My grandson Owen James was born on Sunday at at home with my friend and I as birth attendants.My best and closest friend Sarah and I flew to Maryland on Thursday because my daughter was having a lot pre labor signs.Friday and Saturday her labor started and stopped and finally on Sunday it kicked in for good.She had a longer than expected labor for a second baby.When Owen was born Sarah and I saw why this was.Owen was born with his head in a “military presentation” meaning that the largest diameter of his head(across the brow) was what was born first as opposed to the crown of his head.My daughter did a fantastic job of laboring and delivering and the Lord was with us all each step of the way. There were many aspects of this labor and birth that were challenging to us all. I saw in a powerful way that birth is a process..a spiritual process that is; and not an aspect that is seen to the same degree as a hospital birth.I knew this from my own homebirth experiences and Sarah and I were the ones to deliver Caden, her first baby, and we saw this..but this birth took a lot more out of us mentally, physically and emotionally and we saw what it is to watch the hand of God carry us through.I am home now and my entire family is praising Jesus for his grace, love, mercy, and wisdom. We walk a walk of faith daily but rarely experience a walk of faith that takes you to your limits…God is good all the time and today I am praising HIM for all He is..
I would have loved to stay and soak up more of that newborn goodness..but Sarah and I both had children and lives to get back to.I hope to go and visit her again soon.
Today was one of those busy days that it seemed I was moving from the time my feet hit the floor until this evening.. But, I got so much done and that is a great feeling! :) One of my accomplishments today was canning 14 jars of chicken noodle-less soup. I call it “noodle-less” because you can’t can noodles. They end up falling apart. So I canned the chicken, veggies and broth. When I go to use the soup I will bring it to a boil and then add a handful of noodles (any type of pasta will work) and cook it until the noodles are done. Because I plan to add the pasta after the fact I wanted to make sure there was enough chicken broth to do this. So I only filled my jars about half to two thirds with chicken and veggies and then filled with chicken broth. Here is how I did this…. I started off with 2 chickens that were a total weight of about 10lbs. I put them in my 14 quart stock pot… I then added 2 gallons of water.. And 3 tablespoons salt.. I brought this
I had 4 large heads of cabbage that weighted about 25 pounds. We had some really hot days and I figured I better get the last of them picked soon. My daughter Sierra and I ended up processing 3 of them yesterday and I have one left for a meal on my menu this week. I made pickled cabbage and then canned up the last of the cabbage. Here is the recipe for the pickled cabbage (according to how I made it)… 8 pounds cabbage 1 large onion 1 ½ red peppers 1 lb carrots ¾ cup salt 9 cups water 12 cups white vinegar 10 cups sugar 1t mustard seed 1t celery seed Slice cabbage thinly. Slice onion and peppers. Grate carrots. Mix all veggies together in a very large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and mix in well. Let sit for 2 hours to soften veggies. Rinse veggies well. In a large stock pot (mine was 14 quarts) combine water, vinegar, sugar, spices. Bring to a boil. Add cabbage/veggies. Bring to a boil. Fill hot pint jars with veggies using a slotted spoon. Fill jar with brine to
One of the most common emails I receive is ladies asking if I have a good homemade substitute for dishwasher detergent. After making my own homemade laundry detergent and having such great success I was eager to try and find something that worked as well in my dishwasher. I found and tried a couple different recipes. I was not happy with the results at all. The most common recipe I came across was a combination of washing soda, borax and citric acid (some recipes used Kool-Aid in place of the citric acid). What I discovered is that this combination left a cloudy film all over my dishes that was hard as heck to remove. I quickly went back to Cascade and gave up trying to find a substitute. Well, last week I ran out of dishwasher soap. Because I live rurally just hopping in the car to run and pick up one item is out of the question. Plus, at that point my hand had not healed enough to be able to drive (I have a stick shift and could not shift with my right hand). I had
Again, Crystal he is beautiful. Congratulations!!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your story and I am so glad all went well. God is faithful.
Congratulations Crystal and whole family . What a blessing and so thankful all went well and a healthy baby was born.Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures !!! She is beautiful !!!ReplyDelete
Congrats to the Dear Mommy , Daddy and Big brother too ;)
How wonderful for you all!!!ReplyDelete
It must be very special to be part of the birth.
Congratulations! I also wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog and website and newsletters. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Wow, what a surprise!!! Congratulations to you all, he is just so precious. I'm so glad all went well.ReplyDelete
Oh my good gravy! What a beautiful little boy! Many thanks to our Father in Heaven for this beautiful blessing. =) And congratulations to you and your daughter and her husband too! =)ReplyDelete
He is just precious. What a wonderful sweet little blessing. My prayers be with your daughter and new baby for great bonding, health and sleep. Hugs, Bobbi Jo
Your family has added another beautiful life!! I am glad that everyone is healthy. God is good and He was especially good to you. May His blessings continue to shine on them.ReplyDelete
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What a beautiful baby!!! Oh what a blessing to be there for the birth of your grandchild, again!!!! Thank you for sharing the joy and pictures with us.ReplyDelete
Wonderful Crystal! Gorgeous child! Yay for you!ReplyDelete
He is so precious Crystal! I am glad that you and your friend were able to be there for the birth. Also glad to hear that your daughter and grandson are doing well.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on the grandson. Blessings.ReplyDelete
Oh Cryatal he is lovely! Simply adorable! it brings back memories of my first grandson being born one year as the 22nd of this month! :-)ReplyDelete
I just happened upon your creative homemaking site, and was led to your blog through that and am so excited to have found you! I live in SC and am a SAHM to our two children, Reilley - 21 months, and Layla, 1-month today! In reading your blog about the labor and delivery of your grandson I just want to say I whole heartedly agree with it being a wonderful challenge spiritually, physically and emontionally. I birthed our daughter at home a month ago and my husband was the only attendant (the midwife lives 2 hours away and made it 25 minutes after the birth) and it was the most wonderful experience ever! I'm so blessed to have found your blog and can't wait to continue reading!ReplyDelete