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    Mother to six Little Women and Two Little Men. Married to a Happy Mortician. Caretaker to goats, chickens and many, MANY bunnies. Photographer. Homeschooler. Lover of Jesus, coffee & tea and all things pink & vintage.

Thank You, Jesus.

On this Good Friday …

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For you and your family to listen to tonight – pop some popcorn, sit together and let your heart be touched by this powerful Resurrection story:

https://lamplighter.net/c/titus/

Luther’s Birth Story

 

Luther’s birth story …

The morning was fresh and clear. I hopped out of bed, as well as a pregnant women could hop, and slipped downstairs for my morning quiet time and coffee. The house was blissfully peaceful as I kindled up the cookstove and put the kettle on to boil. Grabbing my favorite heart shaped cast iron pot, I prepared a pot of healthy, stick-to-your-belly oatmeal for our breakfast.
I’m sure I will have this baby soon … I thought, as I sat down somewhat wearily on my rocking chair near the cookstove. Perhaps this was a good morning to quickly pop out to the store and buy our youngest daughter her much-needed rubber boots for spring. Goodness knows, rubber boots spring holes when you need them the most.

 

A quick run into our local department store was a huge wake up call to me – I do my grocery shopping at 7 a.m. and usually have a lovely, quiet grocery store to wander through, without lines and with very few customers. Not this particular day — I did not realize the Covid crazy-shoppers were hitting the store in a mad procession at the same time! My normally quiet grocery store was jam packed with people, all hovering about the groceries and toilet paper (and pop and chicken fingers?) and creating huge lineups all over the department store. Wow, I knew I needed to get out of the store and leave the panic behind. With the purchased rainbow rubber boots, I headed back to my car (parked miles and miles away – and strangely enough, I thought, this walk could start labour!) and gladly returned to my safe haven of home.

 

The children were already eating their breakfast with their daddy and were ready for the day when I arrived home. Husband headed off to work at the funeral home and I called the children to order. Looking at the calendar, I told them this was probably the last weekend we’d have before baby -so I announced a nice long list of to-dos we could accomplish in the morning to get our house cleaned up.

I proceeded to the basement to clean up and tidy up the winter coats … lifting one box changed everything … yes, indeed, was that my water breaking? Hmmm. Oh dear …. yes, I think it is, I was thinking …. I walked slowly upstairs, shocked, as this labour was a little earlier than I anticipated … and dialed my husband’s cell phone number.

“I think you need to come home … I think my water just broke,” I said, shakily, into the phone’s receiver.

Husband headed right back home – after all, with eight babies, who knows how fast #9 will come? I sat down immediately and froze on the rocking chair. In the past, labour starts very quickly with water breaking so I was nervous to even move. I called the children back, told them to scrap the big to do list, just do your regular chores as we would be HAVING a baby that day! They were all so excited, jumping around, running to grab their brooms, change their clothes to their special baby day outfits and get the house ready for the midwives!
My husband arrived home – we called the midwives and then dialed up my mother in law to see if she would take all the little children to her house for the day. Most of my births have been in the night time so we have been able to have children home during home births. However, this time, being a day birth, it would be more appropriate if they were spending a peaceful, fun day at the grandparents.

Once the children were excitedly and with high anticipation packed up and ready for a day at the Grandparents, we waited for the midwives. The first midwife (a lovely, lovely lady) showed up and did some checking and confirmed, yes, my water had broken. Now it was time to just prepare and wait for labour …

Thankfully, the morning and the rest of the day was very peaceful.  I had a nice pot of soup on the stove, the house was cleaned (mostly) and things were pretty prepared.  My two eldest daughters (ages 16 and 13) stayed home instead of going to the grandparents – as they decided it would be a great day to be home to welcome their newest sibling! I was thrilled they wanted to stay and be a part of this special day. While we waited for labour to really begin, I went for a walk with my eldest daughter and our Basset Hound through the fields … she also baked some muffins to go with the soup for lunch and my other daughter went to town with daddy to purchase an infant car seat.

 

All was very peaceful.

We had to choose whether or not we would want to home birth or not as the baby was a tiny bit early by home birth standards – although it is rather intimidating to hear statistics and facts of a home birth vs. hospital birth and the reasons why maybe you should go to the hospital …. we opted for a home birth. With a great feeling of security and faith nestled deep in my momma soul, I knew home was the place to be. I had not even though about the CoVid virus and the chaos of the world outside, but I just knew home was the safest and best choice. By 2 p.m., my labour really began  …  with prayers and encouragement from the midwives, everything progressed just perfectly. By 4:30, it was time to enter the tub for a water birth … 10 minutes later … we were welcoming our newest little one into our arms – a boy! Our third boy!
! Praise God! A beautiful, healthy (tiny) boy – oh, I was so thrilled!

 

Thank you, Jesus – these are always my first words after a baby is born! He was here, he was healthy, he was safe in my arms and just beautiful. We called the two girls into the bathroom to meet their newest sibling – oh, they were so excited! Lyla was able to cut the cord – what a memory! I loved seeing the joy in their faces as they met their newest little baby brother, Luther.

Because Luther was born a smidge early (36 weeks) and was also tiny (5.1lbs) , the midwives strongly suggested he should be taken to the hospital to watch his sugar levels for 48 hours. After hearing the possible dangers of a small baby’s problems, my husband had left the bedroom and came back with the baby car seat and his coat on – he was ready to take Luther to the hospital. And yet I felt another great peace within. Home. Home is safe and here in my arms, nursing on demand. With much prayer backing our decision, we opted to stay home again- I truly felt peace with decision and did not have fear or worry. In fact, I told the midwife, “I have lots of faith.” I just knew in my heart the safest place for our tiny baby would be at home, in my arms, in the security of his healthy home. [I am so thankful that we have choice here in Ontario – choice to home birth and choice to make decisions in these situations. I am so grateful!]

Once the baby details were taken care of … 🙂 …  we called the grandparents to bring back the rest of the children. It was evening by this point and I knew the children were pretty anxious to meet their newest sibling. Once they arrived home, they lined up outside our closed bedroom door, giggling, shouting, anxious to see the baby and find out if it was a boy or girl …. they were so cute, waiting outside, yelling, “Let us in! We’re ready!”

 

My husband opened the bedroom door and in rushed a herd of happy children – jumping onto the bed and peeking into the bundle of blankets – a boy, they cried! Another boy! They were absolutely delighted! It was so wonderful to hear their happy cries.

 

God is so good and we are all so thankful and blessed to have this newest little baby boy to love, to raise, to cuddle and cherish. Every time I look into his sweet angelic face, I thank God for the blessings He has given us … and I am so thankful that little Luther is healthy and here safe in my mothering arms.

Laid sweetly against my chest every night, I sigh and lay my head on the pillow, whispering, “Thank you, Jesus, for filling my arms and heart again.”

 

 

 

P.S. Luther means, “Leader of the People” – I wonder what God has in store for our ninth child?

 

April 9, 2020 - 2:54 pm

Lynnea Precious and wonderful!!

April 6, 2020 - 5:48 pm

Monica Absolutely Heaven! I loved every single detail. I LOVE, LOVE the pictures of Luther with the siblings/individual siblings. What a blessing! God is indeed good.

April 6, 2020 - 12:56 pm

Sherry Varkel Congratulations Gillian and Abby and family! Luther is just perfect Blessings to all of you ❤️

April 6, 2020 - 10:19 am

Paula Thank you Jesus for all of you…..Congratulations.

April 5, 2020 - 9:18 pm

Teresa @ SF Thank u for sharing … what a handsome little man

April 4, 2020 - 10:08 pm

Teresa Congratulations on your amazing gift from God, he is so handsome

April 4, 2020 - 9:03 pm

Kim Such a beautiful baby and family! Congratulations!

A Short Chat 💙

April 1, 2020 - 7:26 pm

Melanie Awww Gillian I just came to check on you and your family and saw that the newest member made an early appearance! Congrats! I’m sure he’s the best spring gift you could get right now! Congrats to the whole family!

April 1, 2020 - 3:14 pm

Teresa @ SF Have you every thought about joining Instagram? I hope you do.. you would be so loved by many. Hugs

April 1, 2020 - 12:05 pm

Lynnea Thank you kindly for sharing this sweet video….it is very heartwarming to see you and baby Luther, and to know you both are doing well, and your family also! Luther looks so cozy and cuddly in his little blue hat and white suit! 🙂

March 31, 2020 - 10:34 pm

Denise Hope all those mason jars I gave you are filled and ready for the family. We have been in house for 2 weeks so far. Our son got sick and is quarantined in the basement. Should find out tomorrow when test comes back. Congratulations on the baby boy. Love reading your blog. Picks me up

March 29, 2020 - 10:43 pm

Kim He’s just precious! Congratulations!

March 28, 2020 - 6:15 am

Ruthie I had not checked back in a couple of weeks and lo and behold, your precious baby boy has arrived!! What a wonderful blessing! So happy for your family.

March 27, 2020 - 9:52 pm

Teresa @ SF Awe, what a beautiful blessing. He is adorable and mama looks wonderful also. Thank you for sharing this with us. Thankful you all are well and safe. We are staying home and loving it. Hugs to you sweet friend.

March 27, 2020 - 7:17 pm

Monica What a precious gift! Luther is a doll and you are a beautiful, radiant mama! Thank you for sharing this sweet clip with us. Xoxoxo!

March 27, 2020 - 5:01 am

Linda Congratulations Gigi, what a blessing to have another precious wee baby to snuggle. Luther is such a great name and such a beautiful boy. You look amazing too!!! I’m so happy that everything went well for you and I know you’ll have so many willing helpers right there in your own home. Blessings and prayers ~ Linda (new Zealand)

March 26, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Jen What a wonderful little video!!! He’s adorable and all the newborn squeaks!! I’m obsessed!! You look amazing too! Thank you for sharing a little bit of your life with us today.

March 26, 2020 - 2:10 pm

Kristal I watched your video. You are so right, his little baby coos and grunts are the cutest. I’m so glad you had a healthy home birth. I don’t know how the virus is progressing in Canada, but I glad you were able to give birth in a safe and healthy environment. Looking forward to hearing more. Take care Gillian! ~Kristal

March 26, 2020 - 1:13 pm

Rebecca Oh he’s so cute and squeaky!!!! My due date is also April 8th, but I have always gone overdue, not early. I can’t wait to hear about his birth — I am unfortunetely one of those people who birth centers/homebirths haven’t worked out for, but I love to hear about them!

A Quick Hello with Luther in Arms …

With all the craziness happening out in the world .. we are still snuggled up in our little home, with our family around us, healthy and happy and trusting God.

We have not had internet for most of the past week so I am quickly just posting a photo and will come back to write a full update shortly.


I hope you are all doing well and stay peaceful and calm. There is no hope other than in God – let your hope and trust in Him carry you through whatever you may be facing.

We are loving having this little baby in our home … oh, I can’t wait to tell you more about his snuggly little life and the fresh joys of having another newborn to love and hold. God is good. xx {{hugs to you all}} Thank you for kind words on his welcome!

 

 

March 27, 2020 - 4:34 pm

Tawnia He is so beautiful, congratulations on your newest blessing ♥️

March 26, 2020 - 12:13 pm

Bethany Awww! So precious! Congratulations!!

March 26, 2020 - 1:08 am

Rebecca So good to get an update, especially with all the craziness right now in the world. Can’t wait to read more!

March 25, 2020 - 11:34 pm

Regina Shea He’s such a gorgeous baby. You all take care and don’t get sick.

A {Slightly Early} Blessing Straight from Heaven ….

While the rest of the world rushes about in current chaos … we are in baby bliss …

more details to come whilst little one snuggles up with his momma …

 

March 25, 2020 - 5:42 pm

Julie Oh, how precious! Congratulations!

March 25, 2020 - 5:01 am

Sarah Behan Congratulations! What a beautiful bundle of joy!

March 24, 2020 - 10:18 pm

Debby in Kansas, USA What a precious gift! Congrats to you and your family.

March 22, 2020 - 2:12 pm

Danessa stride Congratulations on the arrival of your sweet baby boy. Such a great blessing

March 22, 2020 - 12:15 pm

Diane Oh congratulations to your family! Beautiful tiny little boy! Stay safe, stay home and well in these difficult times!

March 22, 2020 - 6:45 am

Heather Congratulations to you and your family ! Wishing you all the best ! What a sweetheart

March 22, 2020 - 2:11 am

Rachel How wonderful you have been blessed with another sweet baby! He looks so precious and peaceful! I hope you are feeling well and baby boy is healthy. Congratulations!

March 21, 2020 - 11:14 pm

Homeofmanyblessings Congrats,mama!!!He is adorable!!

March 21, 2020 - 11:00 pm

Tracy Nevin Gillian!!!!!!

Wait what!! All these babies. Your so blessed. I miss your face!
Luv u

March 21, 2020 - 8:25 am

Alice Duits How Exciting to hear your beautiful baby boy has arrived safely. What a blessing for your whole family. I think of Psalm 127. Wonderful promises in this Psalm. I am so happy for you, Gigi. Well done !

March 20, 2020 - 9:53 pm

jen Congratulations!!!! Wonderful news!!! Thankful to hear of his safe arrival!!! He’s absolutely perfect!!!

March 20, 2020 - 6:35 pm

Kim Congratulations!!!

March 20, 2020 - 11:29 am

Erin Lynn He is gorgeous!!! Congratulations!!! May he be blessed of God.

March 20, 2020 - 7:00 am

Teresa @ SF Congratulations to your family! How are you feeling momma? Take care of yourself. I am so happy for you all!

March 19, 2020 - 9:10 pm

Liz How did you decide on the name Luther? Martin Luther King? Luther Vandross?

March 19, 2020 - 12:43 pm

Nancy Congratulations to you and your family, Gigi, on your newest blessing. Luther is beautiful and I am thankful to read of his safe arrival.

March 19, 2020 - 11:21 am

Paula Thank you for sharing your blessing with us…he is a bright spot in our days for sure. Congrats.

March 19, 2020 - 1:45 am

Courtney A boy! What wonderful news! Sending a huge, heartfelt congratulations to you and your family!

March 18, 2020 - 6:19 pm

Regina Shea Oh he’s so cute that I want to kiss the tablet screen! Congratulations and I can’t wait to hear the details.

March 18, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Gramma Cardinal He is so cute! What a bundle of joy! He already looks like Daddy! <3

March 18, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Lynnea Precious!! Wonderful!! So happy for you and your family!!

March 18, 2020 - 5:49 pm

Kristal Oh my goodness, congratulations! Enjoy the baby cuddles. Looking forward to heading more!

March 18, 2020 - 5:30 pm

Monica XOXO! You are so loved, little Luther! ❤️❤️❤️ Yes, indeed a new birth puts things in perspective!

March 18, 2020 - 4:10 pm

Rebecca Another boy!!!! Congrats!!! He’s so tiny and adorable! I’m due with a baby boy the first week of April, but since I’ve always gone past my due date, I’m sure I’ve got several weeks or more left.

March 18, 2020 - 2:16 pm

Laura Sturtevant Congratulations! He is perfectly beautiful! God is so good!

March 18, 2020 - 2:14 pm

Laura Sturtevant Congratulations! He is perfectly beautiful! Enjoy ths snuggles!