Monday, November 17, 2014

Little Miss

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next baby since it could be any day now.  Every time the phone rings we think it must be Evan calling to tell us Jessica is in labor. Due date isn't for a few more days but we can always hope for a little early, right?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Just a Little Bit Crazy

We are slowly learning to navigate this new world of seven children seven and under. For the first few weeks after Koen was born the days felt really crazy. Now there are just moments in the day that feel crazy. I was standing in the kitchen the other day and realized that I was praying over and over "God please help me, please give me strength".  :) Fortunately I have learned over the years that these first few weeks are just an adjustment as we all get used to a new normal. Our moms have really been sanity savers, stepping in to help in many ways. And for all the wildness of this ride I really, really love having a new baby. He is so sweet! I also love watching the older kids enjoy him.

I took pictures off my camera from this past month....
Enjoying the last days of summer

Celene had the camera and I think it's kind of funny (ha,ha) that I look asleep in both the pictures.

  The young prince in his fortress. Please step away from the fortress, do not touch the fortress.
When I see how fast my babies grow it makes me want to take a million pictures and capture every little detail of daily life.  Like wild messes of curls and dress up clothes they make out of plastic bags.

Here the girls are  taking advantage of our slower paced mornings.

 Our family picture was pretty much a fail through no fault of the photographer (thanks, Dad!). But these two did capture some funny Shelby faces
Cutie Haddon face.

We are looking forward to the arrival of Jessica and Evan's baby next month! 
                  Shelby is decorator extraordinaire and enjoyed helping me set up for their baby shower.

Yes, my son, you should be frightened of her.

Celene is the classic big sister, the littlest ones quickly learn that she is happy to give them what they want. 

Ginetta turned four recently and we had a lot of fun taking her on her birthday date. There were moments Jeff and I couldn't even look at each other because we knew we would start laughing. She talked almost without stopping the entire time and when she did pause for breath she was sure to make us aware of the fact that she had been quiet. 

She wanted to pick out some dress up clothes for her and the other girls as her gift.

So that's the month in review.

Friday, September 26, 2014


We did manage to get a family photo before church on Sunday. I have that "mother of a newborn" look (exhausted) and I'm not sure what Ginetta's doing.  
Love these sweet moments.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Story

The house is very quiet today. All the big kids are off to the fair and the two littles are napping.  Jeff's mom, my mom and Jeff have all worked hard this week to give me as much rest as possible. I have been very grateful and really cherished the moments of getting to know Koen.

I always like birth stories but if you don't just skip this post :)

Last Wednesday night just about the time the kids went to bed I started racing through the house trying to get everything tidied up because I was pretty sure that real deal labor was starting.  Jeff and mom went to bed around 10:00 figuring they would get some sleep. All through the night I slept some, read some and prayed a lot. Contractions were only coming every 20 minutes until 4:30 and then active labor started.

7:00 the kids went off to Grandma's house

8:00 Jeff calls the midwife and tells her she doesn't need to come but just a heads up that I was in labor

8:45 I tell Jeff that at 9:30 he should call the midwife and tell her to come

8:46 I tell him he had better call her RIGHT NOW!

9:12 The midwife is still an hour away and Jeff is on the phone with her getting her advice on how to deliver a baby

Some things will forever be etched in your mind. The look on Jeff's face when he realized that he was going to have to deliver the baby will always be one of those things for me.  He and mom did great though, they stayed very calm which of course was helpful to me!

Things were well under way when we heard footsteps flying down our stairs and the nurse assistant came racing into the room to finish the delivery.  The funny part was that Jeff had never met her and in the craziness of the moment he forgot there is always an assistant at the birth. So when he looked up and saw her he didn't have a clue who she was but figured since she had scrubs on she must know more than him.

I'm so thankful that everything went smoothly!  I see it as God's grace that I came across some things that made this pregnancy, labor and delivery go so much better than the last two.  But that's a post for another time.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Arrival!

With great delight we welcome Koen Isaac into our family!
He arrived Thursday morning with the distinction not only of being the only boy but also the only baby to arrive before the midwife. Jeff and mom stepped in and did a great job! 
Our hearts are full of thankfulness for this newest blessing that God has given us. We're just all getting used to saying him instead of her :)

Just in case you're wondering Koen is a car name. It's actually the shortened version of a Swedish hyper car manufacturer called  Koenigsegg.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


For the most part, comments about our family don't annoy or offend us. We've just come to accept the fact that it's part of going out in public.
Yes, they're all girls
Yes, we'll have a lot of weddings in the future
No, we don't know if the baby is a boy
Yes, it will be a lot of sisters for the little guy
No, we don't know if we're done
Yes, I'm busy but it's a good kind of busy

The only time it bothers me is when people want me to dissect our family while the kids are all standing there listening. I don't really like the questions about which ones are biological even though I know it's just a curiosity kind of question not meant to be rude. Our foster daughters are so much a part of our family that sometimes I actually hesitate when people ask which ones are biological because I'm so used to grouping them all together. Wait, how many babies have I birthed?

Sometimes the comments just strike me as funny. Mom and the girls and I were in the city the other day walking down the street. Mom had most of the girls up ahead while I trailed along with the little ones.  I saw a man openly staring as the little parade of purple shirted girls walked by.  As my very pregnant self came into view his eyes got really big, he grabbed his wife and literally gasped "Siete"! Yes sir, that would be true.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cabin Weekend

It's been a pretty intense couple of weeks for our family but one bright spot was a weekend away with my family.  I wasn't at all sure that I wanted to go when I thought about all the work that it would take to pack us up and get us there. But my mom made it as easy as she could by providing all the meals and we took a very minimal amount of clothing and gear along. In the end I was glad we went!

Dad came up with a slip and slide idea that was thoroughly enjoyed by both big and little people. Although I think the little people were significantly less sore the next day.

                                   Yummy food! It always taste better when you don't have to cook it or come up                                           with a menu.

 Games after the kids were in bed. We played a game called telestrations which is kind of a combination of whisper down the lane and pictionary. We now know who not to ask if you have need of an artist and that would be me. My word was lobster but ended up as dive team by the time it made it's way around the table. Obviously my lobster drawing left something to be desired.
                A special weekend meant special treats like gigantic pickles.
                                                                      Cousin time

                             Our updated pregnancy progression picture.  I've never been this big before so we can't                               decide if :
                             A. It's a boy
                             B. It just happens after 5 babies
                             C. It's the way God is answering our prayers that this baby lay somewhere other than on                                   top of my kidneys which was the problem with Elise