Tag Archive: Journal

Last Minute Vacation: Beach 2012

I have a recurring dream . We are taking the children on a trip and I forget something important, we do not have time to get to the airport or I’m trying to pack and we have no clean laundry. Maybe this has its root in the truth. Our family is notorious for spur of…

Nathaniel’s Birth and First Week

We’re still celebrating and rejoicing in the safe arrival of Nathaniel Valor our eleventh child. These are some notes of his first few days of life. Before the birth The days leading up to Nathaniel’s birth were full of God’s grace and peace. I mentioned the special role that the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ played in…

Welcome to Little Olive #11

We are proud to announce the birth of our fifth son and eleventh child, Nathaniel Valor. Nathaniel Valor was born via c-section yesterday at 8:04am. He weighed 8 pounds, 7  ounces and 21 inches long. We had a wonderful family-centered c-section. He was immediately placed on my chest and never taken away from us.  …

Isabella’s Birth Story: Baby #10

As I’m preparing for my second c-section in less than a week (I don’t mean 2 c-sections in less than a week, I mean that my second c-section is scheduled for less than a week from today 🙂 ), I figured it was time to tell Isabella’s (pronounced eesabella with a long ‘e’ sound) birth…

Pregnancy #11 Update: The Last One

Can you believe that there is less than a week left in this pregnancy? Next Tuesday, August 21st I’m scheduled to have a c-section. Many of you have asked what would happen if I went into labor earlier than that. We’d just head to the hospital and have a c-section then. Baby flipped Last week…

Pregnancy #11 Week 36: Nesting and Thinking About Baby

Only 2 weeks and 6 days left, but who’s counting, right? 🙂 I have been so tired since the beginning of this third trimester that I was concerned that I’d not get any of that lovely nesting energy and we would bring baby home to a home that was in serious need of deep cleaning,…

Pregnancy #11 Update: 35 Weeks – Names, Nausea and To-Do List

Now that we’re about 4 weeks from delivery (scheduled c-section) the reality of having a new baby in the house is sinking in and we’re getting more excited. I hit the “pregnancy wall” last Monday. Do you know what I’m talking about? Does it happen to you? It’s that point in the pregnancy where your…

A Surprise Visitor

The kids gather to see, touch and hold the snake.

Every Sunday evening we have a group of friends over for food, fellowship and (if we don’t talk too late) Psalm singing. It’s a refreshing way to finish out our Lord’s Day and we are grateful for the iron sharpening iron fellowship with other believers. Last night the kids discovered that one of our visitors…

We Meet the U.S. Olympic Swim Team

Yesterday Mark had a surprise for the kids, we got up early and headed down to the Allan Jones Aquatic Center at the University of Tennessee to watch the U.S. Olympic Swim Team practice. Since our family enjoys the Olympics and make an effort to watch the events televised on the main station (since we…

I Goofed

Today the 4 Moms are supposed to answer reader questions. We’re certainly not talking about keeping up your energy (that’s next week). Since I obviously can’t read a simple schedule, I wrote all about keeping up your energy and didn’t realize my mistake until this morning when I saw that a FB reader mentioned the…

Big {Home} Changes

When we moved to Knoxville, God blessed us with a beautiful, large home. At the time we prayed that He would enable us to use it for His glory. We prayed that, if it was His will, He would fill the house with children (we had 7 at the time) and we prayed that we…

Happy Birthday to My Friend

Each Sunday evening we open our home to friends from several different churches in the area that do not have an evening service. It’s always a delightful time of food and fellowship and a restful, encouraging way for our family to spend the Lord’s Day. This week is my friend’s 30th birthday, but she and…