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 25, 2015 - 7:34 pm

admin Sally, I hear what you are saying – I was referring to our family, however, as it was the normal thing in our social circles, family, etc. to stop around two or three children. And when we proceeded to have more children year after year, we heard many remarks and comments about the size of our family and the babies that were being added to our clan.
I do understand that God is sovereign over the size of a family, however there are many parents that take control over the size of their family into their own power and stop having children by personal choice, not because of fertility issues.

April 25, 2015 - 5:48 pm

sally happy birthday to your sweet gal 🙂 I don’t think half of the people stop having children because it’s the normal thing to do, many have infertility and health and family situations that make things impossible to grow a family bigger then one or two, God bless those mama’s as well as the Mama’s who are blessed to have 8, 9 or 10 children! God has designed every family in His perfect image and everyone no matter the size is so beautiful in His eyes 🙂

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