Archive for October, 2012

Jacob's New Project

October 31, 2012


I have absolutely no idea what this is (exactly), nor how it works…but, Jacob wanted a personal drink cooler for his room, and he has apparently built it himself.

Then, he realized if he added a small piece of foil, he could have his own personal air conditioner. I'm not sure why he would want one in late October, but if you know Jacob, you know he stays hot pretty much all the time so it makes sense. :/


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October 31, 2012

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Fellowship Reminder

October 31, 2012

Hearts at Home Fellowship

  • November 12, 2012

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please bring something to share for a potluck lunch. Email for more details.

Water and paper products will be provided. Well-behaved children are always welcome.

Sweet Sisters

October 30, 2012

Jessica's Birthday

October 30, 2012

I remember it being cool the night before Jessica was born.

My mom had come to spend the night and stay with our older three children.

I was two weeks late with no sign of labor. I do remember telling Mama as we walked through the grocery store that night I didn’t feel like I was even 6 months pregnant, much less going to have a baby the next day.

We were excited….Jessa’s arrival would make our little family 2 girls and 2 boys.

In the months leading to her birth, Paul and I had taken Bradley childbirth classes. After two inductions without pain meds, you would think I would have had this figured out. I thought it might be nice to learn how to better manage birth, so Paul agreed and we went to class!

It had been an easy pregnancy and I couldn’t wait to see her little face.

Our induction was started early the next day. Paul remembers the day as having been long and tiring. Jessa and I were great until we reached the early evening hours. Jessica’s heart began to show severe strain.

I’ll never forget my doctor (normally relaxed under any circumstance), coming in to inform, “I really wanted to ride this out with you, but it’s not going to happen today, folks”.

He explained quickly that I would need a spinal and a C-Section. Due to the urgency, Paul would not be in the operating room.

I started to cry.

He told me they would try one time for the spinal. If it took, they would allow Paul in, otherwise they would put me to sleep and take her.

I could see concern and heartbreak on Paul’s face. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him so upset.

Within minutes of being told, I was in the operating room. Praise God, the spinal did take. Paul was allowed to come in …and I was so relieved see his face.

Our baby girl was born.

We first knew something was up when the doctor remarked, “Tracy,have you ever heard the runt of the litter is the cutest?”.

We would learn in a few minutes she was only 5lbs 15oz– a far cry from our big, 9lb babies.

She also had a single umbilical artery….she had loose skin all over her, but she was tiny and beautiful.

From that point, I remember them taking her to the ICU, begging Paul to go with her, and pretty much nothing else.

The recovery room seemed a cold and lonely place. I thought I was completely alone. I stayed cold, and I do remember my teeth chattering.

Paul told me later he had been with me most of the time and there were nurses and other patients in the room.

I must have slept for some time.

I woke up hearing Paul whisper, “Honey, there is someone here to see you.” When I opened my eyes, I saw her tiny little face looking at me.

With all the meds, I had forgotten I had her!

The days that followed would bring the realization we were dealing with one of the biggest challenges I hope we ever face, (you can read Jessica’s heart story HERE).

All of it seems so long ago.

Fast forward to today….

Today, I celebrate my precious child’s 15th birthday.

She asked me about her birth yesterday. She and I shared my memories….over a few tears…..I thought I should write out what I remember.

Miss Jessica, you are perhaps one of the greatest miracles I have ever witnessed.

The Lord called your name, even before you were born (do you remember me telling you how I actually heard Him speak your name to me years before you were born??).

He brought you to my dreams before I ever saw your face and later used those dreams to comfort my heart, while I waited outside of an operating room for your heart to be healed.

My life will never be the same, and your life, has touched so many.

I love you more than I could ever express to you in mere words….the Lord willing, you will one day hold your own babies…and you will know for yourself what I feel.

It is an honor, my dear girl, to wish you the happiest of birthdays.

You are a blessed young woman….cherish each year He gives. Live each year seeking His face and His will for your life.

You are precious.

Happy birthday, my sweet girl.

With my love,


Happy Birthday, Jessica!

October 30, 2012


Oh, surely not.

I’ve had to think on this one over and over. My mind just will not wrap around the thought that you are now fifteen years old!

It has been a wonderful, beautiful life with you.

You make my heart smile, my sweet young woman.

I pray that the Lord will bless this year with much joy and love in your life. May He guide you down the path you are to go.

With my love,

This Week on Pinterest- Room Deodorizers

October 30, 2012

I’ve very much enjoyed making our own cleaning and personal products.

Following last week’s post on deodorant and toothpaste, we decided to try this recipe for homemade room deodorizers.

I happened to have the heart shaped silicon molds. Target almost always has these for a dollar or two in their dollar section at the front of the store. I know I’ve seen flowers, hearts, shamrocks, and snowflakes. I’m sure there are others.

I thought they might be a nice way to freshen the new van.

DIY Deodorizing Disks

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 – 2 cups distilled water (or you can boil your water for 10 minutes.)
  • Essential oil
  • Silicone mold or muffin pan

boiling water…I never keep distilled on hand.

I like the idea of these, but I had trouble in a couple of areas.

First, I will definitely add more essential oil than I think I need. We used lemon. You can hardly smell it now. That said, obviously baking soda removes odors which is what I ultimately needed for the big van. If you are wanting to add a nice scent, you will certainly want to add more oil.

Second, I wasn’t thrilled with how dry these were when you remove them from the pan. If you aren’t really careful, they will almost fall apart in your hand. We were able to keep most intact. Our plan was to add them to a jar that could be placed in the van….that worked out- just don’t expect to handle them a whole lot. (I’m wondering now, could you add a bit of coconut or olive oil to keep them together?? Would this still allow the baking soda to be as absorbent? Thoughts, anyone??)

You Never Know When ….

October 29, 2012

your sister is hiding around the corner with Mama’s camera.

Fall Gardening….

October 28, 2012

Lettuces, carrots, sweet peas, yum!!

(Btw, these seed starting little greenhouses were made from egg carton trays and the plastic lids that come with disposable aluminum casserole dishes. They’ve worked great!)

A Day of Rest

October 28, 2012