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Week 22
~ Sometimes, the Busyness Helps

I felt pretty good this last week, which was quite the blessing. Not just in the sense of feeling good (finally!!), but also because it was a busy week and I need to have the energy to get through everything. The eldest 5 had dentist appointments in a city that is 1 1/2 hours south of us. The children like going to this office for two reasons: #1.) There is a slide and video games in the waiting room. Yes, I mean an actual slide! Not the cheesy ones that you'd find on a Walmart type of swing set, but the large, enclosed kind you find at a nice park playground. The videos are fun for them since we don't have a TV, Nintendo anything, and we seriously limit their computer time. #2.) They can watch cartoons or a movie while being in "the chair". That's a far cry from when I went to the dentist! I remember when they wouldn't even let you bring in a walk man to listen to (Oh my! did I just date myself with that one!). I like going to this office for one obvious reason: all 5 can be seen in a 2 hour period. Score!!

Unfortunately, Maacah got sick in the morning before we left. I felt so bad for her, but we had to go. We've had this appointment since last September and we had other important errands to run. It's bad enough to be sick, but to be so while traveling is just awful! Damaris got sick on the way down, as well. It has since gone through all but three of us (Adam, Grace, and myself) and I hope that if we're going to get it, it comes before this weekend. We are due to visit some friends then and I don't want any of us to be sick while there.

We then had a catering event on Thursday. It wasn't a big one and they wanted a simple lunch menu (sandwich wraps, chips, fruit, veggies with dip, and dessert), so Adam was able to do it himself. It was a bit of a rush it get it all done, including the county meal, but all was good in the end. It looks like things are picking up with functions and this is good.

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In pregnancy news, I had a horrible bout with heart burn on Sunday. I woke up Sunday morning about 3:30 am in some serious pain! No matter what position I was in, the pain was bad. And it lasted all day and into the night. By evening time, I was also feeling some strong Braxton hicks. I have never felt them this early nor that strong, but this pregnancy has been so weird anyway, that it might as well go all the way! Perhaps it will be more different still in that this baby will come early instead of late. I'm totally cool with that!!

Speaking of labor, at this point we have made the decision not to induce early. From where things are right now, the risks are pretty equal on either side and because there are no definite reasons to cause us to induce, it makes more sense to wait. Of course, there are many things that can happen in four months and if something comes to light that puts the risks higher on the side of waiting, then we will take that into consideration. This is not necessarily a "done and closed" decision, for I don't think it is wise to say "this is what we are going to do no matter what". There is also the aspect of faith. How can I say that I have faith in God, that I trust His judgment, and yet turn around and disprove that with my actions? It seems very hypocritical to me. Therefore, my actions need to mirror my words. If you ask any Christian who strives to live according to what and how God wants them to, you'll find that this is no easy task! Yet, it is one of the most important ones for any Christian to do. I know there will be people who disagree with us on this, and that is fine. It is up to each father and mother to decide what is best for their children. At this junction, this is what we believe to be best.

It seems that time is finally speeding up a bit and the days are passing quicker. There are so many things that I want to accomplish: I want school to be done for the girls by the end of May (I switched Isaac's curriculum mid year, so he is about a 1/2 a year behind the girls. If we went all through the summer, he'd be done about mid September. But we will stop at the end of June and pick up again when the girls start next fall. He'll still be about 10 weeks behind, but he'll catch up just fine), there are some cleaning and small remodeling jobs I want to get done, and there are many sewing projects I have lined up. I completely cheated this year with Easter dresses, though. I usually make matching dresses for all of us, but we are going to a very close friends sons' wedding this summer and those matching dresses are reserved for that. However, the girls look forward to getting new dresses around this time, so I found a dress for each at Goodwill. The neckline needed to be altered on Grace's and both hem lines needed to be shortened some (Grace wears an adult size 12 for the chest and middle, and Maacah wears an adult size 16). Even so, it was cheap, quick, easy, and the girls are happy. For Damaris, she has a dress with butterflies embroidered on it that I had made for Grace when she was this age and I'm fine with the dresses I have. So that leaves 6 dresses, 4 shirts, 2 caps, 2 baby quilts, 1 pinafore, a few slips, some other small sewing projects, clean out and organize the garage, try and finish the girls' room, attempt to repair the water damaged wall in the downstairs bathroom (with Adam's help) . . . all by mid July. Whew! You better believe I'm praying for good days and energy!

Well, that's if for me this week. I hope that all of you are enjoying your spring weather (I think it's finally here, too!!) and the sunshine.

Blessings!
Jennifer

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