Baby news

The nausea grips me, and I swallow, pushing against it, willing it to leave me. Sometimes it is a mild thing, there, but not overtaking all my thoughts. I am expecting it to keep increasing. It did with my other 4. I could never hide a pregnancy, because I became sick early on. Yes, we are excited, and can’t wait to meet this new little one, July sometime, Lord willing!

A fun announcement I made upย for family and friends. I didn’t mail many, simply because it’s soon time to send Christmas cards, but this was fun to do ๐Ÿ™‚jenna_edited-1She did order a real baby for her birthday. But that was a few days beforeย her birthdayย ๐Ÿ™‚ These things take a little longer than that ๐Ÿ™‚

The children are very excited! One of them wondered how exactly I know I’m having a baby. Um,Uh, (a bit of stuttering), son, after I had 4, I know.” Well, did you have an ultrasound?” I told him no .”Well then, you don’t know!” I sometimes choose to remain silent ๐Ÿ™‚

The other son wondered if Dad knows. Yes, I believe he does ๐Ÿ™‚

Jenna said she wants a boy. Then she said a girl. We will not be hoping for twins ๐Ÿ™‚ I used to think that would be neat. That was before I knew how much work one baby is. Moms of multiples, you are amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

At any rate, I want to embrace this, even on the tough days. I know it will be so worth it!

Happy Thanksgiving! And if you insist on torturing yourself by shopping on Friday, I wish you well ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mini vacation

Today, I’m spending too muchย time on the recliner due to my back, so I figured this is as good a time as any to blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Dale and I were privileged to take a short trip to Eagles Mere, Pa. in the beginning of Nov. I had booked a bed and breakfast through Groupon last year, but when we were going to go, the weather was very bad, so they said they will honor it at another time. We hadn’t done anything for our anniversary in Aug., so we figured this will be in honor of that ๐Ÿ™‚

We drove up on a beautiful, sunny morning. The weather was fantastic! You didn’t even need a sweater. We swung in at Burger King for lunch. I know, so fancy ๐Ÿ™‚ But we didn’t care. We ate our food in the vehicle, no interruptions. Bliss ๐Ÿ˜‰

We couldn’t check into our room before 3, so we took a short walk in the woods, and explored a bit around the area. The scenery was gorgeous!IMG_4874_edited-1 IMG_4877_edited-1 IMG_4880_edited-1 IMG_4884_edited-1IMG_4878IMG_4890We even took a selfie ๐Ÿ˜‰20151103_135829And used the self timer on my camera. Something I rarely do.IMG_4901_edited-1A bit out of focus, but had fun with it ๐Ÿ™‚

We stayed at the Crestmont Inn. Our room was quaint and cozy. We both thought it smelled like anย old people’s home.ย No offence to anyone ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think the reason was because we were there off season, and the room may have been empty for a bit. I noticed a few cobwebs and some dust, but I am particularly fussy ๐Ÿ™‚ I always check the bed thoroughly, and that was nice and clean ๐Ÿ™‚ As was the jacuzzi.IMG_4903_edited-1IMG_4907_edited-1IMG_4908

We did wish we hadn’t went in the off season,(it is a lakeside resort),ย because a lot of places were closed. We couldn’t find a place to eat supper. It was like no one existed for miles ๐Ÿ™‚ Finally we spotted this little old general store, and I said let’s stop and see if they know any place to eat. Turns out it was a store, and she made food there. Score for us ๐Ÿ™‚ The food was quite good, and I loved the utensils!

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Breakfast was included in our stay. We enjoyed that at the Inn’s restaurant.IMG_4913_edited-1 20151104_091930Our view as we ate.IMG_4910_edited-1There was about 4 of them flitting around.

Along the path to the restaurant.IMG_4909We checked out of our room at 11, and headed for home. Hubby even stopped at Goodwill for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Sometimes you just need to nurture your marriage, and little things like this sure are nice!

Have a great weekend!

Our birthday girl

I hear a slight thud as her feet hit the floor. And then the shuffle of little feet that I know are headed my way. She slips into bed and snuggles up to my warmth. “Good morning Mommy!” Yes child, it is morning, but too early. “Go back to sleep” I say. She’s a mess, this child. Last to bed, 1st to rise. And she always seems to know when my alarm is going to go off, because she crawls in right when I want to get up. And if I do manage to get her back to sleep, she always seems to know that Mom’s not in bed anymore. Some mornings I cringe about her cheerful, early bird self, but some I just don’t care. Because I know far to soon for my liking, she won’t need those morning snuggles.

Today, she turns 4. IMG_4998 IMG_5000_edited-1 IMG_5002 IMG_5011_edited-1 This girl is such a bright spot around here! She is sassy, energetic, adventurous, bossy, kissable, curious, and too smart for her britches ๐Ÿ™‚ I really see her going places someday. If, God willing, she uses her traits for something good.

The way she acted in the womb should have warned me ๐Ÿ˜‰ And my labor with her was so unlike the others. The others were 5, 6, and 11 days late. With her, I went in for a checkup 2 wks. before my due date, and with all the contractions Iย had beenย having (normal for me),ย my midwifeย thought it best to check things out. And then I hear,” You’re 7cm! Your baby will be here today!” I think my jaw hit the floor ๐Ÿ™‚

To make a long story short, she only came 3 days later, and that was with a little help. She was 11 days early. Feisty from the get go ๐Ÿ™‚ IMG_5015_edited-1IMG_5017_edited-1She keeps us on our toes, quite literally. And we don’t get bored ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_5051_edited-1 IMG_5037_edited-1 IMG_5012We are so grateful God gifted her to us! And we loveย her so very much!

Martin children

We did these on a beautiful fall evening here on our farm. It was a very quick session, with a race against the setting sun, but the children were so great.

First, the little doll. What an adorable chunk she is ๐Ÿ™‚ misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 066_edited-1 1 2Next, this little guy was not getting his picture taken, until all of a sudden, he turned into Mr. Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ He is such a handsome little guy!misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 085 misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 077_edited-1 misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 074_edited-1 4 3And the oldest of the 3, and such a great older brother. Love his grin!vig misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 048_edited-1 misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 046_edited-1 misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 038_edited-1 And then we didย some very quick snaps of the family, because documenting these fleeting moments is so important! This was the one that got the nicest ๐Ÿ™‚misc., Karla's kids, SeptHappy Tuesday, friends! Hope your day is going well!ย I’m taking advantage of this rainy day to edit photos, and do some office work ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time…

I have a teenager.

We have a teenager. It feels weird saying that, like it was thrown in my face, and how exactly did this happen??!

Kirsten is 13 today. Our beautiful girl. Still so much a child, but taking steps into womanhood.IMG_4730_edited-1 IMG_4758_edited-1We are knee deep in eye rolls, shoulder shrugs, attitudes, and emotions all over the place ๐Ÿ™‚ And we are blessed! She brings a lot of joy to this family. It’s so nice to have an extra set of hands to help me with household chores, and she is a great babysitter. Mostly. Not saying we never have willingness issues ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes she brings out the worst of me. Pushes every last button I’ve got. But she also calls me out on mistakes I make, and encourages me when I’m down. She can write the best notes, and she can bake a mean brownie ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_4764_edited-1 IMG_4767_edited-1It doesn’t seem possible that the years have gone by so fast, but they have. So grateful for the gift God gave us on a Sunday morning,ย 13 yrs. ago.IMG_4768_edited-1 IMG_4772_edited-1A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give. -Laurel Atherton