While walking through the woods I often pause to look up at how the sunlight streams through the leaves above. I can’t remember when I started doing this, but it’s a long-loved habit of mine. The TRUTH for life is this . . . If you stop to literally and figuratively “look up,” you will see that God’s light shines on everything.
I connected with another homeschooling mom who is from Indiana and has 10 children because she authors some homeschool books that I use with my kids. Amazingly, she makes enough money from her book sales that her husband is able to be home full-time and they do missionary work in the Ukraine. I secretly thought it would be wonderful if there was some way that my husband could be home full-time too, but I didn’t tell a soul about it. I thought it was impossible, but nothing is impossible for God!
My husband’s new job as a historian/archeologist allows him just that . . . He works from home! Not only that but he got a significant pay increase, he’s salary, and he has unlimited paid time off and vacation days. The other benefits he has are too many to list.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:21
God is so good and I cannot thank Him enough for how he has provided for me and for my family!
Hooray! My due date is now only seven days away!
grand multiparity n. the condition of a woman who has had five or more previous pregnancies. This means my pregnancy is considered high risk, but I really haven’t had many complications!
One fun fact are that babies of “moms of many” sometimes don’t get into birthing position until labor starts. The other day I had an ultrasound just to check to see if my little one is head down. She is head down but not dropping so all the contractions that I’ve been having aren’t productive in changing my cervix. Did I mention that I believe Braxton-Hicks contractions are evil?
Another not so fun thing is that I have lots of Braxton-Hicks contractions and they get worse with every baby. This week I had three days in a row of misery where I couldn’t get the contractions to stop. Thankfully I’ve been given a couple of days break from them, but I know very well that this is just the calm before the storm!
I’m trying for a VBAC delivery, because #7 was breech I had to have a surprise C-section, but chances are a VBAC will go off without a hitch!
We’re ready and waiting!!! My bag is packed. The car seat is ready and the tiny clothes are washed and put away. Now if only we can find the “safe place” where I put the Pack ‘N Play bassinet!
My 8th baby is due in about 25 days! I’m pretty confident that this little one will be like all of her other siblings and come pretty close to her due guess date because that is how they roll! Here’s an update on how I’m doing!
My carpal tunnel and swelling this time are almost absent this time around. I had some carpal tunnel earlier but it’s gone now and I am so thankful!
Everything gives me heartburn and I mean everything . . . including water and not eating! It is completely ridiculous! I ran out of Tums the other day and I thought I was going to die from the fire in my esophagus.
I’ve had to completely change how I sleep! If I sleep lying down (even with a pillow between my knees) and then try to get up I feel like my pelvis is going to break in half. Thank you body by babies! I sleep sitting up in bed with 2 pillows behind me, a pillow under my right hip, and a pillow under my belly.
The Braxton-Hicks or “practice contractions” have started up and they range from being mildly annoying to being just a little bit painful. I am pretty sure they have gotten worse every pregnancy, but yeah for pregnancy amnesia!
Taking seven kids out and about to run errands and getting in and out of a 12 passenger van is an adventure of its own even when I’m not “great with child,” but I can still do it! I enlist my helpers to carry the littlest sister and help get her in and out of her car seat. My hubby has been great about doing the majority of the grocery shopping so I don’t have to.
My wardrobe is shrinking because my baby is still growing, but I know how this story goes . . . I’m going lose quite a bit of weight on baby day and then my wardrobe won’t be so bad! Stretchy pants are my friend!
We are super excited to add BB-8 to our family! Thanks for checking in on us and for your thoughts and prayers!
We put up our 2016 thankful tree! We traced handprints for the branches this year and we have Bible verses that we are working on memorizing every week that are about being thankful. Each day the kids all say something that they are thankful to God for and then we add leaves to the tree. Their answers are sometimes silly and sometimes serious, but they are all things that we are thankful for . . . today the kids said they are thankful for Squishy (Joshua’s nickname), Gabby, bunnies, making stick people, Jesus, and fluffy wookies! I am so glad that I started this tradition in our house! Here’s a walk down memory lane of some of our thankful trees from years past.
Here’s our 2011 tree with Joshua and Eliana
Our 2012 thankful tree with Eliana and Isabel
Our 2014 thankful tree with Danielle
Our 2015 thankful tree with Danielle, Eliana and Gabrielle
Our sweet “BB-8,” also known as Baby 8 has caused quite a stir among our friends and family! So many have been wondering and praying that our new addition is a boy because we have shared God’s promise of three sons! We have a deal with God! James and I are up for whatever God wants and how ever many kids He wants for us! We have been trusting Him and He ALWAYS has a better plan for us than we do! If James and I would have stopped at three kids we would have missed out on a whole lot of love!
Here’s a video of us telling the kids the news by giving them some gifts to open! You may need to turn the volume down at the 1:40 mark!
BB-8 Gender Reveal
Gift number one: A little ornament
Gift number two: a totally neural outfit
Gift number three: A note that read, “You get to find out today if a brother or sister is coming your way.”
Gift number four: a tiny snowman sleeper
It should still be nice and cold in Indiana in mid-February when our sixth baby GIRL comes home and we can’t wait! Our ultrasound showed that she is healthy and well and an estimated 15 oz. Praise God!!!
My first doctor’s visit for baby number eight went wonderfully. I love the doctors’ office that I go to. Every time I go I feel like I am visiting friends that are dear to me. Their caring, compassion, and professionalism as they have cared for me and my babies through the years is priceless. I should be used to the hurried pitter-patter of a little heartbeat playing on the doppler, but I leaves me awestruck each and every time. I made a recording on my phone to play for my husband and the kids. I keep playing it over and over to listen to. During the recording you can hear the my heartbeat and the quicker heartbeat of our little baby. I have been feeling pregnant; I’m extra tired, a bit queasy, and I’ve put on a few extra pounds, but hearing the baby’s heartbeat makes is all the more real to me. I know the next 200 days until we get to meet our little one is going to fly by!
We are blessed and oh so thankful for everyone’s love and prayers for us! God is good!
More fun and more adventures are coming to our family in February 2017! God is good!