Psalm 127:3-5

Behold children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior, so are the children of one's youth.
How blessed are those whose quiver is full of them

Thursday, March 31, 2011

MRI results

TWO badly ruptured discs... 9.4 (1-10 scale)

Disc protruding on to the nerve

Extreme pain

Surgery Tuesday 7:00am

That pretty much sums it all up.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I made it through the MRI today. In fact, it was actually quite a pleasant experience. If one must have an MRI it was the way to go. I had to go the sitting route and so at this particular place after they get you to put on these super soft comfy pajama like pants you sit down at the actual machine pick your favorite TV channel and watch TV on. Giant big screen while the take pictures of everything an xray couldn't see!

We wont hear the results until Thursday which wont be too soon, so they can finally, hopefully give me some real pain relief after 16 days now.

Hurry up and wait!
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

MAJOR back issues.... but I am so blessed

My back is still causing me horrible pain (remember I had a baby pain med FREE... I know about pain).... Anyway, I am up at 6:15 and have not slept even one wink because of the pain. This is the worst my back has ever been. I go tomorrow for an MRI.... I tried one today but laying flat in my back was causing excruciating pain. The one I will try today is a sit down MRI which should work. If I take a pain pill (or three) I can sit still.

In the midst of it all though I am truly blessed. My family has continued to love on me and take such good care of me during this awful time. My sweet neighbor who I don't even know all that well yet heard I was hurt and is bringing dinner tonight... A friend from Sunday school is bringing dinner Wednesday night and some sweet homeschool girls are coming to take care of my children all day Thursday to give me relief!

I am incredibly blessed! Thank you Lord for showing me through thus time how much I have to be thankful for!

(oh and my sweet girls are picking me bouquets of wildflowers everyday... Blessed)
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Back trouble AGAIN

I have been dealing with serious back problems again for the last two weeks... Ugh. Up until Monday of this week, I was using a walker... Nice I know. It has been an emotional roller coaster too just being so unable to do anything at all.

I have been incredibly blessed to have generous people who stepped in everyday the last two weeks to be here with me all day long while Jimmy was at work. I can't lift or carry babies at all so you can see how essential this help has been to keep our family functioning.

My mother-in-law, my mother, my dad and my amazing husband have done so much for the children and I this week. They have all gone above and beyond to do anything and everything to help.... I am incredibly blessed... Incredibly!

My amazing husband has been 100% mom and dad to us this entire past weekend. He has cooked meals, cleaned house, done dishes, taken the children to the park, given baths, single handedly gotten all four children ready for bed (a challenge for anyone), grocery shopped, been my chauffeur to countless chiropractor appointments, etc etc!

Yep, it is confirmed.... I have an amazing selfless husband! I love him so much!

I have to brag on his meals too while I am at it.

He homemade amazing meals all last weekend!

Breakfast casseole with extra sharp cheddar, roasted new potatoes, and roma tomatos.
Grain free cocoa muffins

Grass fed beef patties
Roasted rosemary potatoes
Dutch oven brussel sprouts (my all time favorite!!), carrots and onions

Grain free chocolate cupcakes with grass fed buttercream chocolate

Super healthy and super yummy!!


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Saturday, March 19, 2011

First foods

This week we have slowly been giving Rivs some real food! We are just giving him whatever the family is eating so today he had scrambled eggs and grain free coconut flour pancakes. He was thrilled! He is just now breaking in two bottom teeth so his digestive system is ready.

Fun times!!
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I am so incredibly grateful for my husband and children. Jimmy is my best friend and an amazing leader of our troop! He is ever encouraging and always makes me feel like I am the most beautiful girl in the world!

My children love each other and are all best friends. They play for hours together and besides normal squabbles they have a genuinely good time together.

I am very blessed! I can't believe I get to do this everyday.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Helping mom

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday happenings

Serene woke up late and ate breakfast on the driveway! :)

Garden goes in consisting of: poblano peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, broccoli, kale, cabbage, sugar snap peas, and strawberries!

Ben likes the garden so much he decides to get in it!

Another great weekend!!
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Dish helpers

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Friday, March 11, 2011


This picture shows a little window into Bens relationship with Rivers at this point. Rivers is just minding his own business and Ben comes up and just casually knees him in the side. Then he goes on like nothing ever happened.

Ben loves his brother and will come up and pat him or hug him but it is as if he wants to make sure Rivers still knows who is boss.... Or maybe who is bigger... Well sort of bigger... They get closer in size everyday.

We get the funniest questions from people about them.... They are clearly not twins but on the other hand they look like they are only a few months apart.... That doesn't compute?? One has dark skin and dark eyes, the other has pail skin and blue eyes. That doesn't make sense either??

Often times people think one of them is not ours and just another baby we are watching.

One thing is for sure though, people are not afraid to ask any and all questions whether or not they are a bit personal.... Ex: Did you plan that? OR...... Obviously he was a surprise, right?

Too funny!
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I finally completed my little sewing corner!! I can't wait to make something!
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

8 months old

Our youngest son is 8 months old today... Can it be true? I am very sure time has never flown this fast, EVER. Rivers is a joyful, calm little thinker. He brings so much joy to this family!!

Here are a few tidbits on our mini man:

Crawling like everywhere
Puts everything in his mouth but esp. Paper and grass
LOVES watching his sisters and brother do just about anything
Laughs A LOT
Smiles A LOT
Still hasn't had a bottle or "real" food (at this point in life bottles are just too much work... And "real" food will come after cold and flu season is over)
Still a great little sleeper... Naps in his bed and cosleeping at night with mommy and daddy
Loves to sit by the toy box and play
Has been pulling up for over a month now but unfortunately he thinks he can stand by himself and does for a few seconds before he falls over and somehow always finds a way to nearly hit his head every time... Giving his mommy major scares.. :)
He loves to clap and pound his hands on anything
He gives his brother much grief when he grabs toys from him...although Ben firmly takes them back and bops him on the head as a reminder that he didn't like that little game.
He is already very tough and can handle himself pretty well when Ben tries to wrestle him... Which of course at this point I promptly break up.... There will be plenty of time for that one day when Rivs can actually walk!! :)

We really are so blessed to have such an incredible boy! What an amazing gift our Rivs is!

Happy 8 months!!

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Daily craft time

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Afternoon fun

Ben - loves baseball gloves, bats, balls, batting helmets and golf clubs.... Hmmm, wonder where he gets this from?

Anna - loves to be outside and thinking up new games to play

Serene - loves life and puts on the cutest outfits.... Marches to her own drum that one!

Rivers - crawls faster than I can keep up, puts everything in his mouth and in particular loves to eat grass.... Oh and he smiles 24/7 and almost never cries.
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