Whew, that was the most difficult first trimester that I’ve experienced. I’m not sure if I did much rejoicing in the morning sickness, but our family did survive thanks to a terrific husband and very helpful older children who all happily pitched in.
I’ve been feeling great for the last 3 weeks and we definitely jumped back into life with both feet. We’ve had a house full of company nearly non-stop and are thankful for the fellowship of the saints and to be able to focus on others, instead of just focusing on surviving.
In the past three weeks, we’ve spent time visiting friends in the hospital, cleaning homes (including ours), taking meals to several families, watching extra children, lending girls to be momma’s helpers, hosting several get-togethers including a screening of IndoctriNation.
In God’s providence one of the men involved in making/promoting ‘IndoctriNation’ and one of the men who was featured in the film (Robert Ziegler) were visiting our church the morning of the ‘IndoctriNation’ screening and were able to come and answer questions for our group.
found made time to head to the ER in a lights flashing ambulance. (Thanks to a bike ride down the hill in our front yard that ended up in crashing into Isabella (20 months). The bike hit Bella’s head and she was knocked over and hit the other side of her head on our concrete drive. She was then unable to focus her eyes or walk and we couldn’t keep her awake. She ended up being fine with just a little scratch on her head.) We’re thankful that a sweet friend was willing to pack up her two small children and come sit with the additional 12 kids who remained at our home.
The kids have been outdoors nearly non-stop since the weather turned nice. We’re calling it ‘spring break’, although we’re still doing our everyday basics (Bible reading, Greek and a little math) and I’m encouraging them to write or complete nature journal pages about what they’re doing and learning.
They’ve found multiple bird’s nests (one in the WINTER wreath on our front door *rolls eyes*), lizards, tadpoles, etc. and our house is teaming with life.
We’ve planted a spring garden and started all of our summer garden veggies from seed. We are beginning to harvest some of our variety of lettuces and praying that God will provide buyers for our home so that we might be able to move to a place with a little more property.
I must say that once I get past that first trimester, my pregnancies are smooth sailing (except that I cry about nearly everything, happy or sad).
In mid-April we will have an ultrasound to make sure little one is developing normally. We will also find out the gender of the baby, unless we decide that we want it to be a surprise.
We’ve chosen to be surprised with 5 and we’ve found out the gender with 5.
Do/will you find out the gender of your baby?
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