Boy or girl? Gloria has her baby

By Daniel Yoder


Picture this: It?s Tuesday evening at about 8:45 p.m. when Gloria told me, ?Daniel I started labor.?

I was like, ?You are kidding me!? I was excited to go to bed early and get a good night?s rest. I had this idea that I would like to be rested up when our brand-new bundle arrives. But guess what, God had a better idea.

Soon the house was full of excitement. We told the children that the way it looked, we would probably have our baby the next day some time. So we called ?Mommy and Dawdy? (grandma and grandma), and they came to pick up the children.

After the children left, every thing was quiet. Gloria and I just looked at each other with expressions that said, ?Now what do we do??

We called our midwife and told her of our excitement, but to our dismay she told us, ?I have somebody on call already.?

Now we are like, ?God, how far are you going to stretch us??

We discussed some different options. The midwife suggested that she thought we could do it ourselves. Wow, that felt like a long stretch. We prayed about it and felt like God told us that he was going to be the third person there, so we jumped on the boat to deliver by ourselves. By this time it was about 11 p.m. Soon, Gloria told me she thought the baby would be there soon.

I stayed by Gloria?s bedside 99 percent of the time. Earlier that evening Gloria said she was praying for a Valentine?s Day baby (that was before she started labor). I was like, ?Wow, hopefully we will have the baby after midnight!?

Gloria informed me that it will be a close race, I told Gloria that she prayed just a bit early!

Anyway, our bundle arrived three and a half hours after labor started. What a dream come true on Valentine?s Day at 12:14 a.m. Elijah Courage was welcomed with love, weighing eight pounds and three ounces.

Gloria is recovering really well, and she also did an amazing job in labor and delivery. She sure is a super mother, and we are all doing really well. Julia, Austin, Jesse and Rayni are absolutely in awe of their new brother.

I am sure Gloria will keep you informed of how everyone is doing. Friends are helping us on every side, we were amazed to see our 84-year-old neighbor coming last evening with a really good casserole called ?shepherd?s pie? and some cookies.

God bless every one who is helping us and to everyone who has been praying for us!

I will share the shepherd?s pie recipe with you. I am sure you will like it.


Shepherd?s Pie


First step:

2 lb. hamburger

1 1/2 t. salt

3/4 cup Oatmeal

1/3 t. Onion salt

1 Egg

1 cup Milk

1/3 t. Pepper


Second step:

2 oz. cream cheese

1/3 oz. cup sour cream

1/4 stick Butter

1/3 t. Onion salt

1 1/2 t. salt

Enough milk to make creamy



Mix together and bake in a 9x13 pan bake for 45 min. at 350. Spread 1 can of cream of mushroom soup on top. Next, cook 2 qt. peeled and cut up potatoes. When soft, pour off water, mash the potatoes and add ?second step? ingredients.

Spread second step ingredients spread over mushroom soup. Top with slices of Velveeta cheese. Return to oven until heated through.