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    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King. Chicken raiser.
    Lover of Jesus and all things pink and vintage. ♥

The Day Before The Day.

Today is a bittersweet day as it is Lavender’s last day of her first year of life.

{In simpler terms, it’s the day before her first birthday.}

Of course, as with each baby that has grown even though I tell them to stay little forever, it is impossible to believe a full year has gone by already. She is such a beautiful addition and our family would not be complete without our chunky baby.
And yes, as with each sweet baby that has been placed in my arms, my heart has grown miles in love and awe and respect for this calling of motherhood.

I’m so grateful we did not ‘stop’ having children when it was the normal thing to do.

 
I’m so eternally grateful God blessed us with our six daughters. I’m so delighted He gave us Lavender to love and hold and cuddle. She has brought so much fun and joy to our family as the girls experience all a baby’s firsts all over again.  Frequently, as we go around the dinner table sharing our highs and thankfuls of the day, the name “Lavender” is often the thankful from many of the sisters. Those who think children suffer in a big family need to come sit at the dinner table and hear the four year old and eight year old thank God for their little baby sister … there is no suffering here. {Unless suffering means your two year old sister keeps stealing your toothbrush each night, because yes, there is that kind of suffering!}

 

 

Right now, Lavender is just absolutely adorable and so much fun – she’s still not walking but has learned to slowly pull her chubby self up for a few minutes if she is given the opportunity. She’s rarely allowed as we all scoop her up and walk about with her on hip. I’m sure, if she did not have five older sisters, she’d be able to scoot along by now but there are advantages of being the youngest of a big family (such as being carried about all day long). She has a toothy grin now (four teeth) and loves to squish up her nose and smile at us from her high chair. Her hair is still long and dark and hilariously always in her eyes. Her little fists are still chubby and pink. She’s just beginning to {almost} sleep the night which is a mixed blessings for momma.

 

With each child that has joined our family, I am humbled and so grateful the the Lord changed our heart about our family size, back when we only had three children. I see the joys and the blessings of having many children and am grateful we had the opportunity to have more.

 

This year, we have decided to not have a big birthday party – I would rather spend the whole day holding Lavender and spending time with the girls instead of rushing about and ensuring the house is clean, the property is cleared up and the chickens are in their yard.;)I look forward to relaxing in the sunshine with Lavender, cuddling her and just enjoying her special day.

 

I am so blessed and I am so grateful.

 

 

 

April 16, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Courtney - Happy Birthday Lavender!

April 16, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Grandma Cardinal - happy 1st Birthday dearest Great Granddaughter! X

April 16, 2015 - 10:58 am

Kim Robbins - Happy Birthday Lavender!!!

April 16, 2015 - 10:51 am

Lynda Lu Gibb - What a birthday to be celebrated! Happy Day to all of you, especially Lavender on her first birthday! So Blessed!

April 16, 2015 - 2:26 am

Gill Eardley - Happy Birthday Lavender! She’s adorable (aren’t they all!) Lots of love to you and to all the girls Xxx

April 15, 2015 - 8:48 pm

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - Happy Birthday, Lavender!!! We love you so much and can’t wait to give you a big Birthday kiss and hug! xoxo

Kids & Children

Around our home, we don’t call children ‘kids’. We have children – not goats …

 

Until now.
NOW, we have kids.  Kids and children. {Well, year old goats, so I suppose, technically they are no longer kids…}

Yes, somehow after many, many discussions, and with the help of some trusted friends, my husband agreed to let us ‘try out’ goats. So far, I think even he likes the pair we adopted. The girls adore them … thankfully, they are very friendly and gentle with the girls.

 

 

 

Introducing Walter and Mercy …

 

 

 

So far, the pair is super cute and well behaved. We shall see what the future holds and if I have a lot of goat-escaping-stories to tell …right now, we’re just having fun with them, getting them used to Winnie, our Great Pyr, and fencing in the area where they will live. We’ve done research on goats, but experience truly is the best teacher.

 

Walter, being led by our two year old … he’s very gentle …

 

[The main purpose for having goats would be for the milk, however, I do believe momma goat is dry. Mercy is very mild mannered and recently had a kid. We were not able to purchase her baby, however.

 

It’s been a great past few days getting to know the goats – it’s yet another wonderful adventure for the Gauthier girls to experience…

 

April 14, 2015 - 8:57 am

Liz - Oh my goodness!!! How cool!
We’ve put Lillia on Goats milk now (she stil “nurses” ,but I’m 20weeks with little girl 2.0 so no more mama milk!) and she does sooooo much better then cows! So neat to be able to have your own goats for their milk! Hope you’re all well!! Xxx

A-B-C Giveaway

Thank you to those who entered the giveaway from Moore Family Films.

I’m sorry for the delay in writing – it has been busy with Easter and family this past week and April just appeared so quickly!

The winner of the A-B-C- Say it With Me DVD is Erika!

Congratulations, Erika, I know your family and your little  ones will love this precious video. It is never too early to start with Scripture memory for your family!

 

Please email me so I may send your winning DVD your way.

 

 

Thank you again to Moore Family Films for hosting this beautiful giveaway.

 

Welcome, Spring.

 ~~~ Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the A-B-C Say it With Me dvd! ~~~~

Also, use the code “gigi20″ and you will receive 20%% off your order from Moore Family Films until the end of March.

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“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”
Bernard Williams

 

Welcome, spring, with your jolly mud puddles, bright blue skies and adventures waiting to begin in the fresh, clean air.

 

 

 

We spent the last two days outside the entire time … there is nothing like the first day of spring to bring some cheerfulness to your week.

 

 

It’s a delight to see the children run and play and kiss their rosy cheeks at the end of the day. Sunshine does wonders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer

May I ask you something?
One of my dear friend’s little boy has cancer.
Just writing such words seems scary. He is only just two years old.
Yesterday, he started chemo and we are all praying fervently that God will restore his little body … will you say a prayer for him each day over the next month? His family truly needs your prayers as they journey this frightening chapter. I just can’t post on the blog without asking for prayer because this sweet family and this little precious boy are in my thoughts every day … pray that Jesus carries this wee little boy through this challenging month of chemo and testing …

March 22, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Jen Heemskerk - Father God,
I pray for your healing touch upon this small boy. Make every part of his body function the way you designed it to. Wherever there is anything out of balance, set it in perfect working order. Heal him and strengthen his body to successfully endure his workload, and when he sleeps may he wake up completely rested, rejuvenated and refreshed. Give him a strong heart. Sustain him and heal him. Fill him with your joy and give him your strength. Thank you Lord that you are aware of every situation and you have heard our prayers.
Specifically I pray his parents. Give them faith to say “O Lord, my God, I cried out to you and you healed me” (Psalm 30:2) Thank you Lord that you are our Healer- Jehovah Rapha! Lord, you are never far from us and you do not forget us in our time of need. You have seen their tears and surely you will heal! Amen
A special blessing for you both:
“Your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. “~Isaiah 58:8

March 21, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Kristina - Yes, we are praying for this beautiful family every day. I love the image you’ve posted of Jesus carrying this baby through this hard time… I’m going to think of that while I pray for them … and picture Jesus carrying the Mama, too.