Sam is 5 1/2 months old now and getting more adorable every day. He is starting to sleep better, too, but getting up with him never really bothered me. He is only little for such a short time and I kinda like the quiet nighttime feedings – although it is nice when I wake up in the morning refreshed from a full night sleep. ~:O)

He is just TOO CUTE! This little guy does this all the time. He sticks his little arms out as if he is going to fly away and then he smiles and smiles. Look at that chubby little barrel chest! His arms are WAY off the ground!

If you stop looking at him he will quit doing it, as you can see from the second picture that I took when he thought I wasn’t looking.
He isn’t crawling yet but he has high aspirations. Sometimes I turn my head and when I turn back he is halfway across the room. I have yet to know how he is mobilizing himself. Maybe he really is flying.
He has started putting things into his mouth, including the video camera’s recharger cord. Not a good thing. And he likes to get his fingers entwined into my hair. Good thing I have a hard head and it doesn’t bother me too much.
He likes his walker, however, Ben and Matthew like it more. They use it as a car in the dining room. Go figure.
Ben has taken to hitting Sam in the mouth and saying “make your little noise”. He isn’t hurting him, he just wants Sam to make some noise while he does it so he can hear the vibrating sound. I will have to get video of this.
Oh, and Sam spit up all over Captain Ryder tonight at an Aviation Club Barbecue! Kinda embarrassing, very funny, great memory! He also blew out of his diaper but thankfully I had put him in overalls so it was held in pretty good while I made for the bathroom. That could have been a TERRIBLE disaster on Mrs. Ryder’s white couch – EEEKKK!
Great Times!!!
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My Quiverfull

This post is a bit of a ramble but it is something that has really been on my mind as of late.

Sitting here with my 6 children sitting around me, or on me, should really make me feel crowded and smothered. It surprises me that even in the roughest of moments I still long for a big family. I know, 6 is a lot but to me I still feel as though we have a little family.

Sam is the youngest and at 5 months I am starting to have that feeling – I am ready for another. For the first time however, I am a little nervous. I wonder how many more children God will give us. I am not ready to be finished having babies but what if there are no more for us? I so badly want a big family.
I know my concerns are unfounded – I am only 32 and I am quite the fertile woman. I think it is just that this time in my life is so precious and I know it won’t last forever. I love where I am right now. I LOVE my growing family!

It truly pulls at my heart to hear of these families who long for 6 or more children but are having trouble conceiving even one or two, for whatever reason. In all honesty, I never longed for a big family – not until we had 5 children and it dawned on me how much I liked having all these pudgy cheeks around. So we were already on the bigger side by the time I wanted it. It is impossible for me to fathom wanting lots of kids and not having any. Oh how the longing would hurt!
So, on that thought I can sit content with my blessings. I may never understand God’s motives, why He saw fit to give Ryan and me what we never knew we wanted, but I am more than happy to bask in His blessings, understanding that He knows what is best for us.

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Last night Ryan and I were getting close to heading to bed at about 10:30 when Gabe came up and said Joe cut himself really bad”. Ryan and I are accustomed to the dramatic nature of our children so we calmly questioned Gabe about the incident. “You guys are supposed to be asleep already. How did Joe cut himself?” Gabe filled us in.
I had a small diamond shaped mirror that had fallen out of its frame laying on the bathroom counter. I guess when Gabe(6) and Joe(9) came up to use the bathroom before going to bed they took the mirror down with them to play with the light that shines into their room at night. When Joe got up again to go to the bathroom he rolled over onto the mirror and cut his knee.
We told Gabe to go down and tell Joe to come up here. Gabe responded with “he can’t, he is cut too bad and he is bleeding everywhere”. Still sure that Gabe was overly dramatizing the situation Ryan and I mosied on downstairs to Joe and Gabe’s room. There was Kaitlyn(12) sitting on the floor with a concerned looking Joe holding a towel on the blood. Funny how Joe got Kaitlyn up first when he saw how bad his wound was. When she saw it she knew he would need stitches and sent Gabe up to get me.
Anyway, one look at the cut and I knew he was destined for the emergency room. We have been down this road before – 2 years ago, early morning the day after Christmas, and a box cutter (he was trying to help open one of Gabriel’s LEGO gifts).
Joe is a mama’s boy and really would have preferred me to take him but since Sam(5mo) was being a major fuss bucket Ryan decided it was best if I stayed home. Poor Joe, he was shaking and I just wanted to comfort him however, being the tough boy he is the entire incident only caused a few small tears during the numbing shot and no real crying. The last time he got stitches he didn’t cry at all.

 
Take a look at Joseph’s(9) knee.
Pretty messy, I know.
Doc says we shouldn’t clean it up until this evening.
The one-upping Sara comment in the title is because my niece, Sara(almost 5), just got stitches last week. We like to do everything bigger and better around here, though I am not sure Joe won on this one. Gabe(6) still holds the record for the worst kid injury in our recent family history. He severed his bottom lip almost completely when he was 2 by falling and hitting his face on a coffee table while we were at a Bible study meeting.
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Ben and his pajama top(s)

Being 2 Ben is big into ‘doing it himself’ in the last few months and has decided recently that his favorite outfit is a pajama top. Any pajama top will do but it has to be a pajama top.

That is all. No pants, no underwear, just a pajama top and a pair of boots on occassion. I like to put pants on him, he looks so cute when he is dressed but in less than an hour I will be asking him “Where did your pants go?” He almost always replies, “They’re dirty, I put them in the hamper”. Further inspection reveals a perfectly clean pair of pants in the hamper.
I know I could get him to keep his pants on if I was really consistent about it but I am just not seeing it as being a high priority in my endless list of discipline needing offenses. I am more worried about him dropping his toys and sometimes my jewelry down the heater vents. Or finding him climbing up in the kitchen cupboard trying to reach who knows what. Or coloring on himself with sharpie (some of you know this story – innocent enough but not quite appropriate for this Christian blog).
Ben is by far my most challenging child. And to think, when I was pregnant with him I prayed for twins. HA – God definetely knew.
He just knew.
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I luve yuo mom vare munch

Gabe(6) gave me this little drawing yesterday. I am on the left, Gabe is on the right. Very sweet and very cute but…

How come when my kids draw pictures of me I always turn out looking like a frog?
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He said ‘Mama’!

A few weeks ago Sam starting saying ‘mama’ when he was fussing. Nobody believed me. Then, recently he started saying ‘mama’ here and there when he babbles too.

He wasn’t babbling when I shot this video – he was at first but as soon as I started videoing he quit being happy. It is a bit dark, too. I didn’t realize how dim it was in the living room.
Anyway, at the end of the video you can here him say ‘mama mama’. Now I have proof!

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Growing Up Fast

It is amazing how time flies. One minute I have a kid, the next minute I am mother to 6.
Kait will be 13 in January.

13. A teenager. In my house. In 3 months.

Then there is Sam. He will be 5 months next week and I am equally stunned at his rapid growth. Looking at pictures from just a few months ago makes me sad; I feel like it is all going by too quickly. I just want to slow down and treasure each moment.
People often ask me why I do it all. Why homeschool them? I get asked why I don’t put them in school, it would be easier, I would get more stuff done, I would have my ‘me’ time, I would get out of the house more.
I guess if I had been doing it all along it wouldn’t be a big deal, I would be desensitized to sending my kids away; but now, looking back, I cannot imagine missing out on so much of their young lives. I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything. Even ‘me’ time.

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Me or Kermit – you decide

Matthew(4) loves to draw and did a portrait of me a few days ago. It was sitting on the table and my husband said “pretty good frog drawing”. He laughed when I said “It’s not a frog, it’s ME”.
I TOTALLY LOVE having kids.
So, what do ya think? Does it look anything like me at all or does it look like Kermit? Or, heaven forbid, both? At least my arms aren’t sticking out of my head.

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