We found out in February that the Lord has blessed our family with a baby! We’re continuing to pray that this baby will be a sticky one. So far, so good. I had an ultrasound last week and we saw a baby with a strong heartbeat. Nausea and exhaustion have been my friends for the past several weeks which we are taking as good signs.
I debated on whether to post at all. We have gone through two miscarriages in the past two years and lost three babies. Knowing we had a missed miscarriage in 2015 (where we saw the heartbeat and then the baby later passed) in the midst of all of Emmie’s stuff, we chose to keep silent with the babies in November and December until it was “safe.” It was so very hard mourning in silence. Especially when it was our two babies. I still haven’t been able to put into words a memorial like I did with our baby Isaac.
Recently, I’ve read several articles about how we hide miscarriages. Try not to share pregnancy too early for fear the baby won’t ever be held…I’m not sure why we hide. Why do we need to mourn in silence? In the past two years, we’ve have three babies who are gone forever. But, before they were gone, they were here. They were a blessing and they were our gifts.
Just like our babies we said good-bye to too soon, this baby, is a blessing. All babies are. Something I shared when we found out we were pregnant with Emmie after our hardest miscarriage was this exact fact.
We’re cautiously optimistic with this baby. Anything can happen. Experience has taught us that. But today, we choose to celebrate in our blessing. In all of the exhaustion and nausea. This baby is a blessing. This baby is loved. This baby is wanted. Oh is this baby wanted.
Our picture life in October was fairly low key. We were focused on getting our school up and going, planning for an NF Walk and just enjoying being a family of eleven. Have you ever seen the Keva Planks? We saw something similar at a homeschool convention, loved it, and found these planks. We have had them for several years and they go in cycles of wanting to get them down and build everything. Silas had a blast with them on this cycle.
Nothing like selfies with daddy. When you reach a certain age of dishwashing, there is a rite of passage that goes down in our house. We call it the “YouDid” secret. Because of privacy policies, I can not disclose what the rite of passage involves. I can say that it involves a story of how a simple pot cleaner became known as YouDid. The rest is on a need to know basis. Emmie sat in a lawn chair in the driveway at our street party. She leaned forward. Her head met the pavement. This bruise made me sick to look at, but we were so blessed that she just had a nice little toddler bump. Silas loves catching lizards. Thankfully, our property is covered in them! This is what we did…go to a trampoline park (this was not our first trip). Mark had to leave early for work. As our hour was up, we started heading out. I was busy making sure people had shoes on and buddy hands and all of their stuff. By the time we got to the parking lot, Zoe let out a giant scream. She was going for a split on her last jump and her foot caught underneath her. Leg moved. Foot didn’t. After x-rays and a week of rest, she was as good as new. Once again, she managed to avoid a break. But it was a high ankle sprain.
Zoe let me do her hair! I have to document when these things happen.
Sometimes cuddling on the bed reading, is just what the doctor ordered.
for free doughnuts… On October 31st, Krispy Kreme gives a free doughnut to anyone dressed in costume. The kids were game and went to work the day before to find things around their house for their costumes. We have Anna (the mama), Alice in Wonderland, Spiderman and a slew of characters from The Wingfeather Saga book series.
I know these guys are probably not familiar to many people, but to us, well they represent hours of audio books in the van. Since we tend to accrue audible credits, we splurged on a four book series called The Wingfeather Saga written by one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters, Andrew Peterson. The kids hung on every word they heard (and Christmas brought the actual books which have been slowly making their rounds among our readers). The fun part of this picture is that we shared it with Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Facebook page. He, in turn, shared it with his personal performance page and on the Wingfeather Saga blog. My kids had their 15 minutes of fame. Yes, the doughnuts and this bit of fame definitely made their day.