This past weekend we dedicated our little #5. Asher Quinn. Since Joels dad is a pastor we have decided to make it a quite family blessing in our backyard. We are beyond honored to have many generations present to pray over our Little one.
2.5 years ago (when i was pregnant with Lydia) I was told i was going to have a full hysterectomy due to some physical complications. God saw fit to heal my body allowing me to deliver her naturally and then in 3 short months become pregnant with Asher.
God wanted him here.
As we gave him back to God yesterday this came flooding back. the Child we didn’t know about but God did. The child that he was storing in heaven to send down. Our son. Our wanted and loved #5. His story (like the others) has its own shape and emotions. Never doubt God purpose for your life, Asher!!
Lately I have been asked a bunch..”hows Lydia adjusting to Asher?’ the simple answer is ‘she is doing fine.’ Our family is large..(according to todays standards.) We had 5 children in 7 years, one right after another. Why do we have so many children? Is it healthy for us? Do we make enough money? You will regret it… the comments could go on and on. But as of this past week, as I look around my little brood of humans.. I see something.. something different.
Yes I long to hold my little baby after 9 long months, Yes I love they way they smell, Yes watching them grow makes me giddy. But is that why we have them? Maybe. But what if that #2, #5, #9th child isn’t about you at all?
What if … its for them. The other humans (littles) in your home?
So the questions HOW is lydia… here are a few snap shots of the last 8 weeks.
Lydia pulled the wipe pkg out and stood on it could she could not see ‘aaa’
asking to hold him for the first time.
Our family is a reflection of love that grows.. grows within my heart as a mother but in the hearts of our other children. Our boys often say.. “when God blesses us with another baby..” Having each one is directly in part to the Fact God wanted the current kent kids to have another sibling. As I see Lydia (who’s first word is “aaaa’ -the simple sound of Aa) and her delight and excitment each morning when she runs room to room hollering “aaaaa” in search of her friend. Her brother. No where in her is jealously or hurt feelings.
Then I see today where Judah and Levi both took special time with her because they wanted to… loving on her showing her she is special.
One doing spelling while holding and gently talking to her, the other sharing a snack together.
What if she was born for them..
What if my large family has nothing to do with me or superman but all to do with THEM…
them needing each other
them wanting each other
God loving them enough.
What if its NOTHING about us.. but all about God’s plan?
A few months backed Joel and I decided that it was important for me to ‘date’ each of our children before our newest little arrives in Jan. For many reasons we went this route..
- for the next MANY months i will be toting an infant (who will likely be nursing)
- they need to having special one-on-one with mom
- seeing me non-stressed doing fun things with just them.. I mean who doesn’t want that?!
- giving them quality time..something we ALL crave no matter the age..
We originally planned to do the 3 older ones one right after another.. then we got sick and life happened.. so it ended up being a few weeks between each one.. BUT finally Sunday Judah and I completed the dates.
First up was Levi… as with all our dates we let the child pick what to do and then we talk about it… It is pretty much free rain on food but the activity is normally free or relatively cheap.. So Levi choose
Freddys for dinner and Toysrus to look for a gift to bring to baby brother when he comes to visit..(isn’t this the sweetest thing EVER!?!)
we found this adorable brown patting-ton bear with a green hat .. it was soo cute and HE was so proud!
Then Selah and I went on a modified date.. I had errands to run and she wanted to join .. so we combined it as her date:)
a bit of rain calls for poke a dot rain boots DUH! 🙂
pizza at sams:)
Judah ended up being last due to the yuckies that arrived the night he and I were to go out … He wanted to go the arcade (at walmart… we really don’t get out much:) then Crackle barrel to eat…
I taught him how to play the game.. something i was shocked he didn’t know who to do..but i guess when we go we are busy with all the eating we never showed him.. he did really good!
Then Fruitty Tutti for dessert!
These are some of my favorite times with my kids.. spending time chatting and doing things they love is so much fun. it cost maybe $20 a date but a lifetime of memories.. Judah kept saying.. this is my favorite night mom.. i love date nights. Selah now thinks anytime we are alone in the car together its a date. Showing my kids they are special and IMPORTANT to me and getting into their head is something i want to grow… setting time away now when they are little and making it a priority will only allow us their parents to speak into thier life when they are older because we have set up traditions and time for us to ‘hang out or chat!” love this journey with my littles!:)
SOOO do you date or do something special with your kids??
This weekend we cleaned the house took down all things fall/thanksgiving and began gearing up for Christmas.. As with everyone I know pulling out the totes and totes of christmas stuff is a bit of joy all in itself! So we began…
After all the totes were pulled out and the santa hats were found.. we headed off for our annual tradition of ‘going on a tree hunt’ – (this is year 8!!)
Lydias first trip!
going on a tree hunt!
Aunt Heathers first time cutting down the tree.. she picked hers out RIGHT away!
WE found it!
love this shot…
big brothers cut
2nd brothers turn
you know sis has got to try!
The tree lot we go to has santa .. 🙂
tradition.. Each child has a box.. and in it goes their ornaments.. (they get one a year that describes them that year) They were sooo thrilled to open and explore.. then they each put theirs on the tree. IT was so cute to see Selah’s all in one spot on the bottom of the tree:)
trimming the tree
all finished and so very beautiful!
So that is just a peek into our weekend!! Now to begin our count down to Christmas and #5’s arrival! Love this season and all the joy it brings!!
Our little Taco (Judah) turned 4 this year and when they are four we have allowed them to play a sport. Levi did when he was 4 and had so much fun! Judah has been looking forward to it for years.. Well this year was his year! We signed him up got his uniform and made the weekly trek to the field every tuesday night for practice and every Saturday for games.. Today was his last game, in which he made a goal (always good to end on a good note) and had his team party.
Here is a recap in pictures and captions of our sweet soccer boy!
making our weekly family trip for practice!
He had no idea what he was doing so the first few games we did a lot of ball chasing!! BUT at least he looked cute doing it!
About two games ago Judah suddenly realized that if he ran towards the goal when the other team had the ball he could block it. (yes it might have been 10 games in BUT hey he did it on his own:) AND he actually blocked quite a few! Proud moment for both judah and us!
working on his new skill- goalie!
As I mentioned today was the last game. His team was named team sharp..(that was the coaches last name) These boys played wither is was HOT (in which it was) or FREEZING (which many times it was) and WINDY!! These boys never complained and just played their little hearts out!
such a cute group of boys! all 4 & 5 year olds!
After the game (and Judahs goal!!) they received trophies and got cupcakes!
Our Judah ben!
His weekly fan club!!
Not sure if Soccer will be on his agenda next year but with a little training i think he could do a great job! Not to mention Selah will be turning 4 and will be joining the tradition .. although lucky for us she wants to do an indoor sport.. ballet!
Last year we decided to switch things up a bit … for Christmas we have always done 3 gifts. Why .. well Jesus only got 3 AND because my children are beyond blessed to receive many gifts throughout the Christmas season .. so why just continue to throw gifts at them!?! My kids don’t make lists, so listening to them all year long to find out what they really want is so so much more meaningful! AND we feel that those 3 gifts from us should count.
BUT not break the bank.. our budget on all 4 kids is 150$. TOTAL (not each). Last year we decided to change the 3 gifts to 2 gifts and do a Christmas Experience with each child. Levi’s was to legoland, Judah was to ride a horse. Selah didn’t get the concept so we decided they had to be 3.
A few weeks ago we took Selah on her Experience. She as with every other girl in America loves Frozen.. so we took her to see Frozen on Ice. My sister-n-law found some amazing tickets and we were all able to go for $60. (5 of us!!) I went to Walmart and picked up Elsa and Anna shirts and light up bracelets and planned on getting a treat once we arrived.
arriving at the rink.. she was in heaven!
We had amazingly close seats and sat with Joels family. It was fun to see the excited of my niece and my daughter as each character was introduced! Having my in-laws there was so nice and festive!! 🙂
My 3 oldest littles
We decided to take all the older ones to each experience.. we just make it more about the one.. and that one gets the special ‘extras’. BUT all 3 kids LOVED the show!
Seriously beautiful and so worth every penny!
Like I said Joels family joined in on the fun.. Great memories for all!
the whole crew minus lydia (and WITH 2 growing babies in tummies!)
The grands with the grands!
So Selah will only receive 2 gifts from us.. but will have this memory for a long time we hope! Love doing special things with our family. TIME is a gift and we are giving it to them in the form of a christmas gift!:) Now to get the boys set up and pick out their 2 gifts!!!!
Do you do any fun christmas tradition!??