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God’s Promises Never Fail

We have had a lot of rainbows this spring. And it goes without saying, they are SO PRETTY!!! My only problem is, they are so close I can’t get the whole thing on one picture!

This one last night was the brightest by far!!! And it was a double rainbow! The colors were so vibrant!! I just wanted to reach out and touch it. The end, at one point was right on the road in front of the house!

The storm came with a lot of wind, blowing some calf hutches, at Delvyn’s Dad’s across the corner from us, around and into the field on the other side of the road.

As I was thinking about all these rainbows, and wondering why so many this spring? And God reminded me of His promise to never leave us or forsake us. And He was promising me that right now, in this season we are in. We don’t know all the Why’s or understand what His plan is for us. But He is walking right beside us, in each and every step. We don’t have to look ahead in worry or fear. But can rest, in faith and trust that He will open doors in His perfect timing. We confidently rest in His promises!! And the peace that brings is peaceful!As the rainbow fades, Karson started playing in the fresh water puddles and slimy mud. He was chattering to me, enjoying some alone time with mom all to himself!! I love 3 yr olds!! We had to stop to visit the calves and talk about them. They were watching us curiously, wondering what we were up to.


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I Have Hope



Where do the brokenhearted go
To find a comfort for their pain
So many hurting need to know
The hope there is in Jesus’ name
I tried to make it on my own
I kept on drifting far away
But now I finally have a home
In Jesus love I’ll always stay

I have joy in the time of sorrow
I have peace in the raging storm
I have faith that Jesus holds tomorrow
I have hope, I’m resting in His arms

I’ll carry on ’til Jesus comes
Though trials and snares may come my way
And by His strength the race I’ll run
And by His grace these words I say

He said He’d never leave me, never let me go
No matter what may come, this one thing I know



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I have been listening to this song on the CD Road Less Traveled by the Stutzman Sisters here.

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Morning sunrise & fog.

The long awaited trip is now history. Why do fun adventures seem to take forever to arrive, and then are done and past in the blink of an eye? We had been planning this fun get-away for about 2 mths. I had my moments of panic and excitement come in waves as I thought of what I was getting myself into. But, I really wanted to do this. So I decided we were just gonna do it and make the best of it. The biggest part of the challenge was the travel time of about 6.5 hrs with all 5 of my children 11 yrs-9mth. And driving through Chicago, all by myself.


Eating at Whole Foods

What was our plan? We left bright and early Tues morning. I got up at 3am with my hubby and Collin-11. And was almost ready to go an hr later when Collin came in. He showered and got the other 3 up and ready to go out the door while I got baby up and fed her good. We then hit the road at about 4:35 am. It took about an hr for them to all nod off to dream land again. All but Rylen-7. He never took a nap. We actually managed to drive a huge chunk before needing to stop, in fact. I think it was the other side of Chicago. Which ended up NOT being a good idea. As Kianna got hungry about half way through and was NOT impressed with not being able to just stop anywhere. We also discovered a certain son who can not handle a moving vehicle while watching a movie. So going through Chicago found him hunched over the trash can.

I have no clue where we even pulled off at. I just seen a huge mall, with a Lego store and thought ‘Why not?’ Yeah, why not check the time too!! Just because you’ve been up for hours and hours doesn’t mean the rest of the world has been. It was about 8:30 am, no store was open. So we opted for a movie while I fed the baby, in the parking lot. Then I seen a sign for a Whole Foods grocery store. So we went in there for a brunch, which we ate at their picnic tables outside. Then we loaded up and headed out on our way. It was a good hr stop!! And soon after we were on the road, and another movie was going, the above child lost his lunch! You’d think he’d get the idea!

Anyway… we made it to Indianapolis, IN around 2:00. Which we lost an hr in there. And we had made another stop. Yes, we are so thankful for a bigger vehicle – we had upgraded from our minivan to a suburban, known as Big Red.

So after checking in, and finally getting to our room, our friends got there!!! So let the fun begin. We have been friends with Brenda for a long time, but our times together have been far and few between and always so short. So we had decided to meet somewhere half way. And just spend a few days together having fun! The only thing we really planned was going to the zoo.


So Tues afternoon we went swimming and just let the littles get to know Brenda and her sister again. Which really wasn’t hard to do!! The motel had a great pool with wide steps, perfect for Karson and Kianna to play on. After a pizza supper we found this great park with a huge silo and slides and a tractor to play on. There was also a meadow of flowers with paths through it. A splash park, and more.


We all crashed fairly early that night. We wanted to be at the zoo soon after opening time. Which didn’t really happen. We all felt like taking our time. And then it was a HOT day, like in the 90’s. But we survived. And had lots of fun. I discovered Rylen is becoming quite the photographer. He has for some time been begging to use my camera. I let him now and then, but not often. But he proved to me he has a genuine interest in it and some skills that will be awesome one day! He took many of my zoo pics and other pics of our time together.


The zoo was fun, yes, the heat damped the spirits and the clothes!! But we made the best of it. A train ride, and a fun little roller coaster. The Dolphin Show. A Dog Show. The picnic and boys playing the the shrubs nearby, where by-passers were amused at Karson for popping out at them. He had a stick and they were ‘hunting’ each other. Kianna was finding every odd piece of left over foods and non foods to sample. (Blah!!) And Rylen had the camera for a while…


These are all photo’s by Rylen, age 7.

The zoo had a little bit of everything, but a HUGE disappointment in that there were no crocodilians. (Yes, that is a word! Even though my computer declares it a misspelled crocodile. Crocodilians is the word for crocs, alligators and gharials. Now it’s yelling that gharial isn’t a work either!! Thanks ZooBooks for the education in crocodilians!!) They did find ONE fake croc, heading under a bridge. And they stayed there for too long looking at the silly thing.


Lunch time and bush hunting.


Photo’s by Rylen, except for the giraffe’s.



Most of the other animals it seemed to be a fast look and they were on their way again. Boys!! They didn’t have very many monkeys either. But did have this huge skywalk system for the chimps. They would climb up this high tower then walk across huge ropes to platforms. It was neat. But when they were walking out there the sun was so bright & hot, we couldn’t see real great, nor did we want to stand and watch for long.



Lego creations in the garden’s.

We headed back to our motel around 3:30, after the dolphin show. Oh, and after a tour through the gardens to see the huge lego sculptures, while Karson, Kianna & I went to Big Red. They were just done! Then the boys headed straight for the pool, as soon as they could. We had so much pizza left over, we had eaten that for breakfast and then supper again. And snacks. ha

We headed for the park again, this time earlier than 8pm. We wanted to go walk so other trails we had seen on our way out the night before.  AND we took some furniture polish to spray slides to make them slipperier. But once we got there and seen it was once again really full, we decided to spray bottom sides and let them polish the slides that way. Let’s just say ‘It works!!!!’.




The boardwalks were fun to run on. I was a bit nervous someone would find their way into the water. But no one did fall over the edge. And we got some great pictures. It was a photographers haven. And we seen a couple photographers out there doing their thing. We then headed for Yo Joy Yogurt shop for a cool treat!! Then back to our motel. It took the boys a while to settle down to sleep. But one by one they dropped off. Then Collin stayed up with us girls til midnight. It’s fun to hang out with your own son. He is growing up so much! And joins in on conversations. We had a blast.


Thurs. we decided to head for a mall with a Lego store. We packed up and headed there about 10. After an hr of lego drooling, the littles were just getting DONE. And the boys were too. I wasn’t sure what time I was gonna head home. But decided they were all so tired I should just drive while they slept!! My parents had come through Chicago that morning and said traffic was crazy. So that helped the decision as well. Traffic was CrAzY coming down on Tues, and if she said it was still crazy Thurs, I was a bit nervous. I tanked up baby and boys. And we hit the road around 12:20pm. And I soon had a quiet rig!! Most slept for over 2 hrs. Karson it was around 3. Collin kept me company, as we talked about the trip and the fun we had. We seen a crop-duster plane that was going over fields right beside the interstate. He would cross the interstate and do the other side. We tried to time our passing, but just missed him. But he flew right up behind us, he was getting bigger and bigger in my side mirror before looping up and away.

We then hit a big rain storm just south of Chicago. And had to slow to a crawl for a while. The lightening was fun to watch and the cracks of thunder we could hear above the rain and music we had going. Kianna woke just as we got into Chicago. But a couple of the boys were still sleeping. So I decided to push my luck and see how far we could go again. Rylen did a great job keeping her happy!! We made it the whole way through Chicago without stopping. We did stop in traffic for just a bit when we merged onto I90. But otherwise we had a pretty easy sailing through there. I was very thankful for that. One frustration I had, was I forgot the I-Pass. So had to stop at every toll booth. The last half hr Kianna was DONE waiting. But I wanted to stop at the Plaza that went over the Toll Road.


So we took a good hr break there. They had a small play area the boys & Kianna played in. And while we watched the traffic zoom beneath us, we ate an ice cream treat. It was time to get on the road again.


We had just gotten into WI when I seen the sky beginning to get really dark. Let’s just say that storm was a bit worse than the first one we went through. We finally stopped along the road. I fed Kianna again, and we waited for the worst of it to pass. I thank God for His protection over us. I was ready to pull out into traffic again and seen a big open dark spot. Good I thought, no traffic. It was nearly as dark as night and it was only around 6 o’clock. Anyway, something made me pause. As I looked again, I thought I seen a dark shadow coming up behind me. So I waited a bit to see if it indeed was something. It was!! A big dully pickup with a large cattle trailer, who didn’t have his lights on!! We were so thankful for God’s protection.

We slowly made our way home. The storm was still not very friendly for driving, but it was hard to stay parked. So I kept going. We got home just before 9pm. The lights of home were so Welcoming!! And so was the hubby & dad of this tribe!! There is just no place like home!! But we sure enjoyed our trip!!

*Photo credits go to Rylen & Lois Martin, and I used a few from Brenda & Kendra Orendorf.




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The Aggravating thing about Flies

Life on the farm comes with it’s bad side! The bad side of FLIES!! And the many, many offspring they produce in a single yr. I hate spray and the bad chemicals in them. It does get used in the barn, but I won’t use it close to my house. Especially knowing my littles would be around it, touching the things it’s sprayed on, etc. So what’s a person to do when your main door is on the west side that faces the barn. (In case you don’t know, that’s the favorite side for a fly to sit on. It’s warm and sunny.)

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Part of the nastiness of my siding, but not the worst of it.

So… the siding of the house is very, well, um, decorated in undesirable fly droppings. My mother-in-law has lived on a farm all her life. And I knew she has tried many, many things to get it off. But was never very successful. So I didn’t bother trying. 1. Because it was so high to reach. 2. I didn’t have the time or energy. 3. I didn’t know what to use. 4. It wasn’t something people noticed right away when they visited. BUT last fall, we built a deck. Put in a new door, all on the west/south side. Where do people walk? Right past my ‘decorated’ siding. It was nasty!! But I didn’t know what to use.

Finally, I decided I would just scrub. It would HAVE to come off. Yeah, you should have heard the flies laughing at me!! But I wasn’t going to give up. So, world wide web to the rescue. Ha. Almost a NOT!!! All I was finding was ideas to use Dawn dish soap. I mean seriously!! Dawn might be good, but not THAT good!!! I never bothered to even try it. I had tried something more powerful than that, so I knew Dawn would never do anything. Only one place did I see the idea to use OxiClean. I decided to give it a try!! I had run out, so I picked some up the next time I went shopping. The next day I wet a small area of the siding and sprinkled it with the powder. I just wanted to see if it would actually work. Well, most of the day passed before I got back out there to scrub. And what do you know… that whole area came clean with a minimal amount of elbow grease. I was hooked!!!

I went right back out after supper and scrubbed that wall!! Rylen had seen a bit of what I was doing & was loving the results as much as I was. So he worked on the area under the window. And he did a fabulous job too!!! I just put a generous amount of OxiClean in a bucket with water, and used a scrub brush. Wetting down a fairly large area. Then starting at the top worked my way down. It definitely needs to soak a bit before it comes off. But it was surprisingly easy!

20160714_172550After supper, he helped me some more and we did that whole wall. It looked amazing!!

Today, I finished up above the door & by the far window where I can reach. Also a bit on the south side. It doesn’t look near so bad over there. But I still need to do the south side by the garage door. I need a ladder for that. I also scrubbed chairs & some railing.

Oh, it looks so delightful & inviting now!!20160715_154447I do have one secret weapon that works pretty good. Or at least discourages the masses. See that water bag? I have 3 of them out there. There is a couple pennies in each. It has some really good reviews online for such a thing. And I really do think it helps. Maybe not 100%, but it sure helps!


And that far wall is where I can’t reach. Where I need a ladder. I’ll tackle it one day, just not now. Don’t you love my chair though? One of our renters left on the burn pile and I nabbed it. It sat in front of the barn for a while, but now I enjoy it by my door.

And that my friends, is my shameless plug for OxiClean!! I think it’s my new favorite cleaner!!


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A Crazy Bit of Our Life, In Pictures

I know I could say this every time I post… and I probably about do. But where, oh, where does time go?? This is the easiest way to update our life right now. So enjoy the pictures…

I know I am missing things in here… Rylen turned 7. We had a fun Homeschool-End-of-the-Year picnic with the area homeschoolers. Other picnics, swimming, and all the other fun things of summer and life!!

These are from May. Karson so sweetly loved up on this bull calf for pictures!! Collin turned 11, (I thought he was just born.) And Kianna is busy learning and exploring. She learned to crawl in April at just under 6mths. She lives life to the fullest and from one adventure to the next!! Oh, and that middle pic… it’s my ‘milk-maid’ sis. 😉 She’s been milking for us for a while now. 5 May 16At Grandpa Martin’s one evening, while Delvyn & I had a quick date. They love playing ball!!5 May 162My sister Linda came home for 2 wks on furlough from MX in June. We thoroughly enjoyed her short but sweet visit. The boys had so much fun with her. Showing her the tree-house they were building.

My monkey’s in the tree…PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-15-54-20There was also a Martin Reunion, on my Dad’s side. Yes, my Grandma Hershey was a Martin. So the Hershey’s also got together on Sunday evening. I got a 4 generation picture with Kianna, my Dad, Grandma & I. It seems so strange that my ‘little cousins’, who once upon a time I took care of as little babies, are now becoming Mom’s themselves!! Time keeps marching on!!!PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-15-43-48~~We went with some friends out on the MS river one Saturday evening. It was full of people, so we ended up getting a ‘beach’ with a very steep bank and LOTS of turtle eggs. We made the best of it and had fun anyway.  PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-13-55-45PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-13-57-51PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-13-54-04Boating is always so fun. It’s been a few yrs since we’ve been able to go out. So it was almost like a new experience for most of the boys.

The next 5 pictures are from our Church’s camp-out over Father’s Day weekend. We tried something new, and had a large lodge. And a small, private lake a stones throw away. It was a lot of fun!!!

PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-14-56-34High on the list of things to do was canoeing and kayaking!!! Even the little boys could kayak and spent a lot of time out there, just paddling around by themselves. Delvyn & I even took a moonlight canoe ride. It was so quiet and peaceful, I could have been out there for a lot longer.PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-14-59-08We played some games, a scavenger hunt, ‘Elephant Trunk Bowling’, and a beanbag game.PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-15-01-37Of course campfires and late night chats were included!! And lots of ducks & geese, who followed you around begging for food. PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-15-08-26There were many who spent a lot of time in the water!! Both days were nice and warm, just perfect for it. The youth played volleyball in the hot-HOT sand. They kept a water hose and buckets nearby to cool off with it.  PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-15-10-11~~~~~~~~~~~~

Over the 4th of July we went to visit friends in IA. So here are a few random pictures of that. They have 8 children, so there isn’t a lack of friends to play with. Kianna LOVED swinging. I had her in the Ergo swinging as high as I could, and she loved every second of it. She loves thrills. (Riding 4-wheeler is also high on her list of fun things to do!)PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-13-50-01Kianna had a little friend- Luanna who is 13 mths. They played together very well. PhototasticCollage-2016-07-08-13-42-47We are so blessed, friends & family, good health, and a God who loves us!!

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That’s My King, Do You Know Him?

Sunday we were encouraged to speak who God is, of who He is to me!! I am going start my own list and speak them. We can not go by emotions and how we may be feeling at the moment. But speak the truths and let them become rooted & grounded in our hearts & minds. My Dad has read this sermon a few times. And it always blesses me. So I did some digging  and found it. Who is God to you?? As you read this, (I’d encourage you to listen to it too!! Link below.), as you read, think about it. Is this who Jesus is to you? S-M-Lockridge

The Bible says

He’s the King of the Jews

He’s the King of Israel

He’s the King of Righteousness

He’s the King of the Ages

He’s the King of Heaven

He’s the King of Glory

He’s the King of Kings

and He is the Lord of Lords

Now that’s my King!

David says

The Heavens declare the glory of God

And the firmament showeth His handiwork

No means of measure can define His limitless love

No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply

No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing

He’s enduringly strong

He’s entirely sincere

He’s eternally steadfast

He’s immortally graceful

He’s imperially powerful

He’s impartially merciful

That’s my King!

He’s God’s Son

He’s the sinners’ Saviour

He’s the centerpiece of civilization

He stands alone in Himself

He’s august

He’s unique

He’s unparalleled

He’s unprecedented

He’s supreme

He’s pre-eminent

He’s the loftiest idea in literature

He’s the highest personality in philosophy

He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism

He’s the fundamental doctrine in true theology

He’s the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion

That’s my King!

He’s the miracle of the age

He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him

He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously

He supplies strength for the weak

He’s available for the tempted and the tried

He sympathizes and He saves

He guards and He guides

He heals the sick

He cleansed the lepers

He forgives sinners

He discharges debtors

He delivers the captives

He defends the feeble

He blesses the young

He serves the unfortunate

He regards the aged

He rewards the diligent

And He beautifies the meek

Do you know Him?

My King is the key of knowledge

He’s the wellspring of wisdom

He’s the doorway of deliverance

He’s the pathway of peace

He’s the roadway of righteousness

He’s the highway of holiness

He’s the gateway of glory

He’s the master of the mighty

He’s the captain of the conquerors

He’s the head of the heroes

He’s the leader of the legislators

He’s the overseer of the over-comers

He’s the governor of governors

He’s the prince of princes

He’s the King of Kings

And He’s the Lord of Lords

That’s my King

That’s my King!

My King

His office is manifold

His promise is sure

His life is matchless

His goodness is limitless

His mercy is everlasting

His love never changes

His word is enough

His grace is sufficient

His reign is righteous

His yoke is easy

and His burden is light

I wish I could describe Him to you

He’s indescribable

He’s indescribable

He’s incomprehensible

He’s invincible

He’s irresistible

I’m trying to tell you

The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him

Let alone a man explain Him

You can’t get Him out of your mind

You can’t get Him off of your hands

You can’t outlive Him

And you can’t live without Him

The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him

but they found out they couldn’t stop Him

Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him

The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree

And Herod couldn’t kill Him

Death couldn’t handle Him

And the grave couldn’t hold Him

That’s my King!

He always has been

And He always will be

I’m talking about

He had no predecessor

and He’ll have no successor

There was nobody before Him

and there’ll be nobody after Him

You can’t impeach Him

and He’s not going to resign

That’s my King!

Praise the Lord

That’s my King

Thine is the Kingdom

And the power

And the glory

The glory is all His

Thine is the Kingdom

And the power

And the glory

For ever

And ever

And ever

And when you get through with all of the forevers



This is from a message delivered in 1976 by Dr. S. M. Lockridge (1913-2000) in a message entitled “That’s My King.” Here is a link to a video with him preaching it. I would encourage anyone to listen to it! The power behind his voice is amazing. You know he knew the KING!!!

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Baby Room Re-Do


Another long overdue post… I was asked to share pictures of the baby room that I redid with my sister’s help last summer. I could NEVER have done it without her help!! But then I’d probably not done all I did to it either, if it wouldn’t have been for her help. So THANKS so much June for all the hours you put into giving me the nursery of my dreams!!! I love it just as much today as the day it was finished. {Which technically was just a couple weeks ago.}

I looked for a while to find an old picture of the room before… but of course couldn’t find what I was looking for. I forgot to get one of the boarder that I had up of Thomas and friends. So you can just imagine it. 🙂 I was pretty tired of it, as were the boys, they happily pulled it down! When we moved in here, 7.5 yrs ago, we repainted it blue from a periwinkle color. And the curtains I had put up got taken down while there were bunks in front of the window. {They were up, until they got ripped down by bouncy boys.} So this is the only ‘before’ I really have.


Jevan hard at work, filling in all the many dents and holes this room had from housing 4 boys!!! Well, 2 moved out when Karson was born, so there were 3 in here for a long time!!


My lovely sis, who worked long and hard at this room. Painting it a lovely shade of grey. Do you really wanna know all the sweat and work and frustration that was put into this room?? The trim that wouldn’t come off, the paint that Walmart discontinued on us, the trials of rehanging trim, that we finally had a friend come and do for us. The hours of stripping, sanding, and repainting the doors and trim… the rocking chair and frames… yes, we did it all. I really should say, June did a lot of it!!!






The window before and after…



I have long wanted a room with white trim. And decided this was the perfect small room to do it on. Yes, it was a lot of work. But I LOVE the results!!! I have no plans on redoing any more of house this way either. I’ll just enjoy this one room of mine!




And this rocker… I wanted a small chair or rocker for this room. But wasn’t sure I’d find anything in my price range that I really wanted. Until I found this perfect, beat up, chewed up old rocker!! Yes, chewed!! A dog must have thought the ends of the rocker a perfect spot to sharpen teeth. But we sanded it smooth, stripped it and painted it white. Looks good enough for me!!! I love it and all it’s imperfections. It’s a very comfy chair too.blog7

So here’s the finished room!! One I delight to walk in each day, many times a day!! And no, my daughter hasn’t slept in here yet. But one day it will be all her’s and not a shared room with her brother Karson. He still sleeps in the crib for now. His days are numbered. She is fast outgrowing her little bed!!

And note the painting to the left of the window, another of my sister’s painted that for me!! I love it!

I love this wall and the frames and the picture and sayings… and well, just all of it!! On the right side, the baby pics are Karson’s and Kianna’s newborn pics. They looked so much alike at that age. This drysink is from my husband’s parents, when our first was born. They had used it with all of their children and a friend had used it for a while before we got it. I love it!!


This is the opposite side of the room.


This was what just got finally hung the other week. And made the room finished!! Karson has only once messed with the frames so far.


And looking at the room from by the window. Closet is on the left, door to hall is on right. I had the lamp, & my sister Sara redid the lamp shade.

I love the way it all came together.

And here’s the little lady…


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~Our Flower~

k2Kianna Rose

joined our family on Oct. 11th, 2015, at 4:05am,

Weighing 8lb 4oz, 2o.5in long.

We promptly fell in love!!

k7k3Kianna means – Living in God’s grace

Rose – Fragrant flower

Her name has special meaning to us. At the time God gave her to us, He was doing a BIG work in my heart! He showed me His grace in a whole new way!! Rose – is a family name, on my Mom’s side. I have lots of cousins and an Aunt with Rose used in various ways in their names. And we know she is our special fragrant flower, given to us to enjoy!!


Anyway, she was in a hurry just like her big brother Karson, but this time the midwife was there an hour & a half before she arrived. I was a bit nervous about her birth knowing how fast it went with Karson. And I had been dilating for a while, so my midwife was nervous too. Well, I went to bed around 10, wondering if the gut feeling I’d had all day, was going to happen that night. Well, I woke up around 11:45, and had a few hard contractions that seemed different. I rolled over to go use the bathroom and knew my water had broke. So I knew it was the real thing.k4It was pretty intense, I’d never had back labor before. Kianna was in a position she could not move out of. Not the labor I wanted, but at least it was only 4 hours long. She arrived at 4:05am. ‘Covered in her beauty cream’, as my midwife put it. (None of my boys ever had that much vernix on them. She was white with it!!) I was shocked to say the least at the amount of dark hair she had!! My babies were coming every other one, blond & dark, she was to be blond!! And not to mention, none had as much hair as she did!! It was a prayer answered. I had wanted a little girl with a bunch of dark hair.

k6I think I was living in a dream the next few days, no, make that longer, I’m still living in a dream. I was given such a gift, and I felt so very blessed and it seemed a bit unreal. I was putting pink on my newborn baby, my very own daughter!! And seeing the smile on her father’s face, brought joy to my heart.

It was interesting observing the response in each of the boys…

Collin , 10.5 yrs, had went to the barn at 3:30am, and we couldn’t find him then when things had settled down in the house after Kianna was born. He was hiding out in the barn office. But he was delighted to meet her!!

Jevan (almost 8 at the time) – he was a bit of a different story. He did not want to see her. Or have anything to do with her. So he went to church with my parents without being introduced to his little sister. He waited until he was home again. Then he looked at her, but would not hold her. Later he finally held her. Now- It’s a totally different story!!! He is the one who takes most interest in her.

Rylen (6.5yrs) – he had been waiting on her for forever!!! He was so excited!! And happily chatted with anyone who would listen at church to him talk about her.

Karson (she came 1 wk before his 2nd birthday!!) – He didn’t really know what it was all about, but he was right away possessive of her. And delightfully calls her ‘Kia Ro’e’.


Here are some of his 2 yr old pictures. He is such a fun, lovable guy!!!k8  k11 We are delightfully enjoying our little princess. And it’s hard to believe she’s been delighting our lives and home for 3 mths. I’ll do another post in a day or two with more updated pictures. This will have to do for now.

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