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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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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 »
Cancer by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Sometimes it feels like your world is crumbling underneath your feet. That when one bad thing happens it causes a domino effect of other bad things to happen... A week ag ... Read on »
IG Randoms by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Been awhile since I shared photos so for those of you who don't follow me on Instagram (@joybellejewelry) here are pictures from the last couple days of the kidlets.  ... Read on »
35 Weeks by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting We're having a baby next month! It's still surreal to me that a little person is going to be coming out of my belly. It's still surreal that they're going to be so tiny. It ... Read on »
Finally! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I think spring is finally sticking! We're going to the zoo tomorrow (why am I still up?!). We have been playing outside a ton, getting sunshine. Even though I'm beyond uncom ... Read on »
Baby Names by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I cannot remember if I ever mentioned the baby names we have picked out. I may have so forgive my tired brain if I'm just repeating myself. If baby is a girl her name wi ... Read on »
Single-Digit Countdown by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting This past Friday I hit 31-weeks. Down to single-digit countdown (week-wise anyway) BUT of course estimated due dates are *estimates* and just an approximation of when baby c ... Read on »
In the Dumps - Homeschool Update by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Okay so I sat here for quite a long time before writing this. Not really sure what to say or how to say it but... I got the school blues! I get so pumped up and have so many ... Read on »
6 Years Ago... by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting ... God gave me you! Happy 6th Birthday my sweetheart! Such a happy baby and a happy girl who loves to encourage others and make them feel special. We went t ... Read on »
The Latest by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Okay so I have started writing posts and then have been so tired that I just shut the computer off, hence my silence. Here are some recent pics from my phone (sorry if you'r ... Read on »
Roll Call! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I just updated my list of "Blogs I Love" on my right-hand sidebar. I have so many others that I love but my laptop battery is about to die and it's way past my bedtime. I th ... Read on »
Birth Kit by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I just ordered my birth kit! What is that?! A birth kit is a kit of essentials that families buy for their home birth which are not provided by the midwife (in some cases pe ... Read on »
Emotional Breakdown by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Can I just fast forward to June? I know, cherish these moments and all that jazz. But the hormonal mess makes me feel, well, hormonal. Being happy and content one minute and ... Read on »
Keeping the Sickies at Bay by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting What are your tips and tricks for helping to keep the family healthy?! I thought I'd share a little bit about what our larger-than-average family has been doing this seas ... Read on »
My Studio by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I've taken over Judah's old room! I decided I was too tired to repaint so blue it will remain. I added pink curtains for a girly flair and am still working to pull the room ... Read on »
Testing by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Trying out the Blogger app. I can post pics from my phone. Woo hoo! Read on »
Snowed in! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I finally have pictures to share! Yesterday we were snowed in and today we decided to try to find the snow shovel and dig out the vehicles (and by "we" I mean "Daniel"). T ... Read on »
Musical Rooms by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting So yesterday morning, right after breakfast, I got the itch to put Judah's crib in Zoe's room to let the bedroom-sharing commence. Except his crib wouldn't fit out the door. ... Read on »