Friday, September 20, 2013

I've been slackin'...so here we go.

I am very well into my third trimester and loving it!
I'm feeling great...yes, I am having the uncomfortable things that the end of pregnancy brings BUT I am no longer sick, I have energy, I am able to make it through the day without falling asleep walking lol. AND knowing I am getting closer to meeting this precious baby is so exciting.

This pregnancy has been a little different for me because I don't feel like I've bonded as much or early as I have with my other babies...maybe its because I have more going on. What ever the reason might be, I have been purposely trying to bond with baby. I have been making a point to pray over her every morning, speaking scripture over her life, and just taking time to think about her. I think a lot about being pregnant...but sometimes not a lot about HER. It is really helping!

I am not craving anything...I get hungry but can never place what I want to eat.

Now that I think of it...this pregnancy has been pretty much perfect! Everything with me physically is going great. I am truly enjoying seeing a midwife, its been such a relaxing, peaceful pregnancy and I account a lot of that to not having to go to a obgyn office.

As far as having things ready for the baby....well, I haven't done much. I have some clothes in drawers that a friend of mine loaned me...but I haven't made or bought any diapers yet...don't have the co-sleep made (yes, we are making one, so that baby can sleep in it until its around 2) We are running behind, but that's the story of my life!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Blogging as I grow...

Thank you Lord for another week carrying this sweet baby!

I am feeling so much more movement! This has been my first pregnancy with an anterior placenta and I do not care to have it again. For those of you who don't know what an anterior placenta is, that simply means my placenta is in the front, instead of the back...that's it. Nothing to worry about. It has kept me from feeling movement as early as normal (15 weeks for me) Her kicks are getting so much stronger, almost shocking me sometimes.

Weight gain so far is 3 pounds! I am thrilled!! This is very abnormal for me, I tend to gain a lot. But I think planning a home birth and being "in charge" of my birth this time has made me more aware and concerned about my health.

My energy is through the roof!! I have upped my intake of alfalfa and Nettle..I am not sure if that has anything to do with it or not, but either way I am very happy!! This week I have canned 47 quarts of green beans, helped my mother in law clean out and organize her huge basement ( HUGE JOB) help my sweet husband pain our basement and scrub and clean my basement floors on top of keeping my home, taking care of my blessings and spending time with my husband. I still feel like I could do more. Maybe some early nesting ;)

No cravings this pregnancy...occasionally I will crave something but very far and few between. I really think keeping up with good nutrition has helped craving junk.


We are getting ready to start a new year of school. This will be our 11th year of homeschooling!! I am hoping to get a good start and settle into a routine that works before baby comes. Thankfully, my sister in law, April will be staying with us for a few weeks before baby comes and be there for the birth, I am really excited about her being that!

My next visit to Mrs. Sunshine is the 9th. I always look forward to the visits with her, she is a wealth of information and a godly "older" woman that I feel like I glean such wisdom from.

Until next week...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Update: Baby on the way...midwife...its a girl...what a blessing.

Hello! Its been awhile. Sorry, about that!

Much has happened since my last post. We are expecting again...we are well into our 2nd trimester and ultrasound has showed us  that we are having a sweet little girl (although, I still expect it to be a boy ;) If the baby is indeed a girl this will even us up! Four boys, four girls! Exciting!!

We are so so excited to be having a homebirth this time, we have wanted to do this for years but it never worked out. My husband and I have prayed and feel such peace in the decision we've made. We have a wonderful midwife who I am enjoying getting to know more and more. For her privacy we will call her Mrs. Sunshine  (she is always so happy and joyful)

Mrs.. Sunshine has been wonderful to answer all our questions from homebirth to butchering chickens LOL. I have also been able to get to know through facebook several other women who have had the pleasure of having her attend their birth tell me how wonderful she is, this all make me feel so much more confident....although I must say I feel like a first time mother. I have NO idea what to expect. I have been induced with my 6 other deliveries. My body has always been "told what to do."

Over the last few years I have taken the time to read any and all home birthing material I can get my hands on. My husband and I want to be educated. I know Mrs. Sunshine is there to assist me, but its our responsibility to be educated about birth and my body.

I will be using my blog to update week to week on how I am feeling and doing. Although, I will not be telling how many weeks I am, bc I have been induced so many times its very possible that I may go well over my due date and I don't want to hear negative comments regarding that. We have done the research and feel going several weeks past "due date' is perfectly normal and healthy for baby...besides I wont be "due" until 40 weeks.

Here is a picture of our sweet blessing that my dear sweet daughter Aaliyah took.
This week, I am feeling  big...and clumsy....and hot. I am very much starting to look pregnant and not just chubby. Baby is very active. I do have an anterior placenta which prevents me from feeling a lot of movement, but I am still feeling plenty! I am finally done with sickness, I have NEVER been sick for so long...energy is increasing, slightly. I am thrilled and overjoyed to be caring another gift from the Lord, I am humbled the Lord would let us borrow another child. With all the physical things that happen that make us weary during pregnancy, I am always amazed at my Lord and how truly amazing He is that He has made my body to grow another person for His glory. Our youngest daughter Glory is starting to notice my belly growing and talking more about her baby sister. The rest of the week I plan to relax, take a few dips in the lake, finish my canning and spend time relaxing with my family..
Until next week...

Saturday, January 5, 2013

2013..

HOW werid does THAT sound! 2013! WOW.

2012..all I can think when looking back, is that God was faithful. From my husband leaving his very
comfortable job because God lead him to leave..to miscarriages, to a daughter turning 18. Its had its up's and down's but GOD WAS FAITHFUL! In every single moment. My faith..well, it wavered. I questioned God's plan..I tried to fix things in my own power..BUT GOD always calmed my spirit and assured me He was there..

Never judge a gift by ugly wrapping paper...God is the giver of GOOD gifts.

SO, here's to 2013. I pray the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you.

Be found faithful,
Stacy.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Missing the "hard" years..


Some days I didn't even get my teeth brushed. To take a shower alone without someone knocking on the door was like a vacation to a deserted island.

I ALWAYS had laundry...mounds and mounds of laundry.

For years I never slept through the night..

I smelled of baby spit up so much that I became immune to it...I stunk and didn't even know it.

I sometimes felt like I would go crazy...I had 6 little people. 4 of them being boys..with only a little over a year apart..my husband was a Pastor and we home schooled. It was a crazy time in life.

But as I sit here today and I actually have some "free time" I miss it.

Wise women in my life always told me I would miss those day..I thought they were crazy. It's true. Those were not the hard years I thought they were....they were in fact..wonderful, amazing years that I now find myself missing.

Although, I now have 7 children, its all different. My boys are all a little older now and can do lots of things for them self. My girls..well, they can practically run this home without my help at all. My husband and I get time alone...I sleep all night...I take a shower without anyone beating the door down (most of the time) BUT I still have LOADS of laundry though :)

I wish I had cherished those years more..saw past the circumstances and really embraced life.

I am content where I am now..this season of life is good and I'm thankful...but just like everyone told me..I miss those days. I miss them badly.

Enjoy the "hard" years Mothers...you will miss them! And sadly, they pass quicker than we think they will.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Josiah...

 My Bible Dictionary says that the name Josiah translates to "Jehovah heals

Josiah was born July 16th. It was such a quick, peaceful birth..I remember as soon as he was delivered my doctor kept looking at him..over and over..God was speaking to him.

You see, Josiah was not just another baby born. My doctor (who is wonderful I might add) saw God heal Josiah.....

I went in for my normal 12 week ultrasound. Larry was working that day so I had to go alone. Josiah being our 5th child I knew what to expect and so when noticed my ultrasound was taking a rather long time and my doctor was unusually quite, I began to get a little concerned.. as he kept looking and looking and measuring and measuring..finally I had to ask, "What's wrong?"  He started showing me all the fluid around his brain and down into his neck. Because it was so early (12 weeks) it was hard to tell at this point but it appeared as though our baby had down syndrome.

We were scheduled to go to the Lexington, the bigger city around us, for further testing and all  test did confirm that our baby did in fact have down syndrome.

We were shocked...we never expected this, but we were OK having a child with down syndrome. BUT we did want to ask and have the faith that the Lord could heal him. We told the Lord if He wanted to have the glory for healing our baby we would never cease to praise Him for it BUT if He wanted to receive His glory by giving us a child with down syndrome we were fine with that too!

We had several different appointments  and ultrasounds over the next few months and everything still confirmed that our baby did in fact have down syndrome..we were starting to be educated on the heart issue and different things our baby may be born with. Larry and I were both in such peace despite all of this.

January came around and Larry and I went on a 21 day fast just like we do at the start of every year. Our next appointment was on the last day of our fast.

The ultrasound tech came in and began her search...she ask us why we were there..kept searching..and then with a big smile told us that Josiah was perfect!!! We burst out with praise thanking the Lord. The doctor came in a few minutes later and began to look over the ultrasound and seemed very puzzled...he told us he didn't see what he saw before.

God had healed him!!

My doctor back here in Somerset was in awe, he shared our excitement and gave God glory with us!!

When Josiah was born, my doctor looked him over and over and over...he was looking at a miracle and he knew it. I could tell his faith was built up that day...and so was mine. I felt so amazingly blessed.

Josiah is now 7. He has such a soft heart...he is a hard worker..he is so loving...and God is giving him such a desire to pray for the sick and ask for them to be healed just as he was. I am so excited to see what God does through this little might man of God...and I am so blessed to be his mommy!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Christian Motherhood...

" Christian motherhood means dedicating your entire life in service of others. It means standing beside your husband, following him, and investing in the lives of children whom you hope will both survive you and surpass you. It means forgoing present satisfaction for eternal rewards. It means investing in the lives of others who may never fully appreciate your sacrifice or comprehend the depth of your love. And it means doing all these things, not because you will receive the praise of man - for you will not - but because God made you a woman and a mother, and there is great contentment in that Biblical calling. " - Doug Phillips