Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Baby #4

We were excited to find out that baby #4 is on the way. My current due date is September 1st, but my doctor usually changes that, so we will see. I have also only made it to 38 weeks and a few days with the other 3, so we fairly certain this baby will make his/her appearance around late August. We have two other birthdays around that time, my step-sister's is on the 18th, and my step-mom's birthday is the 24th. I am guessing the 22nd, but it is still early. I am hoping to give weekly updates, so here we go.

Week 5:

I am so nauseous! I am not usually nauseous until around week 7, but I was actually a little nauseous before my test turned up positive.

I am craving beef, corn, and black beans. Really it love any form of protein which of course will help my nausea. 

I am drinking lemon water, and root beer (not the best, but my nausea is gone with the first sip, and we all like those "miracle cures"). 

A friend of mine recommended the Brewer's Diet, associated with the Bradley method, for me to try, so as soon as I have an appetite I will start that.

My emotions are so high! We are so excited, but I have this constant lump in my throat. My mother-in-law was always excited, and would help with the kids while I got things ready, watching them for appointments, and watching them when the baby was born. We know God has a plan, and we know she is in a much better place, but it is still difficult for those left behind. We will miss her as we celebrate the milestones of this pregnancy. 

Also, here is how we shared the news with Facebook.

The caption to this is "Next year we will need another stocking."

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! May God richly bless you!

All ready for bed in their new Christmas jammies.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Can you keep a secret

I have a little secret, I trust you won't make a peep.
It is a very special secret that I need you to keep.
It will only be a secret for a small amount of time.
But this little secret truly is sublime.
This secret is not easy, but it is a load a I gladly bear.
For this secret is a blessing, a feeling I hope we both can share!

Coming this September to a blog near you! :)

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Chippy is our "Elf on the Shelf". My father-in-law purchased him for our children. We do not really play up Santa. We try to focus on the birth of our Savior. Needless to say we have failed some this year after an aunt sent letters to the children from Santa in the mail, and the children were told Santa would visit a family members house. It is difficult to focus on what is most important when well meaning family members do not help. 

After the season has ended we are going to discuss some about next year. Chippy will still come out to play, and we may even take a nice Christmasy family picture with Santa. We may or may ot "play" Santa, but we will most definitely make sure everyone understands the focus will be more about Jesus. 

Until then I hope you enjoy some of the things our elf has done.

Monday, December 9, 2013


They say "Time heals all wounds," but I do not think that is true. Time only makes the wound more bearable. If you have ever had a serious injury you know what I am talking about. The initial injury is very painful, but you begin to heal and slowly things get back to your new normal. There may be some set backs along the way, but eventually you find your feet. These kinds of injuries though never really heal, some will even cause daily pain, this depends on how much you rely upon that particular part of your body.

This same is true when you lose a loved one. As holidays draw near, you begin to be reminded of their absence. It does get easier as life goes on, but it is never easy. We will still grieve no matter how long or short the time has been. That is ok. We need those moments of raw emotion where we can call out to God for His comfort and peace. We thank Him for our time with them, and He can bring good memories for us to cling to. 

I am reminded of my mother and now my mother-in-law this holiday season. They were both wonderful, beautiful, and very special women. My mother has been gone for 15 years, and I still get stopped in my tracks sometimes. My wound from my mother-in-law is still very fresh and new. My children are learning what it is like to grieve, and how to deal with those feelings. They are so young the concept is difficult, and they are missing her a lot these days. We are all joining together and leaning on each other for support, and by God's great grace we will persevere.

No time may not heal, but it can certainly help.

I hope if you have any wounds this holiday season you can find comfort in God's loving arms. 

My mom

My mother-in-law and Ray-J decorating the tree for his 1st Christmas

This also reminds me, take lots of pictures of everyone you love, because when they are gone you do not want one of the few pictures you have of them at Christmas to not even have their face in it.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas: a Day 7

I had planned on sharing everyday, but my children decided that it would be a good time for them to get a mild stomach virus and strep throat. There has been a lot of movies, medicine, soup, laundry, and snuggles, but we seem to be out of it for now. Here are a few photos though,

My sickies

All she wanted to do was be held.

So thankful for crockpots, rice cookers, and bread makers that cook for me while I needed to snuggle!

Oh, my son also decided to stick this piece of hard wax up his nose, which required a doctor, and 2 big male nurses holding him down to get out. I hope that it scared child #2 enough for her not to do it as well!

Oh the joys of motherhood!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas: Day 3

My father-in-law bought us a new little friend....
My children named him, Chippy.

We are having fun "playing" elf on the shelf and Santa. My children know that Christmas is really about Jesus and His birth. They know Santa is not real, but we don't over stress it. We have friends who do not do Santa at all and others who do tell their children he is real. It is up to each parent, and we have fun playing Santa. 

Today, Chippy decided he wants to watch mommy's favorite Christmas movie (good job Chippy!) 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas: Day 2

We enjoyed our advent time last night, and I am looking forward to finishing it this year, but we may go a different direction next year (more on that later). 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas: Day 1

I purchased an ebook bundle earlier this year that had "Truth in the Tinsel" included in it. I have heard so many good things about it, so I am looking forward to doing it this year. I have made my advent calendar, and am ready to start focusing more on the reason for the season! 

Thankful: Day 30

Today I am thankful for the little blogging world I have found! The more seasoned women, mothers, Christians, who are willing to share a little about what they have learned along the way. I enjoy their wisdom, recipes, and encouragement. It is nice to be reminded that we are not alone, and someone else has been through it and survived so we can too. Some are only a few steps ahead while others are much further ahead of me in life, they are from different parts of the country and the world. The internet brings us together in the comfort of our homes any hour of the day or night. I enjoy several blogs that I will find myself reading and rereading posts by these sweet ladies. I have exchanged emails with some, and only marveled at others. To be perfectly honest a few are more like celebrities to me ( I know silly), but I know I would be "star struck" more so if I met some of these ladies in person than if I had met a real celebrity. Thank you ladies for all you do! (Maybe once I email them I will get permission to put links to their blogs here)