Baby’s Coming

My husband just took the kids down to the barn to play for a while and it just hit me hard that within three weeks we will have a new baby here again. I can’t believe it. I’m so excited! These past few weeks all I can think about is having the baby so I’m finding it hard to blog or sew or do much but a little cooking.

It seems that each pregnancy goes by quicker than the last one and each child hits their first year quicker than the last one. All through this pregnancy Matthew and I have been in a good anticipation about me getting pregnant with our fifth child because that will be a fulfillment of what we saw three years ago from the Lord – five children. Now we are praying for more by faith.

I have another ultrasound tomorrow to make sure Leah is head down. I will be 39 weeks the following day. I always felt that she would be born in October… we still have some days left so we’ll see. Little Leah sleeps more than any of the children I’ve had in my womb. I have a good feeling she will be a good sleeper after she is born. So far with these three children I’ve borne, they have all been sleeping through the night (until 5:30am) by twelve weeks. By six months our lives are really feeling quite normal.

Please pray that all does go well with the birth. The bleeding I’ve had concerns me as I am hoping it’s not placenta accreta where the placenta attaches to the c-section scar in my uterus (and the placenta is in the front). This causes bleeding through late pregnancy and hemorrhaging at birth as the placenta detaches from the scar, usually resulting in an emergency hysterectomy. I wish the doctor hadn’t have shared this with me because it is always there in the back of my mind. My midwife shared that if it’s the cervix (which I hope it is), I may have a really quick labor or bleed a lot. So, I am a little scared up front but my spirit is at rest with all that is before me. I just really have a feeling that I can’t shake that all will go very, very well. So, as long as I stay in God’s rest and not put my mind to such things I think I can be at peace throughout these last hours or weeks.

I may not be blogging anymore until Leah arrives so please be patient with me as I’m sure I will have plenty of new pictures of our newest daughter very soon. : ) May the Lord be with you.

Turkeys

Here is my favorite turkey. He is always the first to come near us, to puff all out, has straight legs for reproducing and is one of our largest of the three largest toms. I’ve just always liked him. So, we are going to keep this one for reproduction purposes to three of our hens.

Here are a couple or more pictures of this big guy.

Can you tell the difference between a hen turkey and a tom turkey?
See the hen in the background?

Homemade Vegetarian Pizza

Poor Matthew wasn’t feeling too well to his stomach last week so I made a vegetarian pizza instead of our usual. It was just as delicious and made for a nice change.

Here I rolled out some dough that I made earlier that day. When I first started making pizza a couple of years ago, I sure had trouble rolling out the dough and getting it on the pizza pan.

I usually just heat up some tomato paste with olive oil and Italian herbs on the stove for my pizza sauce. That way I can get it to the consistency I like. I like to slather the sauce on the sides of the crust too.

Added cheese. I received a large hole type cheese grater from Matthew’s mother a couple of years ago. It saves me time when shredding cheese for pizza.

Lots and lots of mushrooms. Yummy!
Next, I added green peppers, black olives, fresh garlic and onions. I then cooked it up and added fresh basil, tomatoes and topped it with parmesan cheese. Sorry, the cooked picture just didn’t turn out but you’ll have to trust me, it was delicious! We had no problems not having the meat on it this time.

Home Grown Turkey

Here is our first turkey we butchered out of our flock. My husband picked out a smaller one and he could barely fit in the pan. I don’t know what we’re going to do when he butchers one of our big boys. We raised the White Broad Breasted turkeys this year as they do not show any pin feathers and come out looking really clean as you can see for yourself. My husband does a wonderful job cleaning them. He just made a stainless steel table for the rest of the birds he will be butchering. I will try to get a few somewhat clean looking pictures of the procedure again this year (depending on when this baby will be born).

And how was the turkey? Absolutely delicious. Full of flavor and the gravy is nothing like you’ve ever had. We’re still enjoying turkey sandwiches now and I can’t wait to cook another one for Thanksgiving.

Fresh Collards

My husband picked these collards a couple of weeks ago to go with dinner. They are simply delicious. He shared with me that each night when he would put the birds away he would walk out to the garden and pick a little bit of a collard off with dew on it and eat it. I tried a piece and couldn’t get over how delicious it was. I almost didn’t want to cook them. We still can’t believe how different food tastes when you grow it yourself.

These are just a few of what we bagged up to freeze for the winter.

They are just as rich and green as the picture here.

Coming Up on a Year

Oh, how this year with Matthew went fast. Emotions well up in me that it went so fast and my baby is fast becoming a toddler. I have always wanted a son and God gave me such a beautiful child in heart and beautiful to watch him too. I sometimes can see him at the age of five or eight already. I can’t wait… to see him running through the yard or fields. I will so much enjoy watching him grow through his childhood and love that I get to be the loving mom he needs to help him develop into a good, young man one day. I believe a son really needs a good mother while a daughter really needs a good father. Oh Matthew, I will always cherish you as my little boy. I know it will go too fast so all I can do is love you each day. I’m so glad the Lord brought you into our lives. We love you so very much son.

Here baby Matthew is going to get his first real haircut. I think Daddy is looking forward to this. We always thought it would be at about 18 months but after I give him a bath he looks like a rooster in the back and top of his head. So, I guess it’s about time little Matthew.

All innocent looking and ready to go.

What’s going on back there?

Wow, this is neat stuff. I love the noise daddy’s toy makes.

This isn’t too bad!

All done and given back to mom. He was a good boy and did very good for his first haircut. I’m glad the change wasn’t too drastic. Daddy did a great job!