Accepting with humbleness

Friends! Hello!! It’s been over a month since I posted. What!! In that month I’ve been swimming through laundry, diaper changes, sibling rivalry, a husband that is often working away with a custom crew, paying bills, growing my business, some canning, and trying to play catch up with farm records. I know I’m not alone🙂 A lady at the park asked me how I do it with 5. I said “with God’s grace”. And I meant every word! Whether you have none, one or two, or 11, relying on God is key to living life!

Some photos…img_6052 Building a pen for chickens. img_6122 Preparing “Ole Reddy” for the fair. There was lots of interesting sprints and strength training exercise she gave the men around here🙂img_6135My sweet girl has really been testing me lately! I think it may have to do with a certain new someone :) img_6143I can’t believe how Darian looks here! Just a few short weeks ago, and now he is so chunky!! img_6156The cats stayed around, which speaks greatly about their resilience😉 Their 9 lives may have been reduced to a lower number. Hahaha!img_6163In his Daddy’s arms. img_6166Would you look at him!? Honestly, I already forget how tiny he was!! And the days of running him to get his bilirubin checked seem like a lifetime away. He doesn’t sleep nearly as much, and loves to be held, but he is, and I say this quietly lest I change things🙂, my best nighttime sleeper!!img_6167Sweet babes of mine❤img_6168She loves him dearly, just not always in the nicest of ways🙂img_6192These 2! Cute like their daddy😉

Back again, after writing the above part weeks ago.It’s high time to finish it!🙂

img_6251 img_6256A few pictures from one of our corn days. And crazy Jenna🙂

So are you wondering about my title? Accepting with humbleness.. It’s something I’ve had good practice doing lately. And it’s not always the easiest thing for me either.

I post this not for pity, for we all have our struggles. But this summer was not the easiest. After my hospital stay and Darian’s birth, the bills started rolling in. Rather large ones. And we had previously dropped our insurance, and we were soon expecting , so even if we had signed up with someone, because I was already pregnant, I wasn’t able to get coverage.

We accepted responsibility for this, but it did not make it any easier, when you see those big bills. I will be completely transparent, and tell you that sometimes I’d sit down to pay bills, see the balance in the checkbook, and end up in tears. Added to the stress was the very low milk price, that every dairy farmer will understand. When you are working hard, and can barely cover the feed bills, etc., sometimes you wonder why you do what you do?

God was teaching me something through it all. For when we are weak, He is strong! I realized that I relied entirely too much on the money in the bank. On being at a comfortable place in life. And just when I’d think, How is this going to work,God showed up. He showed up in the blessing of  meals, babysitting, etc. He showed up in monetary gifts from family and friends, so much more than we deserved!! He showed up when I went to the mailbox, and discovered an envelope with a $100 bill and no name. I still don’t know who gave it, but if they only knew how it touched our hearts!! He showed up when I started sharing about some amazing supplements we are taking, and I was able to earn some money on the side. Sometimes just when I felt so discouraged, He sent someone my way. They helped me, and I could help them. How wonderful is that?! I am so grateful for answered prayers! I write this in tears, because in a matter of a few months, we were able to pay off all our hospital bills, because of God’s grace, and the help of those who cared about us. Friends, God cares! I can not emphasize that enough! If you are walking through a valley, give it to Him! And do your best, the best you can do, and wait on Him! I know so many that have been in the valley, and still are, and I can’t begin to understand. But if I can say one thing, it is that if you ask Him, He will walk through it with you!

I was at a seminar last Saturday, and the speaker encouraged us to wake up each day with a question. “Who can I add value to today?” Friends, that is powerful and amazing!! Do it! Even when you don’t want to! Because when we look outside of ourself, outside of our struggles, God can use us in amazing ways!!

BE blessed, Be humble, Be kind, Be amazing!img_6246

Darian Kent

8 weeks old already, and growing like a weed🙂 He just had his 2 month checkup and has more than doubled his weight. What can I say, he loves to eat🙂 So these pictures come a bit late, but I love seeing how much he has changed already!

It was so easy and fun to take his pics because he happened to be a sleepy baby🙂IMG_6003_edited-1 IMG_6006_edited-1 IMG_6007_edited-1We just think he is so adorable🙂IMG_6009 IMG_6012_edited-1 IMG_6014_edited-1He couldn’t be loved more, and we are so grateful for the blessing of another child!IMG_6043_edited-1The announcements…d1_edited-1 dk2A couple more to finish up.IMG_6018_edited-1 IMG_6049_edited-1Have a great rest of the week! I absolutely can not believe school starts so soon!🙂

You know you’re a mom…

When you return to a room 3 times before you actually remember the reason you went there in the 1st place.

When you reheat your coffee pretty much every. single. time.🙂

When you find $45.00 of your cash in their toy cash register. Yes, this happened. And on the bright side, it was like a present to myself when I found it🙂

When your child is telling you exactly what they think is going to happen, and you say “Who died and made you the boss?” Ok, maybe mature mothers don’t say that, but I did. The response from my 4 yr. old was, “God did” Ok then.🙂20160723_153658When you feel too busy to edit photos for your blog. Or you just don’t care🙂

When you put the children to bed and eat that bedtime snack in peace. No interruptions. Can I get an AMEN?!😉

When you become a topnotch referee.20160724_153318When the poor baby gets passed around from one set of arms to the next. Some arms are nicer than others, haha🙂

When you’re busy, and didn’t cook up a full course meal, and resort to a good old fire to feed your crew🙂20160719_183824

When exercise consists of lunges to save a child, dashes to catch a child, weight lifting to pick up a child, you get the drift🙂20160722_200301And maybe walks that involve weaving strollers🙂

When needing a moment finds you in a corner somewhere stuffing chocolate in your mouth. I’ve never done this, of course!😉

Being a mom also means endless hugs, snuggles, baby sweetness, “I love yous”, goodnight kisses, and a whole lot of joy! I wouldn’t trade it for anything, even on the tough days!20160724_151000

If you care too, leave me a comment to add to this “You know you’re a mom” theme🙂

Baby Days

We are soaking up the baby days here. Many fights over him, timers being used so everyone gets a turn😉, etc.IMG_5954 IMG_5964He spent time on the biliblanket, and for a week I took him to get his levels checked. Every time the nurses would see me walk in, they’d say “Not again!” :) I felt the same way. Poor baby had marks all over his heels. But after staying on the blanket for 3 days, he came off that, and his levels slowly came down. IMG_5946 IMG_5952He looked like a little glowworm with it on. He did really well, even though it had to be uncomfortable. I was thankful he wasn’t too fussy, because that would have been wearying! And that thumb in the mouth! I can’t handle the cuteness!🙂IMG_5936 IMG_5994Those sleepy smiles..IMG_5943Tired boys❤IMG_6001Bath time. The children crowd around, till I ask for space🙂 Or on occasion, lose my temper. Yes, I do that way too often😦20160628_173041These are days that fly past in a blur of feedings, diaper changes, and the care of a family. Days that I want to hold tight to, and not forget. Those baby grunts, the way he pushes his little butt out🙂, the baby smell. All of it.20160714_154743Baby clothes and the way they smell. IMG_5958A friend that stopped in to meet baby.20160703_155624 20160713_142954When I look at his little toes and fingers, so perfectly formed, I can’t help but be amazed at the miracle of it all!20160717_073620I took this picture this morning with my phone, when we were both feeling sleepy. His cheeks are starting to fill out a bit🙂 He is 4 weeks old today, and tomorrow was my due date. I’m so glad he’s here already :) Babies are just the best!

May you be blessed with a good week!


And Baby Makes 5

Just a quick post for those of you who may not have seen my Instagram or Facebook..

Last Sunday, June 19th, Father’s Day, we welcomed Darian Kent into our family. He came 4 weeks early, and gave us a whole new experience🙂 We are smitten and ever so blessed!!20160619_193045 20160620_185756IMG_5901The homecoming🙂IMG_591220160620_123251Devan had only a few minutes to hold him before he left for camp. He was so happy to be able to see his little brother before he left🙂IMG_5903_edited-1IMG_5905_edited-1She “READS” to him😉IMG_5911_edited-1He is blessed with loads of kisses and cuddles, and fights over who holds him next. And meanwhile the mom tries to recuperate and keep her cool, and soak in that baby sweetness🙂20160621_193257And we are thankful❤

Hospital Chronicles

This was not how I expected the last weeks to go. Laying in a hospital bed, hooked up to monitors, an IV dripping into my veins. Nurses and Drs. going in and out , questions, more questions, another ultrasound. And a great big weight on my shoulders as the Dr. informed me this would most likely be a 2 week stay. I’d like to say I took it all well. But, I’m pregnant. Very pregnant and hormonal🙂 So there were tears. And the feeling of how is this going to go down. But most importantly, baby was happy and kicking as usual, so that was a wonderful blessing!

The next few paragraphs will include bits of my journaling I did while in the hospital, along with some photos.

day 2 ~ I’m sitting in my room at the antepartum unit, and writing in this journal that was made by some sweet volunteers, and packaged in a little bag with a pen, and some tissues. My nurse from labor and delivery, Amanda, wheeled me over. She is so sweet! I had to hug her before she left. I’m going to miss her🙂 The thought of staying in here overwhelms me a bit, but I know it’s best for baby.



Day 3 ~ It looks gorgeous outside, but they tell me it feels cold. Missing my kiddos this morning, but they did come in last night, which was great! And Dale is coming down to see me at lunch, and bringing me food🙂 He’s been doing such a great job, but I know he misses not having me at home. The Dr. was in again today, and says if there are no changes till Monday, I can probably go home!20160609_142027Poor hubby is exhausted🙂 Notice the treat he brought me🙂20160608_194114 20160611_120423These two fought over being in bed with me. Looks like I lost🙂

Day 4 ~ Today felt a bit long because I had no visitors. Dale was going to come down with the children, but family was coming to mulch for us. It makes me feel humbled, but also blessed!! I heard the lullabies playing at least 4 times today. They play them whenever a baby is born. I’m praying for a good night of sleep. Last night I couldn’t get comfortable between baby moving and restless legs. And there was a sweet baby that cried most of the night. I was wishing I could take a turn with him/her since I couldn’t sleep anyway🙂20160610_181042I could always hear the helicopter when it came and left. And sometimes I caught a quick glimpse of it.20160611_132409My view from my window. And that’s my family walking down there🙂20160610_100556My bedside table.. 20160609_221527Strawberry pie from my sis. Oh so yummy!🙂

Day 5 ~ For some reason, I didn’t journal this day. Dale brought the children down around 10:30, and they ate lunch with me there.  I think this was also the day I was paid a visit from one of my labor and delivery nurses. Jill is so nice, and we visited for close to 1/2 hr. I love how great the nurses here are! I also had a nurse named Jenna, which was funny🙂 And we talked about our families, and being moms, etc. These nurses work hard, and should be appreciated for all of their hard work!

Day 6 ~ Tuning into the church service, and the tears just come again. The song “Blessed Jesus hold my hand, I need Thee every hour”, speaks into my heart.

And the devotional, whether you are going through a mountain or valley, “We’ve got the Power in the name of Jesus!” I admit this week felt like a bit of a valley for me, even though I have so much to be grateful for! So through my occasional discouragement and tears, I can’t help but think of all the good things I have been blessed with this week.

  1. The wonderful husband God gave me, who supports me and loves me well.
  2. My sweet children and their big smiles when they come in the door to see me.
  3. Family, and the way they pitch in. Food, babysitting, doing laundry, mulching our many flowerbeds, visiting me, and so many more things behind the scenes. Loving and supporting us.
  4. Friends, and the way they care. Text messages, calls, words of encouragement.
  5. Many prayers on our behalf.
  6. The kindest nurses. Their cheery faces, waiting on me like a queen🙂, doing unpleasant things with a smile. They blessed my heart! I feel like I learned to know some of them, and will miss them when I leave.
  7. The meal delivery people, so sweet and cheerful. One guy sang me a song when he heard my name🙂 I’m sure most of you heard the song, “Jolene, Jolene”🙂 He just loved singing🙂 And he even said he’ll pray for me and baby.20160612_124256
  8. Drs. that care, cleaning ladies keeping my room clean, the security guard that loved the Lord, and encouraged Dale and I as parents as he escorted us through the hospital to the place we needed to be.I know I’m forgetting some things, and the list could go on🙂 Discouragement may come to us at times, but no matter what we face, God is there! He shoulders our load, and encourages us, even with details that may seem small.20160612_105626This photo was on Sunday, my last full day there. I was able to get a wheelchair ride outside, feel that warm sun on my face, sit by a beautiful garden with a lovely water feature. Our children fought over who was pushing me, ran around sticking their hands in the water, and generally acted like they don’t get out much🙂 But they enjoyed it, I know that! My inlaws came to visit too, and my mother-in-law must have read my mind, because she brought me a donut😉 Soo yummy!20160612_11093120160612_11074420160612_110557Now I’m home, and it feels so nice! We have been abundantly blessed with meals for this week of not doing too much! And today my sisters and mom come to help make jelly. Baby is currently behaving, and so we continue to pray and wait🙂 Thanks again for all of you that blessed our lives! We are grateful, and so very blessed!

Baby On Our Mind

My stomach looks like a small Mt. Everest, and it goes up and down, like an ocean wave. I readjust my position on the recliner, trying to breathe better. Kicks and tumbles, and all sorts of flips are going on in my womb🙂 Seriously, we may possibly have a future gymnast in there🙂

Last week I had my ultrasound and was so happy! Our prayer was that my placenta would move, so I wouldn’t have to have a C-section, and it did! Baby was looking good, and a healthy weight.

We still have not hardly discussed names. I have no idea why. In fact, we never were like this with the others. Last night sent me into a bit of a panic, because I was having pretty strong contractions, and wasn’t feeling well, and I’m thinking “Oh no, the baby will come, we have no name for him or her,the car seat isn’t washed, etc. etc.

I did not have a good night, and this morning after a call to my midwife, I was put on bedrest. So, I’m currently pretty stuck to the recliner, and we will go in for a checkup tomorrow, and then go from there. Baby is not relaxing. Hardly stops moving. Does that mean sleepless nights coming up??🙂

At any rate, we are super anxious to meet our sweet baby, and see this busy little person! I’m definitely being taught a lesson in patience🙂

Until then, we will do our best to stay healthy🙂

And here are a few pictures to close this post…

Can you spot the babies?IMG_5782 IMG_578520160310_160447Farmer boy…IMG_5637IMG_5789Be blessed!