Dandelion: A perennial yellow-flowered herb, native to Eurasia
but widespread throughout much of temperate North America.
A weed.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Lois' first 4th of July

Princess Fussy Pants spent her first 4th in a bumbo! She was introduced to fireworks later that evening, and declared them evil.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Aurum Hope

This is a very hard post to write. But it needs to be written. I dread the thought of forgetting, and for some reason it is painful to think that others may not remember. But I don't ever want to forget.

hush little baby
don't you cry
the angels will whisper a lullaby

hush my dear baby
in God's arms
for there he will keep you away from harm 

hush little angel
hush my dear
someday up in heaven i'll hold you near
-mommy, june 2013

We lost a little baby a year ago to this day. We weren't that far along in the pregnancy, and it's crushing to know that many people out there would claim that he was never a child. He was so precious to us; so wanted.

And the grief is real. The tears slowed down as the months passed, but they have a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. When everybody else has moved on, you find yourself being caught off guard and clutched by grief once more, and you shed a few silent tears that no one else will ever see. 
And part of you feels wrong for crying when you have so many things to be happy and thankful for.

"And to think, when his little eyes opened the first thing he saw was the face of Jesus." - Unknown

His life was so short, but it was so precious to us. He made us very happy the short time he was here, and I want to remember that.

"They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown." - Zechariah 9:16

We named the baby Aurum Hope. It seemed important to give him a name. David bought me a diamond ring engraved with the name, which is pictured above. It's a beautiful memorial I can carry with me.

With your final heartbeat,
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go and peace and laugh on glory's side.
Fly to Jesus!
Fly to Jesus!
Fly to Jesus and live! 

We like to name our babies with names based on people or things from the Bible. "Aurum" is latin for gold. He is named for the street of gold in heaven. "Hope" is for our desire to meet him there. 

The world may never notice 
If a rosebud never blooms;
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.

But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be 
Touched the world in some small way
For all eternity.

The little ones we longed for
Were swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.

And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do
Every beating of my heart says
"I remember you."
- Unknown


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Zoo Trip

 Lois had her first zoo trip with her 6 brothers and sisters and 3 of her cousins. That's 10 kids total! It was hot and loud. She was NOT impressed.

I only got asked once if all 10 were mine :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Joseph is baptized

Rejoice with us! Joseph was baptized by his Daddy yesterday at the age of 9.  :) 

  He shows an excellent understanding of scriptures. Sometimes I think he knows more Bible than I do. Right now, it's his favorite book to read.

"I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted." Psalm 18:3, 46

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy 6 Week Birthday, Lois!

Lois is already 6 weeks old. I can't believe it. She has changed so much already. So far, she has been the easiest baby we've had. She sleeps 8-10 hours most nights, only occasionally getting up at 3 or 4 in the morning for a feeding. She rarely cries at all -- when she does, it's very quiet, almost as if she doesn't want to imposition anybody.

 The kids named her bear "Mr. Browns."

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Building the Playhouse

We've started construction on a playhouse for the girls! This is something I have always wanted to do ever since my Daddy bought me a woodworking book when I was a girl. Now I'm finally getting to play with it :) We've got the floor down.

 Mary sweeping her new floor

Eva was a big help putting this together. Gideon thought he was :)