A Day in My Life

Happy Zephaniah Day

Valentine’s Day…It was never that big a deal for me. I liked giving treats and I LOVE pink and sparkles but it just wasn’t a huge thing.

Now my Birthday WEEK is another story!

Back to Valentine’s Day, it just wasn’t that big a day…until it was!

Not everyone knows what Valentine’s Day is for our family, so I will take a minute to share.

I had Kinley, our 6th child on April 10, 2011. She was born a little earlier than she should have been. Her birth story, I will save for April, but I will say this, drama was involved and it left me concerned about my next pregnancy.

When I went to my Doctor, he said, yep, you’re pregnant. I should have tied your tubes last time. Now, he was normally funny and joked whenever I would come back pregnant again but I was not at all amused by his “joking” this time. As we walked out, Andy said, “What did you think of this visit?”

I said, it made me uncomfortable and I didn’t want to go back.

That afternoon I started calling OBGYN’S out of the phonebook! No LIE (kids, it was this book full of phone numbers, so cool!)

Anyway, I called several and finally landed on the perfect one. I called and said I need to ask a few questions. Number one, how does your doctor feel about multiple c-sections? Number 2, how does he feel about large families?

She said well, I think he is ok with multiple c-sections and he’s Catholic!

I was like fantastic, not sure what issues he may have but a large family won’t be one!

We made our appointment and were a bit hesitant and nervous to get again be treated with the typical reactions we were used to.

We explained what had happens with our previous birth and what our doctor said.

He said well, you are pregnant now and there is nothing you can do about that, we will do the best we can! He was calm, gracious and comforting.

I immediately knew we had found my Dr.

Now, since this was not my first rodeo, I was like listen, I have 6 kids, do I have to come every two weeks. He said “No, I trust you but there will come a time when you have to trust me.”

With this pregnancy, I had more pain with the others, I called in because it was hard for me to discern if something wasn’t right or if I was just old or my pregnancies were just so close together.

I was told to come in. I didn’t have a bag, didn’t have a baby bag, we just went in.

The big question of the morning seemed to be if I was going to be given the steroid shot to help the lungs. I was only 31 weeks and it was best to wait as long as possible.

Our doctor decided to give me the shot and then called in the high risk Dr. for my ultrasound. (I saw a high risk doctor also during the pregnancy)

I was given the choice of spending the night there in case I needed to deliver or going downtown to Centennial or Vanderbilt.

My doctor said if your baby has to be intubated, he will have to be transferred. I had been under the impression that if my baby needed the NICU this hospital was the rage NICU I would need, so I was a little taken aback.

I did NOT want to go to Centennial, Vandy has an excellent children’s hospital but I would not be able to stay with the baby.

I said, what are the chances the baby will need to be intubated?

He said “60/40”

I said which one is 60 and which one is 40?

He said “60% chance he won’t be.”

I said, we will take it.

He left to go back to the office While I had my ultrasound. It looked like there was some fluid leaking but he was going to call our Dr.

Our doctor came in around 11:30ish and said, “I told you there would come a time you would have to trust me. This is that time.”

While it is not yet an emergency, you will be having your c-section today, at 1:00.

I was prepped for a hysterectomy. Andy had to go home and grab some things, make arrangements for the children. I started to get nervous that he wouldn’t even be back in time.

We wanted to be surprised with wether it was a boy or girl but the Lord has given me the name Zephaniah. Which, I just didn’t understand at the time. Not sure why? Read Zephaniah!

He was born and he was perfect! He didn’t even have to be intubated!

He was the sweetest and the nurses said he had Rod Stewart hair! hair

Although much to the name nazis dismay, it took us three days to officially name him. Zephaniah Seven.

In the midst of Zephaniah, there is this verse

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Zephaniah has been a joy to our family since birth. He has the most joyful personality and he is always singing.

This is what I wrote on his first Birthday.

Fantastic end to a wonderful Valentines day. One year ago today at 31 weeks, we were blessed with the surprise of another son. 3 days later, we named him Zephaniah, “the Lord has protected, treasured” and what a treasure he has been. I have truly been blessed! We thank God for seeing fit to trust our family with his treasure, Zephaniah Seven! I love you son! You may be small but you will grow up to do mighty things for His kingdom!

Happy 6th Birthday to our joyful Zephaniah!

A special thank you to Dr. Sizemore for being the best Dr. EVER!

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A Day in My Life

Easy is often Lazy

God is not committed to our comfort. He is committed to our character

Mary southerland

Do you ever have those moments where you realize you have been a TOTAL SLACKER?

I said slacker because as a rule, I am not a lazy person. Inconsistent, yes, easiest route…sadly, often. Lazy?? Not so much.

I realized today, I have been not only a slacker but I have also been lazy!!

When I started homeschooling my oldest two, everything was new and exciting to all of us. They could cook at 6 and 7. Clean like professionals, tend to the animals and on occasion preach a sermon or two!

As they got older, I seemed to be always either pregnant or nursing a newborn…or both.

The children all started to grow but instead of teaching the littles to do what the bigs did, it was easier to just have the bigs do it!

I would let the littles help with cooking or baking and cleaning but overall, it was easier to just do it or have the big kids do it.

Had I been teaching them all along, they could completely do it on their own now.

I have found it easy to become lazy in spiritus development too. Need a verse for a specific situation? There’s an app for it, google it, there a shortcut for it.

Had I continued reading and searching, I could have all the verses I needed in a moment memorized.

Health and Fitness. Looking back over the last 2.5 years, I realized I haven’t made a lot of progress. My thought process was, I am not lazy, I’m working out everyday and killing it! Looking back, I am frustrated with where I would be now, had I stuck with what was hard at the moment, the nutrition. Had I stuck with it all, having to relearn nutrition and start over again with progress .

Looking back over these last several years, I am thankful God spends time refining us. He isn’t committed to our comfort, he doesn’t want complacency, he’s committed to our character. He wants to continue to refine us.

Looking back…looking back is a waste of time. Today, I am looking forward. I will look forward to continual learning and continuing refinement!

A Day in My Life

Convicted Much

IMG_9367.JPGHave you ever had one of those mornings? You know, the ones when your intentions don’t line up with reality? I am not gonna lie, I have them most days!

First,  Full disclosure:  If you are here, looking for grammatically correct perfection, move along, you won’t find it here! As a home schooling mom of 7, I teach my children all the rules but honestly, when I get five seconds to type something from my cellphone, I am just happy if it sounds co-herent.

If you are looking for politically correct, don’t offend anyone, don’t stand firm in your beliefs, move along.

If you are here, looking for someone who has it all together, you have come to the wrong place!

If you are looking for a hot mess that is just trying to balance being a godly woman, a daughter, a wife, a mom, a friend a somewhere in there still have a moment of me time, I’m your girl! I am just trying to figure it out and I fail…DAILY! Don’t believe me? Just ask my family! Stating with the six year  old……..which leads me to…

Are you convicted much? My morning started with a 6 a.m. workout alarm, which I promptly ignored, because I could not lift my right hand. My fault, who knew picking the pepperoni  off a gluten packed pizza would cause a reaction…..oh wait…I did :/  But  anyway, after having gone back to sleep for a bit and then waking back up to the daily “mom, what’s for breakfast?” apparently I was asked by two children if they could be the breakfast helper. (That will be important later) I put my eye drops in, temporarily blinding myself, stumble around getting dressed and head to the kitchen.

My sweet sweet son Hudson had gotten all the supplies out for oatmeal. I tell how much to add of the items to add and I head off to grab all of my devotions that I have left and personal development items for the morning. I come back to the kitchen and as Hudson is adding the last couple things, my six year old comes in. “Mom, you said I could help make breakfast.”

Hmmm I’m sorry! I don’t remember that. I told Hudson he could help.  I finish instructing Hudson and I come sit down to start my devotions. It’s a book I have already finished but I pick it up again every now and then. I open it and land on day fifteen.

#p31Goal

No matter the task, my work ethic remains

PERFECTION! I desire to have a good work ethic! I often struggle with being consistent with my personal development and working by business!

I am highlighting “In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing things well” (Romans 12:6).

YES!! I love this verse! I am an encourager.  God has given me the gift of encouraging. I do this well…this thought is interrupted by the loud whine of Kinley….”MOM, you said I could help make breakfast!” (Yes, those of you that have 7 or more children may feel free to completely judge me for my parenting fail of having allowed children that whine! You are going to want to leave now because I will totally loose my countenance in the next dice minutes)

Kinley, I am sorry. You can help tomorrow.

Screaming begins. Kinley, go to your room. Full on screaming tantrum commenseses! Being the Amazing mother I am….I ignore her because DUH..I am having my DEVOTIONS!

I continue to read….”Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work, planning, knowledge or wisdom.”

Screaming is now LOUDER

Awesome mom, still ignoring….

Michelle Myers speaking to me from the pages of this book….

“Doesn’t this fill you with a sense of urgency? Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not promised. We have to act now. ”

Yes! Yes it does Michelle, I get it!

The screaming is going something like this..mommy lied to me. Mommy Lied. MOMMY LIED TO ME.

“We have to act now. It might not be tomorrow…”

I KNOW MICHELLE, I’m trying!! But this kid WILL NOT STOP SCREAMING!

Mommy proceeds to loose it….Kinley, shut up….one of the worst things I ever say. I cannot stand that…..and it should be noted, it does not stop the screaming….

My husband, now disturbed from work comes up from his office to see what could possibly happening to his family.

Ummmm, she’s having a tantrum, apparently I lied to her..

She’s still screaming.

“Well, are you going to discipline her?”

I am just going to ignore her!

I keep reading….

“Whatevever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, and not for human masters.”

#Conviction

WHATEVER YOU DO-DO IT WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART!

I tell this to my husband quite often since his company was purchased. Remember who your boss is. Do your work as unto the Lord!

I apply that for my business 100%

I have Forgotten that with my family! My most IMPORTANT job!!! I AM CALLED first and foremost to be a wife and mother! I am entrustsed to the care and nurture and training of these little ones!

I put my book down. I marched into her room and I scooped her up and instead of diciplining her out of anger, I held her. I hugged her, I loved on her. And then I prayed! I prayed for forgiveness for both of us for being disobedient in our actions and I prayed we would remember each day was a gift, we aren’t promised tomorrow, let us use our gifts and talents to bless others, let is do ALL our work as unto the Lord and let us THANK HIM that his Grace is new every day because I have used it up from the day before!