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Jun. 2nd, 2016

12:54 pm - Pretty Margo

Yes, her name is officially Margo. 7# 14oz. Here she is! Four days old.

Jun. 1st, 2016

09:56 am - Good Morning!

I think this must be the baby's "official" newborn picture!

May. 30th, 2016

07:31 am - Rodeo Fun!

There was some question about whether we would go ahead with our plan to attend the rodeo on Saturday due to the fact that a baby had arrived just hours earlier. But, go we did! I didn't want to disappoint Ollie, and he was counting on it. Here we are with my friend, Fran, feeling so glad we went!

May. 29th, 2016

05:26 pm - Look Who Just Joined the Lester Clan!

It's a girl!! (Name and details to be announced.)

May. 24th, 2016

08:54 am - At 40 Weeks

Baby coming soon!

May. 11th, 2016

08:58 pm - My "Very Last" Childbirth Class

I thought I was retired. No more teaching natural childbirth classes for me. I was done.
But, lo and behold, Nathen and Reanna got pregnant.... and I had to do it for them. Because, if I didn't, who would?
The fact is, when I stepped down, no one else stepped up to the plate. Women continue to get pregnant, so there is a need for these classes, but no one is filling the need. The world of UN-natural childbirth wins, natural childbirth loses.
Luckily, very motivated women can find their way to midwives.... and we have excellent ones in our area. There, moms will be directed to books, videos, websites, and information from midwives themselves to help prepare for natural birth. So, it can be done.
But, as for classes..... there aren't any. I got excited because I heard there was a new Bradley teacher in town, but when I called her, she said they were moving out of state... immediately.
So, I put out the word, and two other couples got a hold of me, wanting classes. Last February, I started my very last childbirth class, and next week we will wrap it up. Twelve weeks of intensive training, and we're almost done. I'm SO glad I did it, because I wanted Nathen and Reanna to be ready. I wanted them to prepare for a good experience, so I gave it everything I had, and I believe they are ready. Good thing, too, because they are expecting their bundle of joy soon! They are 38 weeks now.
Here is their class picture that was taken just last night. Love these folks! Sweet and earnest couples who were a pleasure to teach. I will miss them!

Apr. 11th, 2016

08:53 pm - Family Pastimes

After the baby shower, our family convened to eat, visit, and relax. Here is a snapshot I love. Me sitting next to Ely, who is swinging Julian, talking to Gabe (against the tree) as Damian rides by on Grandpa Bob's trike with Ollie in the basket... a sweet instant in time.

04:57 pm - Julian Rides the New Gold Line

Ely wants Julian to travel around the city in more comfort while having fun. Here's the solution (other than by bicycle):

12:42 pm - Gabe in the Sky

Gabe sent me this recent picture of himself from Snow Summit in Big Bear.  At 35, you've still got it, Gabe!

Apr. 7th, 2016

12:41 pm - Beautiful Mama-to-Be

On Sunday, Maya and I hosted a babyshower/blessingway for Reanna. We had a wonderful group of women gathered to celebrate Reanna's approaching motherhood and the big change that will ensue. We played NO games (yay!)  Instead we made her a "birthing necklace" to wear while she's in labor, signifying our love, prayers, good wishes, and encouraging thoughts during what will probably be her most challenging and rewarding endeavor yet (as it is for most women). Reanna's mother, Kathryn, helped with the food preparation, and we both worked on the fresh flower wreath for her hair to symbolize her fertility and her blossoming as a new mother with child. She was lovely!

Christina putting on the necklace we had just created. (Luckily, Christina, who owns a bead store, was there to properly put on the clasps and finish it off nicely!)

All of us laying protective hands on Reanna's "beautiful belly with child". The "juicy women energy" was palpable in that room, and Reanna feels it!  She glows.

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