Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Announcing the smallest leaf on my family tree...

Regular readers of 100 Years in America and my other blogs have surely noticed that new posts from me have been few and far between for awhile now. In fact, I have recently had a fellow blogger write to confirm whether or not I had fallen off the edge of the earth, as she had assumed, since I have been absent from the blogosphere lately.

I am happy to let you know that I am alive and well and finally ready to announce to you the "project" that I have been working on for much of this past year: a beautiful baby boy, the newest addition to our family tree!

Needless to say he takes up much of my time (day and night) and energy (how needy we are when we begin life in this world!), but I am loving every moment of my time with him during his soon-to-be-fleeting babyhood, as is the rest of the family. We are in awe of him as we watch him develop day by day. In fact, we are constantly studying him to see if we can discover who he most resembles and whose personality he might take after.

With my interest in family history, my wondering goes even further back than the immediate generations previous. Along these lines, I enjoyed reading this poem written by Lucy Maud Montgomery about the mystery of the birthright given to the newborn baby by all of the family members who lived before him:


A hundred generations
have gone into its making,
With all their love and tenderness,
with all their dreams and tears;
Their vanished joy and pleasure,
their pain and their heart-breaking,
Have colored this rare blossom
of the long-unfruitful years.

Their victory and their laughter
for this have strong men given,
For this have sweet, dead women
paid in patience which survives;
That a great soul might bring the world,
as from the gate of heaven,
All that was rich and beautiful
in those forgotten lives.

~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

As I've written before,

A newborn babe brings
light to the house,
warmth to the hearth,
and joy to the soul,
for wealth is family,
family is wealth.

~ Irish Proverb

Our new little boy has brought light, warmth and joy to our home this year. We are truly rich beyond measure!

Thanks to my regular readers that have been checking here and there to see whether or not I had emerged from hiding. I'm not sure when I will get back up to my previous level of activity in the blogosphere, but it will only be a matter of time, I'm sure. After all, now I have another member of the family to which I must pass on all of the wonderful family history that we share!


  1. Dear Lisa... WOW!!!!!!!

    Congratulations on your smallest leaf. What a wonderful change to your life. Enjoy this first year as he grows and becomes a little person, and then he walks, talks, and becomes a beautiful little boy. It is so much fun to be a preent, but a lot of work as you know.

    Thank you for sharing this big moment...are you going to share his first name with us so that we can talk about the first son born of a geneablogger?

    I loved the poem by Montgomery too. I assume that it is public domain, right? If so, I'll incorporate it into one of my talks, it's that good.

    I wish you and him and your hubby all the best and hope that you get rest and can blog some more over the months.

    Enjoy -- Randy

  2. Congratulations, Lisa!! A most worthwhile 'project' indeed ;-)

    He sure has a beautiful head of hair.

  3. Awwwwww....I LOVE the smell of that sweet baby head!

    Congratulations and welcome to the NEW really smallest leaf.

  4. Congratulations! I'm sooo happy for you! My best wishes for you and for your new little baby boy.

  5. Congratulations! What a beautiful head of hair he has. (My daughters were both baldies).

  6. Congratulations Lisa! I'm so very happy for you. And I'm relieved to know that your absence from the blogosphere was for a very happy reason.

    All the best to you and yours,


  7. Thanks so much to all of you for helping to welcome our new little boy into the world. He is a true joy. This beginning of his life is such a magical time, as were the days when we welcomed his siblings.

    Randy - since he is still too young for me to ask his permission, I think I'll have to refrain from publishing his name here. :)

    I look forward to getting back to more frequent blogging eventually, but for awhile I'll be working more on getting enough sleep when this little one allows.

    Back to bed for me now (at least until the next baby feeding or diaper change),


  8. Hi Lisa,
    Conratulations !! I'm happy for you.
    Your son is blessed with several rich cultural traditions.
    Wishing him health and joy.

  9. Lisa - wow! Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family.

  10. Lisa,
    Congratulations to your family and welcome to the wee one. I love the Anne of Green Gables books - thanks for the quote from LMM. And keep napping when you can so you can store up those special moments and share them with us when you get back to the blogging.

  11. Lisa, congratulations on little Leaflet. He is the photo, even though we can't see his sweet face.

    Take time, take care, get your rest. Blogging will still be waiting when you have the time again.

  12. Congratulations!!! And welcome! to your son. What a wonderful time for you and your family!

  13. Congratulations! I hope he brings much joy to your life.

  14. Congrats, Congrats, and more Congrats!!! I'm very happy for you and your family. Enjoy each moment.

  15. Oh Baby! Oh Lisa!

    Congratulations on your family project.

    More photos please!


  16. Congratulations on your new addition. May he follow in his mother's genealogy footsteps one day...

  17. Oh my gosh, am I the last person to find this out?!! Congratulations to you on your newest leaf! How wonderful for you!

    Congratulations to you and your family! I hope to see pictures of your little one when you're up to it!


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