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    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls. Wife of an undertaker.
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Number our Days.

So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Psalm 90:12

 


Hearing a sermon this morning refreshed my heart and mind, reminding me that our days our short on this earth … this is our temporary home … and we need to number our days. Many of us have already lived the majority our life – some of us are half way. We need to live each day so that it counts. We have bit a short breathe of a life here on earth … are we spending our days, our little moments and our big moments, wisely?  Does my heart break for my lost relatives, who do not know Jesus? Does my life show as a witness?

I want to live with love and grace, patience and perseverance, showing kindness to not only the strangers that I meet but even within the walls of my own home. I want my children to know and love Jesus. Despite all my flaws and failures (which I have so many and daily have to work on them), I desire to have a home filled with peace and exuding Christ’s love.

Sometimes, in between piano lessons, homeschool math assignments, making another dinner, chasing goats and the odd chicken, pushing toddlers on the swings, braiding messy hair, setting out the clothes for Sunday’s church service, making sure everyone is clean and tucked in at night, reading hundreds of bedtime stories, stacking firewood, planning gardens, weeding gardens, raising children, taking care of a husband, staying up late to meet husband after his late work nights, getting up early to start the day with Jesus, it seems easy to forget that our days are numbered and that each moment with our family is a gift.

 

 

But this earth is our temporary home … our vision needs to be eternal in everything we do.
Death is certainly coming – so what am I doing with the life that I am living now?

Let me count the days so that I may live wisely.

 

May 15, 2015 - 11:38 pm

Teresa - 6 beautiful daughters of the King

May 9, 2015 - 10:55 am

Erin Lynn - Love the picture of the sisters together! So sweet, and thank you for the timely reminder.

May 8, 2015 - 7:02 pm

shelley - what a beautiful portrait of all your girls! Your cup overflows! Such a beautiful family xo

May 7, 2015 - 11:40 pm

Melissa - The timing of this could not Be more perfect!!
Beautiful girls!!

Lavender Turns One

These past few weeks have been filled with cake, frosting and lots of ice cream as we celebrated three birthdays in less than a week …

Lavender’s first birthday was the beginning of the celebrations … and although it was bittersweet, as all birthdays are when the first year ends, we had a sweet, quiet day with her. The weather was gorgeous, we all sat outside on the covered porch and had East Indian food takeout in honor of her special day … we had homemade cake decorated with pretty purple pansies from the garden, some visits from grandparents, we had time on the front porch swing together and there was time to cuddle and celebrate Lavender turning one.

 

This is her {adorable} reaction when we sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her …

 

It was actually rather nice to not have a large, busy party when she is so little to even know what is going on except “Why in the world am I missing my nap!?” during cake time … this first birthday gave me time to sit and write a letter to Lavender to give her to her when she is older. There was less noise and more quiet. While we missed the exciting ‘hoop-lah’ that comes with a big party {and I must say, I did feel rather guilty but am hoping it was the right choice}, I do believe Lavender still had a delightful day with the quieter version of a first birthday.

 

 

I can’t believe a year has gone by already – however, our days as a family have been sweeter since Lavender has joined our family… we cannot imagine our family without her!

Happy birthday, dearest Lavender Kate Delight. xo

 

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2015 - 10:09 pm

maria - what? your littlest baby is 1?? where did the time go? but then again, our baby #5′s are 3! whoa! miss you guys, need to get together SOON!

May 3, 2015 - 10:48 pm

Isela - Happy Birthday Lavender!! God bless you today and always.
We are also considering celebrating Fabian’s first birthday party the same way, just us and super extra cuddles and kisses. I love the letter idea :)

Tea {with the Goats}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the past week, we have all been outside until the sun sets, living, reading, getting to know the goats, fixing up the fences, building a milking stand … {my poor children have been soaking up so much glorious sun that some of the girls have a bad heat rash on their hands and ears …}

 

… right now, as we await a week of possible rain, I’m just sitting outside in the last bit of afternoon sun, with the goats, drinking my tea and awaiting my crockpot version of a calendula salve that I will be rubbing on to the sun-dried skin of my poor children … and I’m getting to know our new pretty momma and kid …

This week has been an exciting week with Lavender’s birthday {of which I hope to post some pictures soon}, my husband’s birthday the following day and then, yes, we decided to add two more goats to our “herd”!

So now we have four goats in total. The new addition are a Momma and baby  … which have been named Shirley and Goodness. So now we have Walter, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy … {cheeky, isn’t it?}

My poor husband was up late last night fixing up a milking stand – the opening is too big for our little goat’s head so a few more adjustments and then the training begins – for me and Shirley! This is all a learning curve for me too! I anticipate milking once a day with baby still being fed by momma, so I will attempt milking in the morning and allowing baby to stay with mom during the day until she self weans.

Baby Goodness is so precious! I have been reading up on how to ensure you raise friendly goats so we are trying to spend loads of time with her as a wee kid …

Momma Shirley is so sweet, although at first, bit more jumpy than the others (to be expected with a new kid at her side). Baby Goodness is hilarious to watch as she runs and kicks and frolics about … we keep them separate from the other two goats at night but are letting them play together during the day.

I think, even if our goat milk supply is limited this time around, starting with easy, happy, friendly goats has made all the difference in the world. Even my husband has admitted to liking them, even though he puts on a rough facade of not wanting animals around…

Have you ever raised goats? I wonder if this milking idea will succeed. I hope I can get a little bit – even if it is just enough for Lavender when she is ready to wean and drink milk …

One more day and then it’s time to train for milking.

For now,  as we become accustomed to each other, I will take my tea with the goats.

 

April 20, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Kristina - I love the names Walter & Shirley, because wasn’t that Walter’s full name in the Anne of Green Gables series? Walter Shirley Blythe. He is one of Anne’s sons, in the last three books of the series. And when I Lavender’s beautiful name, it puts me in mind of Miss Lavendar Lewis from I think the second or third book of the series. Happy Birthday from me and my family, to your precious little Lavender and to Abby as well!

April 19, 2015 - 7:42 pm

admin - Ahhh, you will get goats, Jen! I know it! Thank you for your excitement – we are having fun with all our adventures, that’s for sure. I am grateful for this opportunity to live a little outside the box. :)
-Gillian

April 19, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Jen Heemskerk - You have goats now?!! GAH!! I feel like you are living out my dream life!! Free range children with goats and chickens…now all you need is sheep! =) I have always said to my husband how I one day want to have goats and one of them will be named “Mazee”. Good for you for introducing your children to true “living off the land.”

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

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