To our dear brethren,
We are so excited to tell you that Joe and Niki had a baby girl this morning about 3:45 am!! They are still deciding on a name for her; so at one of the great grandmother's suggestions, I'll refer to her as "Josephina." (That's not going to be her name, but I thought it was cute!) :) She is 7 pounds and 21 inches long and has some dark hair. Aunt Elizabeth said she thinks I'll like her and think she's cute.
Both Niki and "Josephina" are doing great, a little tired naturally, but both very healthy. Praise God for His blessing!! Joe was so proud and happy that he caught her as she was being born in the birthing pool in their RV with the midwife. He said once her head was delivered, she squirmed and wiggled like she was ready to be out, and there she was! Joe liked that from what I gathered. :) From what I hear, Joe was very supportive and really helped Niki through her labor. They've been researching and preparing for this for months, and it sounds like they worked beautifully together.
Niki said it was tough, but thankfully she didn't have that many hours of hard labor, from her own description. She did have to push 3 hours because of the way the baby's head was turned, but she did great! Little "Josephina" is breastfeeding well, which is another blessing! Naturally, she's a little sleepy, but when I called around noon, Joe, Niki, and she were outside with both of the immediate families taking turns holding her. It's a gorgeous day, and I figure it is similar there; God seems to be shining His love down on us all. :)
During her early labor, when her contractions were very erratic and lighter, Niki crocheted a hat that turned out a little big, and then crocheted another that was just right. Within a couple hours of being born, little "Josephina" was wearing hers, and someone took pictures with Joe wearing the big one. I'm dying to see that picture!! Isn't that precious?
Niki's family made it in last night, and her mom, Mrs. Anne plans to be there through the week. Geoff and I plan to come in late Friday evening, but it's hard waiting!
There are lots of proud aunts, uncles, and grandparents today! Thank you for sharing in our joy!
Blessings to you,
I feel kinda bad. I don't think I've even logged in for 6-9 months!
Geoff is over half way through his Physician Assistant school! He's working hard, and thankfully, I think the first half was supposed to be the harder half. He's currently doing a rotation in Family Medicine and getting some new experiences and learning a lot hands on. It's such a relief for me to see him not having to spend every spare minute studying and feeling SO much pressure.
I've worked hard over the last year, too, and finished training to be a postpartum doula (supporting families with newborns). I'm doing that now as a business to help us out while Geoff is in school. I'm loving it, and learning so much about caring for babies. I think a lot of it will be very helpful when we have our own children before too long, Lord willing. One of the things that drew me to this was wanting to earn us some extra income, learn more practical things about caring for a baby, and to support moms to "love their children" more, as in Tit. 2. So many career moms today have so little practical knowledge for caring for a baby, and my goal is to provide more of that, and, as opportunity provides, to encourage their hearts to be more and more in their homes.
I've meant to get on here and recommend postpartum doula training as a good option for young women whose goal is to be a homemaker. I think it could be a great learning and serving tool after girls are done with school, but they aren't ready just yet to get married. It can be a way to earn some income, too, single or married, as you find families to work with. It has a lot of flexibility, and I love how I can help make things more peaceful and joyful for new parents. I help a lot with breastfeeding, cooking nutritious meals for the family, caring for the baby, helping families work toward a routine, run errands, provide lots of information, teach calming techniques, and just be a supportive pair of extra hands. If you want to look at my website, it is nurturinghandsdoula.vpweb.com
I'm not going to promise that I will be on here regularly now because I get so involved with other things, but I do enjoy hearing from all of you! :)
Hi! I know I've been SO out of touch with everyone. Geoff and I are doing really well! He's working hard in the middle of Physician Assistant school, and I'm working part time. We've been doing a little traveling to be with family and see dear friends in other states in the midst of all of this. God has been very good to us!
I've been researching some lately about toxins in our personal products (like shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, laundry detergent, etc.), and I figured you all would like to know about some of this. Contact me if you would like to hear about an economical alternative for safer products.
I read an enlightening (and disturbing) article on the subject of toxic chemicals in products meant for children. It clearly and credibly shows why we should all be very careful when choosing personal care products brands. It tells about formaldehyde in Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo, and I've been learning recently about formaldehyde in toothpaste, mouthwash, other shampoos, deodorant, makeup, cleaners, and many other things.
Here is a quote of part of it:
"Parents, Doctors, Nurses to Johnson & Johnson: Make Safer Baby Products
San Francisco — Concerned about cancer-causing chemicals, more than 40 organizations representing 1.7 million parents, health care providers and environmental health advocates delivered a letter today to Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) urging the company to remove toxic ingredients from its popular baby products. Click here to view the letter.
The letter, signed by the American Nurses Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, MomsRising and many others, urges Johnson & Johnson to remove formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane and other hazardous chemicals from personal care products by the end of 2009.
A March 2009 report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane in Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and other top-selling children’s bath products. Both chemicals are known to cause cancer in animals and are listed as probable human carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A recent National Cancer Institute study reinforced the link between formaldehyde exposure and cancer. Formaldehyde is also an allergen that can cause rashes in sensitized people. The chemicals were not disclosed on product labels because contaminants are exempt from labeling laws. "
As I'm learning about the danger of chemicals in our cleaners, I also found this information.
"FACT - Women who work from HOME have a 54% greater death rate of cancer?
FACT - An EPA study confirmed that indoor air can be 3-70X more chemically polluted than outdoor air?
FACT - Scientists are linking cancer to long term chemical exposure?
FACT - Cancer used to rarely exist in children and today it is the #1 cause of death in children with the 2nd cause being accidental poisonings - usually by dish soap..."
As I've been learning about all of this, I have been trying a new company with more natural products with no formaldehyde, bleach, ammonia, phenols, and no known carcinogens in their products. I'm really liking them, and I feel so much better about not exposing us to all these harmful chemicals all the time. If you'd like to try them out, email me, and I'll give you more info. I keep hearing of more and more friends who are switching to more natural products because of the growing concern. I'm so glad I learned about it so I can try to help my family and I be more healthy, long term.
I hope I haven't burdened you, but been helpful to you and yours.
We feel bad it's taken so long to post pictures, but now you can look at my gallery to see pictures of our courtship, engagement, wedding, and honeymoon. Our special beginning to our cherished new life together. :)
I can hardly believe so much time has passed! Geoff and I have been married for over 5 months now, and I've been so out of touch with all of you!! I'm trying to balance my time well with all the new blessings and joyful responsibilities in marriage, and I can definitely do better with keeping in touch with so many who are dear. We do truly appreciate all the love, support, and prayers from everyone.
Geoff and I are loving married life, with all of its joys, busyness, challenges, and growth. God's plan for marriage is wonderful, and so worth waiting for!
Geoff has been accepted into Physician Assistant school in our area, and we are thankful for that. We've grown close to brethren here, and are glad we don't need to move far away for Geoff's school. Next month, we will be moving closer to Geoff's school, but, thankfully still pretty close.
We've been busy with more Bible studies than we can keep up with! That's a nice problem to have! We had a superb class on evangelism during the first few months of our marriage, which was such a help in approaches in evangelism and having the courage and determination to get out and do it.
On Tuesday's, there's a study with other young Christians on Romans, and that's been helpful and a great way to get to know others from the church here.
Every other Tuesday, there is a Bible study for the women from Campbell Road, on women of the Bible. I've been learning from it, and getting to know other women from the church better.
Every other Thursday night, there's a great Bible study with several families on whatever pertinent topics we need. That's been wonderful! There's so much openness, deep study of the Word, and growing together, as we seek to see what the Scriptures say, not just discuss what we've always thought.
Friday mornings,one of my Titus 2 women leads a study for several of us young ladies, and it is wonderful!! She teaches on marriage, child training, and other helpful topics. I'm learning so much and need this vital encouragement to be a better wife (and in future, Lord willing, mother).
My sister Elizabeth came to visit us not too long ago, and that was fun, getting to catch up and spend good time together. Next week, we plan to go to Arkansas to visit my family and friends there, and then head to Washington D.C. to visit Stephen and Amber and several others. We're trying to visit family and friends before Geoff gets really busy and tied down with school.
So much has been going on that it's hard to sum it up! We went to Wisconsin to see and introduce Geoff to a few more family members and friends. We've had lots of good time with brethren,from here and other places. I've been trying to learn how to manage time and money more wisely, which is more involved than I realized. :) Geoff has been doing a lot to prepare for school. We've been doing some reading together to help us as a couple and in our walk with God.
I'm loving the church here. They've been welcoming and warm, connected, and active. They gave us a shower recently, which was so thoughtful and a blessing to us.
I hope all of you are doing really well! Our God is good!
Love and Blessings, Sarah Knapp