Thursday, March 27, 2014

God provides for His kids

Yesterday, we bought a newer van. We got a pretty good deal, I guess. It has 50K miles and has 8 seats which was what we were looking for. It is the newest van we have ever owned. We are very thankful for God's provision

I slept poorly last night, and today, I am quite sluggish. My kids are working quickly with their schoolwork, so hopefully, I will get to lie down a bit.

My nausea hits me in the afternoon to evening. I just want to lie around when it hits. Other than that, I feel pretty well. 

This morning, while we were doing some schoolwork, Milo burst into song. He normally doesn't sing much. Felix is the singer of the two. We have watched Frozen probably 20-30 times since we bought it last week. I will add the video from my computer, this app won't let me. 

My parents are visiting this weekend. The kids are excited to see them. I am sure they will keep Grandma and Pa-Pa busy. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Baby #7

We have five living children. One of our babies died early in pregnancy (baby #4). So this baby is technically Baby #7. 

Today, I had my first appointment. It went really well. I had an ultrasound by a cranky tech, and all is well!

Our baby is growing. I am 8 weeks and 2 days, and our baby is almost 2 cm. His/her heartbeat was fast!  171 bpm. 

I felt a wave or gratitude wash over me at the office when I saw this little person God has created for our family. 

I was very blessed that my friend, Carly, came with me to the appointment so I wouldn't have to go alone. Dave couldn't go because of work. I was so glad she came and shared my joy. 

God be praised in the life of this little one!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014


We took the kids to Branson last night. We found a cabin close to Silver Dollar City, and while it wasn't fancy, it was spacious and allowed us to spread out. 

We had to run into town to pick up some coffee and breakfast stuff. Afterwards, we stopped by Andy's Frozen Custard. The kids each had a cone with chocolate custard. Dave had a triple chocolate concrete, and I had a chocolate concrete with Thin Mints. It was soooo good. 

We went to Silver Dollar City pretty early and had some cinnamon rolls. We let the kids play a good while in Half Dollar Holler and then we made our way to The Grand Exposition. Everyone was able to ride something. To our delight, the twins are now an inch over the limit so they were able to ride all the kiddie rides without us. 

We rode the train and had a break before lunch. Dave saw our niece there with her boyfriend, so we were able to meet up. That was a nice surprise. 

Felix was pretty difficult all day. I remember when Maryn was like this and I thought she'd never change. She did, and she is delightful. 

Lucy ran off once at Geyser Gulch, and I almost panicked. After running around a lot, I saw her headed back where the rest of us had been.  

Our last stop before home was the taffy store. Dave went in and picked some out and mostly got one of my favorites--Outlaw Run which is a salted caramel taffy. I am kind of wishing I had gone in because I love the Cotton Candy one too. 

I slept from Branson to Harrison. Milo slept almost the whole way home, and Felix slept about half the time. We are all very tired and ready for bedtime. It was a good day, all in all. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lucy is a Winner!

My sweet Lucy broke a Geidlbots record today and lost her first tooth at 5 years and 4 months which is the earliest of our kids so far!  Way to go, Lucy!!

A Shift in Thinking about Service

I have often heaped guilt on myself about not being involved in more "ministries" and capacities at the local church.  I finally came to the realization that my service to my family was of utmost importance to God and to my church family. If I am not pouring into my children, I am not only doing a disservice to them but to the church. 

This "Ask Pastor John" episode blessed my heart as a busy mom. I pray it blesses you as well. 

Counsel for Busy Moms (Episode 190) #askpastorjohn

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Goings On

The children are working hard today. It must be that it is the First Day of Spring and they want to play outside. :) Today, they have to build a model of The International Space Station. They will use Legos (no glue for mom!). Here is our finished product. 

I have a helper who comes on Thursdays. It makes everything a little easier. I may take the kids to the city park today for a change of scenery. 

I go to the baby doctor on Tuesday and appreciate your prayers.  I am 7 weeks today. Pray the baby is growing well and all is fine. We will also be finding out if it is just one baby or two. ;-)

Getting off of Facebook has given me some room to breathe. I am not constantly checking it to see if anyone responded to me or not. It gives me time to focus on relationships in front of me. 

I think we may head to Branson for the weekend and hang out at SDC and maybe shop a bit. 

I am doing well. I hope you are as well. Perhaps without Facebook, I can return to blogging.  We shall see. My blogging record has been less than optimal for several years now. :)

Happy Thursday!