Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day

First Snowstorm of Winter

Our Backyard - First snowstorm of the winter in MN

Happy Leap Day! This marks 2 weeks recovered, and Eddie is doing very well as am I. Here's my chance to brag about the cutest baby in the world! [Mom, click on the pic for a larger image to print :) ]


Edward Michalek - 12 days old 

Edward 12 days old

Edward Michalek

"Is this going to be a regular thing? My schedule's pretty tight."

Eddie our Teddy

Edward Michalek

Edward Michalek


Edward Michalek

The kids introduced Eddie to all the Zhu Zhu pets, and then loaded him with a pile of kisses.

Edward Michalek


BTW: In the 39.5 weeks of pregnancy I gained 2 pounds. Since the c-section (1.5 weeks later) I have already lost 30 pounds! I don't know where from, but it sure is encouraging! Mind you I began plus size, and I have at least 60 lbs more to lose. Ugh. I also may have been battling a case of Mono for the past 2-3 weeks. But I'm on my way to better days! Thanks for all the prayers - they're working!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Our Baby Snuggle Bug Is Here

Getting up at 4:20am was difficult. My anxiety was building, causing nausea all morning. By 8am I was on the operating table and ready for a 5th cesarean delivery. I was relieved that it was the fastest and least painful of all 5, and without any complications. Eddie was born a healthy 8lbs 11oz and 21.5" long.

Edward is Born

We spent the rest of the day getting to know our precious little guy. You can never kiss a baby too much, especially this one. He's quite a looker, just like his Daddy! Tom is certainly enamored with him, as am I.

Edward is Born Edward Joseph Michalek 2days

The next day we introduced him to his brothers and sisters who absolutely adore him. As well as family visitors, including the grandparents, an aunt and an uncle. Auntie Annaleah was anxious to hold him, her being just a few months pregnant with her first!  It was fun to have that overlap of sister pregnancies.


It took Jonathan the longest to adjust to this little baby in Daddy's arms. But now well acquainted, they're best buds for life.

Edward is Born Edward is Born

Edward is Born Edward is Born Edward is Born

It was hard to say goodbye to the kids for a few more days. It certainly was much quieter after everyone left, but we were amazed at how much we missed the noise. We sent every visitor home with a treat bag, and they left us with some special gifts and wonderful room decorations!

Edward is Born Edward is Born

Edward is Born  Edward is Born

Recovery was quick and it was time to go home the morning of day 4. So far, he's a good traveling buddy not making a peep under his car seat canopy. I only took a few dozen pictures.

Edward is Born

We know life would not be as sweet without him here.

Edward is Born

Welcome to our crazy world Eddie! We love you so much!



Read our prolife adventure here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Let Us Love One Another

Happy Valentine's Day!


Mark 12:30-31


- Children's Maze Printable: Love the Lord Your God…

- Lapbook: Jesus Loves Me


Classic bible verses about God's Love, are easily learned through great songs I learned back in Sunday School! Click on the links to hear the songs on You Tube! They are very easy to teach your kids!!!!



Beloved, Let us LOVE one another 1 John 4:7-8

- Song by Maranatha Kids



Behold what manner of LOVE the Father has given unto us

That we should be called the sons of God. 1 John 3:1-2

- Song by Maranatha Singers

- Song by Psalty the Song Book



I LOVE You Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You. O my soul rejoice.

Take joy my King, in what hear. Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.

- Song by Maranatha Singers

I Love You Lord sign sheet



And in honor of the beautiful baby joining our family tomorrow morning…

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Only days away

Feb Frost

February and no snow, but a beautiful frost! We actually had a campfire this past week. Yes, that is very odd - even for Minnesota.

Counting down the days until our sweet little Eddie is born. I'm definitely in nesting mode, cleaning like crazy and trying to get all those last minute tasks complete. It's been a wonderful pregnancy, the easiest of seven. I am glad to say my third trimester nightmares have come to an end. But I must say, I am certainly ready to have this baby. I am ready to get my energy back, my flexibility back, my back back! Here are some things I've been working on that may be of interest to you while I'm kicking back for the next few weeks.


My ProLife Story: Unwed and Unplanned  > to Planning for more!


Feb 14th: Will you be my Valentine? - marriage, crafts, gift ideas, etc


Coming soon… Melissa's Organization Quick Tips

What's new with us …

>Tom is home on a short work break, which works out for me! He's tackling projects and cleaning that need doing.  It's hard to be a happy helper with kids tearing your tidiness apart behind you. I tell him he has something to offer up!

Happy 58 Bday Grandma Pat - Guys in the Kitchen

>I made a crocheted teddy for Eddie, and I'm sewing up a storm of projects for his arrival. That includes the memory blanket of fabric collected from our Sibling Shower guests. Just laid it out the other night. As well as a new nursing cover, playpen sheets, car seat canopy, bassinet sheets, and more. * While I still have two hands to do it!

Crocheted Teddy for EddieCar Seat Canopy

Eddies Memory Quilt

Nursing CoverNursing Cover


Grandma Pats Knitting Class

Happy 58th Bday Mom! Thanks for the impromptu knitting class!


>Mikayla got glasses, and they really bring out those big brown eyes! She loves to read, so these will come in handy. She's working on her own sewing and knitting projects in her beginners class by Mom & Grandma. She's also lost so many teeth lately, people might begin to wonder if she brushes!? (she does) The girls just got a new wardrobe from Ikea to hold all their dresses separate from their tiny shared closet. Their room is finally feeling organized and feminine.

Mikayla new glassesGirls dress wardrobe

>Stanley has a new love for Legos, a recent project was a set that belonged to his Daddy many years ago. He's joining in on the 4H club's Lego Robotics group. Tom and I are working on creating and leading a 4H Woodworking class for him and his friends. Stanley's a shy, girly guy - but his interests are so boyish (engineering  stuff) that more time with Dad is just what he needs. I love his little "Alfalfa" hair spike, it's so characteristic of Stanley.

Prenatal Dr ApptStanley and LegosStanley and Legos

>Sabrina is learning a lot from Leap Frog videos and toys we have. She's knee deep in baby dolls, legos, squinkees, princesses and coloring. She enjoys running around the house giving me motion sickness and keeping our first aid kit in good use.

Sibling ShowerAnnaleah and Bobby Schuster Wedding

>Jonathan thinks he's the man of the house; talking big, brushing his teeth, staying up late, sleeping in our bed, getting attempting to get his own snacks and drinks, putting in his favorite super hero dvds, basically doing as he pleases.  Recently, we had an argument which he ended with "But I'm Iron Man and I could shoot you!" Reminder, he's about 2 1/2 years old, so this all drives me nuts and makes me laugh at the same time.

Annaleah and Bobby Schuster Wedding100_5530100_5403


>Eddie is super healthy, and I keep asking him to come soon. Though a c-section is planned just 2 days before my due date.


> And the school room is ready for us to resume when ready…

School Room

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lent Plans for 2012

Here are all my quick links to our past Lenten projects and inspirations. (Just click on the highlighted titles)  We plan to repeat many of these, since they've been so successful in our home. Please be sure to comment on and share your favorites!

The Jesus Tree - a free Lenten/Biblical countdown to Easter printable by me -  and more! Use as a calendar, flash cards, table setting, bookmarks, etc.

The Soul Diet - a great resource to prepare yourself and your family during Lent. More lessons plns for this coming soon!

The Crosses We Bear - Activities and lessons about carrying our cross

Bean Good - sacrifice beans activity

Bin There? - Making a Sacrifice Bin

Preparing yourself with Virtue - What is Virtue and how can I teach my children?

The Lenten Season Approaches - Mardi Gras, Sacrifices, and Holy Week Projects

Our Holy Week
-Holy Week Facts for Adults
-Palm Sunday: Parade for Jesus, St Brigid's Cross, Palm Weaving resources, movies, Palm Sunday Song
-Holy Thursday: Sweet Unleavened Bread with Family Activity

-Good Friday: Stations of the Cross for Children, Stained Glass Cross sun catcher craft, Stations of the Cross matchup, Stations coloring sheets, Decoupage Cross rosary holder craft
-Holy Saturday: Crown of Thorns into Colorful Crown project, Paschal Candle, Christ Light craft, and Easter activities!

Christian Crafts for Holy Week
-Stations of the Cross coloring sheets
-The Offertory Box
-The Resurrection Story


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