I Have Been Blessed

All about how God has blessed me. In my marriage, with my six children, through homeschooling, and our faith with recipes, large family living, and updates on our life.

The Number of Perfection

I am not sure how it happens … how the passage of time goes so quickly, and you blink and six months have passed.  Your blog has sat empty. Your farm is in a new season of growing. A school year has ended and a new one begun. The children have grown.

I am not sure where the time goes. I am not sure how it happens so so fast. Where is the sweet little boy who is now nearly a teenager who can do *almost* anything you can do, who can fry chicken better than you, who can put the baby to sleep, cuddle a crying brother, or make his sister smile easier than anyone else can. I am not sure where the skinny little toddler went who turned into a skinny boy, who still can give the best butterfly kisses or look at you like you’ve hung the moon. Or when my first precious baby girl turned into one of the big kids who goes shopping with you to “help” and then actually does. Who announces on the fly that she’s going to wash the dishes for you. Or who cries for you when you get sick. How my blond haired baby turns into the sweetest blond headed FIVE year old. How she can melt a heart with a smile or a look and who will rub your head when you’ve had a hard day. Where did the time go when the crazy haired baby turned into the sweetest funniest toddler ever. Who loves his sister and cherishes her and who can make anyone laugh. Or how is it that my baby is somehow not a baby anymore, but a walking, talking, toddler getting into trouble and falling deeper and deeper into our hearts.

How is it that the time goes by so quickly and I, with all my faults, and failures, deserve to be this blessed. Deserve these six beautiful blessings. And then get the joy of holding another one deep in my womb. Holding my breath seven more months to meet the newest miracle to add to our family.

How do I deserve such blessing?

7 is the Number of Perfection.

Baby #7 is due end of April 2014!


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Baby Cassidy

I know that I have had a long hiatus in this blogging thing. I have been either waiting out those last couple miserable weeks of pregnancy, where all I could think to write was how ready I was to hold my new baby girl, to the last nine days, of enjoying her! She is so beautiful and sweet and calm.

Her birth, on February 6th, was just a reminder that even though she was number six, that I don’t have it all figured out!!! I was sure she would be born Monday morning. But as morning ticked away, and my body made SLOW progress, I realized and remembered that I am NOT the one in control! It took all morning and most of the early afternoon just to get to 4 centimeters. But once I got there (at about three in the afternoon), the rest moved along QUITE Quickly. At 4:23, my water broke, the baby was ready to be born, they called the doctor, and she LITERALLY came jogging into the room, gowned and got ready to catch the baby. She was born at 4:38 and I got to help deliver her by reaching down and pulling her onto my chest. It was remarkable!!! She was 8 pounds, 3 ounces (our second smallest baby) and an even 20 inches long.

All through the slow progress of the morning, mentions were made that she was a “stubborn” baby. I kept insisting it was because she was mellow and laid back. She saw no reason to leave the place where she was comfortable! It turns out that I was right!!! She laid on the warmer after being born and looked around. She wasn’t crying like all my others have done while waiting on that warmer. She was so content. She still is. She rarely cries, and in her quiet time, she is happy to look around and take in this new world she gets to live in.

Her sisters and brothers are absolutely enchanted and captivated by her. There is very few times during our day that I don’t have a little person looking over my shoulder or standing guard to stare and talk to their newest baby sister! Even Wyatt, who I really thought would go through some sibling rivalry and jealousy is in love!


Five Special Blessings to Me Today: The newest addition to our family –  Cassidy Joy, Siblings who love her almost as much as her Mommy does, A Daddy who is content to watch her make those cute baby faces in her sleep, A Grammy who is always on hand to rock, cuddle, or hold, and that I get to be the Mommy – whose heart is absolutely overflowing with love!!!

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Save the Trees

50 Reasons I will have as many children as the Lord gives me

  1. God gave them to me
  2. Hugs, kisses, and cuddles on demand
  3. We are helping the future generation have enough workers to pay for Social Security
  4. They are so darn cute
  5. They love me even on my worst day (without makeup and in my pajamas)
  6. They have taught me that the world does not revolve around me
  7. They are proof of the love between Austin and Me (and yes, we do have a TV)
  8. Because I like gifts and blessings, and they are the best gifts I have been given
  9. I get to learn things with my children (like shooting a gun – Maddy and I learned on the same day!)
  10. Getting to watch the relationship with my kids and their Daddy
  11. I get to watch them learn and grow
  12. Each of my children is happy I had them
  13. Walking slow so little legs can keep up mean I am enjoying more of what goes on around me
  14. I eat less because someone always wants a bite (or two, or ten)
  15. Get welcomed home like I’ve been gone for days, even when I just went to the mailbox
  16. They love unconditionally
  17. It is never boring at my house (Ever!)
  18. The smell of a kid (especially a baby) right out of the bath
  19. They accept others without prejudice
  20. Homemade friends
  21. They provide constant entertainment
  22. It’s fun to tell stories to children (and they’ll let you, even if you’ve already told them a couple dozen times)
  23. They believe whatever you tell them
  24. Getting to look at old things through a new set of eyes
  25. A sleeping child is one of the most precious things to see
  26. They have taught me to be more compassionate
  27. There is little as miraculous as that moment when your baby is born
  28. Children are part of God’s purpose for creating marriage
  29. Watching my children grow into people I like is a reward of its own
  30. The more we have the funner it gets
  31. Love breeds love, and more love, and more love
  32. One day I will have lots of grandchildren
  33. Being pregnant and experiencing the miracle of a baby growing inside of me is awesome
  34. I am motivated to be the best I can be because someone is always watching
  35. There is always someone to talk to or play with
  36. They teach me how to delight in the little things
  37. The love I have as a parent reminds you how much God loves me.
  38. When people stop us in the store, at a restaurant to tell us how cute, well-behaved, smart our kids are, it is like a job performance review where I got all Five Stars
  39. Unpredictable Surprises
  40. I have the best job security around
  41. Learning that money doesn’t matter, but $1 is a fortune to a kid
  42. “I Love you, Mommy”
  43. Lots of helpers
  44. I’ve never met anyone who regretted one of their children
  45. Young children are genuine. What you see is what you get. They haven’t learned how to be fake
  46. Feeling a baby move inside of you is complete joy
  47. Family is forever
  48. I get to watch my husband be a Daddy
  49. Because we still have enough love in our hearts and in our home for another one
  50. Because I love being a Mommy

I am SO BLESSED!!!!!!

(When I was thinking about how much I am blessed to be the Mommy of *almost* six children, I was reminded of how we have faced criticism, disgust, ugliness, etc. because of our decision to continue having children. I was struck by the idea that we live in a culture where we have activists to Save the Trees, but Children are looked at as disposable or as inconveniences by some. I am so Blessed that the Lord has given me a true, genuine Love for the children he has blessed me with now and the ones to come in the future, Lord Willing.)

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Turning Three

This is a busy time of Birthdays for us … from July to October … Austin, Tyler, Me, and now our Beautiful Addy girl!!!

She turned three on Friday. It has been a fast three years! She is so cute. With her perfect skin and blonde hair! And smart! She has a remarkable vocabulary and even says some words better than big sister Madelynne! (Although don’t tell Maddy I said so!) She loves her family! She is a good little sister, and a GREAT big sister! She is a good sharer (not-so-common for her age) as long as you ask and don’t take!! She is quick to give hugs, kisses, and smiles.

We are blessed to have such a beautiful little princess! She had a good party filled with most of her family and a few good friends!

Oh, and for those that actually read these ramblings of mine … you can be among the first to know we have decided upon a name for the new baby. She will be Cassidy Joy.

We are so Blessed!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: My Addy girl, Austin getting a job, Hugs and Kisses, Cooler Weather, Hot Chocolate

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Halfway there … and counting

As of Saturday, I was officially at the half-way point – 20 weeks!

Our Newest Baby Girl!!!!

We had our Ultrasound, and in case you haven’t heard, we are SO BLESSED to be having another baby girl! My girls are thrilled (so am I!!) The Ultrasound technician said everything looked great. She measured perfectly and we didn’t see anything to be concerned about!

The pregnancy is going smoothly. I am in the easiest part and except for falling asleep while watching night-time television, I feel good.
We are so excited and can’t wait for February!!!
We are so Blessed! Our cup runneth over!
Five Special Blessings to Me Today: A Healthy Baby Girl, 2 Excited Daughters who can’t wait for a sister, Boys who ‘guess’ a sister will be alright, An easy pregnancy (at least this far), Supportive friends and family.
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Pregnant, Again?!?

There is very little information out there for someone on their way to becoming a Grand Multipara! (A woman who has had six live births  … edited to add, that I have also seen this number listed at five and seven, not sure which is actually correct)….most of the pregnancy information is for people pregnant with their first, or second, maybe even third…..a woman on her eighth (5 babies, 2 miscarriages, now) pregnancy …. well I guess if she hasn’t figured it out by now, they figure she’s out of luck. So here I am to come to the rescue, with what pregnancy #8 has taught me in this first trimester.

Number 1 – When you are pregnant for the eighth time (or even the fourth or fifth) … it takes about five minutes to start “showing”. Although I am only 3 months pregnant, some days, I look more like 5! My uterus doesn’t need stretching. I don’t get ligament pain. My uterus just pops into place, like a balloon that’s been blown up and stretched into place, well 5 other times!

Number 2 – Every, EVERY pregnancy is different. You never get it all figured out, because there are always new symptoms to be had that you never had before, and the standby’s you thought were just part of pregnancy, may never show up!

Number 3 – The old wives tale that heartburn = hair. FALSE. Have had heartburn for every day of every pregnancy! My Addy was born bald, and stayed that way past one years old!

Number 4 – The Chinese Gender Prediction Chart has been wrong at least 2 out of 5 times. However, God has given me exactly what I have asked for 5 out of 5 times, I find Him much more predictable!! I posted about that here.

Number 5 – Each pregnancy is just as exciting, just as special as everyone before it, but somehow the more kids filling your day, the easier it is to not focus on what’s going on with the one filling your belly.

Number 6 – When you have multiple children prior, there are more people praying for you and baby. (I have at least 3 children, if not 4 praying for me daily! Wyatt would, I’m sure, he just hasn’t figured out all the words yet!) And there is not much more special than that!

Also, Austin and I (mostly Austin) has a working theory that I get severe pregnancy brain! My brain just does not function normally (like calling the couch a kitchen, hearing things wrong, saying things wrong, etc.)…it is my supposition, that I’m giving all the brain I have to the baby. That’s why we have smart kids!!

12 Week doctors appointment tomorrow. Can’t wait to hear that special sound of a beating baby heart!


5 special blessings to me today: Already having a good supply of maternity clothes, Praying children, No insomnia up to this point (hooray), Tylenol for those pregnancy headaches (my never-before symptom), the gift of a baby growing inside my belly.

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9 Weeks, 3 Days

9 Weeks, 3 Days

How blessed we are to be expecting again! I find myself, more than ever, being choosy with my words. Before the Miscarriage in September, I think I have taken for granted, the fact, that I get pregnant, and then have a baby!

In fact, I don’t think I told people I was pregnant. I told people, we are going to have another baby. It was that simple, in my head. You get pregnant – nine months go by – you get a baby.
Except that didn’t happen. I got pregnant. I saw him on the Ultrasound. I saw his heart beating, and then he Went to live with Jesus.
So, now, I’m being careful with my words. I am pregnant. And we are very excited, and hopeful of the fact that in February, we will be adding a new bundle of joy to our lives. We have the room in our hearts to love another one, and we can’t wait!
I got to see the baby yesterday. And got to see her moving around. Got to see her little heartbeat (178 – hence the use of the word “she” – and yes, I know that’s just an old wife’s tale, but “she” sounds better than “it”). She was just moving around. Wiggling. Moving her arms and legs, turning over. And I breathed a sigh of relief. These moments are so special, and I am so blessed to have another Baby growing in my Belly!
I am Blessed Beyond all that I deserve!
Five Special Blessings to Me today: A Husband who is excited about me being pregnant, Boys, who are excited to have a new “brother”, Girls, who can’t wait to have a new “sister”, People, who love us and support us, even if this will be Baby #6, and a Baby, growing bigger every day, the size of a prune, who is already filling my heart with love.
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Blessings and Provision

I am reminded daily of the ways God looks after us, protects us, and Blesses us!

I have not blogged in a while, because what I have wanted to Blog about, I couldn’t, and I couldn’t think of something else to Blog, until I blogged what I wanted to Blog. I was going to wait until Tuesday, when I had the picture to go with it, but because of the story I’m going to tell, I’m going to make the *official announcement* now.

We are extremely blessed to be expecting another baby February 2012. I am 9 weeks pregnant. We are all thrilled. I saw the baby on ultrasound this weekend, and he or she measured perfectly, had a heartbeat of 145, and is doing splendid. I couldn’t have been more happy!

God Blesses us!

God also takes care of us!

Friday night I was involved in a car accident. A little red Saturn decided to pass an RV in a no-passing zone, on a curve, on a hill, in the dark. When I crested the hill, the car was right in front of me. I swerved off the road, but the red car and I still side-swiped each other.

I was very blessed to be in the big truck. The truck spun around and landed on the side of the road. An angel must have been helping me drive, because somehow the truck didn’t flip, just landed off the road, sideways, with the back tires in a ditch. Aside from bumps, bruises, and soreness, I had no major problems. I did start to panic, and hyperventilate because of fear. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital due to being 9 weeks pregnant, and being in a full-blown panic attack. (My pulse on scene was 189!) At the hospital baby and I were both evaluated and released.

I was blessed to be in that big truck. I was blessed to have an angel looking over my shoulder and helping me with the steering wheel! I am blessed to be okay. I am blessed that my baby is okay!

There is more to say, but I’m going to save it for another day!

I am thankful to my Lord for His Blessings and Provision!

I am SO Blessed!!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Angels, Provision, Baby #6, Best Friends, Austin

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Growing, Growing

We are having a week of growth, or at least check-ups. Wyatt and Tyler went yesterday, and are both on target and doing great. They are both in the 75th % for height, and 50% for weight. Wyatt, no surprise, has a head circumference in the 90th %. We know it is just because he is going to be a genius, and thus needs that giant head to support all the brain activity.

I also got to see our little baby via ultrasound today. It was there right in front of my eyes, with its little heartbeat going. Amazing to see, every time! Baby is measuring a week small, so they are going to do another US on Tuesday to see how things are going. Being a week small could be normal, or it could mean a problem, so we are just going to pray and trust God. I have been put on a few restrictions. The doctor told me she would be happy to write me a note for bedrest, but who would I give it to? I am just going to take it easy and pray.

Five Special Blessings to me today: Seeing the baby on the US and seeing the heartbeat, A 9-year-old son who is big enough and willing to help, A 5-year-old son who will pray heaven down praying for Mommy and the baby, Girls that want to feel the baby, A baby already that is growing so big and is going to be a big brother, and as an added bonus today: A God that listens and answers prayers.

Hope your day is more blessed than mine!

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God has been so Good to Us!

There is not enough time or space to ever contain an accurate accounting of how good God has been to us. We are in the midst of a new blessing. Granted not everyone sees it that way, but as for me, I choose to believe that God will lead us through, carry us on, sustain, and take care of us. When we decided to fully entrust our family to Him, He hasn’t let us down yet. It may not have always been easy, but it’s through our weakness that He is strongest.

Having said that, I find myself already excited about the idea of a new baby. I have already started refreshing on the pregnancy books, started thinking of names, dreaming of pink nurseries and blue nurseries. I already Want and Love this little one inside of me. I will be 7 weeks pregnant tomorrow. My body is already changing. I can already see the evidence in the way my clothes fit (or rather don’t fit.)
I have tried this Blogging thing before and am going to try it again with more resolve to be positive and real, to not go three months at a time with no posts, to remember that I HAVE BEEN BLESSED.

Five special blessings to me today: Getting to Scrapbook this weekend, A Husband who supports me and loves our children, Homeschooling, Finding ways to make money and support my habits through CTMH and BeautiControl, Children that pray and a God who hears and answers!

Hope your day is more Blessed than Mine!

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