Our newest baby is such a gift to our family.
Our road to get to him hasn't been a walk in the park.
You can listen to an interview Tim and I just did talking about that
So, when I found out I was pregnant, it was like a dream. I truly never thought I would carry another baby. I was OVER-THE-MOON excited.
And, I knew it was a girl. I just KNEW it. It had to be the sister that Hope has always wanted and prayed for. For the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy I bonded with my precious new baby girl.
I named her and dreamed about her sharing a room with Hope one day. I was glad I didn't give all Hope's old clothes away because now we would have someone to give them to, right?
Well, the big day was here.
We were headed in to CONFIRM that this baby was a girl at my 12 week ultrasound.
On the way in, Hope said "I think its a girl because God knows how much I want a sister."
Everything was going just as planned.
we ALL saw IT.
A tiny private part in the shape of a you-know-what.
The ultrasound tech was silent. She knew we were rooting for a girl.
She said, "well, it's too early to confirm anything".
Then my very-honest-OB walked in the room and said...
I said, "that can be the umbilical cord, right?"
He said, "SURE (while shaking his head side-to-side NO)
I looked at Hope's innocent face as she didn't know what was happening.
I started to cry because I wanted her to have a sister so much.
My doctor said, I won't confirm it today but I will tell you it is a 98% chance and I only go to 99.
Hope still didn't know.
But she was mesmerized by this beautiful tiny life kicking and squirming around on the screen.
When we got in the van, I just sat there in disbelief.
I said, "Hope, honey, I think it is a boy".
Tear came to her eyes. She just looked out the window.
I said, "honey, I wanted a girl too. I wanted you to have a sister but God has a better plan than us. His ways are always better."
We drove to Cracker Barrel and I cried while eating.
I seriously couldn't believe it.
I hurt for her.
Then some of her favorite (girl) friends from soccer came and sat at the table beside us.
Her eyes brightened and she asked if she could go sit with them.
I realized then that God was showing us both that she would never LACK for friendships.
That He would always meet her needs.
I got to share that with her after we left.
When we got home, she wasn't sad any more.
She did say... "6 brothers? that is TOO MANY. But, I am just so excited about having a new baby to hold... even if it is a boy."
It has been almost 2 months since then.
She (and I) have both come SO far.
We have fallen in love with this little boy.
Hope has decided that she likes being "special" and the only girl.
She prayed today in homeschool,
"God thank you that you gave me a brother even though I wanted a sister."
Hope just celebrated her 6th birthday.
Birthday Questions for Hope:
1. Favorite Drink: Fruit Punch
2. Favorite Food: Ripe Mangos
3. Favorite Candy: Smarties
4. Favorite Movie: Brave
6. Gymnastics or Ballet? Ballet
7. Favorite Place: swimming with dolphins
8. Bible Verse: Psalm 34:8
9. Book: Princess Books
10. Color: Rainbow
11. Car: the ones without a roof
12. Favorite School Subject: Arithmetic Combinations
13. Future profession: Facepainter at Disney
14. Current Job: School
15. Favorite Board Game: Life
16. Favorite Bible Character: Esther and Jesus
17. Favorite Role Model: Esther
18. Favorite Sport: Tennis
19. Favorite Dessert: Birthday Cake Ice Cream
20. Favorite Animal: Dolphin
All my kids love these birthday questions. I think they love BEING KNOWN!
"But whoever loves God is known by God."
1 Cor 8:3
"But now that you know God—or rather are known by God"
I want to KNOW my kids individually. That takes WORK with so many but it is worth the effort.
I never want them to get lost in the crowd around here.
It is easier to parent them in groups but I have always wanted to parent each like they are my only child. That is what God does! I joke that God is the ultimate scrap-booker/ blogger!
"Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were
written in Your book before one of them came to be."
I don't want to forget the details.
I know I will.
I already have.
I already have.
But blogging has been a huge blessing to me in this area.
That's why I want to do it more!
I will never forget the moment she came into this world.
You may not either if you have been reading my blog that long!
I wrote about her natural-no-doctor-traumatic delivery HERE.
(the funny thing is I have had a natural delivery since then that was wonderful)
Hope came into this world bright eyed and READY TO LIVE HER LIFE!
God has so radically changed her from a little toddler girl who constantly said "NO!!!"
and always had eyebrows going down with arms crossed. She was in trouble all the time.
Until she accepted Jesus as her Savior and He began His remodeling job in her heart.
It is hard to believe she is the same girl. She is sweet and kind and always smiling now.
She loves people. She loves God.
I am very protective of her.
Everyone says her brothers will protect her and I hope they do but God is a shield about her.
She is the apple of my eye and I feel honored to be her mom.
She is uniquely designed by God.
Her life is so unusual. Who has so many brothers???
She is growing up in a locker room yet she is still so feminine.
Because of her brothers, she loves to wrestle and thinks Taco Bell is the greatest restaurant in the world.
She is an adrenaline junky (like her dad).
I used to be fearless like her until I had babies!!
Now, I am more like her younger brother Crew. :)
So, don't worry about Hope having 6 brothers.
She will be MORE THAN FINE.
And I told her that one day she will have 6 sisters if they all get married.
She was so excited about that!
We just got home from a wonderful vacation to Orlando.
We did the Discovery Cove/SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/ Aquatica package. We also went to Legoland for homeschool day ($12!).
Brooke went with us.
I prayed after I had number 6 and was drowning (with a very sick dad and a sick baby) for God to send me help from the Sanctuary. We have no family nearby. 😢 I remember reading about how much HELP the Proverbs 31 woman had and realized... even she needed help!
Discovery Cove is AWESOME.
You really need to do it next time you book your Orlando trip!
All-you-can-eat food and it is like an interactive aquarium!
Our little Samson is really growing.
He is SO MUCH FUN.
He still doesn't talk.
My mom says I didn't talk until later either. I'm sure not lacking for words now so I'll just wait until he is ready I guess? He is beautiful and brings me piles of joy just by looking at his cute face (which just so happens to look a lot like his daddy's cute face).
Legoland is a favorite too.
I am on about the same schedule as the two little ones.
I loved being with them. Especially during nap time!
I have been sooooo sleepy.
I was so exhausted from walking all day, I would fall asleep in my clothes. No one is slowing down for the pregnant lady.
I am starting to feel a little better but mostly still just want to sleep and eat.
A lady walked by while I was with them sleeping and asked if she could take our picture.
She said, "she remembers when hers were little and that they grow up fast".
I love it when people think I am a young mom of only young ones. So I don't say anything.
I feel 100 years old so I treasure those comments, actually.
I feel 100 years old so I treasure those comments, actually.
I love to ask them about their grown children.
It was cold and windy there.
My blood pressure has been super low so I am EVEN COLDER THAN NORMAL.
I was frozen the entire trip.
I just wanted to be home wrapped in a blanket eating soup.
They are so cute.
I am so grateful to get to hang out with them everyday.
They are both starting middle school baseball this year.
Reece was going to play for the local middle school but the state testing has gotten SO WEIRD we had to pull him out. It was so disappointing.
I don't want to go into a rant but when you remove God from school, you remove "logos" or LOGIC and are left with counter-intuitive, confusing nonsense.
It is scary what is happening in our school systems... and our country!
I believe this is all leading to the return of Christ.
If you don't know Him as your Savior, please be reconciled to God today.
Time is running out.
Tim and I seriously work like slaves on vacation.
I am thankful to be home.
God has blessed us with a wonderful home full of laughter and peace... and children.
The last few years have been so hard. Incredibly painful. I have lost a lot of innocence and feel like I have aged 30 years through trial.
I am getting ready to start a new blog actually.
A new blog with a new name.
Many people said, "if you have another girl, you will have to change your blog's name!".
Well, I am going to anyway.
I feel like it's time for a fresh start.
It's a new season. Full of new life and new memories that I look FORWARD to!
So stay tuned for change around here.
I love you and pray you are encouraged in the Lord.
If you are in a valley... know that it won't last forever.
Jesus promised we won't LIVE in darkness if we follow Him.
"Jesus spoke to the people once more and said,
“I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk (live) in darkness,
because you will have the light that leads to life.”
"the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining."
1 John 2:8
God will bring you out of the darkness.
You will find light, hope, comfort, wisdom, etc... in His Word.
May God Bless each one of you reading with His peace and His favor~