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.

Number 3 is 5

Madelynne Jade - 1 week

Time really flies. Especially seeing baby Cassidy, who looks so much like Madelynne did as an infant. It is so easy for me to remember Maddy being that small, making that face, having that hair, sleeping just like that….. so how is it that the baby I remember so well, turns FIVE today??? She is such a good ‘oldest daughter’. She can hold her own with her two older brothers and yet, has that nurturing quality about her that makes her great for being the oldest sister. Madelynne looks after Adrey and Wyatt and has told Cassidy “I am the Junior Mama.” She loves to ‘babysit’ for me when I have to go into the kitchen to make dinner, or go check on what the other children are in to. She will sit by Cassie, and just look at her, telling Cassie how cute she is. On Wednesday, Maddy told me that Cassidy was the cutest that day (a Big compliment coming from Madelynne, who knows without doubt she is beautiful, after all, her Daddy has been telling her for years!!) For fun, I have put Maddy’s baby picture alongside Cassidy’s and there is definitely a resemblance. What do you think? 

Cassidy Joy - 1 week old

These last three weeks, having all six of them, I feel like my heart is busting out of my chest. I had worried a bit about whether or not I could handle it. Could I really take all six kids to a doctor’s appointment, or the grocery store. Could I manage to get anything done around the house? But the truth remains, that God truly does NOT give you more than you can handle. He blessed us with Baby Cassidy, and I could indeed handle it. And my heart is overflowing with the love I have for my kids, and the knowledge that God has blessed me so richly!

Watching Madelynne love on her baby sister thrills my heart. One day, a very long time from now (and assuming that I do indeed

Madelynne now (with Adreya)

survive the teenage years!!), I can see Madelynne as a really great Mommy! At last check she was going to have at least four kids (named: Stop, Go, Snowman, and Snowflake … The number seems great, but I do hope with age and wisdom, she does choose different names … LOL)

I am sure I say this over much, but I am SO blessed.
Maddy is excited about her birthday, although she doesn’t believe me that she is indeed Five today. She thinks she doesn’t get to turn the numnber until tomorrow when we have her actual birthday. But for today, she is telling her siblings that she is “Boss #2”. and she has chosen what we will eat for dinner – Pork Chops, Cut Potatoes (a baked potato cut into cubes), and asparagus. (She really does have good taste in food!!) I also found some Easter Chocolate chip cookes that have pink chocolate chips, so I am going to make those for her for dessert.
 
SIX Special Blessings to Me Today: Madelynne, Brendyn, Tyler, Adreya, Wyatt, and Cassidy
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Sending Me Angels

There is a song “Sending Me Angels”. I don’t find it coincidental that the chorus of this song has been stuck in my head.

He sent me angels on the night of my accident.

I don’t know their names. I’m not sure what kind of car they were driving. They were right behind me on the road and saw the accident. Now, the accident happened at 12:15 am (midnight). And I do know, that the people were headed to the airport to pick up their daughter. They had someplace to be and a time frame to get there. They did not know me, and I did not know them. But they stopped, and they stayed. And I was blessed by them being there.

Right after the crash, when I am turning off the truck, and crawling out, they stopped. They got out of their car, and came to me, asking if I was okay. I was. But I was shaking, and scared, and repeating “they were in my lane, they hit me, I’m 9 weeks pregnant.” And the lady, came, and wrapped me in her arms, and hugged me. And patted my back. And told me it would be okay. And hugged me. And hugged me.

Her husband was also out of the car, and kept saying, in his authoritative voice, “You did everything right. You did a good job. You didn’t flip your truck. You tried to avoid it. You did everything right.” Listening to his words, I didn’t need to question myself. I didn’t need to keep replaying it over and over, wondering if anything could have been different.

I don’t know if I am the kind of person, that would get out of my car, at midnight, to go hug a stranger. I hope I am, because I will never forget the comfort that those strangers, those angels, brought to me!

I am SO Blessed!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: A God who looks out for me at every moment, Who uses everything for His glory, Who sends me exactly what I need, Exactly when I need it, and that it does ALL work together for Good (Romans 8:28)

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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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Peas, Beans, and Okra – Oh my!

It is busy out at the Farm, and with some new selling opportunities, we have been staying busy. For quite a while, we have recognized the need to have a mid-week selling market. (Unfortunately, the vegetables don’t always wait until the weekends to be ready, and we strive to only sell the freshest and best!) A friend suggested I make her a bag of vegetables each week and she would buy it from me. I really pondered on that idea, and came up with the Refillable Vegetable Basket plan. I bought some baskets, wrote Lee Farms on them, and have been filling baskets and selling them for $10. My first week, we had 5 orders, plus we made an extra (just in case – and sold it immediately). Last week we did 7, plus $5 in added vegetables. This coming week, I already have orders for 2 more. Plus we’ve been filling ‘bushel of peas’ orders wonderfully – 6 BUSHELS!! I am so happy and reminded how God uses people to bless our family!

We have an old (1974 era) shelling machine that I got put to work on yesterday, and shelled 3.5 bushels of peas. It’s quite time-consuming, even with the machine. But it sparked an interesting thought. I was out there shelling peas, alone (it was naptime!), and not thinking, not singing, not talking, just enjoying the sound of the machine, the quietness in my thoughts and soul, God’s peace. I wondered, maybe that is the difference between Austin being raised out here in the country, and the quietness that engulfs him, and me being raised in the city, and feeling there should always be noise, background noise, white noise, talking, singing, etc. God allowed me to have a new perspective and I thank him for it. Because I love to talk! But I thoroughly enjoyed those hours of quiet.

Five Special Blessings to me Today: The Farm, the tan I am getting working at the Farm, the quietness I am learning being at the Farm, the muscles I am getting picking vegetables at the Farm, the blessings we are getting because of the Farm, the vegetables we get to eat, fresh picked off the bush, at the Farm

Hope you have a Blessed Day!

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Blueberries

Isn’t it wonderful how something so small (like the size of a blueberry) can remind you that God really does listen, care, look out for you.

This morning I was telling Austin how I would really like to buy some Blueberries. I would really like Blueberries. I was just starting to think of all the things blueberries would be good for – jam, i could freeze them, of course I can eat a fair share of blueberries raw, cobbler, strawberry dessert (except make it blueberry dessert)….but he reminded me of some things that would be better for us to use that money on, instead of blueberries, and he was completely right (shhh! don’t tell him I said so….)

But then, you know what happened? We have a neighbor who grows blueberries. He is a blueberry farmer. Today he called us and said the price of blueberries has dropped and he can’t afford to pay for people to pick his berries, so if we wanted them, we could have them, as many as we want, we just have to go pick them!!!!!!!

And let me tell you one good thing these boys I’m raising are going to be good for – picking blueberries, because those thoughts of blueberry goodness have started rolling in my head again, and I can’t wait!

God is so Good!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Prayer, Provision, God’s Peace, Farming, Neighbors

Hope you have a blessed day, and don’t worry, I’ll eat some Blueberries for you!

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Canning Crazy

Monday it rained, and rained, and rained, and then rained some more. People don’t really go to Flea Markets in the rain. Which means, we didn’t sell all our vegetables. It wasn’t a huge loss, but we brought home 25 Red Peppers and 60 Cucumber Pickles that had to be “put up” so they didn’t go to waste.

Up until now, my canning experience has been limited to Strawberry Jam. I’ve canned it once with sugar, once with Splenda. Luckily, for Christmas, I got the “Ball: Complete Book of Home Preserving”. I looked up the recipe for pickles and then I looked up Red Peppers!! And then I caned, and canned, and canned, and canned some more. I made Dill Pickles, Bread and Butter Pickles, Red Pepper Jelly, Balsamic Red Pepper Glaze, Salsa, and Red Pepper Spread. (A lot of Red Pepper Spread).

It was a long day, but there is some peace in seeing those canned goods line my shelf. Knowing that I did that. That I am helping prepare my family for the future. But please, don’t mention Red Peppers to me for a month, or at least two weeks.

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Canning, Recipe books with detailed instructions, Home-made pickles (finally tasted some today!), Electricity (we lost it for 3 hours yesterday!), God’s Provision

Have a Blessed Day!

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Showers of Blessing

In reflection, it is so easy to look back over 2010 and see that God has had his hand on us, protecting us, providing for us. He has done more than take care of us. We have sincerely been Blessed. There have been weeks when our entire income was $20. But somehow God kept providing for us. Whenever things got real tight, I worked hard at trying to remember God is in control and taking care of us, and He always came through. Not once in 2010 did our Bank Account go into the negative.

We had a great Christmas. God provided for us in the way of sales on just what would be perfect for Christmas. Toys from Toys-for-Tots. We got a remarkable gift from a stranger. (A $97 tip on a #3 sale of vegetables – I almost cried!!) God has really taken care of us.

I am so thankful! I am so blessed! I can’t wait to see how big 2011 is going to be as I get even better at putting my faith and trust in Him.

Five Special Blessings to me today: Our Lord, My Wonderful Husband who I fall more in love with daily, My fantastic five, My family who I got to spend the holidays with and enjoyed every minute, A warm house to live in with a working heater and a full refrigerator.

I AM SO BLESSED! Hope you are too!

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