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.

Read the rest of this entry »


Permalink Leave a Comment

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.
Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

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.
Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

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 »

Permalink 1 Comment

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 »

Permalink Leave a Comment

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 »

Permalink Leave a Comment

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

Abby’s Public Baptism

February 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm (Genealogy/Family)

In the Name

Jan. 29th 2012, my daughter, Abigail Bartlett, was baptized at St. Luke’s by Fr. Penfield and Deacon Vogel. The Deacon’s wife, Mrs. Vogel, was our Godmother. Abby’s Godfather was my brother. Our second Godmother couldn’t attend (as she was in her 48th week of pregnancy) but was added to the certificate nonetheless. Mrs. Vogel presented Abby her Christian name to the Priest, and the Godparents tendered their sureties for Abigail’s sake. It was a lovely baptism, and Amanda and I are so happy Abby is now part of Christ’s body.  We look forward to raising her growing into a kind and gracious woman, good and wise for a gentle husband, and someday a family of her own. Even more expecting are the days ahead where she will discover the world that God made for her, experiencing the excitement of new and wonderful things this life offers. Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

Baby Abigail

October 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm (Genealogy/Family)

Abigail Bartlett

Abigail Joan Bartlett was born 4:22 AM, Oct. 1xth 2011. Amanda’s water broke at 8:30 pm the previous day as we were getting ready to go to bed. We rushed to the hospital. Abigail is our first child. We discovered her sex five months earlier. My mother’s name is “Gail”, but otherwise we have no “Abigail’s” in our family. “Jxxx” was the same middle name as Amanda’s aunt. Our golden rule with names was to avoid colors, seasons, and flowers. We wanted Abby to be named after either a biblical or royal figure, and come to think of it most names historically derive from such? I guess in picking a name for Abby before her birth, one might say we ‘knew’ her before she actually came to us.

tired mommy

Amanda was really scared about the labor, and we ended up taking an epidural to prevent fatigue. Amanda’s parents were also there to help her through the labor pains. But the push-phase of the birth came quickly. The county hospital had several babies being born the same hour, and the doctor was away during Amanda’s delivery. Abigail ”crowned” in a half-dozen pushes, and before we knew it she was born. The push phase was fairly fast, about 15min. This is far too much detail, but I was present at the delivery, comforting Amanda, helping with the birth itself, and cutting the umbilical cord. I am actually so happy not to have missed Abigail’s actual birth. When she came it was such a miracle. We couldn’t believe she was alive, and we were so overjoyed to know she came to us healthy. As Abigail was handed to Amanda, Amanda asked, “is that my baby?” We were all in tears. It was so amazing, and I wouldn’t have missed Abigail’s birth for all the world.

nursery check up

Abigail was weighed and cleaned up. She was 6lbs and 18.5 inches. A small baby but in our estimation the most beautiful child we ever saw. She stole our heart. Amanda and I spent the next two days in the hospital room, and at the county they let the baby nurse with the parents, only occasionally removing her to test blood and weigh. I slept in a chair at Amanda’s bedside. We were exhausted, but every time we held Abigail it was like our energy came streaming back. We saw a number of doctors, and the lactation nurse(s) were especially helpful. On the second day family came to visit. My brother and mother got to hold Abigail, and this has been very important for us given the passing of close relatives of late. All was good, and we finally were able to take Abby home.

a little shut eye

Amanda and I have been preparing our apartment for Abigail for some time. We put Abigail in the crib and watched her sleep. This last week we’ve been up every hour feeding our baby, and I’m so thankful work and finances has been flexible with me this year. Amanda has over three months off and won’t return to her security job until the end of January. Meanwhile, we hope to get Abigail’s weight up. As of Oct. 20th Abigail weighed 5lb 11 ounces.

getting dressed

Every time she moves, opens her eyes, smiles, or puckers we just melt. I guess we are your typical parents. We are looking forward to help Abigail grow into a charitable and faithful woman. Abigail is taken from the Hebrew, “Abi” being Father, and “Gail” being “joy”. Abigail is indeed her father’s joy, and every day with our first born is so incredible. We don’t even miss the sleep.

We are so blessed. God has been good in answering prayer. Praise the Lord! Amanda and I thank all our family and friends– especially our parish church and local clergy– who likewise prayed and supported us.  These saintly petitions passed us through the sore spots, and we can now add a beautiful little girl to our household. We hope she grows into a kind, generous soul. Thank you.

my lovely wifey

Permalink 3 Comments

Our Beloved Auntie

March 22, 2011 at 4:11 am (Genealogy/Family)

Requiescat in Pace ~ La Fern S. Anderson

“IAM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die.— John 11:25″

On this day, March 25th 2011, we gather to celebrate the life of La Fern (Fern) S. Anderson, beloved sister and aunt. Fern was born in San Jose in 1921, to Charles and Editha Shields.  She had one younger sister, Gail Bartlett. Fern attended Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelors in English.  Afterwards, she attended UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in library science.  She was a gifted student, and had a knack for language. She lived abroad, in Guatemala, for a year and became fluent in Spanish.  She also worked as an Army Librarian in post-war Germany and could speak German fluently, as well. Fern married Paul Anderson, an English Professor at Cal Poly Tech.  They lived together in Morro Bay for several years, before finally settling in El Cerrito.  Her husband, Paul, had type 1 diabetes, and Fern cared for him as his health faded. After Paul’s death, Fern stayed active as a volunteer caring for stray pets and animals.  She was very active in the humane society.  She also had an artistic streak, and enjoyed making Christmas presents for children which she would donate to organizations like “Toys for Tots”. She had many beloved pets through the years, but was especially fond of her dog, “Tan-Tan”. In her faith she walked as a Methodist. Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

Next page »