Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thankful Thursday – It’s a Boy!

We are praising the LORD for a healthy new addition to our family…and he is a BOY! 

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Nolan Obadiah
 

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After laboring through through the night, Ben and I took a cab to the hospital.  We were concerned about parking, and the cab had been recommended.  Our driver went through a red light, and we were subsequently stopped by the police.  They let us continue on when they saw I was in labor.  I have never driven so fast through Brooklyn, or gone through so many red lights!

The midwife on call was the one midwife in my practice that I had not met yet, but she was so nice!  I tried to walk and labor some more for an hour before being admitted to a room and receiving an epidural.  I was exhausted and the medication allowed me to sleep…finally!

There was some trouble with the baby’s heart rate around 8:30 a.m.  I was concerned that we would have a repeat of my labor with Elaine, and that it would end in a C-section.  The nurse went to track down my midwife.  I was starting to feel the epidural wear off, and I was concerned that I had been forgotten when I saw neither one of them for over an hour.

When they returned, we were all surprised to discover that the baby was ready to be delivered!  As the room flew into action, my midwife was temporarily called away.  She came back and announced that she had delivered a baby…in triage!

The Lord granted my prayer for a natural delivery.  After 15 minutes of pushing, Nolan Obadiah arrived at 10:38 this morning.  The cord was short, and it was wrapped tightly around his neck.  After having his nasal passages sucked out, he was crying healthily in no time! 


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Midwife Jeniffer Billington delivered Nolan!

We are still awaiting a postpartum room, and more stats on Nolan.  Thank you for praying for us and rejoicing with us!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

40 Weeks!

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Today is my due date.  I am 40 weeks pregnant!  And…I think that the contractions are starting.  Stay tuned for the announcement about Baby Hamilton #2!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Father’s Day

After the long weekend working at the church, we were pretty exhausted on Father’s Day.  Elaine gave Daddy her card and present before church.  I made French Toast for breakfast. 

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Father's Day 2011Showing off her artwork to Daddy. She was so excited to color in his card!

Father's Day 2011We gave Ben a baseball t-shirt.

At our church, it is a Father’s Day tradition for the men to wear a Filipino barong.  Ben was excited this year when Chito gave him a barong to wear!

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I thought it was funny when Faith Jackey (who is 4) walked up to one of the men and said, “Hey – my dad is wearing that shirt today!”

Father's Day 2011My two favorite people all dressed up!

After church we came home for a nice long nap.  Seriously…I think we all slept soundly for four hours!  Then we grabbed a McDonalds and headed for Brooklyn Bridge Park.  We arrived around sunset, and the view was spectacular!

Father's Day 2011The Manhattan Bridge

Father's Day 2011The Manhattan skyline

Father's Day 2011Elaine wanted to throw rocks into the water, so Ben was helping her.

Father's Day 2011The Brooklyn Bridge

Father's Day 2011Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge

Father's Day 2011Elaine and Daddy taking in the view.  Can you see the Empire State Building under the bridge?

Church Workday

Ben had organized a church workday.  Because of the jobs that had to be done, it really turned into workdays.  On Thursday night two ladies shampooed the auditorium chairs.  Then Ben and Chris Hyden, one of our teens, finished the job.  On Friday night we took down everything from the classroom walls so they could be spackled and prepared for painting.

As Ben looked at the sign-up sheet of volunteers for Saturday, he began to think that we wouldn’t get everything done.  What a blessing to arrive Saturday morning to a host of volunteers!   Several men from the Russian congregation came to paint.  Ladies came to organize the kitchen and feed the work crew.  Teens came and worked very hard!  Even Elaine helped out.  We not only finished the task list, but also accomplished several things that were not on the list!

Shampooing the Chairs…

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Church Work Day

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Cleaning the Baseboards…

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Washing the Toys…

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Painting the Classrooms & Nursery…

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Painting the Outside of the Building…

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Organizing the Kitchen…

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Just hangin’ out and bein’ cute…

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It was a long day and a lot of work, but when everyone pitched in it went by quickly.  And now our church looks great!

Freezer Cooking in 1:00 Hour

Freezer-Cooking-in-an-Hour1Money Saving Mom has recently changed her strategy on Freezer Cooking.  Rather than try to do a whole day in the kitchen with three kids to care for, she is doing one hour segments each week.  I decided to give it a try and whip up a few meals for after the baby’s arrival.  There’s not much variety here, but it will help!  I did all of this in an hour and fifteen minutes…

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I made:

  • 2 lasagna
  • 4 bags of Southwest Roll-ups + one bag of burrito mix (just need some more tortillas
  • 2 small bags of shredded chicken – for pizza
  • 2 large bags of shredded chicken – for casseroles
  • 1 batch of chocolate chip cookies (not pictured)

Coming today or tomorrow I am going to add:

(We have a tradition of having homemade pizza or Stromboli every Friday night!)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Congrats Grad!

On June 11th, Ben’s sister entered a new phase of life: high school graduation and college preparation.  Ben’s parents are also entering the empty nest phase.  We drove up to Massachusetts for Meredith’s graduation ceremony.  Meredith was homeschooled (all the way from Kindergarten…and both she and Mom survived!) so the ceremony was special and unique.  Meredith will attend Bob Jones University in August.

(it was on this trip that my camera died, so some of the pictures are not so great.  But…they are all that I have!)

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Meredith's High School GraduationMeredith’s chosen colors were orange and teal.  Some ladies at the church did all of the decorations, and it was beautiful!  There were even a couple of families who came dressed completely in orange and teal…something special for Mere’s special day!

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I had contemplated not making this trip.  I was 37 weeks pregnant, and we had just returned from a long road trip to NC for Kenny’s wedding.  Then we found out that Aunt Jennifer was bringing Grandma Hamilton from Cape Cod, and Sissy’s brother, Uncle Hans and his family, would be in attendance.  I knew then that I would be going…and it was a great trip!  Here is Grandma, Ben, Dad/Jim, and Elaine – four generations of Hamilton's!

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Jon Neiner led a couple of congregational songs, and also delivered a challenge to the graduate.  Jon’s dad is the pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church, and Jon is Meredith’s youth pastor.  Doug Neiner played the piano for all of the music.

Meredith sang a solo (and it was very good!).  She has been taking voice lessons, and her voice teacher was in attendance.  Meredith was also “required” to deliver a speech…isn’t that what all Valedictorians do?  She did a great job, both humoring the crowd, showing her true personality, and expressing her gratitude for those who helped her make it through to graduation!

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Meredith's High School GraduationPresentation of the diploma – Meredith, Mom/Sissy, and Dad/Jim

Meredith's High School GraduationInterjection…there was no nursery for Elaine.  I knew she would be hard to keep quiet, so we sat at the back.  I was taking pictures, so Ben and his brother Evan ended up with the entertainment duties.  At one point I looked over to see Elaine and Evan both with pom-poms in their ears!  Evan may have regained “favorite uncle” status with that trick!

Meredith's High School GraduationDad smoothly pulled off a very nice surprise.  Since Meredith is the last homeschool graduate of “Hamilton Home School”, Dad retired the faculty…which consisted of Mom.  He delivered a beautiful speech and it was accompanied by a gift – a necklace with three diamonds (one for each of the kids she homeschooled).  My picture didn’t come out, but it was a nice touch in the ceremony!

After the ceremony we returned “home” where there was a tent set up and a feast waiting.  Though the day turned out cloudy and cold, the rain had mostly rolled away and we had a great time fellowshipping with Meredith’s guests.

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Meredith and the cake; The faculty and students (all graduated!) of Hamilton Homeschool – Evan, Meredith, and Ben.  Ben is the best looking, don’t you think?

Meredith's High School GraduationThe whole fam – Evan, Mere, Ben, Dad, and Mom

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The kiddos with Uncle Hans and Aunt Karen.  I had a good time getting to know them better…the last and only time I saw them was in the receiving line at my wedding.  That’s when we were introduced for the first time!

Funny story…we left Friday night to drive to Mass. so Elaine would sleep in the car.  We arrived around midnight.  The next morning we discovered that we had left the hang-up bag at home…you know…the one with our dress clothes in it?  So it was off to the Salvation Army where I found Ben’s outfit and my blouse.  The pants had to be hemmed, but it all came out okay!

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Congratulations Meredith 
We love you and are so proud of you!