Winter Hobbies

Our neighbors came to stay in their Summer home next to us for a few days last week. I just love my neighbor Elana because we have a lot in common when it comes to natural foods, herbs and such. We always are delighted to see each other and exchange good foods. She brought over some tallow from their cows. It has the most beautiful smell to it…. smells like the crispy fat on a good, cooked steak. It’s a very stable fat too. If you are one to think that it’s full of cholesterol that’s bad for you, you need to read “Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon” and “Real Food by Nina Planck”.  I won’t try to convince you, they’ll do a much better job than I could ever do.  : ) Any books by Mary Enig who is the top scientist on the study of lipids (fats) will really win you over.

Elana also brought over some fresh rosemary, some delicious salad greens, olive oil and some cheese that has a dark beer in it. It was very tasty. We ate it up for lunch that afternoon with crackers and fruit. Thank you Elana and Tim!  : )

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 Beef Tallow

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I taught the girls how to crochet a single strand. Now I’m trying to learn how to make a dishcloth so I can teach the girls. They crocheted chains a mile long in our home last week. They crocheted for hours. It was fun!

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They’ve been doing water colors too!

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Some pretty dishes I found at the thrift store the other day. Only $1.50 a piece by Homer Laughlin. The larger plate had the snowflake pattern in the middle at one time too… I can see traces of the gold color still residing in the middle.

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Baby

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Our squiggly looking baby here is doing just fine. I was measuring right on time. The due date still stands at July 30th and it looks like we’ll have the baby the 16th of July by c-section. My new doctor delivered his first baby in 1983 and was a dentist before getting into obstetrics/gynecology. He’s been married for 41 years.

I mentioned that things must have changed for him a lot in these years in seeing a lot more drug use and STD’s. He shared, “You don’t want to know. I would rather have 100 of you (remember, I’m high risk, old maternal age, c-sections, placenta separation and more), than five 17 year-olds. They come in to my office weighing over 300 pounds.” That said a lot to me. I won’t forget those words. How sad that most 17 year olds are in poor health compared to an almost 45 year old that’s had some pregnancy complications. Very sad.  : (

Anyways, I’m very sleepy right now. The hormones are running full swing. I can’t get out of my robe today and I am not a sit around in my robe during the day unless I have a very bad flu. My homemade chocolate makes me feel nauseated, but I love eggs for breakfast now. I am not a breakfast person either. I just can’t eat breakfast… but, I am loving it now. Our next appointment is the 14th and he does ultrasounds regularly so I’ll post another picture. The heartbeat was 154…. all of my girls were in the 160’s, Matthew’s was in the 130’s so we’ll see if this one goes down.  : )

We’re still in disbelief that I’m pregnant. My cycle was 25 days long from the last one. I always thought I would have one more baby at 45 though. I’ll update at my next appointment.

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.