Calender

February 2015
S M T W T F S
« Jan    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728

Categories

Archives

God’s Word

Search The Bible

Lookup a word or passage in the Bible



BibleGateway.com
Include this form on your page

Around the House December 2014

December 2014

 

 

Miriam and Jeremiah
IMG_6891

 

 

Baby gift for Jeremiah.  He is Caleb’s Wing man.  Caleb loves planes.

IMG_6896

 

 

A special gift for Mommy.

IMG_6898

 

Jeremiah in his swing, peaceful.

IMG_6899
 

Susan

Bethany – Through the Year 2013 – 2014

 

December 2013

 

Chipotle Birthday meal.
IMG_4896

 

 

Birthday picture.

 

IMG_2127

 

 

Levi and Bethany

IMG_2539

 
January 2014

 

Leading the Kiwi Crate activity.
IMG_2933
February 2014

 

Washington DC trip.
IMG_5249

 

 

Washington Monument.

 

IMG_5272

 

 

Michelle Obama’s Inauguration ball dress.

 

IMG_5305

 

New Bible

 

IMG_3588
March 2014

 

Pi Day
IMG_3775

 

 

Haircut

 

IMG_5550 - Copy
April 2014

 

Outer Banks North Carolina
IMG_4019
May 2014

 

Making soup on Mother’s Day.
IMG_4388

 
June 2014

 

All smiles
IMG_6278

 

 

Losing teeth.

 

IMG_4901

 
July 2014

 

So pretty.
IMG_6381

 
August 2014

 

Bethany does not like BBQ Ribs.
IMG_5306

 
September 2014

 

New School year, new house.
IMG_6579

 

 

Working hard.

 

IMG_5531
October 2014

 

Trip to the Apple orchard.  The rash is a result of all the hard work.  See, she is allergic to work. :)
IMG_6698

 

 

Jumping in the leaves.

 

IMG_5875

 

 

Rash is gone, mostly.

 

IMG_5946
November 2014

 

Table top ping pong.
IMG_6189

 

 

Building a snowman with Nathan.

 

IMG_6214

 
December 2014

 

Happy 11th Birthday.
IMG_6854

 

Growing up every day.

 

IMG_6856

 

 

Bethany

IMG_6857

 

 

Bethany and Jeremiah.

IMG_6805

 

Susan

Happy 11th Birthday, Bethany

6 December 2014

 

Bethany is always moving, even when taking her picture, her 11th Birthday picture, it seems she needs to move.
IMG_6853

 

 

Nice and calm Bethany.

 

IMG_6854

 

 

So much bigger than her blanket.

 

IMG_6855

 

 

Lose teeth, missing teeth, nice smile.

 

IMG_6857

 

 

Grandma and Grandpa were still there, so Caleb played catch with them.
IMG_6739

 

 

Sean and Thomas were very excited.

 

IMG_6744

 

 

Levi in action.  Wait for it… .

 

IMG_6750

 

 

Running after the ball he threw at Daddy.

 

IMG_6754

 

 

Ruh Roh, Sean grabbed Levi and would not let him go.

 

IMG_6761

 

 

Miriam pleading Levi’s case.

 

IMG_6765

 

 

Back to Bethany.  Here she is looking for gifts.  Saturday Birthdays are awesome.  They start early and last all day. ;)

 

IMG_6769

 

 

What is the think rectangular package.

 

IMG_6775

 

 

A horse coloring book.

 

IMG_6782

 

 

Another gift.

 

IMG_6785

 

 

Something small.

 

IMG_6788

 

 

 

Jewelry making kit.

 

IMG_6798

 

 

 

Elianna somehow got the ball away from Levi.

 

IMG_6831

 

 

Elianna looking at the new Lego Friends Set Bethany received.

 

IMG_6836

 

 

All the kidlets and Bethany’s gifts.

 

IMG_6843

 

 

Again, another Saturday of playing the Wii.  Nathan showing how it is done.

 

IMG_6877

 

 

Olivia playing while Nathan, Miriam and Caleb look on.

 

IMG_6879

 

 

Susan snuggling with Jeremiah.

IMG_6883

 

 

Bethany enjoying her new  horse coloring book.

 

IMG_6886

 

 

Nathan helping Caleb play on the Wii.

 

IMG_6888

 

 

Bethany enjoying Jeremiah.

IMG_6805

 

It was a wonderful day celebrating Bethany.  She is a light and a joy to our family.

 

Susan

 

 

 

Birthday Pie a Day Early

5 December 2014

 

 

After we got home from the hospital on Friday and after we ate pizza, we had Birthday Pie to celebrate Bethany’s birthday a day early so Grandma and Grandpa could be part of the fun.  Bethany wanted a Costco Apple pie.
IMG_6718

 

 

She even let me pick up a pumpkin pie for those of us who do not like apple.

IMG_6717
Happy, Happy Birthday, Bethany!!!!!
IMG_6719
 

Waiting patiently for it to be cut and served.
IMG_6723
I was going as fast as I could.
IMG_6724
 

Jeremiah finding a safe, snugly and warm spot with Abigail.
IMG_6726
 

Thomas
IMG_6727
 

Olivia
IMG_6728
 

Levi
IMG_6729
 

The Birthday Girl.
IMG_6731
It was fun to have pie with our newly expanded family.

 

Susan

 

Going Home

5 December 2014, Friday

 

I had all these dreams of getting out of the hospital early.  Baby Bird and I enjoyed a quiet morning in our room and walking the halls.

 

 

I still can’t get over the fact that he was born with hair, and his hair is blond.

 

IMG_6774

 

 

Resting peacefully.

 

IMG_6777

 

 

It was so foggy Friday morning, I decided to take some pictures.

 

IMG_6790

 

 

Baby Bird hanging out in his bassinet getting some “sunshine”.

 

IMG_6792

 

 

Baby Bird is 2 days old.  He stretches from California to western Iowa.

 

IMG_6573

 

 

He is just so sweet, him and his long fingers and fingernails.

 

IMG_6583

 

 

 

Elianna enjoyed the cups filled with soda.  Hahaha.

IMG_6721

 

 

Levi, Elianna and Caleb entertaining themselves and getting in trouble.

 

IMG_6723

 

 

Sean and I had a little conference in the bathroom to discuss his name.  We decided on two names and we let the kidlets have input for the first time.  Jeremiah Luke was the definite winner among the kidlets.   Luke was a last minute suggestion from Abigail that morning.  She had mentioned it before, it is her favorite boy name.

 
IMG_6609

 

 

He has a name, officially.

 

IMG_6613
 

Abigail laying her claim on Jeremiah.

 

IMG_6643

 

 

Elianna laying her claim on Jeremiah.

 

IMG_6659

 

 

Just the 10 of them.

 

IMG_6586

 

 

Girls in the back, boys in the front.

 

Abigail, Bethany, Miriam, Elianna, Olivia

Jeremiah, Thomas, Caleb, Nathan, Levi

 

IMG_6604

 

 

They are so crazy.

 

IMG_6607

 

 

Since we were leaving after lunch and I had not desire to cook anything, we ordered Dominoes pizza so we could pick it up on the way home.

 

IMG_6666

 

 

Nathan and Levi laying claim to Jeremiah.

 

IMG_6683

 

 

Caleb being crazy.

IMG_6685

 

 

A family picture, just a dozen of us.

 

IMG_6702

 

 

Yes, we are all crazy.
IMG_6711

 

 

Jeremiah in the little crib for the first time.  He looks so small and content.

 

IMG_6736

 

 

What a whirlwind of a few days for our family.

 

Susan

The Kidlets Meet Jeremiah

4 December 2014

(I know some of these are repeats, but such is life, enjoy)

 

On Thursday, Sean dropped Thomas off at work and then brought the rest of the kidlets up to the hospital to meet Baby Bird who had not been named at this time.

 

Caleb, Jeremiah and Levi.
IMG_6459

 

 

Elianna, Jeremiah and Olivia

 

IMG_6461

 

 

Olivia, Jeremiah and Elianna

 

IMG_6466

 

 

Sean holding Levi while Miriam was holding Jeremiah and giving Levi a lecture.  Elianna was enjoying the conversation.

 

IMG_6472

 

 

Let’s look at his blond hair.

 

IMG_6477

 

 

 

Bethany holding Jeremiah while talking to Levi.

 

IMG_6478

 

 

 

Abigail and Jeremiah

 

IMG_6497

 

 

Nathan laying his claim as Jeremiah’s favorite brother.

 

IMG_6518

 

 

Soon it was time for me to give Jeremiah his first bath.  The nurse came in to do his footprints.

 

IMG_6539

 

 

Then it was time for Bethany to help me give him his first bath.

 

IMG_6543

 

 

Yes, I know that the nurses can do it, but I love doing it and it is a joy for me to have many helpers.

 

IMG_6547

 

 

Cleaning all the beautiful blond hair.

 

IMG_6548

 

 

Nathan admiring the hat I knit for Baby Bird.

 

IMG_6549

 

 

 

Bethany helping with the hair.

 

IMG_6550

 

 

Abigail asked to help get him dressed, so she did.

 

IMG_6555

 

 

 

I hope the little man gets used to a very hectic house.  There are always people around and they are usually  loud.

 

IMG_6557

 

 

 

The kidlets picked out his outfit.

 

IMG_6560

 

 

Swaddling Baby Bird into a little burrito.

 

IMG_6562

 

 

Clean hair.

 

IMG_6565

 

 

Sean and Caleb picked Thomas up from work and they headed over to the hospital to visit me and for Thomas to meet Jeremiah.

 

IMG_6568

 

 

 

3 of my 5 sons.

 

IMG_6570

 

 

They all left and Baby Bird and I tried to rest that afternoon.

 

IMG_6730

 

 

After supper, Grandma and Grandpa came up with the family to visit.  Grandpa and Baby Bird.

 

IMG_6734

 

 

Me eating supper in front of everyone.

 

IMG_6739

 

 

Grandma and Baby Bird.

 

IMG_6742

 

 

Grandma and Grandpa took the kidlets home and got them ready for bed while Sean stayed up at the hospital and we had the great naming conference of 2014.  We talked and prayed, I took a little nap, we talked some more.  The nurses even came up with a list of names for us.  We came up with two different names and decided that we would pray that night and decide in the morning after we each got some sleep.  He left after 11:00, he was tired and so was I.

 

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Pictures From Jeremiah’s Arrival

December 3 and 4, 2014

 

 

Room 615.  One of the rooms I had not been in yet.

IMG_6409

 

Getting cleaned up and yelling at the nurses that he wants to come by Mommy!

 

IMG_6416

 

 

I have a big head

 

IMG_6445

 

 

and a big chest.

 

IMG_6447

 

 

Perfect peace and joy.

 

IMG_6427

 

 

I love my Mommy!

 

IMG_6429

 

 

Sean and Baby bird who had not yet been names, but he shall be called Jeremiah Luke. Sean and I split a cold lunch from the fridge.  It was the best sandwich I had had in years, but I really wanted green beans.

 
IMG_6715

 

 

The joyful parents.

 

IMG_6451

 

 

 

Just a few hours old. I stretch from Utah to eastern Indiana.

 

IMG_6448

 

 

More pictures to come tomorrow.

 

Susan

 

Baby Bird Birth Day (republished)

3 December 2014 – Wednesday

 

After having contractions on and off since Monday night, the 1st of December, I called the doctor’s office to go in to see if we could get things more consistent with a membranes sweep or something. Sean was at work and I did not think it was wise for me to drive myself to the doctor’s office, so I had a dear friend come pick me up and we met Sean at the doctor’s office, which is connected to the hospital. Yes, I brought all my stuff with me. Thomas offered to drive, but all we had was the big van and he has not driven it a lot yet and I did not want him to get stuck at the hospital in case we stayed. I did not think we would be saying, but I was trying to be optimistic.

 

Here I am right before I headed out at around 11:00

IMG_6712

 

I had a contraction or two on the way to the doctor’s office, but nothing too consistent. Upon arriving at the dr. office, he checked me and surprisingly, I was at 6 cm. Although that was good news, it was a mixed blessing because I knew that I was not having regular or consistent contractions. I was having painful contractions and they were long and painful, they just were not consistent. Anywho, I knew at 6cm, he would send me to the hospital and we would see things progressed from there. (10 cm and 100% effaced means it is time to push and have the baby)

 

The doctor offered to get me a wheelchair and I just laughed and said I needed to get my stuff from the car in the garage. He suggested Sean just get the stuff and I go right over. I declined. Sean and I walked to the parking garage and decided that we would make a quick stop at QuikTrip across the street to get a few snacks, a slushy, and some newspapers for the day. After our errands, we drove back to the hospital, found a place to park and headed in.

 

They were all ready for me. They took me to a room, one I had not been to yet. The room next to where Olivia was delivered. I got checked in, changed and then they attempted to put a hep-lock in. It took 6 sticks before one took. I usually have great veins, but I had not drunk a lot that day, so I am sure I was dehydrated. After the six sticks, I got on the monitor for 20 minutes. I met the doctor on call, whom I had not met before. She broke my water and then we waited. It was about 2:15 at this time. I was 6-7 cm and 80% effaced.

 

Here is a picture of me during a contraction.

IMG_6407

 

After that I went to the whirlpool tub in the room and stayed there for quite awhile. While in there, I got busted because I was supposed to be on the monitors the entire time. I claimed innocence. They found mobile monitors and put me on those. That stunk because I could not have the jets going because they could not get good monitoring with the jets going. Booooooooo. I tried to get away with not being monitored, but it just did not work. I did enjoy the hour or so that I did get without the monitors on.

 

I stayed in the tub for about a half an hour after I had the monitors on, but without the jets, it was just not the same. So out I got. I walked around the room, sat in the bed, the monitors had a hard time catching heart tones. It felt good to be up and about.

 

When I was checked at 4:15, I was only 7 cm and 80% effaced. 1 cm in 6 hours is not good progress. Honestly, I was not surprised. While I was getting hard, painful contractions, they were not consistent. Because I knew progression was slow and I had not slept much in 2 days, I decided I would get an epidural. I first needed to have a bag of fluid before I could get the epi. At 4:55 I got some Fentanyl to take the edge off of the contractions while I waited for the fluids. Yes, it worked wonderfully. The epidural was placed just over an hour later at 6:05, that took 3 sticks too.

 

What a difference an epidural makes.

IMG_6411

 

At 6:30 when I was checked, I was still 7 cm and 90%. Because they were having a hard time getting consistent heart tones through the external monitor, an internal monitor was placed on baby’s head and I was so thankful for that. I was also thankful I had the epi for that experience. I tried to rest, close my eyes and just relax. It is hard to do that when people are in and out of my room every hour or so. Sean and I “watched” tv for a bit. I must have fallen asleep on and off. I do not remember all of the show.

 

At 8:20 I was still 7cm and they decided to place an intra-uterine contraction monitor. It was nice to not have anything over my belly anymore. Around this time, Dr. Gisi also suggested we start a whiff of pitocin to get the contractions more consistent. He said I could, at any point in time, ask for a repeat c-section, but he knew that is not what I wanted, so we kept on with the plan. The pit definitely made the contractions harder and more consistent, but I could only feel the pressure of the contractions and no real pain, so I was good and relaxed. I had pit one other time, with Abigail for the same reason. I did not have an epi that time. I was, again, relieved to have it this time around.

 

Not much changed at 9:45, so the pit was turned up slightly. There was still pressure, but no real pain. I was so very thankful to have the epi, words cannot even describe it.

 

At 11:25 I was all the way to 8cm but a -2 station. The baby seemed to be retreating. Just a dash more pit.

 

At around 11:40 the dr. suggested I try to push the baby down as he/she was still high and not engaged. So, that is what we did. I pushed and he helped baby get around the last of the cervix that was not dilated. I pushed for about 3 contractions. At that point I heard something about decelerations and the desire for baby to get out as soon as possible. So I pushed through two more contractions. During the second contraction, he told me to stop pushing while he removed the cord from around the baby’s neck, two times. Then I pushed the baby the rest of the way out. Dr. Gisi held the baby up to show Sean the sex and Sean announced, “It’s a BOY!” I also saw the baby was a little purple at this point in time. Instead of letting Sean cut the cord, they cut the cord and took baby right over to the warmer to stimulate him a bit.

 

Baby Bird was born at 11:56 pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

 

Sean went to the warmer and said, “He has so much hair!” I could not believe him because I had asked the drs. and nurses every time they checked me for dilation if they felt any hair and they all said no. Hahaha. He has a lot of blond hair.

 

Sean finally cutting the cord.

IMG_6421

 

Me looking at all his hair and smelling his newborn smell. Yes a head full of blond hair. To me, the does not look like a newborn in this picture. I am not sure why, but I had not just birthed him, I would think he was a week or two old.

 

IMG_6422

 

 

Baby Bird weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces and was 22 inches long at birth. He also had a true knot in his umbilical cord.

IMG_6433

 

 

The proud parents and the little bundle of blond hair.

IMG_6451
Here he is, hours old, on his blanket.

IMG_6448

 

While this was not the birth that I had planned, it was still an amazing birth and I could see God’s hands through the entire thing. I am so thankful that Dr. Gisi was on call as he really understood my desire to have a VBAC and did all he could to make it reality. He was kind and worked with us and he was so very supportive. I felt like the decisions he made were truly in my best interest and the best interest of the baby. We worked as a team instead of him dictating how things would go. I am thankful for the epidural because it was a horrible, horrible labor. You know if I say that, it means a lot as I have delivered 7 babies without any medication. They say every baby is unique and different and so is every labor. It was a lesson I learned, yet again, with Baby Bird.

 

Thursday morning, December 4th.

Sean brought 8 of 9 kids up the next morning. Thomas had to work.

 

Caleb, Baby Bird and Levi.

IMG_6459

 

 

Olivia, Baby Bird and Elianna

IMG_6466

 

 

Miriam holding Baby Bird while Levi looks on.

 

IMG_6468

 

Bethany, Baby Bird and Elianna.

 

IMG_6476

 

 

Yes, his head full of blond hair is still there and I am still in shock.

IMG_6477

 

Baby Bird and Abigail.

 

IMG_6507

 

 

Nathan and the little man.

 

IMG_6518

 

After Thomas was done with work, Caleb and Sean picked him up and they came and visited me while the other kids were at the house with Grandma and Grandpa. We still kind of laugh that Sean had the day off and Thomas had to go to work.

 

Boy 1, 3 and 5.

 

IMG_6570

 

Friday 5 December

Baby Bird, 2 days old and still nameless.

IMG_6576

 

Sean and I had not decided on a name. There were a lot of reasons, a busy, busy fall, a busy work schedule, and many more excuses. Thursday night, Sean and I had another great naming conference. We came up with two names but decided to wait until morning to decide for sure, we wanted time to pray about it and think it through. Sean brought the kids up the next morning and we had one final conference in the bathroom, out of the earshot of the kids. It was down to 2 names. We decided we would let the kidlets have input between the two names. I said if we let the kids have input, I knew which one they would choose and I was correct. We were OK with both names and were excited to have the kidlets be part of the decision. They actually suggested the middle name Friday morning over breakfast and we liked it so much, we went with it.

 

Baby Bird is now…
IMG_6613

 

Jeremiah Luke
Just the 10 of them.

IMG_6586

 

Bethany, 10(almost 11), Elianna, 3, Miriam, 9, Caleb, 6, Olivia, 7.

Thomas, 16, holding Jeremiah, 2 days, Nathan, 14, holding Levi, 2, Abigail, 12.

 

 

We are now evenly divided, 5 girls and 5 boys!

IMG_6604

Abigail, Bethany, Miriam, Elianna, Olivia

Thomas, Jeremiah, Caleb, Nathan, Levi

 

Just a few more shots to make you smile.

dsc_4833

 

I love his eyes.

dsc_4830

Jeremiah Luke

3 December 2014

11:56 pm

9 pounds 3 ounces

22 inches

 

Psalm 127

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Susan

Caleb – Through the Year 2013 – 2014

 

 

November 2013

 
IMG_4828

 

 

IMG_1966 - Copy

 

 

IMG_1964 - Copy

 
December 2013
IMG_4885
 

January 2014
IMG_2811
 

 

February 2014
IMG_5112

 

 

IMG_3231

 

 

IMG_5272

 
March 2014
IMG_5445
 

April 2014
IMG_3887

 

 

IMG_5799
 

 

May 2014

 
IMG_4279

 

 

IMG_4640

 

June 2014

 
IMG_6271
 

July 2014

 
IMG_6382
 

 

August 2014
IMG_5182

 

 

IMG_6534

 

 
September 2014
IMG_6586

 

 

IMG_5528

 
October 2014
IMG_6657
 

 

November 2014
IMG_6189

 

IMG_6325

 

IMG_6322
Enjoy your year, Caleb!

Happy 6th Birthday, Caleb

29 November 2014

 

Caleb, you are taller than your blanket!
IMG_6324

 

 

Being 6 years old is so relaxing.

 

IMG_6325

 

 

A new Hippo Webkinz

 

IMG_6332

 

 

A rectangular box, what could it be?

 

IMG_6333

 

 

Star Wars Legos, of course.

 

IMG_6335

 

 

Today was Abigail’s day to be sick.

 

IMG_6336

 

 

Thomas the Tank Engine Tidmoth Shed.

 

IMG_6341

 

 

What could it be?

 

IMG_6346

 

 

A big pail of candy.

 

IMG_6347

 

 

His last gift was so big, he needed a scavenger hunt to find it.

 

IMG_6349

 

 

Trying to read a clue.

 

IMG_6350

 

 

Mommy helping him read the clue.

 

IMG_6352

 

 

Bethany helping him read a different clue.

 

IMG_6354

 

 

Racing to find a clue by the computer.

 

IMG_6355

 

 

Outside to find the present.

 

IMG_6361

 

 

Opening the garage door.

 

IMG_6362

 

 

Running toward the garage.  What could it be?

 

IMG_6365

 

 

A brand new bike.  This may be the second new bike we have ever purchased.  We love the clearance section and fall birthdays, they go so well together.

 

IMG_6369

 

 

Riding around in the garage.

 

IMG_6370

 

Most of  the gifts and most of the siblings.

 

IMG_6375

 

 

Playing on the Wii is always a great birthday activity.

 

IMG_6378

 

 

Hanging out on the couch.

 

IMG_6380

 

 

Over due baby belly. (My feet are aw-aw-awesome)

 

IMG_6382

 

 

Caleb and Thomas working on his Lego set.

 

IMG_6383

 

 

Small hands and small pieces.

 

IMG_6385

 

 

What fun Caleb and Thomas had assembling the set.

 

IMG_6386

 

 

Later in the day, we went outside so Caleb could ride his new bike.

 

IMG_6387

 

 

Going uphill

 

IMG_6390

 

 

It is more fun to go downhill.

 

IMG_6394

 

 

It is also faster.

IMG_6395

 

 

Much faster

 

IMG_6396

 

 

Time for cake!

 

IMG_6400

 

 

Happy 6th Birthday, Caleb.

 

IMG_6401

 

 

Blowing out the candles.

 

IMG_6404

 

 

Eating like a boy. I love this boy!

 

IMG_6405

 

 

We are so glad to have you in our family.  You are a blessing through and through.

 

Susan