Friday, September 28, 2007

The Sahlstrom CBOX!

You can leave us a message! We are goofing around and found this little thing. Who knows if we will like it or not, but we thought we would give it a try! Hope everyone is having a wonderful end of September! We are loving the fall days. Tomorrow we will do one last batch of tomatoes and press some apples for cider! Yum! We will try and get some good pictures to post! Bye for now!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Enjoying Little Simeon!

Big brother Benjamin is soaking in the reality of another little brother. What a responsibility. We figured out that when Simeon is 16, Ben will be 32! Doesn't that bend your mind a little? It sure did give us an interesting picture of what the future might look like! Hmmm.......

Big sister Annika was such a help this past week. She was more the mother who was mothering her mother! It was kind of fun to be on the receiving end of her hospitality. I felt very spoiled to say the least!

Big sister Charisma giving him his first kiss on the head while he is not even 1 hour old! What a sweet moment to cherish. Charisma, Becca, Reuben, Amelia and Katrina were honored to be invited to go to Milaca to spend time with Grandpa and Grandma Sahlstrom from Sunday until Friday. They had a BLAST! It also made for a nice quiet week here and boy did that make a difference for being able to rest! Thank you Grandpa and Grandma!

Now we are back to activity as usual! Little Simeon can sleep through a lot though!
We love you little one!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Name Game Results!

Simeon Olaf
10 lbs 15 oz
21 1/2 inches long
Sept. 16, 2007
7:30 am
We have finally come to the final choice in names. Many of you knew what a wonderful Great Grandfather my children have had the opportunity of getting to know before he went to heaven ahead of us, however little Simeon will never have that chance. Therefore how fitting to be named after such a wonderful hero in his lineage. Great Grandpa Olaf Alan Berge left a wonderful heritage to each of us and was a patriarch to be honored. Together we will tell the stories of the memories we have so that little Simeon will have appreciation for the man we all loved here on this earth.

When Sam saw the size of Simeon's hands, he made the statement that he sure is a "little Ole"! Grandpa had hands that had seen some tough days! He was a welder and machinist and there were definite signs of hard work that showed in the scars and callouses, but what a thing to be proud of! He created so many things that to this day are testimony of a man that could work hard and succeed at seemingly impossible tasks! This name will be one to truly aspire to!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Precious Baby Pictures!

Dad with Baby... the name has not been decided yet. We took a vote, the choices being Olaf or Simeon. The votes 7 for Simeon and 3 for Olaf. Dad, being in favor of Olaf, needs to work on his convincing a little more. :)
Everyone, except Benjamin (He was and still is in Spencer Iowa) was happy to welcome the baby to the Sahlstrom family!

Taking turns at holding our new precious brother!
Reuben, Katrina and baby!
Amelia and the baby

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A HUGE Blessing!

We are so excited to share that we have a baby boy! He was born this morning at 7:30 after a 2 hour labor. We were shocked to see that he weighed a whopping 10 lbs 15 oz! WOW! He was 21 1/2 inches long - definitely a record for our family!

The two proud parents; Sam and Melissa Sahlstrom

The feet! We are all amazed at how big he is!

Everyone is waking up, Erina was quite surprised to see her new baby brother!

Good Job Mom! We love you!
I was honored to help with the birth again this year. After helping with Erina's birth, I wouldn't have missed this one for anything! Mom went into labor around 5:30. It went so fast! The Midwife Diane Adamski actually made it this time! We will post more photos soon!

Annika (the reporter)
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Still Waiting!

No baby news yet, but only the fact that the time can only be getting closer! We have a busy weekend coming up, so it will make it very interesting to see what will happen! Time will only tell. We are enjoying this fall like weather with campfires in the evening. The kids have been roasting apples over the fire, so that is keeping them very entertained. They also have a fort that has been taking a lot of their energy, so that is nice as well. Other than that, we had our big AWANA kick-off last night which went extremely well. Kids came with their parents and we had a build your own ice cream sundae! YUM! Sam, Ben, Annika and I are all working with AWANA this year, and Charisma, Becca, Reuben and Amelia are clubbers. Katrina has a Cubbie book that she works on in the nursery where she and Erina hang out for the evening. I imagine the baby will tag along with me most of the time when he arrives! Well, we will be keeping you all posted when the big news arrives!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

The "Wedding" Pictures!

Well, I promised to capture some of the playing "wedding", so here it is! Of course the bride was the birthday girl, Charisma, with her flower girls - Amelia, Katrina and Erina. They went out early in the morning and picked tons of flowers for their bouquets.

There were 5 bridesmaids and Annika was the pastor. They tried to convince Reuben to participate, but the large number of girls was a little intimidating! Pictured above are...

Cecelia Trejo, "Pastor" Annika and Noelle Ziemke.

All 6 sisters in their full attire!

The "bride" with the delicious wedding cake!

So there you have it! The joys of being girls!
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More Gardening and Flowers!

We had to laugh at the broccoli sizes, as there was a size to match everyone! Erina just had to take a bite of the delicious green stuff! Katrina, Amelia and Reuben had a little more self control. I have to admit that our kids do love to graze in the garden and the yard as often as they can. They are often eating berries, cherries, apples, tomatoes, and whatever else looks edible. Wood sorrell is another favorite. It must be ok, though, because they haven't seemed affected by eating anything strange. I don't really think that other people think it is "normal" to do that, but oh well! They just love it!
The girls picked a lovely bouquet of flowers from all around the yard and sent little Erina in with it! How fun to receive such a love filled gift!

Thank you Grandma for taking the time to spend with us last week! We were so blessed to have you here, and we look forward to another visit soon! You are a blessing and you make each one of our lives a little bit richer every time we see you!
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Gardening Highlights

These were some carrots that we pulled the other day! They were nice, juicy and sweet!

My mom came and spent a couple days and we canned pizza sauce! After adding the fresh herbs, garlic and onions we had an interesting mix of colors with the tomatoes. The whole house smelled like a pizza factory! YUM!
Sam had this huge kettle made which we use for EVERYTHING! It can hold 20 gallons and it has had so much use. We make cheese, boil down maple sap, cook tomatoes and everything in it. It can fit over all 4 burners on the stove, or we usually use it in the garage on a gas burner that doubles as a big griddle. Sam found it in someones basement, and they wanted to sell it! We have been so grateful for it!
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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Baby Update!

Well, patience is a virtue, right? We have all been so excited to see this baby #9, but he must be so cozy in his little world that he is going to take his sweet time to make the grand entrance! After my midwife had seen my dates, measurements and ultrasound she thought that this baby was coming the end of August or very early September. However, my feelings were pointing more to today as my due date! Hmmm. Without a doubt, my track record of going "overdue" has proven to be pretty strong, so we continue to enjoy the days......and......wait! I know that the Lord's timing is always perfect, so I can rest in that!

In the meantime, we have a houseful of girls today who are playing "wedding" since we gave Charisma a most beautiful wedding dress for her birthday! I will try to capture some photos of this to post! I am so glad that the girls have friends that are not afraid to still play "dress up"! How fun!

We covet your prayers for this birth, and will let you know the BIG NEWS when we know something! Enjoy these early days of autumn, eat some apples (ha) and live each moment to the fullest!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Charisma is 12!

It is hard to believe, but 12 years ago today we welcomed Charisma Faith into our family! She has been such a blessing to our family and is growing into a beautiful young lady! Her favorite thing in the whole world to do is READ, READ, READ! If she ever has a spare moment, that is exactly what we will find her doing! She also enjoys biking, swimming, puzzles, piano, mandolin, dulcimer, singing and babysitting. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARISMA!
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Family Photos

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Joining the Ranks in the BLOG WORLD!

Well, the time has come! We have so many fun things going on around our little hobby farm that we want to share with you all, so we have decided that the easiest way is to join the ranks of the bloggers! Life is just too good to not share, don't you agree? So, stay tuned for some of the Sahlstrom Family adventures!