Valentines Supper

I don’t always do this for Valentines Day, but this year I felt like it ๐Ÿ™‚ So I pulled out the china, and the glasses that were collecting dust, and tried to make my valentines feel a bit special! I had fun snapping pictures too ๐Ÿ™‚img_20170214_151403_370 img_6899_edited-1The centerpiece was cranberries and greens…ย  ย  img_6885The food….img_6903A little snitch ๐Ÿ™‚ย img_6904_edited-1 img_6905_edited-1A candle lit view…img_6896_edited-1img_6901_edited-1img_6900I spoiled them with cranberry ginger ale and everyone got a chocolate rose.img_6902_edited-1My happy crew. And real life!ย We did not get dressed up ๐Ÿ™‚ Hubby was at his side job, and after milking, I came in from the barn to his phone call. “Sorry, but I won’t be home till after 7:30. So we ate without him ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, life doesn’t always go exactly how we planned, does it? But by the looks of it, it was a pretty big hit all around ๐Ÿ™‚img_6906_edited-1Happy Monday , friends!!

A change.

The new year has begun, and with it a few changes.

After getting several calls about taking photos for people, and turning them down, I thought this might be a good place to address the changes I’m implementing ๐Ÿ™‚

I have decided to cut back on my photography. I still enjoy it, and may do it for a few family members or friends, ย but I need to reevaluate and prioritize.

I am busy being a mom and also doing all the book work and bill paying for the farm, helping milk a few times a week, and working out of our home with my health and wellness business.

I am honestly getting more joy out of sharing health with others than I did with photography, and that is why I’m keeping photography as a hobby of sorts for now ๐Ÿ™‚

Messages from those that say how much better they feel, how they have fewer headaches, weight loss, lower blood pressure, not as much pain, etc., are what drives me to do what I do! ๐Ÿ™‚

So for now, you’ll still see pictures on the blog, and I’ll still write if God lays something on my heart, but I will not be doing any sessions. Unless perhaps you beg nicely, ha๐Ÿ˜‰

And if you are looking for something to do on Thursday evening, ย I’d love to see you! ๐Ÿ™‚sip-and-see_edited-1

 

 

Last post of the year! :)

I missed posting this at Christmas, so here is our family,lovely self timer shot and all ๐Ÿ™‚ Really, it involved a lot of exercise for the mom, as I ran back and forth so many times, the children were done,ย and finally said “Ok, that’s a wrap!”, and we get what we get ๐Ÿ™‚ So maybe next year I should hire someone ๐Ÿ™‚img_6651_edited-1As I shared before, this year was tough, and yet full of blessings, and we grow more when we have to struggle, do we not? I am looking to the new year, new goals, and I’m excited for what God has in store!! One of my goals is to do something nice for somebody every day. Whether it involves something big or little. I can tell you that God has been working on me, to nudge me to do more, because I have so much. To be honest, some days I feel like I don’t have much. But that is the devil’s tactics. And how can I learn contentment if I always look at those that seem to have it better?ย  I’m a work in progress, and still fail miserably some days! ๐Ÿ™‚

Our oldest is 14! She enjoys school, her friends,ย holding her baby brother, and time with her horse. Cleaning and barn chores are not her favorite thing, but sheย is a big help to me!!

Our oldest son is 11, and he has been such a great helper lately! He loves to get up at 3:30 a.m.ย to help his dad milk, and we have to limit that to 3 or 4 times a week, because he does need sleep to handle school and it’s challenges! I alsoย love how he has been making his bed very neatly each morning without me telling him to ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course he is a normal child, thinking he knows pretty much, and fighting his siblings, but we definitely are seeing some positive changes ๐Ÿ™‚

Next in line is our “farm boy”. He is 8, 9 next month, and still loves his cows, playing farm, and getting dirty ๐Ÿ™‚ He is a strong willed child, and hard to handle sometimes, yet he has a soft heart. We have seen huge improvements in him with school, and he almost made honor roll! We are so grateful for the supplements that we are certain are helping him, and I love listening to him read, and hearing him talk about school!

Next in line is our spitfire ๐Ÿ™‚ She turned 5 in Nov., and is full of energy and creativity. She was “the baby” for so long, that she is still a bit jealous of her baby brother, but she sure does love him! Her will is strong, and she is so independent that it drives her momma crazy sometimes, but who likes boredom anyways?? ๐Ÿ™‚

And then our newest blessing. He is 6 mo. already! The children still fight over him multiple times a day ๐Ÿ™‚ย He is chubby, and full of smiles, and recently started rolling. He has a cheering crew for everything he does ๐Ÿ™‚

We are blessed! My prayer for you all is that 2017 is a year of new growth, stronger relationships, and full of blessings from our heavenly Father!!

Thanks to all my followers who check in onย my little space here! I appreciate it!

Bring on 2017!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Winner!

Whew! ย I was getting scared that I made the guess too difficult ๐Ÿ˜Š

But..

There were 6 of you that guessed it here, and 1 on Facebook ๐Ÿ™‚ The answer was 9!!

After putting the names in a dish, scrambling them, and praying that it blesses whoever gets it :), I chose Glenda Weaver, the only correct guess on Facebook.

Thanks everyone for entering! I will most likely do these small giveaways every few months, because it’s so fun ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have any questions about Plexus, feel free to use the contact info on my about page!

Have a wonderful Christmas! ~Jo

Christmas gift

In the spirit of giving, I’m doing a small giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

To enter the giveaway, ย you need to guess the amount of Slim sticks in the cup. Looks can be deceiving ๐Ÿ˜Š2016-12-19-15-47-06Plexus Slim is my favorite “pink drink”, and one of the natural products I use, as well as my family, and we really love it! And trust me, it’s not all about weight loss! ๐Ÿ™‚

Some fun facts…

Slim was actually developed for diabetics, and works at balancing your blood sugar. If you think only diabetics need balanced blood sugar, I challenge you to look it up:)fb_img_1482174644582fb_img_1482174880213ย Anyways, I can talk too much about this awesome drink, but back to the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚ Leave your guess in the comments, ย and if you guess the correct number of sticks in the cup you will be entered into a drawing to win 5 sticks of slim and a $10 Starbucks card.2016-12-19-14-55-51*Must not be working with another Plexus ambassador.

*No Plexus ambassadors please

*One entry ย per household

Giveaway will close at noon on Wed. Thanks, and guess carefully๐Ÿ˜‰

From my phone

Because my son has been making the bed like this for at least 2 weeks now. It needs documentation ๐Ÿ™‚20161102_105111Sometimes Iย go away andย the house looks like this. Yes, I really do ๐Ÿ™‚20161110_091410I love silhouettes!!img_20161028_204101-copy img_20161024_200841-copy img_20161002_205802-copy20161110_172720 img_20161102_203911I loved this training I took in one day from Sonya Dudley! She is so sweet, and I learned so much!20161001_125015A barn party for the youth. It was sooo cold!20161112_194703 20161112_194817 20161112_183859Darian and his cousin Braden are 6 days apart in age.20161023_200405My chunky baby โค20161005_080338 img_6454This evil looking snake was discovered by our puppy justย a few yardsย from our front door. It met it’s maker ๐Ÿ™‚ 20161020_160239A fire and Mt. Pies for supper…20161012_183305For all you people who love shopping on Black Friday. May I just say God bless you, and my bed will feel quite cozy, haha ๐Ÿ˜‰ And if you want to give yourself or someone you know, the gift of better health, now is a great time to try Plexus products!! I love seeing people thriving, andย who doesn’t love a deal? ๐Ÿ™‚ If you want to contact me, my info is on my About page.fb_img_1479994957058The morning light and her sweet profile…img_20161024_081002-copyThat’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed your day of Thanksgiving!!

Remembering

It’s Sunday morning. Normally I would be at church. Instead I’m at home with a child who isn’t feeling the best. The wind is blowing away outside, there is a load of bedding in the washer because Sick Child :), Darian is snoozing, and to be honest, it feels quite cozy ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m sad that I’ll miss the Christmas dinner we had today. In fact, I was definitely feeling some self pity this morning. But this is life. So I will do things today that I have not taken the time for lately ๐Ÿ™‚ Writing this post, putting some pictures into an album, designing our Christmas card (which by the way I do not like, because we did it in 10 minutes with a self timer ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and maybe some reading, a nap, and some extra baby cuddles. And that’s what today’s post is about. My babe.

On a Sunday 5 short months ago, I woke up to use the bathroom, and thought my water broke. It didn’t take long till I knew it did ๐Ÿ™‚ I had been home from the hospital 6 days, after aย week was spent there to hold off labor, in hopes that baby would have more time to develop those lungs. A week that really tested me, and grew my faith. I was 36 weeks, andย baby was coming, ready or not. A call to my midwife, and advice to head for the hospital, even though I wasn’t contracting, because this whole pregnancy had its issues ๐Ÿ™‚ Waking up hubby (who got bug eyed :)), scrambling to find someone to help do the morning milking. And a rush trying to pack my bag, call Mom, and get myself together. I had only 2 hrs. of sleep, and I remember feeling like I couldn’t even think what to pack. Realizing that I did not even have a newborn boys sleeper. It was my 1st time birthing at a hospital. It was my 5th child, and yet in a way it all felt new and scary.

We headed to the hospital around 4 and arrived at approximately 4:30. Still not contracting. The decision was made to put me on a drip, and get contractions going. And thus it began. I was hoping to have him in a few hours. ๐Ÿ™‚ But my body said different. I would contract, and they would slowly start going away, then my dosage would go up, and they would start again, and die off again,ย and on and on it went ๐Ÿ™‚ We walked the halls, chatted with my midwife, who by the way, got her sleep disturbed, and still came in to the hospital to be with us. All day. And we tried to snooze a bit. And up, up went the dosage. And contractions started getting worse. I like to say that this baby wanted to come before he was supposed to, but then he changed his mind, haha ๐Ÿ™‚ My labor was not horrible. Just long. The last hour or so was hard. It is all a blur, as many of you know. That bit where all your focus is on that end goal. Trying to get through the pain. And I remember the back massages from my midwife, the squeezes to my hand from hubby, the praying , “God getย me through”. ย There was such a neat moment, when a favorite nurse I had when I came in in premature labor at 34 weeks, came in to start her shift right as I was nearing delivery. I don’t even think I acknowledged her much because I was in too much pain, but I remember thinking how God worked. She told me she had heard I was in, but was sure she would miss the birth, because they all knew how far along I was already. She was so surprised to make the delivery ๐Ÿ™‚

A few pushes later, with the Dr. barely in the room, and he was here! Crying. “It’s a boy!”. More crying, from baby and the mom and dad ๐Ÿ™‚ And our world was changed again. Darian Kent, 6lbs., 13 oz. Beautiful baby boy.

There was still pain to bear, some concern, and me thinking please let it be done. I remember clinging to him, trying to shut out the pain from what I knew was necessary. As I look back, Iย marvel at how God works, and sustains us . I can say every bit of it was worth it! Every bit! It is why we as mothers choose to go through it all again. ๐Ÿ™‚

I still get emotional as I remember. And as I look at how big my boy is getting. I remember how he slept so much during the day. How I woke him to feed him because he had high bilirubin levels. How I had to take him again and again to get his little heel pricked. The wonderful meals that came. That baby smell. A new normal.

Thank you for taking this little trip down memory lane with me ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to hear stories from you, my readers ๐Ÿ™‚ So interesting how each child is different! And here are a few pictures of my baby now. Heย no longer resembles that skinny little dark haired baby boy ๐Ÿ™‚img_20161115_145715img_20161020_13351320161120_093938I snapped this one as he snoozed this morning. Can you tell I love sleeping pictures? ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy your Sunday, friends!!