May 22, 2015


I'm now 27 weeks along.  The midwife came to our house today.  This is the same midwife who helped deliver my sister's past 2 babies and also my friend from church's baby (who was born on May 10th, Mother's day)!  We went to meet sweet baby Lydia.
My midwife is one who will assist in a home birth.  I am planning to give birth to our baby in our water!  She will bring a birthing tub (we just supply a disposable liner).  I do not want to be hooked up to IVs with a hub of noise and being checked on and have a fetal monitor the whole time, I didn't see any benefit of being in the hospital with my previous births, and post-partum I can truly rest, won't have to have my vitals taken every few hours.  However, I am prepared to go to the hospital, if necessary.

I have been to an OB who supports midwives who do home births.  I decided not to have an ultrasound.  We won't know the sex of the baby until he or she is born.  We are prepared for whatever God gives us, if the baby is sick in any way, we wouldn't change our mind...we are going to love this little one. ♥

Our basement was waterproofed and finished and is pretty nice.  We have been cleaning it up (it's the haven where all my scrapbooking and arts and crafts items are) so that we can use that space for our bedroom, as our bedroom will become a room for the new baby.
It's been a busy few weeks, we visited Rob's grandma who had gotten very ill...she died 3 days later, in the meantime, my father fell and broke his hip and was in the hospital, now he is in a nursing home for rehab, but is being treated for pneumonia, having difficulty swallowing, on a pureed diet, doesn't have much appetite because it's like eating baby food.  My mom has been with him 7am to 9pm almost every day, then she goes home, which is just a mile away to sleep.

Rob's sister flew in...for the funeral, and we got to spend extra time together.  We went to see the butterfly show that comes here every spring:
I am sick, coughing a lot, especially at night and lost my voice a few days ago, but am doing fine otherwise.  One cannot plan everything, we have to do what God plans for us, which may be difficult.
So, if you can, please say a prayer for Rosalee's soul, and the family that is grieving her loss, and for my dear dad, Father Paul (the photo above was taken in the hospital last week), and my mom, Barbara, who is vigilant in caring for him, and also for me.  And if you know anyone who is sick...go visit them, tell them you love them!

May 8, 2015

Mother's day is coming...

Olivia made me these earrings at a workshop at the library across the street. She couldn't wait to give them to me on Mother's day.  I love them!  They used a doodler pen, which is like a glue gun, but takes thin rods of colored plastic and melts them.

This past Sunday, I got terra cotta pots and paint, this coming Sunday we will plant flowers in them for the children to give to their mothers.
Velvet loves being outside when the weather is nice, but she spends half of the time in and half of the time out.
We planted the garden and I wasn't happy to see the chickens escaped and got into the row of carrots for their dirt "bath" BUT I had to admit they were pretty cute!  ♥  As you can see, we have lots of maple seeds that have fallen into our yard from the neighbor's tree.  Every year, this happens and we have to weed and pull up silver leaf maple seedlings.
I hope you remember your mother's love this Sunday, and if you are a mother, enjoy spending time with your children.  I'm finding that my girls (11 and 13) are growing up faster than I imagined, they are independent in so many ways.