost for dinner too (we are having hamburger gravy over brown rice and a salad). 


 


I have a nice box of apples sitting here that I need to do something with.  The kids have made a huge dent in the box just by eating them!  They are sweet and good!  I was thinking of maybe a good apple bread or apple cake recipe..  Have to see what recipes I have for this..  and work on it when I get home.


 


Before Tobin left for work he got a fire going.  I think he said it was 36 degrees outside this morning.  I feel the house warming up now as I type.  The other added bonus to heating with wood is that we end up with lots of hot water for free!  Tobin plumbed the pipes from the water tank through our wood furnace so every heating season we have an abundance of water available to us and we actually see our electricity bill drop.  All this reminds me that I need to get this blog posted so I can go tend to the fire…  


 


That should do it for Monday on the Homestead!

Chicken Lasagna

I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious!  Just about the whole pan was wiped out..  I managed to save a little for Tobin to take to work today.  Thought I would share the recipe.


 


Chicken Lasagna


Crystal Miller 


 


 


7 to 9 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or equivalent breast pieces), cooked and cubed


1 16oz package frozen broccoli (or 4 cups chopped, fresh broccoli pieces), cooked


3 large eggs


1 T Dijon style mustard


salt and pepper, to taste


½ of a large onion, chopped


½ c chopped mushrooms


olive oil


2 c mozzarella cheese, or less (also optional)


8 to 10 whole wheat or spinach lasagna noodles, cooked


 


Chicken Lasagna Sauce (recipe follows)  (Hint: This sauce can be prepared while you are cooking your chicken, broccoli and noodles in preparation for this recipe)


 


In a large bowl combine cooked and cubed chicken, cooked broccoli, eggs, mustard, salt and pepper.  In a frying pan sauté onions and mushrooms in a small amount of olive oil.  Add sautéed onions and mushrooms to the chicken mixture.


 


Set this aside and prepare sauce.


 


In a 9x13 pan put a layer of lasagna noodles to cover the bottom of the pan.  Put half of the chicken mixture on top of the noodles.  Spoon half the sauce over the chicken and then half the cheese.  Repeat layers and cover loosely with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until everything is hot and bubbly.  You can remove the foil during the last 10 minutes, if desired.


 


Serve this with French bread and a nice big green salad!! 


 


 


Chicken Lasagna Sauce


½ c butter (1 cube or stick)


½ cup ww flour


4 cups milk


2 chicken boullion cubes


1 t (heaping) chopped garlic


½ t onion powder


½ t dried parsley


½ t salt


½ t seasoning salt


½ t pepper


 


In a sauce pan over medium high heat, melt butter.  Add flour.  Stir and cook until smooth and thick.  Reduce heat to medium and add milk all at once and stir with wire whisk combine well.  Add spices and continue cooking and stirring until mixture thickens up and comes to a boil.  Remove from heat and set aside to use in Chicken Lasagna.


 


 

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Simple Foods from the Homestead Kitchen…



 


Simple foods from your homestead kitchen can look and taste like a feast!  Last week I cooked up two roasts.  One was a goat roast and one was a lamb roast (both home grown by my mother in law and her hubby). But any type of roast would have worked.  We enjoyed these roasts with a pot of Yummy Pinto Beans and some veggies.


 


Well the next night I still had meat and beans left.  So I chopped up what was left of the roasts and added these to the beans, added more water and a little more salt.  Then made a big salad out of romain lettuce, red cabbage and grated carrots with homemade ranch dressing.  I served the soup and salad with homemade garlic toast on homemade bread.  The meal was pretty much leftovers revisited and was very inexpensive..  but the best part to me is that it also LOOKED so pretty!!


 



 


 

Saturday on the Homestead

 


Yesterday Tobin and I spent the day in the big city running errands.  We had a nice day together.  We decided not to do the rest of the shoe shopping and bring kids, but just to have some time together.  We went out to lunch and that was fun..  Went to a place that serves asian food and you go through the line picking out the meat, veggies, noodles that you want (all raw)..  then add your own spices (they have a guide to show you), then you take it to the chefs who have this big open grill and they stir fry it all up in front of you.  Lots of fun to watch and eat!   


 


I was able to get the rest of the yarn I needed to make sure I could finish my shawl.  I wanted to crochet a triangular shawl and had picked out one pattern and then when I searched for the pattern I found another one (in my files) that I had saved and decided I wanted that one instead..  but it required more yarn than what I had purchased.  So now I will have what I need to finish it.  I will post a pic of it when it is done..  which may be awhile as I only seem to find the time to work on it at the end of my day and so only a few rows are added nightly. 


 


When we came home from town my girls were pulling cinnamon bread out of the oven.. oh my goodness.  The SMELL was sooo wonderful!!  What a joy..  is there really anything better than the smell of fresh baked goods in a home.  To me this just says HOME!!


 


Yesterday evening I got the new bath salts finished and listed in my country store.  I even took a bath last night and enjoyed the peppermint eucalyptus ..  very nice! 


 


Today looks like another busy day on the Miller Homestead.  I have soap to label and wrap, some more cooking to do and I am going to try to talk Emily into making that Pumpkin Spice Cake again..  the girls ran out of time yesterday..  and energy!  They did a lot in the kitchen while we were gone.  I also hope to work on my shawl some more.  I am watching the son of a good friend of mine for the day too.  He should be here very soon.  He is Isaac’s age and so the two of them will have fun today I am sure.  His dad will pick him up later this afternoon. 


 


That sums up my Saturday on my Homestead…  

Friday, October 27, 2006

Thursday on the Homestead

 


Last night I went to post this blog entry and could not log on..  so thought I would post it this morning.  I will update with Friday's happenings later!


 


Well the days do go by so fast and they seemed filled with so much lately.  Tobin had taken another day off from work today.  I always enjoy it when he is home.  The kids worked on school, Hannah had a house to clean and I worked on labeling some lotion and making bath salts.  Plus dinner…  we enjoyed Ashli’s 5-way Cincinnati Chili again tonight and this time we served it over curly-q noodles. 


 


Emily and Leanne baked 6 loaves of bread today.  Hannah is going to do another 6 loaves soon and do 4 of them cinnamon bread just like I mentioned on another blog entry.


 


I had a friend call me today.  She was soooo excited because she is getting a couple Nubian does.  Now she and hubby are in a scramble to set up for them.  Animals seem to be like that..  you always are working from the back forward..  you know you get the animal and then scramble to set up for them!     Anyway her hubby is here right now and Tobin is showing him our set up and the little goat shelter that he built not long ago, and showing our fencing and such. 


 


Tomorrow we may take the family back to town in search of dress shoes for the older girls.  After the dress shoes I THINK the shoes are done..  but then again I was thinking I needed a new pair of mud boots for Isaac..  soooo…  the shoe thing may not be over.


 


One time years ago someone at Tobin’s work said to him, “Wow 8 kids..  Your food bill must be so high!!”.  Tobin smiled and said, “It’s not the food, it’s the shoes!!!!”    haa.. haa..


 


If we don’t go into town tomorrow then we will just do homestead things here.  I have baking and cooking to do.  I have pinto beans soaking right now for use tomorrow in some soup of some kind.  I made a big batch of the Cincinnati Chili and made a very big green salad tonight and probably should do a couple dozen deviled eggs tomorrow and that should keep all the tummies full over the weekend..  Maybe Emily can throw in another yummy pumpkin cake! 


 


 


 


 


 

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I mentioned in my last blog entry that Emily had made Hannah a pumpkin cake for her birthday and thought I would post the recipe since it was sooo good and pumpkin recipes just seem perfect for this time of year!


 


Pumpkin Cake


 


2 cups cane juice crystals


½ cup coconut oil


½ c olive oil


4 large eggs


2 cups whole wheat pastry flour


2 t baking soda


2 t cinnamon


½ t ginger


1 t baking powder


½ t salt


2 c pumpkin puree


Cream Cheese Frosting


 


In a mixer cream together coconut oil and sugar and olive oil and eggs and mix well.  Combine dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Add to sugar/oil mixture and combine well.  Stir in pumpkin puree. 


 


Spray 2 9-inch round cake pans with non stick spray.  Line the bottom of the pans with a wax paper circle that has been cut the same size as the pan bottom.  This helps to ensure your finished baked cake will come out of the pan without problems.


 


Divide the batter between the two pans and bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes or until tested done.  Cool cake on racks. 


 


While cake is cooling make cream cheese frosting:


 


Cream Cheese Frosting


 


¼ c butter


8 oz. cream cheese


4 cups powdered Sucanat (can use powdered sugar if you don’t have access to the Sucanat)


2 t vanilla extract


 


Combine all ingredients with a mixer and beat until smooth.  If to thick you can thin with a little cream.


 


Frost the pumpkin cake with this yummy frosting! 


 


 


 



 

Hannah’s Birthday!

 


Hannah had her 18th birthday yesterday.  Hard to believe my third child is 18 already!!  We spent the first part of the day cleaning up the house and doing just basic life things.  Then we went to a homeschool meeting.  The kids in our homeschool group are singing for the seniors in our community at a lunch (given by the community center in our town) next Friday.  Hannah is leading the music with the kids.   She likes playing her guitar and doing this type of thing.  She also leads the music for the Awana program in our church.  


 


 


We came home from the meeting and Grandpa was already here and had brought pizza.  While we were at the meeting Emily (who had stayed home) baked Hannah a pumpkin cake.  Hannah loves pumpkin so Emily thought she would enjoy this cake.  It was delicious!  She frosted it with cream cheese frosting (made with powdered sugar as I was out of powdered Sucanat)..  Hannah received some nice gifts and all in all was very happy with her special day.


 


 

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Thursday on the Homestead

Gray and wet describes this morning’s weather..  I think it might be like that all day.  Well the rain is very needed so I won’t complain (yet.. haa..haa..)


 


Tobin took today off and him and I are going into the big city to do some shopping and spend the day together. 


 


The girls will handle life here at home.  Not sure what they will do about dinner.. probably homemade tomato soup and sandwiches of some kind.


 


We tried a new recipe the other night that was so good.  It was from my friend Ashli over on my message board (and recently a fellow blogger here ).  She has her own rendition of Cincinnati Chili..  now mind you I had never even HEARD of Cincinnati Chili..  but lots of other ladies were very much aware of what it was.  I decided that by growing up and living most of my life here in the Northwest that I miss a lot of what goes on!  LOL..    


 


I thought I would share the recipe.  I doubled it for my family and served it over roasted potatoes (I cut the potatoes up into tiny pieces and put them in a casserole dish. Cover them with olive oil, salt lightly and bake uncovered at 350 to 400 degrees - depends on how much time you want it take.. the lower the temp the longer it cooks-, checking and stirring until they are cooked and slightly brown).


 


Here is Ashli’s 5-way Cincinnati Chili


 


1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin (or hamburger of your choice)


2 medium onions chopped up


minced garlic to taste


Chili powder to taste


1 celery chopped up nicely


1/2 teaspoon dried basil


1/2 teaspoon paprika


1/2 teaspoon thyme


1/2 teaspoon oregano


1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (trust me, it's good!)


1/2 teaspoon cumin


1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


pinch of allspice


salt (optional)


pepper to taste


diced tomatoes, about 2 cups or so


tomato sauce - 8 ounces - bought or homemade


about 1 cup of water[/li]


 


You'll need some spaghetti, extra diced onion, some cheddar cheese that's been shredded really nice, and some beans - pinto or red kidney, or whatever you like the best.


 


I've made the chili in the crock pot to cook all day and then made spaghetti later in the evening to make a quick and delicious meal, and the chili lasts all weekend for toppings for everything from noodles to burgers to hot dogs. This is one of my meals during the weekend fast foods because it works well alone or with other foods, and lasts in the warm crock pot!


 


Thanks Ashli for the recipe! 


 


Well hubby just informed me he wants to leave soon and I still need to get ready!!  LOL..

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tuesday on the Homestead

 


Today I have been home all day.  I love days at home.  I helped my younger kids on their school work, did some housecleaning and then wrapped and labeled 4 dozen bars of soap. 


 


We have been enjoying tuna wraps a lot lately.  You know how you can eat something till your sick of it and then you go forever without eating it??  Well that is what we did with tuna.  I am sure it had been over a year since I bought a can of tuna.  This last monthly grocery shopping trip I bought it again (well lots of it! LOL).  Now the kids and I are really enjoying it again.  I make up the tuna with lots of finely chopped onions and pickles and mayo and then pull out leftover salad from the night before (or even leftover coleslaw has worked well) and we put tuna, salad (or coleslaw) in a whole wheat tortilla and wrap that up for lunch.  Very easy and very tasty!


 


This afternoon Hannah, Emily and Leanne did the bread baking for the family.  They made 8 loaves of our basic whole wheat bread and 4 loaves of cinnamon bread.  We make 6 loaves at a time and the first 6 were all whole wheat and the second 6 loaf batch Hannah made 2 regular loaves and then took the dough for the other 4 and rolled each one out into a long rectangle and spread butter, Sucanat, and cinnamon on it and rolled it and put in the loaf pan..  kinda like cheaters cinnamon rolls..  LOL..   They look good and the house sure smells good!  I am sure those loaves will go very fast. 


 


Here is a picture of them:


 


Dinner tonight is chili over roasted potatoes with cheese and chopped onions on the top and a salad. 


 


I am now looking at about 7 more dozen bars of soap to wrap..  I may wait for Tobin to help me.  He likes to help me with my little soap business and it makes it more enjoyable to do it together..  


 


Well I better get moving on the dinner cooking..  

Monday, October 16, 2006

Monday on the Homestead

Rain, rain, rain..  lots of it!  And cool temps to match the grey look..  Yes fall is here!  Our water supply has been helped out a lot in the last couple of days.  The weather reports says it will dry up again..  so we will see if we are out of the danger zone yet.


 


This morning I labeled my nearly 60 tubes of lip balm that I made yesterday, made oatmeal pancakes for breakfast, folded & put away one load of laundry and have another in the dryer (which I think just stopped.. ), one in the washer waiting patiently to go into the dryer and two more still left to wash. I started navy beans for soup for tonight’s diner and I helped Jacob first with some spelling words and gave him a spelling test..  then helped Sierra with the same thing.


 


I need to get kids moving and get ready to head out the door..  music practice is today with the homeschool group.  We sing for the senior luncheon in our community in November. 


 


Tobin had car problems yesterday..  he said he knew what the problem was (he drives a diesel Jetta) and said it was a bad injector..  he got up very early this morning and fixed the car before heading to work!   I told him he should drive Hannah’s car and fix the car after work today... but he likes his little commuter car and wanted to get it fixed.. talented man that he is....  there are advantages to being a mechanic…  he messed around with cars long before airplanes.. LOL.. 


 


Well after we get home it will be time for house pick up and finish making dinner..  Then .. who knows..  Probably an early evening for Tobin and me since he was up early it woke me up and I did not sleep much after that..  Good thing my older girls handle the home so well in the evening…  they tend to be the night crew..  I am the morning crew..  LOL..


 


Before I forget..  here is a pic of my grandson Caden that my daughter emailed to me this morning… my how he is growing!!


 


 



That sums up my Monday on the homestead! 

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sunday on the Homestead

 


Today has been a good day.  It has been raining pretty steadily all day..  and that is a good thing. Our water comes from a spring and things have been very dry here and our water supply was running low.  With the rain here that will help fill up the ground water and our spring will flow with more gallons per day.


 


The kids and I went to the early service at church.  Tobin left for work at 4:30 this morning..  the usual time.


 


After church the girls and I picked up the house and then they went to Walmart.  I needed some lunch meat for Tobin’s lunches this week and the girls wanted to buy some goodies for the shoebox ministry gifts we do at our church.  Hannah had some ingredients to pick up for the snack she is making for Bible study at church tonight.


 


While the girls were gone the younger kids had (still have) friends over and are watching Star Trek the next generation.  So the house was fairly quiet.  I made about 60 tubes of lip balm.  I am stocking my little store with lots of goodies for the holidays.  The girls and I are also doing a bazaar in our local town in December so we need to up our inventory for that as well. 


 


Tobin is going to be home late.  He is helping his father clean out his home.  It has been a big job but the two of them tackle a little more of it each Sunday afternoon.  It is the best time for both of them to work on this.  His dad moved into a retirement home in July and the house needs to be cleaned out so it can be made ready to sell. 


 


Dinner tonight is sweet n’ spicey kielbasa over brown rice and a salad…  sounds easy enough.  The rice was leftover and now I need to go and get the kielbasa going.


 


I also have done a couple loads of laundry to get a head start on tomorrow..  I almost took a nap today.. that is usually my favorite Sunday afternoon thing to do but today I just seemed to want to get some other things accomplished today instead.


 


Now I am looking forward to a quiet evening with my hubby and kids..


 


That sums up my Sunday on my Homestead!  

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Wednesday on the Homestead

 


My husband will be home from work shortly and I thought I would take a few minutes out of my day to blog.  I have had a very busy day.


 


This is what my day has looked like so far:


 


Up at 4:AM


~Packed Tobin’s lunch, made coffee and gave him a kiss as he left for work


~Worked on my website and packaged up orders


~Kids got up and started with their morning chores (which includes animal chores)


~Started breakfast for the kids: I made the oatmeal and Hannah made the scrambled eggs


~We all spent a few minutes picking up the house and I started a load of laundry


~I washed dishes (my dishwasher needs to be fixed and my poor overworked hubby has not had a chance to look at it yet.. maybe next weekend.. this weekend is already busy ) my youngest kids helped me in the kitchen


~After the kitchen was cleaned up from breakfast I had my youngest kids start their school day.


~I hung the first load of laundry out on the line


~Removed the sheets from my bed to wash and picked up my room


~Made a double batch of homemade laundry detergent and started the 2nd load


~Started boiling 2 dozen eggs for lunch (egg salad sandwiches)


~Hannah made 6 loaves of bread


~I made the egg salad and served it with leftover salad in whole wheat tortillas (egg salad wraps)


~Hung out the second load and started a 3rd


~Answered email


~Made my bed with fresh sheets


~When the 3rd load of laundry was done I hung that out on the line (now the clothesline was full!) and started a 4th load which was a small load of cloth napkins


~Worked on some things for my little ebusiness store


~Checked some school work and signed off some pages.. kids are done with school for today


~Put the 4th load in the dryer and started a 5th load


~Sat down to take a break and blog


~Still to do for today is: take dry laundry off the line and fold and put away, hang up more if there is room, heat up some leftovers for dinner, take care of basic home things for the evening, and enjoy my evening with my hubby and kids when he comes home..  maybe we will watch another episode of  The Pretender..  who knows?? 


 


Tomorrow..  Tobin took the day off and we are going to take all the kids to town for our annual shoe shopping extravaganza..  I call it that because all the kids need shoes and believe me it is an all day event to take 6 kids shoe shopping..  especially when 3 of them are teenage girls .. LOL..  


 


Hope you all had a great Wednesday on your homesteads!


 


 

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Update on my Grandbaby with Pics!!!

Caden Michael Root:


 


 


I am home now.. my plane landed a little after 9:pm last night and I am so happy to be back with my family..  but it was SOOOO hard to leave my little grandbaby Caden.. he was so soft and so sweet and is so special to me!!


 


I wanted to say thank you for all the prayers and support and love you all have shown over the birth of this baby..  It was an amazing experience that God used in many, many ways.. more than what I can go into here and I truly give HIM all the glory for this! 


 


I wanted to just share some of the info with you all and some pictures.  The birth story itself is very long and very involved.. and I will write about this and post it on my website (with a link from my blog) to all who are interested..


 


One aspect of my daughter’s birth story that I have not shared is that her and her husband came to the conclusion to have an unassisted homebirth.  They did not have a midwife with them. The decision that led to this final choice was also long and involved, and I supported their choice and we all were praying that if it was God’s will for me (and my close friend, Sarah) to be there.. that this would work out. 


 


All things did work out (praise to Jesus!!) and I was able to not only be there but both my friend and I delivered the baby! I just can not express the feeling of being the one to deliver my first grandchild into this world(with help from Sarah as we both worked together as a fantastic team to make this happen!).  I went through all the same emotions as if I had just delivered a baby! It was like nothing I had ever experienced.


 


Between the 2 of us (Sarah and I) we have had 14 children and both of us have had homebirths and attended other births (in fact Sarah had an unassisted homebirth herself and I was there to assist with that birth).  So we were not experts by any means but we were not unaware either.  And we both knew that the hospital was 5 minutes away should we feel that we needed to transfer her. 


 


By the time labor got going for good my daughter Carolyn labored for 14 hours (but had been up for 3 days with nothing but little naps during the day and cat naps between contractions.. she was one tired lady!) and she pushed for 1 ½ hours. 


 


Caden Michael was born into the hands of his grandma (that’s me!   ) and his aunt (I have shared that Sarah is like a sister to me and an aunt to my kids).


 


He weighed 7 lbs.  and was 19 ½ inches long.


 


Here is tired mama and baby right after the birth:


 


More pics of my sweet little grandbaby:



 



 



 


Since things (her contractions) came to a stop shortly after we arrived Sarah and I were working hard to get labor going and we did LOTS of walking!  I was sore and joked with Sarah that this was more like boot camp for us all as she was like..  "lets keep walking"..   so we walked to a nearby park, a mall and finally went to Monterey, a town close to my daughters, to walk on the board walk and then on the beach… 


 


Here are some pics I took of Jonathan and Carolyn when we were in Monterey before baby came:



 



 


And here is a picture of me and Sarah:



 


I told my son-in-law that I needed LOTS of pictures..  daily for awhile and then weekly..  I already miss my little guy.. 


 


My kids are so happy..  they love looking at the pictures and hear the birth story and can’t wait until Carolyn and Jonathan come up to visit (which should be soon) so they can see Caden too. 


 


Again, thank you all for the love and support you have shown me on this blog!  You all are wonderful!