Winter

DSC_0004Thanksgiving dinner. We were turkey-ed out from slaughtering our turkeys recently so we decided to have a pork roast for dinner. DSC_0021      I came out from doing the dinner dishes one evening and saw all the kids reading. I love seeing the kids read books. DSC_0012     A beautiful site. A very cold day, but beautiful nonetheless.

DSC_0033Very cold. Minus 6 or so during the night and up to 8 degrees during the day. The wind was so horribly cold. Look at the coldness swirling around on top of the water.

DSC_0041 The two little look a likes getting a ride from Hannah their big sister. Anna is on the left. Mommy can tell who is who.  : )

DSC_0045  My first Malabrigo merino wool yarn. I am going to buy a skein or two a month and make a baby blanket. This is washable. Aren’t the colors so pretty?

DSC_0009Homemade toothpaste. If you are prone to canker sores, don’t buy toothpaste with Sodium Laurel Sulfate. It “causes” canker sores. And most toothpastes contain SLS. Sensodyne Pro Enamel doesn’t have SLS, nor does some of the Toms of Maine. Toms of Maine carries a strawberry toothpaste for kids that is clean.

My recipe for my own toothpaste that the kids love? Coconut oil, dolomite powder (calcium carbonate), baking soda, touch of vanilla and a couple of drops of stevia. Make sure they don’t EAT the toothpaste.  : ) It’s yummy!

Make a $3.00 Shawl

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Here’s Hannah wearing the $3.00 shawl I made her. I bought a shawl online last month – I believe I’m wearing it in my recent pregnancy picture. I looked at it and thought, “I can even make this”. DSC_0068  DSC_0072

 

Here’s a rough pattern I made for anyone who’s interested. I bought the fleece at Walmart for $1.97 a yard. While it’s warm for in the house, if going outside I would buy the pricier fleece at Walmart… I think it’s only a dollar more.

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Here’s what my shawl looks like that I bought from Amazon. I opened it up so you could see the dimensions, etc… Let me know if you make one! I’ve made several of them by now. Even daddy has one to cozy up in at night when he’s reading and writing. : )

The Snow is Here

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It snowed here the other day. It was supposed to rain today and tomorrow and the next, but as I look out my window big billowy snowflakes are falling down everywhere. It’s pretty!

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Pretty view from the kitchen window.

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The kids having fun…

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Elisabeth was the first one down.

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Leah got hurt this day. She hurt her head… she only got a light scrape on her face but we were really worried about her and waiting to see if we needed to take her in – thankfully we did not have to. Last night I was brushing her teeth and underneath her tongue on one side is purple. We are now waiting to see about her teeth on that side of her mouth. She is our softest child in countenance so I took it really hard the day she got hurt and then last night after I brushed her teeth. I think I feel most protective about her because of her softness.  : (  She’s better but mommy isn’t quite yet.

My Daughter Stephanie

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My daughter Stephanie sent me this picture recently. She and her boyfriend Russell are engaged after 5 years of being together.They are in Florida now but can’t wait to move back home to Washington this upcoming Summer where they will get married and have children. She shared recently that she’d love to raise her kids on a farm like we do. It just melted my heart. I love you and miss you so much Stephanie.

The Prayers of a Righteous Man Availeth Much

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The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

Thank you for your prayers my righteous friends. I am with child once again. We found out yesterday. We are so excited as we really didn’t think we would be having anymore. Matthew did pray that we would have 8 children together some years ago, but with the “signs” of fertility waning, we started to lose hope. We just put the main crib away after all these years and I have been tossing baby items here and there without much of a thought…. old bibs that the kids leave out from their animals, etc…

My friend Neysha saw my post just a few months ago about us wanting a baby again and she sent me some of her homemade fertility tincture. I know the Lord is behind all of this, but I think He knew just what I needed. It gave me a little boost in my libido that has gone down to about a 1 over the past couple of years due to perimenopause and I couldn’t help but wonder if it might help with fertility too.  : )

Over a year ago I was in the doctor’s office and in the restroom there was a picture of a man holding a newborn baby boy. It brought me to tears because I really didn’t know if we would have another baby. We always came together at the right time in hopes… but when God closes the womb, you cannot open it. Some months ago I was downstairs and I opened up one of the boxes of baby clothes. They were little Matthew’s little baby boy clothes. I cried because I wanted just one more baby boy to hold and love as a baby. I put the lid back on “just in case”. I can’t go through the clothes because they hurt me too much. But they are there, just in case.

I’ve had a few miscarriages that usually occur around week 6 to 7. Maybe we will get past that hump and make it to when the placenta starts kicking in at 10 to 12 weeks. I think if all seems well, I’ll go in for an ultrasound at 7 or 8 weeks to see that all is still okay with the baby. If the baby doesn’t hold, I’ll thank God that He took the baby early. I’m always grateful that I’ve never had to lose a baby later in pregnancy.

I thank the Lord that I could carry a baby so late (I’ll be 45 – my new friend Elizabeth just shared that she was 47 with her last one). By the time this baby is born, it will be just about 28 years of pregnancies/fertility since being first pregnant in 1987. The door shall soon close so we are so grateful for any other babies the Lord puts in our lives. We are so excited. Thank you so much for your prayers!!! Thank you Neysha for your tincture you sent me with the hand spindle.

… One last thing, the baby is due August 3rd but since I’ve had 3 c-sections, I’ll have to have another one so it looks like around July 20th. So many July babies. I’m also taking progesterone again.

The Girls are Sewing

The girls have started sewing with a new sewing machine (unfortunately, we’ve had to return it as it keeps jamming. They have a better one arriving next week). I gave them a huge box of fabric and scraps… they made aprons, skirts and everything they could imagine. The articles of clothing all looked cute and silly as they are just cutting and sewing without a pattern or hems. Fabric and ropes of it sewed together all over the house for a week. It was a sight. Elisabeth loves to sew. She could sit in there all day and sew. Her sister Hannah sews for a bit because it’s new and then goes out to play outside.

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Sewing in their room. Elisabeth looks so serious.

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Hannah showing her piece. DSC_0010

Little Matthew’s Sixth Birthday

Well, for a short time we had two five year olds in our home. Leah and Matthew are only 11 months apart. We have the twins and Miriam who are 11 months apart too. What does that mean? That I gave birth to 5 children in less than 24 months! Yikes!!! DSC_0006

I took a lot of pictures of you cute, little boy… but you just weren’t too photogenic in them. Here’s the good ones though. Mommy’s apple pie. I let them pick out what they want to have and Mommy makes it. DSC_0005

I’m not sure how you can even eat, you are nearly toothless with all of your baby teeth falling out lately.  : )

You are a good, dear boy who always gives the biggest piece of candy to your younger sister, Leah.   : )