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    It’s Advent!

    I hope you are all enjoying a peaceful beginning to this Advent season. We’ve been enjoying getting things set up over the last week. Some lights are hung, stockings are waiting for St. Nick’s, and we’ve been preparing our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ. I have yet to make a final decision, but I may be shutting down the blog. Since getting rid of the internet in the house, it rarely crosses my mind to write anything, and the few times that I have hooked up to the internet, just answering my emails takes up far more time than I’d like. Using the internet is just getting…

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    October

    I have been so grateful for quiet time recently. I had some teeth pulled a little over a week ago, and the forced rest afterwards, while a little uncomfortable, was glorious! My brain and body both needed a rest. It was a very intense summer, and the fall is off to the same kind of start. I’m hoping that things might slow down a little, but the reality is that I just switch out one kind of busyness for another this time of year. The garden is done. Recently, my mom helped dig the remaining potatoes, and the kids helped me pick tomatoes that didn’t get hit with frost. We…

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    Mother of Seven

    Yes, my friends, it’s official. I’m the mother of seven children! It still sounds weird to say, but it doesn’t feel weird at all. It feels completely natural, and a little like this is how life has always been. Things have been good around the homestead. Busy, chaotic, and sometimes a little extra stressful or overwhelming, but on the whole… good. The kids are in love with Baby Olive, we’re slowly picking away at the harvest, we’re making plans for the rest of the homesteading year for butchering and such, and we’re managing to mostly keep on top of housework and schoolwork. I’d like to be doing a little more…

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    Bringing Home Baby

    Well, we had the baby! Olive was born on Thursday, August 18th. She’s a big baby, but my second smallest. She was delivered relatively quickly after about 4 hours of labor with contractions at a steady 5 min. apart. I was given a drip of Pitocin when things weren’t picking up pace, and my water was broken to help speed things up. Once that was all done, things really moved quickly. She has reddish hair and bluish eyes, so she matches most of the kids pretty well 😉 The kids are all in love with her, no major jealousy… only jealousy for her, to be able to hold her and…

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    August 2022

    Fourteen days until my due date! Thankfully, time has been passing pretty quickly. There are days that are rough, but overall, I’ve been able to keep myself preoccupied enough to make the waiting bearable. I had my last important scheduled event cancelled this morning, and just had a doctor’s appointment. Hopefully, the last one before baby comes. So, a while ago, I was told by a nurse that works labor and delivery that storms often trigger labor for women, and while it made sense when I heard it, I’m officially convinced. I haven’t gone into labor yet, but the nights we’ve had thunderstorms recently, I’ve had contractions throughout the storms.…

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    Less Than a Month

    My friends, it’s less than a month to my due date! Please continue to pray for a safe pregnancy, delivery, and baby. The final stretch is finally here, and I am relieved to be rounding the corner to the finish line! This past weekend, we hosted Miss Lady’s 8th annual Tea Party, and now that that’s completed, I’m pretty much ready for baby at any time. The crib is set up, baby clothes sorted through, diapers ready, diaper bag for baby is packed. Just a few odds and ends to tie up at this point in time. I’m trying to mentally shift gears to house cleaning and also food preservation…