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Jul. 5th, 2016

05:52 pm - This is the Photo I've Been Waiting For!

I've gotten lots of photos of Little Miss Margo all by herself, and plenty of her with her papa, but very few with her mama. Finally, here's one I've been waiting for. She sure looks like her mama in this one, doesn't she? A beautiful shot.

Jun. 29th, 2016

09:22 pm - Evening Walk

Here are Nathen and Margo on their evening walk. (Note the diaper in his back pocket.) Love this picture! (Thanks Reanna!)

Jun. 4th, 2016

07:06 pm - Sling Dad

Nathen loves being a "sling dad". Margo calms right down when she's snuggled up to her papa in her cozy sling. Nathen's happy smile says it all..... kind of like he's gotten a glimpse of all the joy that is to come.  And it feels so good!!

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.

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