My First Quarter 2022 Reads

Hi guys!

Usually, I share all the books i’m going to read each month at the beginning of the month, however I felt like doing something different.

So, today i’m going to share all the books i’ve read during the first quarter of 2022.

Simple Farmhouse Life by Lisa Bass

Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell

M is for Mama by Abbie Halberstadt

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

The Betrayal by Robert Mazur

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Those are all the books i read during the first quarter of 2022. What are you reading?

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Our Loss

*Trigger Warning, the following blog post talks about miscarriage.*

I know it has been over a month since i last posted, i genuinely thought i would have been sharing good news with you all much sooner. Instead, i’m now sharing sad news, the loss of our baby at 14 weeks pregnant.

December 15th, 2021 – I decided to take a pregnancy test that morning, to my absolute shock it was positive. I was so happy I started crying. I ran out to the kitchen, grabbed my husband and dragged him into the bathroom to show him the test. He was so happy & shocked too.

My due date was August 27, 2022.

January 31, 2022 – I had my first midwife appointment, I was 10 weeks pregnant at the time. My midwife couldn’t find the heartbeat, so she told us we could get an ultrasound done or we could just wait for our next appointment.

We decided that it was probably still a little bit too early to hear on her doppler, so we decided to just wait.

After 2 weeks though, I didn’t want to wait anymore. I scheduled an ultrasound.

At 12 weeks 5 Days we got our first ultrasound and we heard the baby’s heartbeat. It was so sweet. The most beautiful sound ever. Baby was measuring 13 weeks 1 Day. Everything looked great.

14 week ultrasound

February 28, 2022 – We had our second midwife appointment. I was 14 weeks 2 Days pregnant. My midwife couldn’t find the heartbeat at this appointment. She said there could be a few reasons for this (uterus position, placenta position, etc.). She said we could go in for another ultrasound or come back in a few weeks.

I left that appointment feeling sad that I didn’t hear the heartbeat, but still hopeful because in my experience once I’ve heard the heartbeat everything is fine. I’ve never experienced loss after hearing the heartbeat.

14 weeks pregnant

The next morning (March 1st) i just had this feeling. I needed an ultrasound for peace of mind. I made an appointment for later that day.

During the ultrasound, the tech was taking a long time to find the heartbeat. So I finally said the words she was struggling to tell me “there’s no heartbeat, is there?”. She said “yes, I’m sorry there is no heartbeat”.

Devestated

Heartbroken

Confussed

Angry

So many different emotions/thoughts/feelings.

After talking through all the options with our midwife, we decided to wait and do it naturally at home.

Saturday – March 5th, 2022 – 7:30PM – our baby was born naturally at home. Baby was a boy, we named him Moses.

Moses’ Handprint

If you are going through a miscarriage or have gone through one, just know how very sorry I am for your loss.

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Homeschool Student Planners

Hi Guys!

Today I’m going to share how student planners have helped with making our homeschool days go smoother.

This homeschool year i decided we needed a change.

For the past few years we had just been doing a block schedule (i.e. 15 minutes for handwriting, 30 minutes for history, etc. etc.). Which works great, i believe, if you are a self motivated person. With children (or at least my children) it doesn’t work that great, they don’t hustle to get as much done in the time allowed as possible. Instead i found my kids would get less done during 20 minutes, than if i just gave out a specific assignment which they ended up doing in like 5 minutes. We were falling behind with our curriculum and by the end of the school year we were having to play catch up.

This year for my oldest 3 kids (ages 10, 14, & 16) i ordered them each a student planner from Mardel.

A Simple Plan, Homeschool Student Planner, flowers

A Simple Plan, Homeschool Student Planner, outdoors

We do school Tuesday – Friday, so each Tuesday morning i come into the school room and write out their assignments for the week in their student planners.

This idea is similar to the homeschool workbox system, except those things are so bulky and you have to fill them in every day or week with the child’s work. I feel like those work great for smaller kids, who maybe can’t read what their assignments are yet.

These student planners have made such a difference in our homeschool; no kid is falling behind, no missing assignments, no complaining of how much longer, etc…

I also love that these planners start in July and go to June, which is perfect for our year-round homeschooling family.

These planners have helped so much that i will definitely be using them again for our 2022/2023 school year!

A Look Back At 2021

Hey Guys!

The last time i was blogging consistently was probably back in January 2021, so i thought today i would share what has happened over the past year.

February 2021 – We obviously welcomed our 6th child into the world, i already shared his birth story if you are interested in reading that you can go back and do so. Our second child also had a birthday, he turned 13 years old.

March 2021 – My husband and i started a garden, but honestly with a new baby i didn’t have much time to work on it and so it never really produced much. We also bought a new truck.

April 2021 – We ordered butterflies, so the kids to see the whole process of how they change/grow.

May 2021 – Our 3rd child had a birthday, she turned 10 years old.

June 2021 – Our 1st child had a birthday, he turned 16 years old. Our 4th child also had a birthday, he turned 7 years old. My birthday is also in June, so lots of celebrating happens in our family in June.

July 2021 – We started our 9th year of homeschooling! We did some adventuring. We also renovated our master bathroom shower. We took out the old wall surround and replaced it with tile. It looks so much better and lighter and fresher in there.

Before
During (the lighting was horrible for this picture)
after

August 2021 – Our 5th child had a birthday, he turned 5 years old. My husband and i celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. Our family took a trip to Eastern Idaho. We checked out Craters of the Moon and a cool little ghost town, called Bayhorse.

September 2021 – We decided it was time to get rid of the chickens. They were becoming too much work and adding too much stress. So, once we got rid of them, we torn down their chicken coops. Which was really sad because we had worked so hard on building them. We decided to build a storage shed in that area where the chicken coops were. We also went camping a lot in September.

October 2021 – Both my husband and I got sick with a nasty virus. I was sick the first half of the month and he was sick the second half of the month. Luckily only a few kids caught it too, but they were only sick for a day or two. My husband continued working on the storage shed while i was sick.

November 2021 – We finished up the storage shed, we still need to paint it though. We also replaced some windows on our house and ripped up the vinyl siding on the back of our house, as we are going to replace all the vinyl siding on our house with lap siding.

December 2021 – We started putting up a wooden fence on our property, although it is a long process and we won’t be done working on it for a long time. Not much else happened, we were busy getting ready for the holidays.

January 2022 – After ripping off the vinyl siding off the back of our house back in November, we finally got started replacing it with lap siding.

That’s pretty much everything that happened around here over the past year. Now that i’ve given that update, i feel like i can share more things as they happen, in real time.

How was your past year? I always feel like we didn’t do much, but then when i look back at all the pictures and write it all out, i’m like “wow, okay we actually did do a lot of different things.”. Anyone else feel that way? Maybe it’s just me?

Anyways, i hope you are all doing well and i can’t wait to share more of what we are up to later.

Take care,

Pregnancy/Childbirth Books

I am really passionate about pregnancy and childbirth. It’s a topic i love. I love hearing birth stories. I could talk birth and pregnancy all day long. I just think it’s so amazing what the human body can do. So, today i thought i would share all the pregnancy/childbirth books that i own.

Yes, i really do own all of these books and i think there is great information to take away from each of them. However, if you could only get one of these books i would highly recommend Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth. Whether you are having a natural birth or not, a home birth or a hospital birth, it’s just so encouraging to read other positive birth stories.

Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth – My midwife loaned me her copy when i was pregnant with baby number 6 and i loved it. I really love all the information in it, so i bought a copy for myself.

Nurture – It’s funny when i order books on Amazon (with the exception of fiction paperback books) i never know what they will look like in person. I didn’t expect this book to be so huge. I like that this book covers everything; pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood.

The Whole 9 Months – I bought this book mainly for the recipes, as i really want healthy pregnancies. It does have some information on pregnancy also. The Cobb Pasta Salad recipe on page 147 is delicious!

Holy Labor – I feel like Holy Labor and Redeeming Childbirth go hand in hand. They are both pretty similar books. *Not pictured, because i have it on Kindle*

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way – I ordered this book after hearing Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone recommend it. It does have a lot of great information on how to relax your body during labor.

Redeeming Childbirth – When i’m in labor, especially during my last labor (my home birth), i pray the whole time. I could not give birth without God being present, and the way i feel God present is by talking to him & praying. It helps me through all the pain. Redeeming Childbirth is all about experiencing His presence in pregnancy/labor.

The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth – Back when i was pregnant with my first child, 17 years ago, i bought the What To Expect When You Are Expecting book. If you know anything about that book, then you know it is pretty much filled with everything that can go wrong. It’s a great book to read if you want to worry your entire pregnancy. I love that this book came out and replaced that book. This book gives you a week-by-week look at what is changing with your body and your baby. It’s a great resource to have. *Not pictured, because i couldn’t find my copy.*

Birth Without Fear – I didn’t love this book, because i didn’t feel like i gained any new knowledge from it. However, if you are about to give birth and you are nervous/afraid maybe give this book a try.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – This is such a great resource to have on hand if you are breastfeeding, it covers everything!

Those are all the books i currently own on pregnancy/childbirth. I do still have several pregnancy/childbirth books on my wish list. Maybe once i buy them, i will do a haul and share them.

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