Since I have limited time to post right now but have been gathering a collection of photographs of the littlest Mahlous, I thought I would share some of these with you. (Sorry about the quality; they came from my cell phone camera.)
This site was originally designed for linking the longer family posts and pictures that did not fit easily on my main blog, 100th Lamb. Over time this blog has become the story of our family, past and present. More recently, I have been posting excerpts from a new book I am writing about our family experiences: Raising God's Rainbow Makers. Here you will also find my conversion story. Many thanks to the followers of this site for becoming part of our family.
Most Recent Updates
Daily updates on family members who are "in the family news" are available on the Twitterlets.
Nathaniel and Nikolina have moved into a more normal set of life activities, now possible with the stabilization of Nikolina's health. Some of her routine care has been transferred from Stanford University Hospital to local doctors. This makes life easier for everyone. With her gross motor development delayed because of disabilities and surgery, Nikolina has been progressing in fine motor development faster than typically expected and is now beginning to draw and to type. Of course, Nathaniel is a great help to her in this respect.
Updated pictures of Nathaniel and Nikolina are added periodically at the end of the post about them.
Here is a picture of Nikolina that Shane took at a local restaurant. That smile on her face never goes away; I think she knows how lucky she is to be alive -- and to be intellectually normal and performing at age level is absolutely remarkable. (She still is missing some body parts, but she has never needed a feeding tube or any other kind of support since being released from the hospital.)
Pictures from our house blessing have now been added. Click here to see them: house blessing.
I am the mother of 4 birth children (plus 3 others who lived with us) and grandmother of 2, all of them exceptional children. Married for 42 years, I grew up in Maine, live in California, and work in many places in education, linguistics, and program management. In my spare time, I rescue and tame feral cats and have the scars to prove it. A long-time ignorantly blissful atheist converted by a theophanic experience to Catholicism,
I am now a joyful catechist. Oh, I also authored a dozen books, two under my pen name of Mahlou (Blest Atheist and A Believer-in-Waiting's First Encounters with God).
Using Elizabeth (me) as the center (only because I am the one doing the blogging), here is how the clan is related:
Wife/Mother: Elizabeth Husband/Father: Donnie
Birth children, in birth order: Lizzie Noelle Shane Doah
Here are the three children who came to live with us, in order of when they arrived: Blaine (from the barrio of Salts) Shura (from Siberia) Ksenya (from Moscow)
There were also others who lived with us for a year or more: Vanessa and her three children (abandoned mother) Rollie (my brother) Victoria (my sister) George (a colleague of Donnie's who could not find a place to rent because he was black living in a principally white location)
And then there is my Maine farm family: mother: Ma father: Dad (deceased 36 years) Children (oldest to youngest): Elizabeth (me) Katrina Danielle Willie Rollie Keith Sharon Victoria
And, of course, our cats: Murjan Intrepid Simone
With time, I will add to the content. In the meanwhile, see the alphabetical listing under "family members" below to find out about those for whom I have posts.
100th Lamb. This is my main blog, the one I keep most updated. I link from there to here when I want to use one or another of my writings there.
Mahlou Musings. This site contains excerpts from my various publications.
Modern Mysticism. This blog discusses the mystical in our pragmatic, practical, realistic, and rational 21st century world and is to those who spend some or much of their time in an irrational/mystical relationship with God. If such things do not strain your credulity, you are welcome to follow the blog and participate in it.
The Burning House
"The Burning House" by William Smith copyright 2009
I dreamed a dream of a burning house With brothers and sisters and a cold bitter spouse. The halls were all crooked, the doors were ajar. I heard all their cries from the road in my car.
I put on the brakes and came to a stop While an old jackrabbit went hippity hop. I looked back again, and the house was ablaze. The people inside just looked in a daze.
The curtains were tattered, the roof was not straight. The hinges were knocked off the broken front gate. The paint was all weathered, and the shutters hung loose. A shadow on the barn door looked like a noose.
A kid outside shouted, "There's a fire there, you see". But Mama kept screaming, "Come back here to me". "No, I cannot, ‘cause your house is on fire". But nobody listened as the flames grew still higher.
Once in a while a child would run out, But Mama and Papa would just scream and shout. The kid in the yard would utter a scream As a child ran back in as if in a dream.
Soon the house burned right to the ground. The kid in the yard made not a sound. I opened the door, and she sat on the seat. She didn't look back because of the heat.
I stepped on the gas, and we sped away. I opened my mouth, but what can you say? "They had to go back," was her soft reply. All of them chose their way to die.
I turned on the light; she was just seventeen. She was the prettiest girl I'd ever seen. I'll never forget the night I stopped there, ‘Cause I married that girl with the long, flowing hair.