Make a $3.00 Shawl


Here’s Hannah wearing the $3.00 shawl I made her. I bought a shawl online last month – I believe I’m wearing it in my recent pregnancy picture. I looked at it and thought, “I can even make this”. DSC_0068  DSC_0072


Here’s a rough pattern I made for anyone who’s interested. I bought the fleece at Walmart for $1.97 a yard. While it’s warm for in the house, if going outside I would buy the pricier fleece at Walmart… I think it’s only a dollar more.


Here’s what my shawl looks like that I bought from Amazon. I opened it up so you could see the dimensions, etc… Let me know if you make one! I’ve made several of them by now. Even daddy has one to cozy up in at night when he’s reading and writing. : )

The Snow is Here


It snowed here the other day. It was supposed to rain today and tomorrow and the next, but as I look out my window big billowy snowflakes are falling down everywhere. It’s pretty!


Pretty view from the kitchen window.

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The kids having fun…


Elisabeth was the first one down.

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Leah got hurt this day. She hurt her head… she only got a light scrape on her face but we were really worried about her and waiting to see if we needed to take her in – thankfully we did not have to. Last night I was brushing her teeth and underneath her tongue on one side is purple. We are now waiting to see about her teeth on that side of her mouth. She is our softest child in countenance so I took it really hard the day she got hurt and then last night after I brushed her teeth. I think I feel most protective about her because of her softness.  : (  She’s better but mommy isn’t quite yet.

The Prayers of a Righteous Man Availeth Much


The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

Thank you for your prayers my righteous friends. I am with child once again. We found out yesterday. We are so excited as we really didn’t think we would be having anymore. Matthew did pray that we would have 8 children together some years ago, but with the “signs” of fertility waning, we started to lose hope. We just put the main crib away after all these years and I have been tossing baby items here and there without much of a thought…. old bibs that the kids leave out from their animals, etc…

My friend Neysha saw my post just a few months ago about us wanting a baby again and she sent me some of her homemade fertility tincture. I know the Lord is behind all of this, but I think He knew just what I needed. It gave me a little boost in my libido that has gone down to about a 1 over the past couple of years due to perimenopause and I couldn’t help but wonder if it might help with fertility too.  : )

Over a year ago I was in the doctor’s office and in the restroom there was a picture of a man holding a newborn baby boy. It brought me to tears because I really didn’t know if we would have another baby. We always came together at the right time in hopes… but when God closes the womb, you cannot open it. Some months ago I was downstairs and I opened up one of the boxes of baby clothes. They were little Matthew’s little baby boy clothes. I cried because I wanted just one more baby boy to hold and love as a baby. I put the lid back on “just in case”. I can’t go through the clothes because they hurt me too much. But they are there, just in case.

I’ve had a few miscarriages that usually occur around week 6 to 7. Maybe we will get past that hump and make it to when the placenta starts kicking in at 10 to 12 weeks. I think if all seems well, I’ll go in for an ultrasound at 7 or 8 weeks to see that all is still okay with the baby. If the baby doesn’t hold, I’ll thank God that He took the baby early. I’m always grateful that I’ve never had to lose a baby later in pregnancy.

I thank the Lord that I could carry a baby so late (I’ll be 45 – my new friend Elizabeth just shared that she was 47 with her last one). By the time this baby is born, it will be just about 28 years of pregnancies/fertility since being first pregnant in 1987. The door shall soon close so we are so grateful for any other babies the Lord puts in our lives. We are so excited. Thank you so much for your prayers!!! Thank you Neysha for your tincture you sent me with the hand spindle.

… One last thing, the baby is due August 3rd but since I’ve had 3 c-sections, I’ll have to have another one so it looks like around July 20th. So many July babies. I’m also taking progesterone again.

The Girls are Sewing

The girls have started sewing with a new sewing machine (unfortunately, we’ve had to return it as it keeps jamming. They have a better one arriving next week). I gave them a huge box of fabric and scraps… they made aprons, skirts and everything they could imagine. The articles of clothing all looked cute and silly as they are just cutting and sewing without a pattern or hems. Fabric and ropes of it sewed together all over the house for a week. It was a sight. Elisabeth loves to sew. She could sit in there all day and sew. Her sister Hannah sews for a bit because it’s new and then goes out to play outside.


Sewing in their room. Elisabeth looks so serious.


Hannah showing her piece. DSC_0010

Little Matthew’s Sixth Birthday

Well, for a short time we had two five year olds in our home. Leah and Matthew are only 11 months apart. We have the twins and Miriam who are 11 months apart too. What does that mean? That I gave birth to 5 children in less than 24 months! Yikes!!! DSC_0006

I took a lot of pictures of you cute, little boy… but you just weren’t too photogenic in them. Here’s the good ones though. Mommy’s apple pie. I let them pick out what they want to have and Mommy makes it. DSC_0005

I’m not sure how you can even eat, you are nearly toothless with all of your baby teeth falling out lately.  : )

You are a good, dear boy who always gives the biggest piece of candy to your younger sister, Leah.   : )


Here’s our little Anna putting a “blankie” on a pony. DSC_0138

 Keeping him warm I suppose.  : ) DSC_0139 DSC_0140 DSC_0025

Here we’re potty training the bear, er… Miriam. Many of us “Advanced Maternal Aged Mothers” with lots of children have figured out that in order to beat a lot of accidents, you can train them at the age of three. The baby is training the bear too. DSC_0026 DSC_0034

Hannah playing with a magnetic, wood train set that I picked up at Walmart the other day. The cars are only $3.00 a piece. The kids love trains around here.  : )

Leah’s Fifth Birthday

Leah had her 5th birthday on October 28th.  She wanted a strawberry cake. I thought it would be fun to make a chocolate cake and put whipped cream and strawberries on it. She really only wanted the strawberries.   : )       DSC_0110Waiting for the cake with the strawberries. DSC_0116DSC_0117DSC_0123DSC_0121YUM! DSC_0125 Happy Birthday Leah! My most quietest speaking child I’ve ever had. Your voice is barely above a whisper, you always have a smile and a laugh and you and Matthew are always the first one’s up (me too), to cuddle with me in front of the fireplace. I love you so much! 


We have some farmer neighbors down at the bottom of the hill towards the town of Loomis. They have been generous with us for two Summers in supplying our family with pumpkins and this time they gave us their leftover wine grapes. What a blessing. We brought them some honey this year and some fresh trout last year. DSC_0034 DSC_0037 Beautiful grapes… They have little seeds in them but they still work good for smoothies and the kids just eat them up too. DSC_0042 Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread and pumpkin in smoothies… raw pumpkin in smoothies is just fine… seeds, innards and all. Though these aren’t the pie pumpkins, they are a very much appreciated food source for us here!  DSC_0050 Cute, little Hannah with a pumpkin.DSC_0065 DSC_0066 Everyone coming to see… DSC_0071 Gorgeous grapes. I couldn’t decide what picture I liked best so I put both of these up. DSC_0072