Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A little Pumpkin is On the Way !

To celebrate our 7th baby coming this fall, we did a pumpkin theme baby shower!!!

Who doesn't love pumpkin flavored everything???

I made some games and got lots of pumpkin snacks!!

My Aunt and Mommy came down from DC to celebrate!

Rachel is convinced she is having a sister!!
38 weeks and 2 days today!!!

We had lots of friends come and shower us with cash and gift cards, some cloth diapers and hand made burp cloths! We opted out of the sonogram this time around so we have no idea what we are having!!! The suspense is killing me!!! Hopefully I will have a birth story post in a week or two =)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to Hospital Birth

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I know this is shocking and I am still kind of shocked we are planning a hospital birth this time around. There are only 3 different homebirth midwife companies that attend in the area we live in and EVA Homebirth is definitely disqualified because of our last birth experience (you remember the midwives who told me NOT to try and go into labor the day my water broke because they had another mom in labor and didn't so much as come to check my temperature or verify that my membranes ruptured some 30 hours after I called them and told them my water broke and needed to start inducing labor with natural methods and then tried shipping me off to the hospital after we spent some $4,000 out of pocket btwn. blood work and prenatal visits!) So I set out hopefully to find a different midwife and it sounded good; I even went to an appointment.......but the appointment was downright awful! The office and birth center was filthy like musty clothes and blankets stuffed in corners, dingy fetal dopplers lying around on the floor, toys everywhere, old soda cups....I wish I had taken a picture.....but it was all kind of surreal. If that wasn't enough there was another mom in there with her 2 kids just hanging out at my appointment in the chair next to me who changed her baby's diaper in the chair next to me and didn't even bother to get up and wash her hands....then she starts telling the midwife how she is leaving her husband and dating women and the midwife is just staring into her eyes telling her how much she has been thinking about her lately......She could obviously tell I was taken aback and said, "Oh you know this is how prenatal appointments should be ....a group setting with other moms ". It can't get any weirder right......wrong.... we hear scratching and howling and she says, "Oh that's my pit bull in the other room, I should let him out to play with the kids." UUUUMMMMMMMM NO!  I like animals alot but I don't want a strange pitbull unleashed with my 6 children in the room because this is a breed that makes up 6% of the dog population and does like 80% of the fatal attacking!

 Never the less I am not picky and was just going to sign papers anyway but the Lord intervened and caused her printer to run out of paper and she was supposed to mail the papers to me ....but they never came some 2 months later! On top of this shenanigans Chris is doing truck driving and so there is no guarantee he will be here at the birth....so I don't want to go unassisted without a midwife or husband and 6 other children roaming around...lol. So I called up the local hospital!
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The local hospital has an OB residency program that even without insurance costs less than a homebirth the total would only be approx. $3,200 and if paid within 60 days of birth $2,220! Praise the Lord our insurance covers the whole thing though!  So far the appointments have been good, one of the dr.'s told me I am the expert with this being my 7th child and so it seems they should have no problems with my natural birth plan. =)  Baby is due in about 7 weeks so I should have a birth story soon =)

Friday, August 5, 2016

DIY Thieves Laundry Soap

So we have been Young Living Essential Oil addicts for going on 2 years and embraced the chemical free home!! God has been so good that with sharing our love for aromatherapy we have a nice little team from referrals so our monthly orders are paid for and we get points back with every order =) For this reason I have been using our mandatory $100 monthly order (only mandatory if you want a commission check for that month) to buy the ready made thieves laundry soap for the last year and I love it, I really do, but at $26 for 62 loads I wanted to try and stretch our oily orders further. Especially with alllllllllllllllll the dirty clothes and diapers around this house!

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 So I finally got around to making diy laundry soap!!! I have been using it for about 5 days and my clothes look clean and smell wonderful!!! There are a bazillion different Pinterest recipes for dry and liquid diy detergent so I will share the one I used =)
What you need :
5 gallon paint bucket ($5)
5 caps of Thieves household cleaner (about $2.75 worth of cleaner from the 14.4oz bottle)
1 bar of soap shredded (recommended was the thieves bar soap, but I used Melaluca Geranium) ($10.25)
1/2 cup Borax (about $0.50)
1 cup Washing soda (about $1)
2 cups.Baking soda (about $0.70 worth from the 2lb box)

About $20 for the first time making it and then $15 after that because you don't have to buy the paint bucket again =)  S0 $15 for 160 loads vs. the $26 for 62 loads is more than double the savings!

What to Do:
Boil 4 cups of water, add in shredded bar soap cook on low and dissolve, add in the rest of the ingredients. Fill paint bucket half way with water and then dump in the pot of ingredients. Put the lid on the bucket and let sit overnight. It will be lumpy in the morning so give it a good mixing with a hand mixer. It should bubble up and smell amazing!! Use 1 cup of this mix per load. This makes 160 loads!!! Happy Washing!!!

Numbers 19:19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer Freebies

Sometimes kids get board in the summer and when you have 6 kids on one income you can't just pack everyone up and go to Chuck E Cheese or Museums that cost per kid so we find free or very cheap stuff to do! There is a free nature center right by our house we can literally walk to the kids and I love to go to. The paddle boats are only $4 to rent. 

Also about 10 minutes away is another park with a free petting zoo!
 About 15 minutes away is A little family beach with small waves and sand, so my kids get the beach effect without me having to worry about a wave sucking them in...lol

 At one of the military bases by our home there is a children's self defense class for only $5 a kid!! Our children were more interested with the pretend weapons than any self defense techniques...lol.

July 11th was free slurpee day! We had a successful trip to 7-11 and got all 6 kids to carry their own slurpee from the machine to the car without spilling!

My favorite summertime freebie is Chick Fil A's Cow Appreciation Day! We went to 3 different locations and got our fill of chicken, fries and salad for free!  My vegan sister even came to join us and she got oatmeal, a fruit bowl and a southwest salad with no chicken ....by wearing a sign that said "Eat Mor Chikin".  We are thankful for the full life God has given us =)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Worthy of Death

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    I don't even watch the news.....but the supposed shooting at the sodomite bar in Orlando has pretty much taken over my facebook news feed with christians trying to figure out what the correct response is to such an event. For the most part many claiming to believe the Bible are mourning for the loss of these people and calling them innocent victims. The funny thing is most are only mourning the loss of 49 lives lost...not the 50 which includes the shooter. Now why is that? Why are they not mourning the loss of Omar Mateen and airing his life ambitions, holding candle light vigils and donating thousands to a gofundme account to help support his wife and child left behind? I will tell you why: people believe he deserved to die because of the wrong he did. You see our society although far from the God of the Bible we still find it morally unacceptable to support and love unconditionally a person who is a mass murderer, because justice says he deserved death after his evil deeds. That is perfectly correct by the Bible (Gen. 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man).......but there is another group of people God demands the death penalty for....... people are overlooking because they are watching too much Fox News. It's time we as christians stop letting society dictate what evil deeds are worthy of death and turn back to the Bible!!! 

    Let's start with clearing up a common misconception that all sin is just as bad as any other sin. I mean you know if you stole a cookie from the cookie jar or raped a 5 year old....well you know we are all just sinners and deserve a second chance at life right??? Wrong!!! Some sins do not merit a second chance at life they merit the death penalty! Among these capital crimes are rape, adultery, murder, beastiality and wait for it....................homosexuality (Lev. 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."; Romans 1 ) The Bible tells us that there is sin that is greater and there are greater punishments for certain sins. John 19:11 "Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin". Let's please stop acting like all sin is the same, it's a lie from the pit of hell. I would like to see someone turn the other cheek just the same way to someone who stole a pencil off their desk and someone whole molests their child. Yes all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, but not all sin does God give the government the responsibility of administering the death penalty. Romans 13:4 "For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

     From a biblical perspective there are some that deserve to die right away not just live their lives out until the normal course of events plays out and they die like everyone else as part of the curse of sin. For this reason, I have absolutely no problem with the pastors in our country who are taking a stand and saying that the sodomites killed in Orlando were worthy of death. It was wrong the way that they died, because Omar Mateen was not an ordained minister of God to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil....but the truth is if our nation followed the Lord and his PERFECT LAW there would have been no Pulse nightclub shooting because they would have all already had been put to death by the government. The Bible is very clear that the way someone becomes one that goes after strange flesh and lusts after a member of the same sex is because God has given them over to reprobate mind, it's too late for them. I am an independant baptist and it is often mentioned in sermons against calvinism that there is a point where when we reject God the last time, he gives up on you and you will become incapable of receiving salvation. (Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me." For instance in Exodus when Pharaoh hardens his heart against the Lord and then he gets to the point of no return where God hardens his heart and he is no longer capable of turning to the Lord because God has given up on him. After this happens where God has given you up this is when you begin to do animalistic type of behavior like lusting after children, animals and those of the same sex. At this point it's just too late. Please read Romans 1 to see I am telling the truth. People have normal sinful desires of the flesh like stealing or committing adultery who are not reprobate....but no normal person has the desire to take and molest a child. This can only be done by those who have been given over to a reprobate mind, God says in the New Testament by the way that those with a reprobate mind are worthy of death. Read it for yourself. 

Romans 1:18 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Family Photos and a Surprise!

It's been almost 2 years since we have had our family pictures done!! I met a sweet lady out at a festival one morning in Suffolk and we exchanged info and became friends. She gave me her biz card for photos and I told her when we need our pictures done we would definitely call her! I love to support other moms! Since we live so close to a lot of little beaches off shore of Virginia Beach I thought it would be fun to do a shoot in the sand!

Chris and I after 11 years of marriage and 6 children!

Just me and the kiddos!

Just dad and the kiddos!


The children which the Lord hath graciously granted His servants!!!

Look at this kid!! He is so grown up now!! Christian is 10 and towering over his siblings!

Then there is Noah who is a spitting image of Chris!

My sweet Joshua who everyone says looks like me because of his light hair and freckles!

The one and only Logan girl; Miss Rachel as pretty as can be!

Gideon who was less than thrilled to be taking pictures.

and Mr. Moses who is the family baby .........but not for long!!!!