Saturday, November 24, 2007

5 arrows

Ready for our latest surprise???

Baby #5 is on it's way! Shocked? Us too! In a good way!

God is good and faithful to give us many blessings we don't deserve. I am so grateful that He sees fit to give Brent and I another gift to love and raise for His glory.

We had a blast telling the kids. I wanted to do it in a memorable way. We looked up a bunch of Bible verses that had to do with "children being a blessing", "olive plants around a table", "we shall not all sleep, but we shall be Changed", etc. Then we wrote the references on slips of paper and stuffed them into balloons. During devotions, they had to pop the balloon, find and read the verse, and figure out "God's message for our family" from those verses. We started with the hardest and most ambiguous, but even by the end they couldn't figure it out. So I whispered in Quinn's ear, "Mommy's going to have another baby". They all laughed. They didn't believe us! Grant even said, "Nuh-uh, Mom's not pregnant. You're just teasing. I can see the twinkle in Daddy's eye!" LOL! After I convinced them that we weren't teasing, Cait just sat there dumbfounded for about 10 minutes! It was funny seeing each of them react in their own different ways. Cait-serious, Grant-disbelief and then talking a mile a minute, Jake- bouncing everywhere, of course, Quinn- just excited that we were popping balloons!

The first week, I felt great. But, shortly after, the "all-day" sickness began. Still going through it. Brent has been fabulous and has truly taken over all the household stuff. Cait's training is really paying off. I'm so glad I put the time in over the past years teaching the kids how to do household chores, because she's able to do just about everything. And the boys are right there to give her a break when she needs it. How did I manage during all the other pregnancies?

1 comment:

  1. What a neat way to tell the kids--even topped ours. Although I don't think you topped the comments. We were in Wendy's when we popped the news about baby #4 (Shawn). Bill did it by praying and thanking God for the new baby. Eric, who was 6 1/2 was oblivious (I guess interested in tucking into his fries!) but Brent was ecstatic and said, "Eric, did you hear what Dad said? Mom is going to have a baby!" Eric looked up from his fries, gave me the once over and said, "Nuh, uh. She's not fat." (Oh those were the days!) Later, that night when I was tucking Eric into bed and he looked up at me and said, "Mommy, will you still love me when the new baby comes?" He loved being the baby and still resents being ousted from that position. When we popped the news about baby #5 we were at ChiChi's (we were moving up in the restaurant world) and Bill made it a game of "Guess which Ranger's wife is going to have a baby?" It took them a while to guess that their dad was that Ranger. And this time 14 year old Carl (now a freshman at Poly) was the one to give me the once-over and said, shocked, "Mom, don't you know anything about birth control?" Of course, that led to another discussion--later.

    Sorry I always turn my comments into my own blog.


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