Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Welcome, Spring!

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Caroline.  I am only 34 weeks right now but I am becoming increasingly uncomfortable as she has decided to find a good resting spot all the way on my right side which has caused me to limp.  I know my family will be glad when I can function normally and go up and down the stairs. 

I am very excited about our new addition.  Thankfully we finally decided on a name.  After much voting and polling and prayer, we decided against Abigail and for Caroline.  Now all of our girls' names will start with a "k" sound.  I can just see me now getting all tongue-tied trying to call them.  I'm already doing that!

These days we are trying to spend more time outside with the kids.  We enjoy sitting on the front porch.  The swing is my favorite spot!  It's so nice outside right now.  I love Spring!

We finally got our garden planted.  Each child chose a crop that they were going to take care of.  Carson chose cucumbers, Kelley chose corn, and Sam chose bell pepper and watermelon.  We had to go with cantaloupe instead of watermelon, though.  We have also planted squash, okra, tomatoes, and strawberries.  I am trying very hard to develop a green thumb.  Last year's garden was a disaster, simply because I was too lazy to keep it up like I should have.  But we have decided to try to get back to basics as much as possible which is a motivating factor for me to tend to the garden more diligently this year.  I pray that God will bless our efforts.

I am also trying my hand at sewing again.  I really want to be more self-sufficient and learn more homemaking skills so I can teach them to the girls.  I have also started making our own baby wipes, laundry pre-treater and laundry detergent.  I have lots of homemade, frugal recipes I want to try.  Thankfully I have a patient husband who lets me try my hand at different things that will help us to save money.  Not only will it save us money, we are learning more skills and teaching our children the value of a dollar.

Well, it's time to head to the sewing machine.  Hope this project turns out well.  If it does, I'll let you know.

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