The rain went away for the evening commute. And it has been a bit chilly (read: for me) so I added a layer of clothing, so I did not have to wear a coat, my hoodie did the job.
They suggest that we “stick around until the miracle happens!” And tonight, we were all privy to TWO miracles. It is all about babies as of late.
Our baby mama came to the meeting tonight, she is about a month and a couple of weeks away from delivery. She’s going back to Newfoundland to have the baby, one, because of a death in the family last week, and secondly so that she isn’t alone here, and she leaves on Saturday.
A very close friend of mine, our Very Sober Lady who saved T.B.’s a few years back, has always been delicate. And doctors said that she would never be able to have children, and that broke her heart.
And I learned not long ago that she was housebound and couldn’t get out so the girls have been bringing meetings to her at home, and today I learned why …
Our woman is pregnant.
This is the second miracle pregnancy we have seen in our city this season.
She is very fragile, but came this evening to give one of her sponsees a 24 year chip and all the girls showed up, which more than tripled our usual attendance. We sat close to 50 folks. Chairs, and chairs and more chairs.
It was a blessed event, to say the least.
That would make three new babies on the way for our group of women in my circle of sober gals. Our third gal is on her second child now, with Baby Julian having been born a little more than 18 months ago.
Winter may have been long and drawn out and miserable, but all those hours sequestered in the house proved to be very useful for some. Tee Hee !!!
It is the last Sunday therefore a Traditions meeting. And Tradition Four.
It was hit and miss on sharing. A lot of folks, but few who really engaged with the text. The traditions are important for the group, but it was odd on the mind tonight. It was more important to be present for each other it seemed.
So that is what took precedence.
Our business meeting was fruitful. All the jobs were taken and we even went through the meeting archives looking for date information for our anniversary which will take place during “Gratitude Week June 8th through the 17th.”
Our group will be celebrating 52 years as a group. Our group was founded on January 10th 1962. That’s a long time ago.
All my guys are good and sober. One is still out of town till Tuesday, we did a Skype call last night, and my other guy returned early this morning from New York City. We spoke prior to the meeting.
You will see I posted the article from Rome on the Canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII which took place earlier today. I checked You Tube when I got home and noticed that they uploaded the mass, so I get to watch it later on tonight.
I will have highlights and photos later on. That is a labor intensive job capturing and photo shopping the pics from Live TV. More on that later.
Overall it was a good weekend. Everybody is sober and happy.
Babies are on the way, and most deserved for their mothers and fathers.
A true blessing. God does exist. He has proven it to us quite potently.
More to come, stay tuned …
Like I said a few days earlier, the approach to March is COLD !
There is snow in the forecast, and night time lows range from the minus teens to minus twenties, ugh !!!
I was up early today because I needed to run some errands into Westmount to pay rent for the Thursday meeting, and to figure out who was in the chair on Thursday. Which left me the whole day to fill with activity.
I usually do laundry on Thursday, but it has been creeping up on Wednesday’s and today it crept up even further. I stopped at the store for some goodies, soap and coin on the way home, because going back to bed sounded nice, but I was rather up for the day it seemed.
I did laundry …
It is good to do laundry during the day when a good chunk of residents are either at work or at school. I had free machines. That ate up a couple hours.
Meanwhile I did some stuff around the apartment, and farted around on the internet. I can only take this box a few hours at a time during the day. After you read email, Tumble, Facebook, blog surf and all those assorted things you do, what’s left?
What do you do when you are done?
I usually turn the box off and nap or something. The tv pickings during the day are usually thin, unless of course you want to watch U.S. politics all day long ……………….. NOT !
After all the work was done, I did indeed go back to bed for an hour or so before I needed to get up and ready to go.
I departed on time, and was rewarded with full Metro operations.
Our room was a mess once again, and I had to clean up after whomever used it before us. There was garbage all over the floor piled up under the sink that needed to go out.
And I noticed on the front stoop someone had quite a party sometime. I found an empty liter of Bacardi Rum and an empty bottle of wine just outside the front doors. Not wanting to trigger our kids, I took the bottles and put them in the parish trash.
They are still working on the windows in the bell tower now. It took them more than 6 months to take out, rework, and replace the windows in our small hall, so I imagine that the entire bell tower should be finished sometime during the summer.
We had a good turn out. Baby mama was there. I had a gift for her, and she had more information for us. Nobody asked but we were rather put to tears after hearing today’s story. She indeed told the baby daddy about the baby, to which he replied …”Get an Abortion or put it up for adoption!”
You can’t really abort a 5 month old baby (20 weeks plus) in Quebec. I am sure there is some back door doctor who would do the deed, if you went looking hard enough, but you can’t do it legally.
She won’t abort, or adopt the baby out.
So we are keeping it.
There is a list of things we need to get her before the birth, like baby clothing and all that goes with it, a legal, up to date car seat, because she does not drive, but needs a car seat to transport from the hospital. Car seats expire here in Quebec. So it has to be “street” legal.
I am going to my gaggle of girls with pleas for help, donation or advice, since we had a new birth at T.B.’s about 18 months ago.
We had a bunch of newbies tonight that stayed and joined the group for the business meeting, so of course we gave them all jobs for the next month.
A hopeful incentive to return/stay sober/ and to become part of.
I was told that in looking for a new sponsor, that in fact when I did find one, he would help me terminate my old sponsor. I really haven’t spoken to him in months and months. And on Thursday I have a lunch date with a friend with considerable sober time, I asked to work with me, so we are having lunch to discuss.
All the bills are paid, there is money in the kitty and all the jobs have been taken for March. On April 1st, is out Two Year anniversary. I have been tapped to plan the festivities, since I have everyone’s phone numbers in my phone as of tonight.
It was a good night. The push to baby is on.
I get the feeling really, that it will be a boy. Baby mama didn’t ask on the first ultrasound, she was too much in shock to ask. But more folks say the same thing … that it’s a Boy … We shall see.
More to come, stay tuned …
The Annunciation …
It snowed a bit today, just a light dusting. February is ebbing and March is just around the corner. But we all know that March can be an iffy month, so we shall see if Winter continues or slowly comes to an end. In years past, Winter seemed to last into May …
Many people have been crossing my mental dashboard. People I haven’t seen in some time, or just people who miss a meeting here or there. In that effort of thought, it usually happens that if I think of said person, they show up at the next meeting I go to. As happened tonight.
I arrived at the church, it was a mess. They put in new windows in our room and they are tearing apart the front of the bell tower windows. So there is construction material all over the place. I got a call from our chair that he wouldn’t make it and could I sub for him.
Thinking on the fly, I thumbed through A.B.S.I. and nothing jumped out at me. I then picked up the Daily Reflections and went with today’s reflection. “Our paths are our Own …”
… there is nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet…” B.B. pg. 25
What did we learn first in early sobriety? What tools were there for us to find? Everybody had a different answer. But everybody had a path that they walked. And now we are here.
You never know what you are going to get when you go to a meeting.
We have been closely guarding some of our newcomers. Taking care of them, being present, and reaching out often. One in particular went home to Newfoundland for the holidays for a month, we prayed and she prayed that she would not drink. In the end, she stayed sober.
And it was a good thing too.
She picked up six months on Sunday.
What we didn’t know, changed all of our lives tonight.
Over the holidays our young woman entered a fitness challenge at work to loose weight, but to her consternation, she couldn’t drop a pound.
Months went by, and God was moving.
Because of things out of her control, doctors told her early on that she would never get pregnant. She couldn’t.
Last week the pieces all came together, and she took a pregnancy test.
Thinking she was going through menopause, she looked up the symptoms for both pregnancy and menopause. They were similar.
The first test came back positive. Then a second and a third …
Someone got on the hobby horse early in sobriety.
They say that we should stay away from relationships and BIG decisions in the first year of sobriety. Well, that didn’t happen,
God has graced us with a baby. It was a miracle. All we could do was speak kind words of support and love. What else would you do?
I had not seen our friend for a few meetings, but her sponsor kept us in the loop, but never intimated anything was amiss. Because she was in shock herself.
You never know what is going to come up at a meeting.
It is so good to know that we all have become family for our lady. We all rallied around her and will continue to do so.
“I bring you tidings of great joy …”
It was a miraculous night all the way around.
Our paths, all of our paths, have changed.
When you invest in your home group, you invest in all its people. And what better way to welcome a new life than in a meeting. Where else can you find such love and support.
I am totally in shock. But totally happy in the same way.
Mom and baby are doing fine. If everything goes well, our due date is in June. Since she is high risk, we will all keep a close eye on her.
Pray for our ladies.
More to come, definitely, stay tuned …
While many royal christenings take place at Buckingham Palace, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge broke tradition by having Georgie baptized in a private 45-minute ceremony at Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace.
Courtesy: BBC News online
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace has announced.
The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8lb 6oz.
The Duke of Cambridge said in a statement the couple “could not be happier”. He and the duchess will remain in the hospital overnight.
The news has been displayed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in line with tradition.
A bulletin – signed by the Queen’s gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered the baby – was taken by a royal aide from St Mary’s to the palace under police escort.
The document said: “Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm today.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
When the news was announced, a large cheer went up from well-wishers and journalists outside the hospital while a large crowd greeted the posting of the bulletin outside Buckingham Palace.
The Kensington Palace press release said the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of his son, who will be known as the Prince of Cambridge and who is third in line to the throne.
“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news,” it said.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said the names of the baby – who was delivered in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s – would be announced in due course.
The Prince of Wales, in a separate statement, said he and the Duchess of Cornwall were “overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild.
“It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” he added.
“Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”
BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the duke and duchess spent time bonding with their son before they told the family their news.
Royal doctor Mr Setchell described the new arrival as “wonderful baby, beautiful baby”, our correspondent added.
Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking outside Downing Street, hailed the “wonderful news”.
“It is an important moment in the life of our nation but I suppose, above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who’ve got a brand new baby boy,” he added.
He said the Royal Family could “know that a proud nation is celebrating with a very proud and happy couple tonight”.
May God bless this family with love, health and happiness in their shared life ahead”
Archbishop of Canterbury
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I am sure that people across Scotland will be absolutely thrilled to hear the news of the birth of a baby boy to the Royal couple and will want to join me in wishing the proud parents many congratulations.”
And Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones congratulated the couple “on behalf of the people of Wales” as “they enter their journey into parenthood”.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, meanwhile, said he was “delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their baby boy”.
“Along with millions here and around the world, I share in their joy at this special time,” he added.
“May God bless this family with love, health and happiness in their shared life ahead.”
Catherine and Prince William had arrived at the hospital at 06:00 BST ahead of a Kensington Palace announcement that she was in the early stages of labour.
The world’s media had been camped outside St Mary’s for days in anticipation of the birth.
Courtesy: Emmanuel Rosario Flickr
It was another beautiful day in the neighborhood, thankfully we have air conditioning now and that we don’t have to suffer the heat like we used to.
I got out early and ran errands on the way out.
Set up took me an hour and by the end of it I was seating bullets, thankfully I had time to wash up and dry out before the meeting. It was a full house tonight. Lots of birthdays this week. Many of our members are approaching their YEARS at the meeting. So there was happiness all around the room tonight.
We talked about the Promises.
I’ve mentioned this topic numerous times over the last few weeks, in one way or another. You get the idea…
Suffice to say that I see the progression of the Promises coming true to the state of my home as it changes over time. Coming from white walls and no decoration, black and white tv’s and old and broken electronics over the years, all those things have been replaced several times over, and there is paint on the walls and paintings hanging on those walls, and we reached the pinnacle of the promises with the recent purchase of an air conditioner.
Every year as I work my program the promises come up and present themselves to me and us – because we read them every week, and we hear them at other meetings as well, they present themselves in different forms.
I have gratitude for the program and the promises coming true in my life.
And many of our guests tonight said the same thing, or along those lines.
Near the end of the meeting, we had a visit from Julian, our newest sober baby to one of our members who took a year chip tonight. What more can you say about the promises when it comes to a new baby in ones life?
That’s a Promise all in itself. Baby !!! Genius.
A good night was had by all.
More to come, stay tuned…
Our friend Dave and his wife Irene are the proud parents of a baby girl born this morning at 4 a.m. Baby Serena and mom are doing well and will be home in the coming days.
We have a Christmas baby and snow falling on the city. Quite miraculous if you ask me …
Dave is very happy and we are very proud of him as well. Photos will be forthcoming soon.
Courtesy : SAM’S STORIES
“Let celebrate something potentially awesome instead, okay? I’m a little pregnant. If you go visit Julie and catch a glimpse of her header, you’ll notice a slightly positive pregnancy test. That’s what mine looked like every time I peed on a stick. I prefer two super dark lines, myself. Lines that say, “There is some motherfucking shit going down in the ute, yo.” I’ve told a few people that I’m a little pregnant and they always say, “You can’t be a little pregnant.”
YAY, the news is out. We’re having a baby … Click on the hyperlink above and go wish Sam goodness, light and love. This is the secret that I’ve been sitting on for a couple weeks.
Well, not us but SAM is pregnant. Go wish her all the best. You can read her blog at Sam’s Stories here. We send her and her family all our warmest wishes and prayers for a healthy and full term pregnancy. I am reading, once again, I heard the Owl Call my Name and there is one part of the story where Brian is escorting a mother to be to a bush flight to get to a hospital for the birth and he tells her “You Hold on to that baby, you hear me!” So Sam, You Hold on to that baby!!!
All this good news from my West Coast reads. We have a wedding coming between Dating Dummy and his girl MoMo and now BABY News… I think a trip out West is coming in the future.
Here he is the baby named James born Jan 20 2009…