Monday, November 3, 2014

I can't hold it in!!!!


I am so happy my little Ezra man can still wear the shirt I bought him during my last pregnancy.






I am so excited to announce that I am pregnant again.
  I am very nervous because of my second miscarriage( back in August).

Being pregnant is such a special thing, we sometimes take it for granted- but we really don't know when we may not be able to get pregnant again- even if we are "trying".

I love how sweet my husband acts when he knows I am pregnant, I love how excited all my children get for a new sibling- even though they quarrel with each other daily.

We also had family pictures taken last week before we found out of this new life, but so exciting to know we are all there in those photos.

PSALM 127:3-5 NKJ
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is His reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
PSALM 139:13-16 NKJ
13 For You have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

Friday, September 5, 2014

We bought a house!






Back in July, we became home owners again- not in the clear- but better than renting (what we have been doing for the past 4 years.)

The following are beginning home pictures.  There are plenty of updates that could be done, but for now- it is livable and spacious and we are thankful for how God provides for our family.

These pictures are real- kids running around, toys laying around, messes abound....

Front of home

View upon walking in front door- The front room- Girls had just got presents from nana and papa in the mail
other side of the front room- formal dining area

Side note- Found this table and the 6 matching chairs on Craigslist for $40 :)
another side note- yes that is a TV, we recently got one again after years without
Breakfast nook ,off kitchen
Breakfast nook- looking other way towards family "den area"


Now we will head down to the basement- where the 4 big girls rule the roost



Basement landing area

Storage/workshop room behind where landing pic was taken


small dark bathroom






Open "dorm area" 4 twin beds, free play



Play areas/stations





Spare room functioning as girls closet

Now we will head back upstairs and out the back door to see the yard and pet rabbit Mercury


Mercury

Back inside to see the 3 plain bedrooms on the main level


 The three rooms are all next to each other going from front to back of house
 This is the master on the front of house





So there you have it friends and family- you now have a better idea of our home.  Come on over anytime, we will do our best to make your visit comfortable and enjoyable.  Also One of my first projects and another blog or two, will be painting the wood paneling in the basement. I welcome suggestions on that... I will start with the small bathroom to see how it goes. Thanks for looking.






Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fall school girls picture update

School days are upon us in many realms- every now and then the girls love to pose. I exclaimed today is school-picture day.  They all chose their own outfits and props.  Yes, the two year old is wearing the same dress she always does. she LOVES that thing.

The weather was very bright morning light and a moderate breeze, hence the squinty eyes.

  We don't technically give the kids boundaries of what grade they are in but just for fun today- this is what we will say,

Piper - "along for fun"  pre-school


Felicity- "pre-school"


Tabitha- "kindergarten"


Adalyn- "1st grade"




Zoie- "2nd grade"



My school of all girls




I also have a sweet 11month old boy that gets to teach with me.

Another loss, the tests don't lie..

How do you prepare yourself for an impending loss?
Just 6 short days ago, we were surprised to see the 2 pink lines that told us we were expecting another child. Yes there was a little shock and fear, but God quickly filled our hearts with joy and excitement. You see we have 6 children aged 8 and under and almost two years ago we lost another to a miscarriage at 9 weeks, some people may think our family is complete.

The lines started very light and faint, then they got darker each day that I took another test. On Sunday the lines were the darkest they'd been. We went ahead and told most all our family and church over the last few days.  Monday morning arrives and the lines have now gotten lighter again, maybe a fluke I think. I test again a couple hours later the test now turns up completely negative, again negative after lunch.

We choose to not prevent children in anyway and to also not try excessive means to conceive children either.  Meaning we come together as husband and wife as is biblical and we allow God to be completely sovereign as He is the creator of life.  It is really the laid back approach, nothing to think about on our parts- other than trusting God.  Each loss and each birth have deepened our convictions in showing us that we do not have control over this.

As I saved this post overnight, there will be no more wondering and waiting. First thing this morning I started the bleeding, confirming to me that the tests indeed were accurate; I was pregnant, I am now not pregnant, I am in the midst of a second miscarriage in less than 22 months.

It is so amazing how short and long one week is when you find out such exciting news.  You really go through all kinds of hills and valleys of emotions and thoughts. You plan so quickly for this new little life with all sorts of daily questions and changes to routines. For now some of those things can quickly return to how they were,  Now I will try to rest, and lean to reading and prayer.



The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34: 18-19

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139: 13-16

As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. Eccles. 11:5

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Overwhelmed

Phew..... Phew................Phew....
That is me breathing very deeply, as I try to live well.
Today is the last day of July, we have been in our home for almost an entire month.  I still have boxes in almost all the rooms.
I have read that moving is the third most stressful event you can endure, coming in just behind death and divorce.  In our 12 years of marriage, we have moved 14 times. Praise the Lord- we are still married. :)
Add to that raising multiple children and some days I just get weak.
But all is not lost, I know God is in control and will give me the strength and grace to get through. However the struggle with my flesh is always nagging, and my time with the Lord feels rare. I feel inadequate as a wife, mother, teacher, and christian.
I am grasping for encouragement and praying just to persevere as I try to order my daily tasks.

I have been enjoying the book Simple Prayers by Kenneth and Karen Boa so I will end the post with a little scripture and quotes I find encouraging:

 from page 567, day 283
"I will be strong and courageous, and act. I will not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God is with me. He will not fail me or forsake me. (1Chronicles 28:20)"

from page 341, day 170
"I will be diligent to add to my faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness,love. For if these qualities are mine in increasing measure, they will keep me from being barren and unfruitful in the full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8)"

prayer
"Lord, I thank You for Your purity and for Your judgment of unrighteousness. I thank You for the gift of eternal life in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and I ask that my character would grow and mature."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy 10 months Ezra!




Hard to believe, my first baby boy is now 10 months old!
He is the cutest, sweetest, calmest little guy.
I think having five big sisters is shaping him to be quiet most of the time, and just a little loud if he really needs something.

Since his birth, we moved to Florida and then back to Colorado and then to our current home.  He has handled it all in stride, and kept on nursing like a champ. He currently has just his two bottom teeth and can sit up.  Following in Piper's footsteps, Ezra does not appear too interested in crawling or walking.  He likes to play with sippy cups more than bottles.  He is an outdoors-man and is still happiest near mommy whether in or out.  He has had a handful of cookies/crackers/ yogurt puffs and fresh fruit- but continues to rather nurse at least every 3 hours.

I love looking at him and imagining the man he may become or trying to figure what he will look like as he grows.  My favorite moments with him are when he is very tired after nursing, I walk him around holding him up near my shoulder so he can burp.  He will stay so still and cuddle so close, it melts my heart. I feel badly that I am usually the one to stop the embrace when I have to lay him down because the other children need something.

I pray he continues in good health, and for God to grow him in His image to love and serve Him in all things.