#Momlife

Can we just have a moment of silence for all the AMAZING moms out there!!?

If you are a mom,Β  go ahead and pat yourself on the back!!! πŸ™‚

Me. I have had to look at myself lately, and see that I need to improve in so many ways!

You know, I realized something tonight as it neared the end of the day. I sadly did a whole lot of hollering at my kiddos lately 😦 You know, you tell them to do something, they ignore, you repeat, still act like they did not hear. And then the temperature rises in me. So I realize that this is partly my fault. They should be trained so well, they immediately listen to me the 1st time I talk. But this is something I struggle to nail down. Do you all have tips?

At the end of the day, I just want them to GO.TO.BED!!!!!! To hear the sweet sound of nothing but a running brook, courtesy of our noise machine πŸ™‚

I should probably master the art of counting to 10 πŸ™‚ Taking a few breaths.

What do you find that helps you remain calm as a mom? I would love to hear from you! When I was younger, I thought everyone at the age I am now, had life figured out, and knew all the ropes of parenting πŸ™‚ I know, too funny πŸ™‚

This mom gig is the hardest thing ever. Most rewarding, but still hard!

Now, I am going to bed to sleep like a baby πŸ˜‰ Well, if my baby allows that πŸ™‚

Summertime…

You have gone way too fast! Some quick photos of sweet summertime ..This boy is a joy and delight to us!! Even if he sleeps like a… well, not even sure what description to use πŸ™‚ Good thing he is so cute, lol! In all honesty though, I am blessed at how good one can feel on little sleep!! Supplementation can make a HUGE difference, and I see it so much during this sleep regression and busy summer!!

This picture just gives me all the feels πŸ™‚ She sticks out her hip, and plunks him on it, and is his little mother πŸ™‚A corn day..And having cousins here to helpΒ makes it so much more fun πŸ™‚

Sunsets are my fave!!Backyard fun…And I could have added so many more photos, but I will stop here πŸ™‚

My chunk and pretty light! Yes please πŸ™‚

Have an amazing week!

Fair week

I may have taken a bunch of photos this year πŸ™‚ It was our boys’ 1st year doing 4H, and so new experiences for all!

Devan showed Ruby, a December calf. Tristan showed Peppy, a March calf.

We started the week with them taking the calves up, and I brought lunch for the 4H crew. It was also this guy’s 12th birthday, (WHAT!??), so we had cake too πŸ™‚ More photos from the 1st day..

On a side note, my baby got his 1st haircut πŸ™‚Β  I had no idea how much they work at cleaning the animals! Even wiping out their ears πŸ™‚ I think Tristan cleaned his calf’s ears better than his own πŸ˜‰ Hanging out in the barn.. Showtime! Tristan was in his glory!! πŸ™‚And these 2! Two of a kind πŸ™‚ They di this ^ on their own, lol!

Devan and his girl… And then some phone shots to wrap it up..

They left the little kids take a turn in the show ring too πŸ™‚

My little butterfly ❀Daddy gives the best rides!

It was a good week, and a niceΒ little break from the normal routine! Β Hope you are blessed with a good week!!

For the love of sunsets

If you followed me awhile now, you know I love a good sunset to capture some silhouette shots πŸ™‚

Sharing a few with you today!

First, a winter sunset …Jenna and her baby brother…Tristan with an injured pigeon he found πŸ™‚

Jenna and the doggies..A favorite of mine! I won a contest with this one πŸ™‚Devan is still on crutches. He will be so happy to see them go, as will I! πŸ˜‰The little bike that cause those crutches to happen πŸ™‚ Another fave of mine!And last of all, be JOYFUL! Happy Monday!!Next post…some info on my fave productsΒ and a giveaway!! πŸ™‚

Valentines Supper

I don’t always do this for Valentines Day, but this year I felt like it πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚img_20170214_151403_370 img_6899_edited-1The centerpiece was cranberries and greens…Β  Β  img_6885The food….img_6903A little snitch πŸ™‚Β 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!Β We did not get dressed up πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚img_6906_edited-1Happy Monday , friends!!

From my phone

Because my son has been making the bed like this for at least 2 weeks now. It needs documentation πŸ™‚20161102_105111Sometimes IΒ go away andΒ the house looks like this. Yes, I really do πŸ™‚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 ❀20161005_080338 img_6454This evil looking snake was discovered by our puppy justΒ a few yardsΒ from our front door. It met it’s maker πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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, andΒ who doesn’t love a deal? πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ ), 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 πŸ™‚ I had been home from the hospital 6 days, after aΒ 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, andΒ 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 πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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,Β and on and on it went πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 getΒ me through”. Β 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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, IΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ I would love to hear stories from you, my readers πŸ™‚ So interesting how each child is different! And here are a few pictures of my baby now. HeΒ no longer resembles that skinny little dark haired baby boy πŸ™‚img_20161115_145715img_20161020_13351320161120_093938I snapped this one as he snoozed this morning. Can you tell I love sleeping pictures? πŸ™‚

Enjoy your Sunday, friends!!