It’s a Girl!!!

After six boys in a row, we are all very excited to welcome a new baby girl into our family ๐Ÿ™‚ย  CMM was born July 25 at home (our first home birth!)ย  All went well, and we feel very blessed.ย  Thanks to all who prayed for us!

Grandma with CMM blog

Grandma Tย with CMM

IX with CMM blog

IX is now officially a big brother!

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What is it about warm weather…

that makes my kids want to paint? ๐Ÿ™‚

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1 Month Old

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Our Newest Addition!

Big Sister and her new Little Brother

A Family Welcome

We are now officially a double digit household (as my husband pointed out as he filled out our census form)! Our 6th little guy, I.X., made his way into the world March 1 at 9:45 pm – the exact time predicted by my DH approximately 6 hours earlier when I took some medication to try to get things started after my doctor’s appointment, which was 5 days past my due date. How he managed to nail the time exactly is something he is very proud to proclaim. I am so thankful for all the prayers and help from family and friends. God heard all the prayers, and He answered them by giving I.X. and I a normal and healthy delivery and recovery. I.X. weighed in at 9#, 7.5 oz. and was 21.5″ long, which falls right in with the rest of the kids. We are blessed!

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Here’s to 2010

A new year, a new start – feels refreshing as long as you don’t get bogged down in the fact that most resolutions are never kept and the Christmas season has left your home with many new items to find laying around, lots of wash to catch up on, and decorations to pack away! The season officially ends on Sunday with the Baptism of Our Lord. Until then, I will continue to feel a tad bit lazy and lounge in the warm afterglow of Christmas. Monday I’ll be all about cleaning, organizing, and schooling…hopefully ๐Ÿ™‚ The latter months of pregnancy tend to find your mind wanting to accomplish a thousand things and feeling enthusiastic while your body asks whether it can just take a “little” nap! It will all work out the way it will…

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It’s that Time Again – Canning Season!

The first fruits of labor are pictured above – a small batch of pickled white beets and the always reliable (and huge) red beets. And so it has begun, and so my postings will be sporadic as usual! We have been extremely busy with some home projects this summer as well as all the usual summer fare. While the outcome has been rewarding, the grueling schedule has really gotten to us. We are saved by the few visits we have been able to make to our camper up north, as well as some beautiful days working in the garden. It is so good to be eating out of the garden again – carrots, onions, peas, green beans, herbs aplenty, potatoes, beets…soon to come will be cucumbers and sweet corn. Yum! According to Joe, we will be starting our diet again Wednesday for 50 days. I’m completely unprepared for the strict menu again. Looks like tomorrow will be a day to clean the refrigerator and visit the natural foods store…more on the outcome of Diet II to follow, I’m sure.

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CJ’s walking!

You’re just soooo cute! (a favorite line around here – followed by a big smooch, of course ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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