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Joy ..

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I am Joy, wife to Daniel and mother to Elaina, Abigail and Zoe. I am a breastfeeding, baby-wearing, pierced pastor's wife. I am in my mid-20's and a crunchy mother who is striving to be a better cook, better provider and to express myself creatively as much as I possibly can. I often admit how... Full Bio
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We FINALLY have a downstairs bathroom! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting  Long, long ago I mentioned our downstairs, pink bathroom was gutted. And I do mean gutted... We hired our brother-in-law (BIL) to renovate the bathroom. I got to d ... Read on »
I could NEVER homeschool... by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting "I could never homeschool!" I have uttered these words. And I have heard countless other people that I know, and strangers, say the same. I hardened my heart toward h ... Read on »
Zzzzzzzzz by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting There are a lot of pictures like this on my phone and apparently my daughter's camera. They love taking pictures of me when I pass out from exhaustion! This happened to be N ... Read on »
We like, we like to potty! We like, we like to potty! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Every time a child is getting ready to potty-train I get that tune stuck in my head but change "party" to "potty". I even sing it. Out loud, to the older girls' emba ... Read on »
Oh hello! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Recognize this guy?! Silas is 7-months and starting to get up on his hands and knees. He's going to be crawling before I know it. So far he just scoots (mostly ba ... Read on »
Hoarding by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting What is up with kids and hoarding? Every little scrap of trash, every little excess piece of ribbon from a package, boxes and bags galore... are treasures to my Abigail. Oh ... Read on »
Homeschool, Vacation, Ballet oh my! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting You know how there are periods in life where it seems like time is just dragging and you're just a big old poo pile of boring? Yes, that was me. But with the start of the ... Read on »
All Done by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The time has come to close the baby-cooker. Silas is our last bio baby. We are so blessed to have five babies from my womb and we also have two little angels awaiting us in ... Read on »
So Not Ready... by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The stores were filled with the smell of fresh pencils and stiff backpacks long ago but I still kept burying "school" in the back of my mind. Since we homeschool we have a l ... Read on »
Babies, babies everywhere! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting If you're anything like me then you can't get enough of birth stories, bellies and babies! So many of my fellow blogging mommas that I stalk, errrrr, follow... have just had ... Read on »
7 Weeks by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting My little redheaded, blue-eyed boy is 7 weeks old! (Photo actually of him at 6 weeks as this post has been sitting in my draft folder for a week, oops!) He's lost ... Read on »
Some Firsts! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Zoe turned 3 last October and she just now got her first haircut! Judah was also in dire need. His hair constantly in his eyes and the back of his hair a constant tangled, f ... Read on »
Five Breastfeeding Journeys by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting After having five babies I have some experience under my belt in regard to breastfeeding. It has not been an easy road. Breastfeeding my babies (or trying to anyway) has bee ... Read on »
Where I annoy you all with photos galore... by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Silas was born 17 days ago. Time is rushing by all too fast. I am trying to absorb it all, trying to memorize the fuzzy lanugo covering his cheeks and back, his funny little ... Read on »
Recovery after Birth by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I was going to write this post about some things we did to make recovering from birth easier this time around. Things like: purposefully staying in bed for  the first 72-hou ... Read on »
Meeting Baby and One Week Old by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting It was very early morning when I went into labor and had baby Silas. Things seemed to happen quick and we played things by ear regarding childcare. Before I knew it Silas wa ... Read on »
The Birth of Silas by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The Home, Water Birth of Silas Daniel June 8, 2013 39 Weeks 1 Day Pregnant Friday, June 7th, 8pm I felt really weird Friday night and went to bed when the kids did a ... Read on »
The baby is here! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting  Please welcome............. Silas Daniel 6/8/2013 6:05am 8lbs 4oz, 20.25-inches long Birth story to come!  Read on »
Baby's Nursery Project by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The other week, when I hit 37-weeks, I felt so much pressure and started having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. I was throwing back water and freaking out that I was go ... Read on »
Any Day - Full Term by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting 37 weeks marks the time in a pregnant woman's journey where her baby is considered "full term". I am over 37 weeks and I'm beyond ready physically BUT I am not doing anythin ... Read on »