Sunday, October 21, 2007

Picking Apples

Over the weekend, the kids and I went to Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard with our friends the Musgraves and some of their friends. It was a beautiful, crisp fall day, not too hot and not too cold. We all had tons of fun and picked a load of beautiful apples. Here's some pictures:

Moses in the apple bin.

Was that apple a little too sour, Moses?

Grace was a GREAT apple-picker. She shimmied up those trees to reach the best apples.

Relaxing and enjoying the "fruit" of her work.

Thankful for a beautiful day at the orchard.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Coffee Break

I thought this old ad was funny. "It coaxes cheerful spirits and clear-thinking for the rest of the day." I wish!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I Love Fall


By William Cullen Bryant
AY, thou art welcome, heaven's delicious breath! When woods begin to wear the crimson leaf,
And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief
And the year smiles as it draws near its death. Wind of the sunny south! oh, still delay
In the gay woods and in the golden air,
Like to a good old age released from care,
Journeying, in long serenity, away.

In such a bright, late quiet, would that I
Might wear out life like thee, 'mid bowers and brooks

And dearer yet, the sunshine of kind looks,
And music of kind voices ever nigh;
And when my last sand twinkled in the glass,
Pass silently from men, as thou dost pass.

Monday, October 15, 2007

October 15th, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Many of you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month (How can you miss all the pink?? I actually saw pink ribbon-shaped bagels being sold at Panera!) October is also the month set aside for a different kind of awareness. In a 1988 Presidential Proclamation, President Reagan officially made October Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
Each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the U.S. end in miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of the newborn child. National observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members on work to prevent causes of these problems.

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 314, has designated the month of October, as "Pregnancy and
Infant Loss Awareness Month" and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this month.

NOW, THEREFORE, I RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

More recently, (on September 28, 2006), House Resolution # 222 was passed in the House of Representatives supporting the goals and ideals of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Whereas each year, approximately one million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a newborn baby;
Whereas it is a great tragedy to lose the life of a child;

Whereas even the shortest lives are still valuable, and the grief of those who mourn the loss of these lives should not be trivialized;

Whereas during the past 3 years, Governors of all 50 States have signed proclamations designating October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day;

Whereas the observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day may provide validation to those who have suffered a loss through miscarriage, stillbirth, or other complications;

Whereas recognizing Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day would enable the people of the United States to consider how, as individuals and communities, they can meet the needs of bereaved mothers, fathers, and family members, and work to prevent the causes of these deaths; and
Whereas October 15th of each year is an appropriate day to observe National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the Congress—

(1) supports the goals and ideals of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss remembrance Day; and
(2) requests that the President issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe such day with appropriate programs and activities.

President Bush has also issued a letter to those observing this day. You can view it here:
President Bush's Letter.

The goal of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is to promote awareness and compassion for families who are grieving the loss of a child through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and neonatal death, and to provide these families with a special day to remember their precious children.
I think many women who have experienced this kind of loss feel theirs is a "silent grief", one that they are expected to "get over" much sooner than if they had lost an older child or a spouse, for example. So I see October 15th as being a day for this grief to be recognized and these children remembered as precious and valuable.

To read more about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day, visit
Remembering Our Babies and Pregnancy Loss Info.

"Because EVERY life, even the tiniest and shortest lived deserves to be acknowledged and remembered. The parents of these children never forget, we would just like one day of the year for everyone else to remember then too."

So today I remember my baby Matthias, and the other sweet babies I know who are in Heaven, and I thank God for their precious lives. Among all the joys of Heaven will be the joy of being reunited with these children.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A Couple More Diaper Facts

I wanted to add a few more things about CLOTH DIAPERS. To be fair, I have to add a couple more CONS, just so I don't seem too biased. But I am biased, of course.

•Many babies who wear cloth diapers potty train sooner!
Cloth diapers do not have a chemical gel to absorb wetness, so babies can feel the wetness and will be more uncomfortable wearing a wet diaper. Many times this helps a toddler become more motivated to use the toilet, and helps him associate the wet feeling with going potty. Yeah for less time in diapers!

• Most baby clothes these days are NOT cut to fit over a cloth diaper, which is going to be bulkier than a 'sposie. Even the really nice, trim cloth diapers by necessity have to be bigger than a disposable, because they're using cloth to absorb instead of chemicals. So those tiny little cargo pants for your 3 month old probably wont fit. As your baby grows and the clothes get bigger, this will be less of a problem. In my experience, I needed something stretchy to wear on the bottom half for about the first 9 months, and then I was able to find jeans and khaki pants that fit. That's about how long it took to find pants to fit Moses, too. :)

• There are so many cool, cute, fun kinds of cloth diapers, that you may find yourself "needing" a huge stash of diapers that ends up costing as much as disposables. This is a common problem among cloth diaperers. The good news is that even if you spend as much, they're still better for your baby than disposables, and they have GREAT resale value. Seems odd, but it's true. People will pay good money for your used cloth diapers.

If I think of any more, I'll let you know.