Preparing for the Birth of Our Ninth Child

Since I’m nearing the 38th week of my pregnancy, preparing our hearts and home for our newest little one has been weighing heavily on my mind.

I almost feel “ready,” if that is even possible. While this is our ninth child, I still look forward to each birth with a bit of trepidation since I know what is ahead of me. Plus, I will be delivering at a new hospital for the first time. As many of you know, labor is not easy, but is so worth it.

On preparing my heart…

My heart is both excited and ready to meet our newest little one. I feel more prepared in some ways than when I was a young mother, but at the same time, I know what a big responsibility it is to be a parent at any age or stage.

I pray that my Heavenly Father will somehow use me to lead my baby to Him.

I pray that He will give me discernment and wisdom as I mother our newest blessing.

Being a mother is a big deal, and it pains me that it is often looked down upon as insignificant in our generation. There truly is nothing better than to raise up children for God’s glory. It is important to come before the Father and ask Him for guidance in just about every parenting decision we may come to. Raising babies is a big task, and we can’t do it on our own.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

James 1:5

There is always room in my mama heart to love and accept another child with open arms. I’m so grateful to God for sending our sweet blessing to us!

On preparing our home…

This week, I’m entering the season of rest I’ve been looking forward to. Most of the “must do” things have been done, and it has been simply lovely to relax. I am having problems with sciatica, and am most comfortable lying down. My family has been very supportive and helpful when I’ve needed to rest.

Over the past week I have gotten a good bit accomplished. I’ve cleaned up our room and brought in an old cabinet to store baby’s things. I’ve washed all of the necessary items and prepped cloth diapers. My husband built a small clothesline for me and I am in love.

Our new clothesline.

Today, I decided to tackle changing our three youngest girl’s wardrobes from summer to fall. It was quite a chore, but I made it through by enjoying the girls excitement as I pulled out the forgotten items.

Tomorrow I am heading to the grocery store, and I might pick up a few organizational items while there. Nesting is happening full force in our home!

Oh, and my husband installed our car seat in his truck two days ago. This makes everything seem more real, doesn’t it? I’m just so excited to meet our newest little guy!

Related: Enjoying Home

And now, we settle in and wait. I’m so thankful for our cozy little home and for my family.

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A Weekly Glimpse into Our Home #5

In an attempt to hold myself accountable, I would love to share a weekly glimpse into our home from time to time. It is so easy for me to overlook the simple joys that God has so graciously allowed me to enjoy as a homemaker.

If you would like to follow along, please do! Feel free to comment about your week below, or leave a link to your posts.

This week I…

…am loving that my husband and I were able to sneak away to Cracker Barrel while my MIL was visiting this weekend. We sat next to an elderly Mennonite couple who was sharing a dessert, and it inspired us to do the same.

…am reading lots of children’s books. Mallory has asked me to read God Made Just One from Mary & Martha over and over. She squeezes her bear and giggles while I read. She’s a hoot.

…am watching Mason find five shark teeth on the beach this week. He was excited!

am praying that the Lord will lead us to a church home soon. We really would like to settle in after moving.

…am hoping that possibly I can introduce someone to the blessing of Mary & Martha this week

…am looking forward to getting our ROKU sticks in the mail. We are finally able to give internet-based TV a try since we have WIFI now.

…am using RC and Sniffle Stopper oils. Enough said. RC gives me a massive headache, but a few of my children are using it right now.

…am diffusing Autumn Breeze by Plant Therapy once again. I love it’s scent! (Still).

…am planning on figuring out where to put a few animal pens. This makes my heart so happy, y’all!

…am working on slicing our food budget even more.

I hope y’all have had a lovely week thus far!

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

2 Corinthians 9:8 NASB

Thank you so much for stopping by! I would love to connect with you on Facebook. I’d also like to invite you to my Mary & Martha Facebook Page, and to my Mary & Martha website. It is a such a blessing to serve you!

Our Large Family Dollar Tree Scavenger Hunt Haul

Family traditions are important, and since we do not celebrate Halloween, we’ve begun to have “Fall Parties” at our house.

In the video above, I share how we integrated a scavenger hunt into our festivities using only $1.00 items from Dollar Tree.

The younger kiddos had a blast looking in and around our home for clues which eventually lead them to a basket chock full of goodies.  I describe what I purchased for each of my seven children in the video above.

I also set up a craft table for the kids and had a short snack time.  This was such an easy and fun activity, and the whole family enjoyed the evening.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  What traditions does your family participate in throughout the fall season?