Sunday, July 29, 2012

forever blessings

I never wanted a lot of kids.  "A lot of kids" is a relative term, but four (soon to be five) children is a lot to me.  The first two were "planned", and the last three were surprises.  It's easy to let the busy-ness of life and the stress that comes with having little children dissuade me from having more.  I'm getting older, and so I probably won't "plan" any more children after #5 arrives.  But looking back, I wouldn't have planned #4, either (whose conception happened at a very difficult time in life).  And now that #4 is here, I can't imagine life without him.  He completes our family.  That's how it's been each time a new baby arrives.  And so now I know and understand that #5 will complete our family even more.  In fact, with each new addition - planned or unplanned - our family gets better.  Better than we would have ever been able to imagine.  

Life is amazing.  And the thing with life is this - it's forever.  Our family gets better on a permanent, forever basis.  What could possibly be more incredible than a blessing that lasts forever?  It's so easy to get stuck in the here and now and say we can't take on any more family members.  But when we look at the big scope of life, if God wants our family to be blessed with more tiny family members, it will always make our family better.  I'm not ignoring the reality of the struggles and trials of this life, but struggles and trials are temporary and will be there no matter if we have two kids or five.  The blessings of a child is forever.  

my forever blessings - Todd (7), Isaac (3), Peter (1) and Eli (5)
photo by Leslie Elder of Letography

peace and love,

Thursday, July 26, 2012

happy place: chocolate chip banana muffin

I found my happy place this morning....

I am without a babysitter today, so I tried to work from home.  I got up at 5:30 so that I could get some work done before the kiddos woke up.  No good.  My 3-year old woke up at 6:30.  This called for a change in plans, and sometimes I don't do well when my plans have to be changed all of the sudden.    (I almost felt like crying.  I mean, what's the use in waking up so early if I'm not going to be able to work?)  We don't have much food in the house, so I decided to throw together what we had and was able to make these chocolate chip banana muffins.  

Today is going to be a good day :)

Happy Thursday morning to you!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

truth wins

It seems to me that it would be common sense that a woman be informed of the possible medical side effects before undergoing a medical procedure.  I can't believe this stuff has to be fought in court.  But the good news is in this case - truth WINS!

Court Orders Planned Parenthood: Inform Women of Abortion-Suicide Link

Every victory counts.


Monday, July 16, 2012

it's a girl!

I went for my regular monthly appointment at 12 weeks.  They did an ultrasound, and the ultrasound technician said early into the ultrasound, "This baby is bigger than 12 weeks."  Shocker #1 for the day - I was actually 15 and a half weeks along instead of 12 weeks like I thought.  I asked her is she'd be able to tell what the sex was.  She replied pretty quickly she could, and it sounded like she got a good view as soon as I asked.  Then she stopped herself and asked me, "What a minute.  What do you have at home?"  I laughed and told her I have 4 boys (I laugh because it still sounds like a lot to me).  She said, "Well, then let me double check....yep, it's a girl!"  It was an early ultrasound, but she said she was 95% confident that we're having a girl this time.  We even saw the "three little lines".  No turtle there :)  Oh, and everything else looks perfect at this point.  We'll be going for another ultrasound to get a better look at her when she's bigger.

I was actually a little freaked out at first about the idea of having a girl.  Then I realized all of the extra stuff that goes into having a girl - hair bows, tights, bloomers (are they called bloomers still?) - and then I really had a minor moment of anxiety.  But this was 6 weeks ago that we found out, so now it's settled in.  And everyone is very excited.  I got a great deal on a crib purchased from someone on craigslist, and my husband bought a couple of sweet outfits for her while making a Target run last week.  My oldest son is 7 and a half now.  He tells everyone we run into when we're out that we're having a baby girl.  He is the most excited about this newest addition who is joining our family!

We are discussing names, and we keep going back to the same girl name we considered before we knew our first child was a boy.  My husband cannot commit on a name, yet, so I won't announce it until he commits.  

Oh, yes - and the due date has been moved from December 20th to November 24th.  She'll be a Thanksgiving baby instead of a Christmas baby!