Dee's News November-December 2011
|Dee's News November 2011 Volume 2 Issue 6|
|Babies Are Big Blessings In Small Packages|
Baby Girl Fussner
Chris and Lovina Fussner added little Victoria to their family on Aug. 16, 2011. She weighed 8 lbs. 4oz., and was 20 1/2 inches long. She was born on her big sister’s birthday! Congratulations!
Baby Boy Shetler
Bennie and Matty Shetler welcomed Easton Daniel to their home on Aug. 30, 2011. He weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz., and was 21 1/2 in. long. Congratulations!
Baby Boy Keim
Menno and Delilah Keim welcomed their little son, Nicholas Bradley Keim, on Aug. 9, 2011. He weighed 8lbs. 11oz. Congratulations!
|Teaching About Thanksgiving by Brenda Nixon|
Discipline is about teaching. How are you disciplining your child(ren) the meaning and significance of Thanksgiving? In some homes, families gather around the table for fun dinnertime conversation -- and a little chaos. Some families spend the day passing out meals at a homeless shelter. My friend decided she and her family would spend the night in a Hilton Inn, enjoy a leisurely day together then hit the malls on Black Friday.
Whatever you do, I hope you remember the value of spending uninterrupted time with your children! It is YOU they look up to; you're on a pedestal. Your attitude and behaviors are picked up by your little, eager learners.
Did you know President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national celebration to unite our country? In 1863 he forever set the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
I hope you enjoy the spirit of gratitude with your children all year. Remember to teach about thanks and giving each day. There is always something to be thankful for.
|Sunday Evening Baptisms!|
Lydia got saved through the SonLight Club sev-eral years ago. About three months ago, she left the Amish church and is now volunteering some of her time at MAP.
Rudy left the Amish several years ago and began attending our Bible study at Arlen and Dee's house. Earlier this year, he moved to IA. Over Labor Day weekend, he came back to visit and happened to be at the baptisms. When pastor Jerry asked if there was anyone else who wanted to be baptized, Rudy kicked his boots off and walked into the pool.
Sam is still Amish and is married to Lena who also got baptized. Like Rudy, he had not planned on getting baptized until Pastor Jerry invited others to come forward.
Lena is still Amish but dressed in English clothes. She is the husband of Sam, who is pictured in another baptism.
|Food Safety Tips for Babies and Toddlers|
Joyce Mink shared a safety tip about not giving pretzels to small children since the pretzel can expand when wet in the mouth and block the windpipe if accidentally inhaled. This led to discussions about reminders concerning baby/child safety. Here are a few things from the Family Education
Foods that can cause choking:
The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend giving these foods to children under age 4.
Next time, we’ll review how to keep our houses safe for babies and toddlers. If you have a tip to share, please send it in!
Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole
2 c. mashed sweet potatoes
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon into a greased 1 1/2 qt. baking dish. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Combine topping ingredients, sprinkle over potatoes and return to oven for 5-10 minutes or till lightly browned.
Last Minute Peanut Butter Cookies
1 c. peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir ingredients together and drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake about 7-8 minutes. Makes 1 dozen.
Buttery Red-Skinned Mashed Potatoes
2-3 pounds red potatoes (more if you use the small ones), scrubbed--don't peel
Cut into even chunks about 1 inch in size. Place in boiling water to cover at least one inch. Add salt. Cook over medium heat until tender--about 20-35 minutes. Drain potatoes. Place back into pot and mash with masher. Warm milk in microwave and add to mashed potatoes by quarter cups until you reach the consistency desired. Add pepper and butter (and garlic, if desired). Stir in parsley. This
Use a Crockpot: Lightly spray Crockpot with cooking spray. Place mashed potatoes in Crockpot on low to keep warm.
1 head broccoli, cut up
Mix together Miracle Whip, sour cream, and salt. Add to broccoli, cauliflower, bacon, and cheese. Reserve a small amount of cheese and bacon to sprinkle on top.
For each new morning with its light,
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
|Mini Manners Manual|
Having good manners also means being a good guest! Here are more tips on how to be a good guest and a fun person to be around at parties.
Here’s the link if you’d like to go to the website source for this manners page: http://www.rfc791.org/~churl/lit/manners.html
|A Special Prayer Request|
On Monday, September 26th, 2011, Catherine Arlene Yoder, wife of David Yoder, passed away after giving birth to the couple’s baby son, Kevin. She was a lovely young lady and will be missed very much by her husband, family, and friends.
Though David has many friends and family members surrounding him for support, let’s remember to pray for this young man as he grieves for his beloved wife and learns to be a father, too.
A fund had been established to help David plan for his son’s education. If you’d like to contribute, please mail your gift to: