Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I called Rob at 1:00 and said that I wanted him to try and leave early from work. He said he would rap things up and be on his way, then I called him 30 minutes later and asked him "when are you leaving?" his response was "right now" good answer, buy that time I was very uncomfortable and wanting my hubby.
I called the midwife at around 1:45 and told her she might want to start heading this way, by this point labor was very obvious...I had no doubts. I tried to get the house picked up and keep my mind busy for the 2 hour wait for Rob.
Rob and the midwife showed up at the same time, about 3:15. When the midwife checked me I was already fully dialated and ready to push. Ava Rose was born at 3:53 pm on January 30th. It was hard as always but totally worth every minute.
She has a full head of black hair and weighed 7.3 lbs, 19 inches long. Perfect in every way!!!
Brand new, about 2 minutes old!
Taken this morning, shes 17 hours old..... Look at all that hair!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Its most frustrating because my hubby works almost 2 hours away, so I don't know if I should summon him home, or if they are going to putter out again. I am getting tired and every time I have a "big" contraction I seem to loose a bit of confidence. Uggh!
My midwife came over last night for my checkup and all is well. I am finally measuring 40weeks and the head is down and ready. I still haven't gained any weight in about 6 weeks, but my body seems to top out at a certain weight and wont go any higher. My iron levels are fantastic, which has always been a huge problem for me. So that is great!
I guess I am just tired and not liking this "new" labor style. I liked having a few really good contractions and saying yep this is it, lets get ready. I feel like I will be in labor for ever, or worse yet she will come with in minutes like Elijah did and I will be here alone with the kids.
I just need to stop worrying and realize that The Lord knows what He is doing and all will be fine. Thank you all for your prayers! Its amazing how special people can be to you when you have never even laid your eyes on them ;-)
Monday, January 29, 2007
So if you ever need to know how to make that Noah's Ark video the perfect ensemble, apparently this is how its done.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
My estimated due date at the beginning (I was nursing still, so no period to go off of, just going off of positive pregnancy test result date) was no later than Feb 10th. So I figure any time in the next 12 days. Honestly I could use a few extra days to finish up a couple of things. ;-)
Rob and Devon went to the Mavericks game last night. They had a blast! I was going to go but our sitter fell through. I'm glad that they got to spend some time together.
Today I plan to finish up 4 dresses and list them in the store, as well as get the school work for next week ready. I have a bit of laundry to put away, and that concludes my to-do list.
Have a lovely Sunday!
Friday, January 26, 2007
I'm sure all is well, just waiting out those last few days. Who knows the sono may have been off and my momy intuition was closer to the correct due date. Funny how we will bypass our own thoughts and go with the much "superior" knowledge of science LOL.
None the less I have not had one stay in there and not come out, yet, so we'll just wait patiently!
We'll its deep clean Friday, yet again. So I have to get everyone pumped up about it, namely myself. I have the kitchen, two bathrooms and laundry...then there is just all the overseeing and guiding of the rest.
Everyone have a great Friday!
Letisha.....your Baked Oatmeal is getting cold over here.....;-)
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I fianlly have gotten around to going through the boxes of baby girl clothes and am washing and putting them away today. Eve helped me go through it yesterday and she found a hat that she just loved
I am working on planning our backyard farm for this year. Calculating up costs and determing what we will attempt. Our first concern is tilling the land for the garden, this year it will be very big. I am so excited and so is Devon. Then a few weeks after we get that all tilled up and the fence around it, the chickens will arrive. We are planning to have 10 layers in one chicken tractor for eggs of course, and then every four months I am going to raise 30 broilers. So we will have an additional tractor for the broilers. This will be our first dealings with chickens and yes we will butcher them ourselves. So it should be very interesting to say the least!
Some other things we want to add as we go this summer are bees (on a very small scale and only for pollination) We want to add some fruit trees and berry bushes around the property as well.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Thanks Elise, you have such a fantastic gift with words!
I am still having on and off contractions, but they are tolerable. I have a feeling that she is in a weird position that she is having to correct to get to the starting line.
Yesterday would have been a good day, I had the house in order. Mopped and waxed all the floors and stayed on top of everything. Who knows I might actually make it to the Mavericks game on Saturday! I hate going anywhere that is not within 30 minutes of the house this close to delivery, so we'll see if I'm up to it ;-)
Did anyone get to watch the TLC special last night on the Heppners Family? I Tivo'd it and watched it this morning before the kids got up (I love that because I can skip all the commercials and an hour show becomes 30 min.) I enjoyed the show. I loved seeing another large family that doesn't spend 6oo dollars a week at the grocery store. They were very candid about their life and past mistakes, yet the love they had for The Lord was so apparent.
I couldn't help but being sad as I watched it though. My heart just ached as I thought about my kids leaving the house someday. You could see that they really missed their older children. I think I will feel the same way when that season of my life rolls around. Most folks cant wait until their children are grown and gone, but I would love nothing more than to have a Stucker neighborhood, where all of my children lived and I could at least see their faces frequently. The thought of them being off somewhere and me not seeing them for weeks, months at a time is to much for me to think about. So, I will enjoy these days as I have them all to my self!
I smell the Baked Oatmeal cooking in the oven and my stomach is growling!! I have to admit I love that stuff as much as the kiddos. My 3 year old just asked whats for breakfast and I said "Oatmeal cake" and he jumped up and down saying "YAY!!" So I guess I'm off to start my day!
Letisha has your friend delivered yet??
Monday, January 22, 2007
Whole wheat bread:
Hand Method 0r Kitchen aid (makes two loaves, I make this about every other day)
1/3 C honey (I omit this most of the time)
1/3 C oil (coconut if you have it)
2 1/2 C Warm Water
1 1/2 TB SAF Instant Yeast (I buy online)
2 1/2 tsp salt
6-7 C Fresh whole wheat flour
1 1/2 TB Dough Enhancer ( I buy online)
Combine the warm water (2 1/2 C) , yeast, and 2 cups of fresh whle wheat flour in a large mixing bowl and allow to sponge. This usually takes about 15 minutes. Add the honey, oil, dough enhancer, salt and mix, then slowly add remaining 4-5 cups of flour. Add additional if needed just until the dough clears the sides of mixing bowl. You want to allow it to mix for about 7 minutes after it has cleared sides to develop glutten.
Pour it onto lightly oiled surface, cut in half, shape into two loaves, split the top if desired, place into greased bread pans and allow to rise in slightly heated oven (or where ever) for about an hour, until it has basically doubled. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Whole Wheat Biscuits:
This recipe is the same as a basic baking powder biscuit, just using fresh ground whole wheat flour instead of all purpose. I always triple this recipe.
3 C whole wheat flour (you can always use all purpose if thats what you have)
6 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening or lard
1 1/2 cups milk
Put flour, baking powder, salt in to large bowl and cut in shortening. Add enough milk to make a soft, puffy dough. Turn out dough on a floured surface and gently knead about twenty times, adding flour as needed (dont make it to stiff) Flatten dough and cut. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 for 8-10 minutes, or until they re no longer soft in the center. It may take you a few times to get them absolutely perfect, but they are delicious with gravy or just butter.
My kids LOVE this and would eat it all day if I let them. These are children who do not like the texture of regularly cooked oatmeal. Oh and I double this one too ;0
3 cups of rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar 2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 stick-a-butter (melted)
1 1/2 cups milk
(and whatever else you may want to throw in, raisins, nuts, etc)
Preheat oven to 350, pour ingredients in bowl into a greased 9x13 baking pan (I use a large glass caserole dish) and cook for 30 minutes. Serve warm (also good cold) with syrup or butter or whip cream. This is delicious!
Enjoy...oh and I cheat with gravy and buy the already mixed peppered gravy in bulk. One day I will master that recipe, but it hasnt happened yet ;-)
Today I feel fine, except for this stuffy nose that I can NOT shake. I woke up at 5:00am and could not get back to sleep, its hard to sleep when you cant breath! So I just got up and fixed Robs lunch, sent him out the door and got to work on the laundry. I need to go put the baked oatmeal in the oven for my hungry crew that will be awake here shortly.
Everyone have a blessed day! I am coming back later to post a few recipes, some of our family favorites!
Friday, January 19, 2007
I hadnt gained any weight in two weeks and then this past week I lost 3 pounds. I also am measuring a week less than last week. Thats a first for me. I am usually a week over in my measurements, but I am now 3 weeks behind, measuring only 35 weeks, with a measurement of 36 last week. Its not a concern, just funny how you can have a hand full of pregnancies and they can all be so different. She sounds great, my BP's fine. I think this head cold that I have had for 3 weeks is wareing on my appetite. I have to make myself eat 3 meals a day.
As far as cleaning goes I got half of the library done yesterday and maintained the rest of the house. I took a 2 hour nap while Eve and Elijah napped, that was really needed. I just felt worn out. My older boys are such a blessing to me, I cant imagine not having them here to help out. While I nap they watch the younger ones and play with them and keep the house in order. They are such awesome kids!
I watched my nine year old yesterday with his sister, it was so neat. Without me asking and it wasnt even time for lunch yet, he put her in her highchair, put her bib around her neck and brought her a snack and a drink. Then waited patiently for her to finish. When she was done he wiped off her face and hands and got her down. The whole time just talking so sweet to her. I just sat there watching and smiling. Then it occured to me how important it is for our older children to care for the younger ones. It creates so much in them, compassion, love, understanding, patience and the list goes on. Of course there will always be that last child, but I truly think it is such a gift to give our children younger siblings. I do think the fact that she is a girl, makes them extra attentive to her as well and that is so cute to me.
We are going Sat. to the farm to pick up our yearly order of wheat berries (about 400lbs) as well as pick up some free range, grass fed beff and lamb. I was really excited about getting my order in, but apparently my wheat grinder is not as enthusiastic about it. Yesterday I was grinding wheat for bread and it started to make these very sad, struggling sounds. Just what one needs 400lbs of wheat berries and a broken wheat grinder. I wasnt really wanting to buy a new one anytime soon. I'm am seriously thinking about getting a manual one and letting the kids grind it.
Well time to get moving.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I have a midwifes appointment today, but dont feel like going. One of the things that I hated about "traditional" dr/hospital births was the general feeling of going through the pointless motions. The last two visits with the MW have been about 15 minutes long...that included p**ing in a cup, measurement, heartbeat, and blood pressure check. I can do all of these myself right here at home without having to drive 30 minutes away. Did I mention it hasn't been above freezing in about 4 days and is very icy out. Which will likely be my reason for not going. Plus the last visit took a turn that I didn't anticipate, and was not happy with. Apparently she has a new apprentice (theres a school near here so new graduates are always looking for hands on hours) well I dont like last minute changes, especially in this area. I feel like it went from her knowing that I prefer a very laid back, intimate, no frills birth (and really would rather it be just my hubby and I) to now I'm a school specimen. Not real happy about it...can you tell? LOL
OK, so on to our countdown. I honestly feel like doing nothing today but cuddling up on the couch with my fluffy pillow and a warm blanky and a couple of kiddos. But I still have the main floor to complete. The one room I really want to tackle before Ava gets here is the library/school room/office. Which with all those titles gets pretty cluttered sometimes. So that is my focus today. With the help of the older boys this may not take to terribly long. The kitchen, dinning rm, living rm and laundry rm are cleaned daily so those are not to concerning to me. I would like to tidy the sewing room and entry way and the downstairs bathroom could use a good bleaching. So we'll just see how I am doing after the Library is complete...maybe I'll have some spare energy somewhere.
Yes, Letisha we are staying warm, Praise The Lord! The additional stove that we bought earlier in the season has been wonderful. It has barely felt cool in here even with temps in the 20's at night. What a huge improvement from being able to see your breath in 60 percent of the house, to now being comfy no matter where you are. It has been such a blessing!!!!
God is Good!!!!!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
It was cleaned from top to bottom. I even dusted the doors and base boards and vaccumed windows and the matress. I got rid of about 10 pairs of shoes that I havent worn in about 6 years. Which is funny because I hate stuff. I am the kind of person if I havent looked at it in 6 months its gone, but I guess I just havent purged my closet lately. One big time consumer was two more large totes of clothing. One had boys winter clothes that they can ware right now and about 30 pairs of jeans in them. Ugh! Just when I thought I had gone through all the clothes. None the less it is through!
I couldnt stop with just one room so I moved the kids bedrooms to today and cleaned their bathroom yesterday. I hear them diligently working hard up there cleaing their room. I need to go direct and help, and go through ALL those clothes and decide which ones will stay out and which ones are going back in the tote, because no child needs 20 pairs of blue jeans and 30 shirts at one time.
So today we will, Lord and body willing tackle:
Have A Great Day!
Edited later: I thought it would take a good portion of the day to clean the kids rooms, yet it is 11:30 and I am done with the boys and girls rooms. Now all that is left is the nursery which wont take to long! Cant clean it right now though because Eve's taking her nap.
I love progress!!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
So we will start our count down on day 12! Today we will be "overhauling" (cleaning every inch) of the
1) clean cobwebs
2) clean ceiling fan
3) starighten closet and drawers
4) clean out under bed
5) windex windows
6) sew new curtains ( I will do this on day 2, if I dont find time today)
7) wash bedding and vacume mattress
8) vacume and mop floors
Nursery (Eves room for the next two months)
2) windex windows
3) dust furniture
4) clean curtains
5) clean beding on crib and day bed (needs a new crib matress)
6) organize dresser and changing table
7) put away Ava's clothes after washing them (they will share a dresser and closet)
8) vacume and mop floors
Future Girls room (where Eve will move)
3) clean & organize toys
4) straighten dresser
5) clean out under bed
6) vacume & mop floors
That should hold me for today! LOL We still have school to complete and the normal daily duties to keep on top of, so this will be fit in after we are through. Fill free to join in on my countdown cleanup, an organized clean home is so nice no matter what season you are in.
Monday, January 15, 2007
School is underway and we are almost done for the day. I am a bit closer to being ready for this baby. We pulled out the box of baby girl clothes out of the storage closet. I also found that I have 2 very large totes of baby boy clothes, that Rob tried to get me to give away....not ready for that just yet ;-/
Well, I need to get back to work around here. Just a reminder for those of you who are interested The Arndt Family will be on TLC (The Learning Channel) tonight at 9:00. They have 13 boys and 1 girl. It should be great fun to watch them in action.
Have a Great Day!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
They each have their own zones that must be cleaned/neatened two times a day.
1)Devon/ Living room, library, boys room, upstairs balcony, laundry
2)Jordan/ Dinning rm, library, laundry rm, Eves rm (nursery), downstairs porch, trash
3)Seth/ stairs & stair railings and landings , upstairs and downstairs hallways, entry way, excersise rm, spare bedroom, back porch
On any normal day duties include keeping the floors clean, picking up trash, cups and keeping it neat. On Fridays this includes dusting, windexing all windows inside and or out if needed. Cleaning out "under things" like the couches, beds, cabinets etc. Mopping floors and wiping down walls and door casings.
Fridays also mean cleaning up outside. The backyard must be pooper-scooped, trash picked up, sidewalks swept off etc.
This all may sound like a lot of work, but when you do it daily/weekly it doesnt take much time at all. Fridays take about 1.5 hours to complete all tasks. Not bad!
Today we also have to go to the grocery store and post office. Then this evening I go see my midwife and check on little Ava Rose. So its a busy day ahead!
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
As you can see the sheet rock was missing in places along the ceiling due to some water damage that had occured before we bought the house. There was also a half wall, between the entrance and the washing machine. Rob and the boys tore that out and replaced everything with new sheetrock. Rob textured it and put up new trim and base and hung a new light. I love it!! I have such an awesome, hard working husband. So here are the after pictures.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Buy a regular bathroom hand towel, not to thin and not to thick, a good medium texture. Lay it flat and cut it right down the center:
This will allow you to make 2 holders! Then you want to fold over and pin the raw (cut edge). I pin it and then sew a straight stitch. You may want to serge it or even bias tape it for more durability.
The next step is to fold over the bottom, where the toothbrushes slide in. I fold it in the middle of the decorative embroidery section, move it around to however you like it most. Then you will want to measure for your toothbrushes. I start in the center and work my way out, but really it just needs to fit what you want.
It helps me to actually set up the toothbrushes then measure across the bottom, while marking, this particular one I measured 1.5 inches for each section except the toothpaste in the middle was about 2 inches. I would not suggest using the large tubes of toothpaste, this one is the smaller 3.5 oz, I think the larger ones may weigh it down to much. You dont have to add toothpaste at all, I just thought I would see how it turned out.
Once you get the bottom marked, mark the top as well to help guide you while you are sewing. Next you will go to the sewing machine and sew a straight stitch along all your measurments. Then you are done. I do like to reverse stitch the tops to make them a bit stronger as that is where the tugging will be as they are pulled out.
Lastly you will either want to attach metal circle snaps, or just sew a button hole in the top corners and hang it on the wall. And you are done! It takes about 20 min to sew one and the cost is practicaly nill, If you buy a hand towel for two bucks, your cost is 1.00 a holder!!
Happy toothbrush holder making!!
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exo 23:13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.
Deu 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
Deu 6:14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;
Deu 7:4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
Deu 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
Deu 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deu 11:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
Jos 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
Jdg 2:12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
Jer 1:16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands.
Jer 16:13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not show you favor.
I think I have made my point and to make my point even further there is only ONE JESUS....Yeshua Messiah....Savior Redeemer. There is only one infalable word of God...The Holy Scriptures...The Bible. All else are false "other gods" "another Jesus" "Baal" "satan" The list goes on.
Children: What does The WORD OF THE LORD say?
Psa 127:3 Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psa 127:4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Psa 127:5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
At this time I am going to begin moderating the comments. There is no reason why you precious ladies should have to read the snarls of those less fortunate. ;-(
Friday, January 05, 2007
This makes me very sad...Lord please forgive us and dont turn your face from us!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
After a couple of tries this is what I came up with. I LOVE IT! It holds 11 brushes, but could hold more with a little ingenuity. It can be made in any color to match your bathroom. I am trying to come up with a way to label each section so that each child will know exactly what brush is theirs. It can be fancied up if desired with ribbon, lace, buttons or iron ons.
I am willing to make these for anyone who wants one. The cost for a basic (no frills) will be $7.00 (including shipping) If you order two I will only charge $6.00 a piece. You choose the color towel, and I will do my best to locate it. I will put them up on my store as well if you decide you might like one later on down the road. Otherwise email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if your interested.
Today I am going to finish the laundry and put it all away. I need to finish painting the laundry room, but I think I will put that off until this weekend. I need to get started on the school work scheduling. That will be tomorrow, I think. I am going to take it easy today if at all possible, because I feel as though I am on the tail end of this cold.
I pulled the bassinet out the other day and this is what I found in it a few minutes after it was in my room LOL Silly Girl!
Have a great Day!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
My youngest little angel has decided that this is the week that she will either throw up or take off her diaper in her bed every night and during all naps, so that the whole bedding and herself needs a complete washing. She has aslo decided that this week she would pull the 25 lb bag of flour out of the cabinet and get it everywhere, twice! Then she would play as much as possible in the toilets, because the "older brothers" cant seem to shut the doors after each use. I had to buy new toothbrushes last night because all the boys brushes ended up in the toilet. She also thought that today she would get into the jar of vasoline I had sitting on the table next to the couch (for my aching and raw nose) and proceed to spread it all over herself and the couch.
Rob has had to take my car for the last week and probably for a few weeks more as he has a flat tire and you cant seem to buy new tires unless its during business hours. So that left me at the grocery store last night until 11:00pm The boys are restless. I havent gotten any of their school work prepared for the start of next week, I feel so behind! I am tired! I am emotionally drained!
I have a baby coming in two weeks and I am not close to being ready.
Please pray that this cold will leave me soon! If you've read through this far I'm sorry, and thanks for sticking around...I just had to vent somewhere.