Edie’s Christening

February 19, 2014 at 10:33 pm (Genealogy/Family)


Barbara, Edie, & Wifey

As I play catch-up with some of the bigger events in our family, I wanted to share my youngest daughter’s baptism as it happened last year on the Sunday before Advent (Nov. 24rth). Of course, the baptism followed the churching of my wife (in decent prayer book fashion) by about three weeks from Edie’s birth. In the course of that time, I discussed some aspects of the baptismal order with our reverend father-in-God, Bp. Ronald Johnson, requesting that Edie’s sponsors be her own parents (i.e., Amanda and myself). The setting aside of Godparents is an option given by the 1928 prayer book, and it seemed justifiable given our plans to move out-of-state, so we’d probably loose touch with any Godparents back in CA. There’s also a further concern about  the direction of the wider Anglican church, and much longer my family and I can seriously identify with an institutional church.

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December 29, 2013 at 3:12 am (Pilgrimage)


Christmas Day after church

As the Christmas season draws to an end, my wife and I enjoy the homes of our neighborhood decked with wonderful displays of lights and ornaments. During Advent we gave our annual donation to Salvation Army and other charitable societies. And, we are beginning to look to plans for 2014. Fortunately, the Christmas season continues, liturgically, beyond the New Years’, not really ending until Epiphany or Jan. 6th. Incidentally, this is the usual time public schools provide for holiday break, so something of the old Christmas season lingers.
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Little Edie

November 28, 2013 at 11:33 pm (Genealogy/Family)


Edith Bartlett born 7:11 am

Our house was blessed with the happy delivery of Edith Bartlett, born early October  2013. With the addition of a second baby, our family has been pretty busy, so the update has been long-coming. Nonetheless, Edith was born in perfect health and with a strong appetite. Compared to our first born, Abby, she’s a big eater. Edith’s birth weight was right in the ‘middle’, about 7lbs 12oz. She was almost 20″, and within her first two weeks quickly regained lost weight. Edie is quite the butter-ball.
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Our Next Baby

September 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm (Genealogy/Family)

Eddie's face w/ hand above

4-D Image of Edie (face w/ hands)

In two weeks we’re expecting our second daughter! We’ve named her Edith (nickname “Edie”) after my grandmother, “Editha Shields”. Edith is an old English name, and it had some popularity in the Victorian period as well as currency during early Tudor England. “Editha” is the Germanized verion of the name since my mother’s side were south Germans.

In her advance age, Editha (maiden- Birk) Shields lived with my parents, but she did a lot to raise my brother and I while children. She loved babies and spoke German to us as kids. We picked up very little, but we remember her German Christmas carols and rhymes. She was a Lutheran of simple faith, keeping small prayer books and decorated bibles in the pocket her sweater and on her bedside stand. Her family came to America at the turn of the century, settling in Washington state while a wild territory, even trading with Indians on Puget Sound.
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An Almonry

August 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm (Pilgrimage)


Wifey serving the Hungry

Our Almonry launched in the early part of January. We have two reasons for doing such. First, it is good for my family to share food with other hungry people. We want to raise our children with a sense of charity. Although we sometimes have find it difficult to meet our own ends,  we usually don’t lack food. A lot of food is inexpensive– like rice, noodles, hamburger, chicken, beans, and punch– so it’s never really a problem. Secondly, we’re tired of letting perfectly good left-overs go bad in our refrigerator, so, when we over-cook, we figure its smart to give some away rather than toss it out. Thus, the Almonry began with a want to share our bounty, applying a couple excellent recipes given to us from our sister-in-law, Rosemary Bartlett.
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Casey’s Ordination

March 24, 2013 at 2:16 am (Pilgrimage)

Casey's Ordination

Conferring the Diaconate upon Casey

Last Sunday (3/17) a good friend of mine was ordained to the order of deacon at First OPC in San Francisco, CA. The Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) is a very conservative denomination, based on the 1647  Westminster Confession. I was very happy for Casey’s calling, yet I had some unsettled feelings for my own ambitions to the permanent diaconate as well as my history with First OPC.
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My Dear Father

January 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm (Genealogy/Family)



Requiescat in Pace ~ James C. Bartlett

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Rom. 8:38-39

On this 4rth of January 2013, we gather to celebrate the life of James Cecil Bartlett, beloved husband of Gail Shields Bartlett.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Belated First Birthday

December 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm (Genealogy/Family)

I had to post this picture just because it’s so funny. It was taken on Abby’s first birthday back in October. We had two parties. One party was at her grandmother’s house and the other at our apartment. But it also was the first time she had ice cream, and at both parties she loved it so much she gorged her little face. A lot has happened to our family this year, and as look back I can only thank the mercy of God for each and every day. You’ll see the funny picture after clicking the button to the immediate right “read more”.  This is one of her last spoons of ice cream after chowing it down the entire day.  She’s just exhausted!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Our Sister Rosemary

October 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm (Genealogy/Family)

Rosemary with Abby

My brother, John, is finally a very happy man. Over the years, John has made something of a comfy nest in northern California, and while he’s been building this very nice nest, he’s finally met a wonderful and traditional girl who has promised marriage to him, and will be my sister-in-law. Her name is Rosemary. John has been making efforts to bridge Rosemary’s family together with ours, and he has gone to fantastic lengths to drive Rosemary to various family happenings, kindly giving us a chance to know the bride or John’s future wife. We hope to see her on Thanksgiving and Christmas, even Easter next year if everything works out.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Independence Day

July 21, 2012 at 12:02 am (Genealogy/Family)

Decorating ourselves at Glenmoor’s Alta Park

The last couple years since our marriage, we’ve celebrated Independence Day in Glenmoor at my mother’s house. I grew up in Glenmoor, and it was one of the first suburban tracts in Fremont, CA. In the seventies I remember the Glenmoor development surrouned by orchard and flower farms. The Glenmoor neighborhood was built by the Reeder family of whom Reeder Sr. was a city councilman. The Reeders have been Birchers for some time, and it was the son of Reeder Sr. who help me join the Birch Society. I love celebrating the Fourth in Glenmoor since it allows me to share something of my childhood with my wife and baby-girl while invoking many sweet memories.

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