Thursday, June 02, 2016

Look at the Whitney's Roller Skate!

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Saraina, Paloma, Joshua, Granny Beverly, Patience, Autumn, Kadin, Levi, and Eden!


 
Today our Pastor skated with us!
Look at fast Kadin.
Kadin and Saraina in the races.
Patience and Joshua.
 
Paloma and Levi.
Saraina.
Levi loves to skate!

Do you like to skate?

Written by Joshua

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Eight is GREAT!

That's our new slogan.  Pops came up with it.

EIGHT IS GREAT!

Pops having fun with his kiddos.
That's what my (always funny) husband said when we found out we were expecting another little Whitney kiddo.

EIGHT IS GREAT!

Catchy, isn't it?

Yay!  Not too old to climb!
On our way to MD and NJ last month I told William that I thought my eggs were cracked at this point.  What I was getting at is that I felt that I was too old to bear children.  He laughed and said no way!

Upon seeing the "positive" result for the eighth time, I... I could only LAUGH.

I think I kinda understand (not really, of course!) how Sarah must've felt when she was told that she would bear a son in her old age.  I'll be 39 years old when little one arrives.  Isn't that too old?

Well, that's what our children-hating culture would have us all believe.  The world screams kids are too expensive, too much work, and inhibit your freedom from doing more meaningful things.

Hmmm, so supposedly I'm missing out on something more?

But, as the Lord is always timely, He had me read a very helpful article from Above Rubies shortly after finding out that He was entrusting me to have another life grow inside me.  Here are a few things that challenged my thinking on having babies later in life:

"Did you know that women are in the childbearing years until they reach menopause?"

"Well, if God wanted us to stop childbearing at 35 years, He would have planned for us to go through menopause at that age.  But, instead God purposed our bodies to be able to conceive until menopause."

"Many people argue that they are too old for more children, and so they choose not to have any more...  The interesting thing is that these same people do not think they are too old for the workforce."

Talk about giving me hope!  There were other stories about women having their best pregnancies later in life and being such better mothers from the years of experience.  Women were sharing stories of hard work mothering kids but were totally JOY-filled and seeing the abundant blessings.

Yep.  I got stories myself of hard work and abundant blessings!

Lee Lee... all wide-eyed

Patience - all smiles and giggles
Autumn Glo Baby


Lo Lo always on the go-go

Funny-guy Kadin

Big sis Saraina



J-man, the eldest


That served to further my desire to adopt one day, Lord-willing, as well.  Even when He closes my womb, I hope we will still be able to serve Him through adoption.  Oddly, the more children I have, the more I want to adopt!

So, on this Mother's Day, I celebrate my mother who chose to give me life, my husband's mother who chose to give him life, and I celebrate the Lord God who is the Author of Life.  He is the One who opens and closes the womb.  He is the Giver of every good gift. He is the One who gives and takes away.  He is God.  We are not!


EIGHT IS GREAT!



And, I laugh again... marveling at His amazing kindness to a sinner who has been forgiven.

Remembering Baby Levi's Birth Story

So, it all went down on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

Lest we forget the details, Levi, here's what your birth day looked like:

Mama's remembrance--
~ Cooked 21 eggs, oven-fried potatoes, bacon, and bread w/ butter for breakfast
~ Pops and kiddos went outside to get the garden under control till lunchtime while I did stuff in the house
~ Pasta w/ broccoli for kiddos lunch while William and I had leftover spinach with ginger pork pasta
~ Took a last minute trip to IKEA looking for hooks and to allow me to walk a bit
~ Arrived home and rushed to get dinner on the table while William bathed the little three
~ By God's grace, we had roasted chicken, corn, rice with gravy
~ Took Autumn and Patience upstairs to get ready for night night and my water broke as I was changing Patience's diaper

Soooo, labor began almost exactly at 7pm, just as I had hoped!  So very kind of our Lord! How I don't deserve His kindnesses!

- William did the family devotion with the kiddos (2 Peter 2) while I was in the bathroom
~ William then washed all the dishes/cleaned up post-dinner
~ At 8pm the bigger kids were sent to bed though Kadin kept saying he "really wants to see the baby being born"
~ At 8:10pm William decides to clean the downstairs bathroom b/c he "just didn't get to it earlier"

~ Took shower and noticed my water was not clear but green and kinda gloppy.  Prayed and then called my midwife back.

William takes over the story from here...

Daddy's remembrance-
Midwife Christina arrived around 10:45pm and checked all the vitals - all was well!  She had wisely advised the green and gloppy water might indicate that baby had pooped in the womb.  But that didn't necessarily mean we had to rush over to the government run hospital or freak out.  We had prayed and the color of the water did change.  Yippee.

By the time Christina arrived a calm mellowness had settled upon the Whitney house.  Mama was only having mild contractions and we thought maybe this one would run longer than normal?  Always a trooper, Mama decided to hunker down and get busy with birthing.  Swatting helped the progress and within an hour things were starting to percolate!

We were gathered in our "office".  (Most people would call it a living room but we call it an office).  Some strong contractions were rolling in and Mama decided to go for a vertical, upright delivery.  She didn't think she could do it and said as much to me and the Midwife.  I said to Mama "yes you can" and she believed me!  She gathered up all her might and started pushing baby out.

Christina continued to be real laid back and made me wonder if I was going to have to catch the baby!  Mama was leaning on a small coffee table and Christina said "there's the head".

Mama's remembrance-
At this point, the Lord reminded me of something I read about pushing slowy, not rushing, when there is evidence of baby having a bowel movement in the womb.  How the Holy Spirit moves b/c my brain generally doesn't remember much, esp. in labor!  When the baby has a bowel movement in utero, as the green water indicated, there is a risk of the baby taking in the waste (merconium).  To battle that, when baby's come out super fast, there is often a bit of extra distress which can cause the baby to ingest it.  What I read was when mothers slow the birth process down and gently allow the baby to come out, there is less stress and thereby less likelihood for baby to end upo with the merconium issue.

Back to Daddy's remembrance:
Sure enough, one more good push and the baby came out no problem into Christina's hands.  It's a boy!

He looked real good and we were elated.  We had already picked out the name - Levi Ean Whitney.  His name follows alphabetically after his two older brothers...JKL for the first name....and CDE for the middle.

Christina asked what time it was and the clock on the wall read 12:07am.  His birthday was July 15!  About a week later we realized we keep that clock about 10 minutes fast to help us get places on time.  So Levi's real birthday is July 14 but the government will always have it down as July 15.  Levi Ean - welcome home!!!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Anyone Fighting the Flu?

We are back from our big trip south and the kiddos are beginning 2013 with fevers and runny noses.  In fact, ALL seven kiddos are down for a nap!

So, they may all have the flu.  I don't know and I won't be running to the doctor to find out.  Remedy is rest, water, and real, nutrient-dense food.

Unfortunately, many parents will do what the medical community tells them and pump themselves and their kids with antibiotics!  If you feel compelled to give your kids (or yourself!) an antibiotic, read THIS and prayerfully consider what is best.

Time to run.  Naptime is over!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Open For Business!

We have officially started our first family business!  Praise God!

For years we have dreamed and prayed to work together on some kind of family business.  Never did we even consider a direct sales venture.  I mean, I'd fallen foolishly for those in the past.  (Ahem, have you seen my Creative Memory scrapbooks and Southern Living items?)

Our dream of a family business included chickens and a farm yet now they actually include things you can use on a farm.  In fact, our new home-based business includes items for which everyone can benefit.

Interested in hearing and seeing more, pop over to our website and discover what REAL CLEAN is all about!

As always, we'd love to hear from you!

Friday, October 19, 2012

East Aurora High School Board - Another Reason to Homeschool


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This is what I call too close to home.  In fact, the above picture was taken, literally, just down our street.  If we didn't homeschool, this is what our kiddos indoctrination would include.  This is what kids in our country are learning!?!?

Wake up, people.  Government schools do not work.  Read the link below for more information...

East Aurora High School Board of Education Adopts Radical Policy on Gender Confusion | Illinois Family Institute

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Why We Eat Organic

Well, you may think we're off our rocker for only eating organic but here's a video to help you understand why.  Though we ultimately see it as how we are to steward our bodies, this short video shows other reasons to forgo conventional.  May it encourage you to as well!