The Birth Story of Eleanor Grace

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I have not been a committed blogger this past year for a host of reasons but namely because of the fullness of life. Staying home with our four girls is the most rewarding occupation but there is little time to write. So you may not have even known that we were expecting . . . our FIFTH daughter! This pregnancy was definitely the hardest, and when contractions started around week 37, I had a gut feeling this wee little one would arrive much sooner than our others. And she did. Here is … [Read more...]

Get Out of the House

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This is Day 17 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. Check out my disclosure policy for more info. When you have a new baby, it can be easier to stay home. Baby needs to take a nap. What better … [Read more...]

Wear Your Baby

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This is Day 15 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post contains affiliate links. Check out my disclosure policy for more info. As I mentioned before, with my first child I practiced more of an attachment style of parenting. We … [Read more...]

Seeing the Beauty in Our Struggles

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This is Day 12 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. I apologize for not posting this yesterday. I caught the stomach bug and was in bed for most of the day. The other day I wrote about waiting for a new normal, and I'd like to … [Read more...]

Make Time for God

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This is Day 10 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. Before Abigail was born, I woke up around 5:15 every morning for coffee and quiet time with God. That 30 minutes of quiet concentration helped me focus on Him and His plan for my day. … [Read more...]

Wait for a New Normal

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This is Day 9 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information. With the arrival of a new baby, life as you once knew it will never be the same again. Now, you and … [Read more...]

Don’t Neglect Your Marriage + Date Night Ideas for New Parents

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This is Day 8 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information.  Babies are 100% dependent on their parents. They need someone to feed them, change their diapers, … [Read more...]

Say “No” & Stay Home

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This is Day 7 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information. In my second trimester, I suddenly realized that life with a newborn plus other little people was going to … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Baby Things (for Breastfeeding)

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This is Day 6 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information. Each week this month, I will share with you some of my favorite baby things. I don't think babies require … [Read more...]

Your Baby is a Blessing from the Lord

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This is Day 5 of our series on “Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn” – part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I’ll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information. Sunday is a day of rest, so on the Lord's Day, you will find short posts of encouragement & God's … [Read more...]