So many of you have remarked that they missed the blog posts over the summer. I did too!
The summer was a hectic one and brought with it some exciting new house-mates and a brand new granddaughter. Michelle and Scotty moved into our home in July, in preparation for the birth of their first child and their move to Atlanta. Charlotte Jennifer בתי-ה (Charlie) was born on August 6th and joined our family home, too, until after Yom Kippur.
Charlie is named for Scotty’s maternal grandmother, Beverly בתי-ה (Batya) Deutsch of Los Angeles. We have been regaled with the stories of Mrs. Deutsch’s delicious and generous cooking and her deliveries of massive amounts of sumptuous food to members of her community. Although we never had the opportunity to meet Charlie’s namesake, we feel like we have met Mrs. Deutsch through Scotty’s Mom, June, as she embodies so many of her own mother’s virtues.
We hope and pray that our Charlie will fill the tall shoes of her namesake and open her own heart and home to others as her maternal great-grandmother has done. It is a great legacy and we have great hopes and dreams for little Charlie. After all, food is a universal symbol of love and Charlie’s life right now centers around her feeding schedule.
To welcome Charlie, we hosted a kiddush luncheon for our family and friends on the Shabbos that she was named. It is a Jewish custom to host a Shabbos morning kiddush to honor the birth of a baby girl. The concept of a kiddush for a baby girl is an opportunity to thank G-d for this enormous gift and for others to bless the new child that she be raised לַתּוֹרָה לָחֻפָּה וּלְמַעֲשִׂים טוֹבִים (to Torah, wedding and good deeds). It is also to sanctify the importance of Jewish women and their vital role in Jewish learning and survival.
We learn throughout Tanach (Bible) and history that the Matriarchs and their female descendants graciously guided their families and ultimately, our nation through difficult family and historical challenges. After all, Jewish identity follows matrilineal descent. Jewish women were the ones who made seemingly small moves that changed the course of our nation’s history and who danced with Miriam at the Splitting of the Sea to celebrate the good that had been bestowed upon them. In Jewish families, the mother is entrusted to feed and love her children physically and spiritually. Her responsibility is to delicately instill faith in G-d and observance of mitzvos (good deeds) in her family. We hope and pray that Charlie fulfills the potential in her name. May she steer her own family through life’s travails and dance through life’s simchas (joys).
To celebrate this special occasion, I created a stage of spinning ballerinas with the help of June, Scotty’s mother. It was an adorable centerpiece that really was simple to create.
Let Charlie’s first act begin!
pink ribbon, matched to width of Styrofoam
gold ball toothpicks
white cupcake papers
1 package large marshmallows
1 package mini marshmallows
pink sanding sugar
white or pink icing
Place pink tablecloth underneath stryrofoam block and add a 6 inch perimeter all the way around Styrofoam. Cut tablecloth to size and wrap tablecloth around Styrofoam, tucking in corners neatly as if wrapping a gift. Staple tablecloth to bottom of Styrofoam in as many places as necessary to secure the tablecloth to the styrofoam, making sure to reinforce corners with extra staples. Staple or glue ribbon around perimeter of the lined Styrofoam creating the ballerina stage.
For each ballerina, dab icing on the bottom of each large marshmallow. Dip the marshmallow into the pink sanding sugar, creating the decorative collar.
Using icing as paste, glue one mini marshmallow to the top of each large marshmallow and a cupcake paper to the bottom of each large marshmallow. Allow to dry.
Using the large end of each of the gold ball toothpicks, pierce each ballerina marshmallow carefully through the cupcake paper end. set up each ballerina on the stage, opening up the cupcake paper tutus to move in different directions.
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