In the last two days, we’ve added two new babies to our family.

My nephew, Jerrel Heatwole, Jr., and his lovely wife, Sarah were blessed with Asher Samuel on June 10 — and it is easy to remember how much he weighed because he was born on 6/10 and he weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz.  Such a blessed event, as this couple has experienced the early loss of two much wanted babies.

Another nephew, known to most of you as “Chip” (Yoder) and his also lovely wife, Susan, had Hannah Louise last night by a “somewhat emergency c-section” and she weighed in at 5 lbs. 8 oz.  This has also been an eagerly anticipated baby – it is their first.

This brings the number of great-grandbabies to eighteen for my Sweet Mama.  The girls are outnumbering the boys 11 to 7.  And sixteen of the eighteen grandbabies belong to my proud brothers.  (My sister, Alma and I just became grandmas this spring for the first time.)

The important thing is that the babies are safely here, and doing well.  This great-auntie rejoices greatly!

And on the European front, we talked by phone with the girls last night.  They were in Portugal, and had a wonderful time with Conrad and Heidi.  They profess to be doing wonderfully.  Not without ripples, but seemingly without winds of hurricane force when it comes to relationships.  Thanks to all of you who are remembering them in prayer. 


One more thing — there is a post of stellar quality over at



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3 responses to “

  1. Congratulations Great-Auntie! It’s interesting to me how Asher’s initials are the same as the first three letters of his name.

  2. I never even noticed that, Coleen.  H-m-m-m-m.  I wonder if that was intentional.

  3. Congratulations to you and your family!! A lot of babies are fun!!

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