Valentines Supper

I don’t always do this for Valentines Day, but this year I felt like it 🙂 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 🙂img_20170214_151403_370 img_6899_edited-1The centerpiece was cranberries and greens…    img_6885The food….img_6903A little snitch 🙂 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! We did not get dressed up 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂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 🙂20161102_105111Sometimes I go away and the house looks like this. Yes, I really do 🙂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 just a few yards from our front door. It met it’s maker 🙂 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 😉 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, and who doesn’t love a deal? 🙂 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 😉 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 🙂 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 🙂 ), 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 🙂 I had been home from the hospital 6 days, after a 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, and 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 🙂 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. 🙂 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, and on and on it went 🙂 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 🙂 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 get me through”.  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 🙂

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 🙂 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, I 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. 🙂

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

Enjoy your Sunday, friends!!

 

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

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 ❤

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!

Phone pictures and Ramblings

I haven’t felt like writing lately. The urge comes and goes. I’ve also had a break from taking photos, which is ok with me. In fact, the break will most likely continue with the arrival of our baby. That’s life. Ebbs and flows, things changing.

This was my project on Saturday. I’ve been putting it off, and thought I best get crackin’ 🙂 I don’t enjoy painting, so I felt a sense of accomplishment when I was done. Only about 5 more doors to go on this big farmhouse.

Before…20160416_151255

 

After…20160420_185905This was my afternoon snack today. Well, the more healthy one 🙂 This baby makes me hungry!20160420_154714I’ve been sitting more than I usually do today, because of strong Braxton Hicks that don’t want to leave. So it’s extra calcium, and trying to stay off my feet a bit, per my midwife’s instructions. This baby wants to keep it interesting 🙂 My discomfort seems mild though, when I think of the young mother from church who is battling cancer, and dealing with pain. Life just seems so unfair at times, but God sees the bigger picture. And I’m so thankful we can give our worries and troubles to Him!

A Saturday night at home..20160416_184351I always treasure a break from cooking.

Jenna made sure Zoey didn’t go hungry 🙂20160416_190504Our supper from last night. I love grilling weather!20160419_181054Devan was home from school this week. Bronchitis, fever, and some throwing up. On this picture, he was feeling a bit better. Apparently, their Daddy’s phone was pretty interesting 🙂20160418_121819This morning a warm little body crawled into my bed, and snuggled up tight, wrapping her fingers in my hair. She loves her snuggles with me yet, and often gives my belly kisses (for the baby) 🙂 I sure do treasure those times, because her strong will and independence sure can be frustrating! This was a night that she told her brother she can feed the calves. So he gladly left her. The mom had to explain to him that she is not responsible enough to know who gets what. I may have to keep an eye on this chore handing off thing 🙂20160418_161508Today their was milk spilled over big sister’s dress right before it was time to leave for school. As well as all over the floor. There was wash to do, and toys to pick up, and dishes to wash. There was fighting, and back talk. And bad attitudes. From the Mom and children. A pretty normal day. I need more gratefulness in my heart for the mundane.

Should I be worried that my son has OCD? This was done of his own free will 🙂20160418_175413He’s definitely got some crazy organization skills 🙂

That’s a wrap, folks. Have a great rest of the week! And if you have the awesome springlike weather we’ve been having, soak up that goodness 🙂

 

Different Things..

How are you all? Doing well, I hope 🙂 I am just so thankful to feel good again! You know pregnancy can do a number to our bodies, but I have to say, right now I am feeling great, with the occasional discomfort 🙂

Dale was hauling manure most of the night, and the boys wanted to get up at 5:30 to ride along. The girls and I started our morning a bit slow. We did have to persuade a calf back into the calf barn that was out, but that’s farm life for you. Full of the unexpected 🙂

We are all anxious for Spring around here! We have been seeing robins, blue jays, cardinals, red winged blackbirds, and I’ve seen a pair of ducks too, so I’m hoping to see some babies again 🙂

Baby is active. I love feeling the kicks and movements! It is a small reminder of the greatness of this little miracle. A blessing from our Father! I have been diagnosed with placenta previa, which is cause for a little concern, but I try not too lift heavy or too much, and we will keep praying for the placenta to move, or I will need a C-section. Not what I want, but God is in control, and we will keep trusting Him! It is so neat to see baby on the ultrasound, moving around 🙂 And no, we don’t know what we are having! Choosing to be surprised 🙂

My family and I have started taking Plexus products, which is something I really wasn’t planning to do. But Dale wanted to jump on board, and I just kept hearing so much good from it, that we decided to try the products. They do have a great multivitamin and probiotic, and 2 of the children are on the probiotic. Tristan always complains of bellyache, and I want to see if it helps. He also has psoriasis in his scalp, and they say it has helped some folks with that, so we’ll see 🙂 Dale and I both love the biocleanse! It does several things, but one of the big things is helping to keep your system moving and regular, and we both love that about it. I’m curious if any readers take the products? I know there are many strong opinions about Plexus, but I do think just like with anything that you love or makes you feel better, you want to share it with others 🙂 I could use some help in not being so timid about sharing 🙂 I’m the same way about sharing Christ with someone. It’s easier just to smile and be friendly, and keep moving. Another thing to work at continually!

Our weekend looks to be full, but I’m glad to be able to go away, and feel like going away too! I got to spend a day with friends in Juniata County the other week. We shopped antique stores and goodwill, and had fun just being together 🙂 Friends are something I could not do without!

And a few pictures from around here.. Especially for our Haiti people 🙂

Snow pictures..IMG_5406 IMG_5410 IMG_5411 IMG_5419 Devan’s favorite farm vehicle to drive right now 🙂 IMG_5470 IMG_5473 IMG_5492My helper..IMG_5449

Well, that’s all for now. Have a good weekend! And thanks for reading!