Welcoming the newest Yoder


By Daniel Yoder for his wife, Gloria



Our home is full of joy these days! Our little bundle of joy has arrived, we have been ooing and awing the last day over our newborn baby boy, Joshua David. He was born June 29 at 11:40 p.m. Saturday evening is when Gloria was showing first signs of labor, off and on till Monday evening at 9:30, and then she went full speed to the finish line! With unspeakable joy and gratitude to God he was born right into Gloria’s arms. We did have a home delivery, so all was very quiet around here with all the other children fast asleep. Praise the Lord little Joshua seems to be very healthy. He weighed 7 pound and 4 oounces and is 19.5 inches long. I am holding him as I am writing this, he is a little charmer. He has a really nice amount of dark hair and is super cute.

Back to Gloria, she did such a wonderful job in bringing this little guy into the world. I will never forget those first moments! About 20 minutes after he was born, Gloria, Joshua, and I lay in bed praising our Maker for the precious gift He has given us. Gloria is recovering very well, and she completely surprised us when she came to the dinner table less than 24 hours after little Joshua was born. And, oh, the children are in their glory!

Gloria is a mother hen with her new baby, and Julia is right on her heels. We had a couple of visitors and when little Joshua squeaked a little, Julia was right there giving some insights, like how he likes to be held or what he might want. You should have seen Austin when he was introduced to little Joshua; he feels so big having such a little brother, and he is right there to help mommy, like getting fresh water or snacks for her. And really, I wish you could have seen Rayni! She showed so much expression when she met little Joshua, it was so precious. She is also pretending to be a little mommy with her doll, changing her all the time. It was so cute when she went to bed last night with her baby doll right beside her. She feels so big also being a new mommy. Elijah is doing really well and loves his brother. Jesse does too, but feels a little threatened by Joshua. When Jesse first heard that Gloria was feeding Joshua, he became very frustrated and said that he is not allowed to and declared that he’s naughty. With some time and extra loving his little world will all come together again.

I plan to be here at home this week, helping do ‘Mommy things’. Gloria will probably take a break next week yet, so stay tuned in for more updates in two weeks. I would like to share our zucchini casserole recipe that we have enjoyed countless times during summer months.

Yoder’s Zucchini and Hamburger Casserole

3 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup shredded cheese

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup onion, chopped

2 cups shredded zucchini

2 cups fried meat of your choice

Beat eggs and butter. Add flour, salt, baking powder, onion, and cheese. Mix well. Fold in zucchini and meat, pour into greased 9-inch by 9-inch pan. If desired, sprinkle with black pepper and parsley flakes. For a yummy add-on, I like sprinkling some extra cheese and a few handfuls of buttered bread crumbs on top during last five minutes of baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serves five.

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By Daniel Yoder for his wife, Gloria

Gloria Yoder is an Amish mom, writer, and homemaker in rural Illinois. The Yoders travel primarily by horse-drawn buggy and live next to the settlement’s one-room school-house. Readers can write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427

Gloria Yoder is an Amish mom, writer, and homemaker in rural Illinois. The Yoders travel primarily by horse-drawn buggy and live next to the settlement’s one-room school-house. Readers can write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427