Girls Won!

Miss SweetS joined our family on July 10th around 1:30 in the morning. She weighed 9 lbs 6 oz. (she beat the other children out by almost a whole pound!) My only baby to come in the middle of the night, but what a blessing! Sweet E, Little E, and Special K slept through the whole thing. Big T was the secondary birthing coach. He would time my contractions and hold my hand when Beloved had to step away for a minute. He also kept a sharp eye out for the midwife. It was so cute to watch him. He was like a first time father. ;-) It was so sweet. Timing my contractions All the children are in love with SweetS. Every morning they all pile into bed with me and fight over who gets to hold her first. She has stolen everyone's heart. I should also add that the girls won! There was a great debate in our home on which gender would win out. Looks like the girls are dominating the house! That's okay. Little E has enough energy to equal about 3 boys. :-) One tired Mama and Baby Gir

3 Weeks and Counting

It's hard to believe that we are already under a month till we get to meet our newest blessing. In some ways time seems to fly right on by and in others.....well, it seems to drag on forever! :-) A year ago I found out I was pregnant (the day after Father's Day) and was so excited. Little did I know that less than a month later I would find out that we had lost that blessing. God's timing is amazing. Here we will be celebrating a new life a year after loosing one. Talk about a mixed bag of emotions to be going through! As for this pregnancy in general, it has been much harder than my others. Just different things to deal with that I haven't dealt with before. I won't go into detail (save you from TMI) but I have been uncomfortable for the past month. Usually I can deal with the end of pregnancy pretty well. This time it hurts to stand, sit, lay down, etc. I just can't stay comfortable for very long. How I wish this little one would come even a week early, b

Life goes on....

I have looked at this blog for months now with just no inspiration to write anything. Life just started to happen and it seems that I just lost my motivation for a lot of things. And this blog (and our school one) was one of the things to be pushed to the side. If you look at the archives I went from having 3-5 posts a month to only 1 around July. July was the month when I new something was going wrong with my last pregnancy and the writing disappeared after that. I reread this post from the fall and cried all over again.  This morning I remembered why I started this page. I started it so family and friends could keep up with the kiddos and see what the family was up to. I am going to do my best to get back to that place of sharing more. To start off with Beloved started a new job a month ago. Sadly it's in Downtown Columbus. The drive home is not very fun for him at all (especially this time of year with no air conditioning) . BUT.....he loves his job! It's a good enviro

End of the year...

I can honestly say that I will not miss 2011. We had good times, but we had so many ups and downs I am ready for the start of a new year. I just wanted to let you all know that we are doing fine. We have a lot going on. Somethings I want to talk about but can't yet. And then there are somethings that I can talk about but they need to wait. All I can say is...the waiting game is no fun.  So anyway, I pray you are all having a wonderful December and I hope to be able to update you all very soon!

Happy Birthday Special K!

It's a very special day. Special K is now two years old! It's amazing how fast two years fly on by. She is my adorable, sweet, and lovable baby girl. I am so blessed to be her Mama. = ) Minutes old... About a week (maybe two) old 1 year old 2 years old


I have been struggling with whether or not to write this. Since I decided to write something I have been struggling with what to write. Most people know that I had a miscarriage a couple of months ago. At first the pregnancy seemed to be going just fine, but there was always something. Some feeling that I had that things weren't the way they should be. After a few weeks I went in and had an ultrasound. All I can say is it's pure torture to have your ultrasound done on a Thursday and have to wait till Monday for the results. Anyway, the ultrasound confirmed my suspicions. Even though I felt like something wasn't right it didn't make it any easier. I would have been ten weeks a couple of days after the miscarriage. And I know people meant well, but a lot of people just made things worse. My emotions were all over the place. I never really got a chance to grieve. I felt forced to push through and just move on with life. I know I needed to take time to grieve. Time to cry

WonderMaps Review

I had the privilege to review WonderMaps  by Bright Ideas (thanks to Timberdoodle ). When I heard about the product I just jumped at the chance. Our curriculum for the year requires a LOT of maps and this is perfect. We are studying different countries and cultures all year long.  So, you are probably wondering what is so special about the WonderMaps program. It's so special because you can customize it! It's so funny to see homeschooling mamas get excited over maps. When you are given the opportunity to make it match up with a lesson it's makes a person giddy. = )  There are over 350 maps to choose from (just to start with)! And it's not just the typical maps that you expect to find. Besides the maps of the world and the United States there are also historical and thematic maps (bible maps included.)  Features (as listed in Timberdoodle ) WonderMaps is designed with easy-to-use layers that allow you to enjoy great customizable features with just a click. Select: