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    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls & one boy. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King. Chicken and goat raiser.
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Early Mornings {with a newborn}

“It is well to be up before daybreak,
for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”

~Aristotle

 

Right now, the house is still. Outside, the world remains dark for this mild October morning. I am sitting in the dimly lit, quiet kitchen of our home, holding my baby son wrapped up in my arms … in the distance, I can hear our three roosters crowing to gradually awaken the household … the only other sound is the steady ticking of our old cuckoo clock, hung firmly on the wall beside the kitchen pantry. And the occasional sweet baby sigh …

 

 


Before Loyal was born, I was unsure how I would keep my morning routine of getting up early.  I’m not sure if I have ever posted details on this, but I decided to be an daily early riser about 2 years ago.  I was never one to sleep in as my parents trained their children to get up on time, even if it was Saturday, and that training stuck with me like a sticky burr on your favorite shoe. However, in my early years as a mother, I was a night owl, doing most of my photography work in the late evenings. Over time, that changed, my workload shifted and eventually I realized getting up before the family was a wiser idea. I have always treasured getting up early, but was making it more of a priority over the past few years. It would be my time for my devotions, a cup of coffee or tea, some quiet before the rush of the morning in our busy household.

Thankfully, even with a newborn, it is still working out to get up earlier than the household. I simply bring Loyal downstairs with me and snuggle him in my arms. It is so pleasant. There have been a few chilly mornings where we started up the cookstove, but so far the weather has stayed very warm and pleasant for October. The smell of bread rising, a sip of hot coffee and the taste of the Good Word is a splendid way to start another day.

 

It has been two weeks today since our sweet baby boy, Loyal, was welcomed into our arms. I can only wish to slow down time and yet I still want to embrace every moment of each stage in our family’s life.

On Sunday, we walked into church as a family of 10 for the first time. Generally, our church is welcoming of new babies and so there, of course, was a sweet reception from many lovely church go-oers. One precious elderly friend of mine, Mrs. White, who always stops to say hello to all the children every Sunday morning, sent us a beautiful card in the mail to welcome Baby Loyal, along with a gift certificate to buy diapers. I thought that was so precious – she certainly did not need to do that and she would see us at church in person, however – she took the time to mail us a note and a gift. I was certainly blessed.

Many of our friends – and my mother and mother in law included – have supplied incredible dinners, which has been such a blessing. I am grateful for this loving community. Having muffins and meals and granola and homemade yogurt dropped off has been such fun for the children – and it truly has helped me out with my work load. It is such a lovely way to bless a family.

Loyal is proving to be a very content, calm baby. He is happy snuggled in my baby wrap or held tightly in loving arms. I am able to do a lot of things while still holding a baby, which is fantastic! A friend came to visit and after a while, her arms were so tired and sore from holding Loyal. I can skip the gym membership and hold my babies instead – 😉 – it works some muscles I never knew about!

 

P.S. The girls helped me make a triple-sized batch of sugar cookies, as we were invited to a friend’s home for an Autumn sugar-cooking-decorating tea.

The older girls cut out apples, pumpkins, bunny rabbits and biscuit shapes for our cookie stash.

We will walk over tomorrow (as they are our new neighbours – another blessing!) with our wagon loaded with sugar cookies and super excited little girls.

 

Here is the recipe:

Autumn Spice Sugar Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. allspice
½ cup sugar
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and spices in a medium bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar and butter.  Blend in the egg and vanilla.  

Mix wet and dry ingredients.
Form the dough into a ball or disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
 Chill until firm, at least 30-60 minutes.
Roll out and cut out shapes. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Decorate when cool.

 

 

 

October 7, 2017 - 4:50 pm

Gigi - Stacy, thank you for the encouragement!
Our clothes are randomly bought – thrift store, used on ebay, etc. I am always looking for pretty dresses and flowerly fabrics. They are a favorite in this household. The skirt I am wearing, however, was new and came from Modest Apparel USA. It is incredibly comfortable! Here is the link: http://www.modestapparelusa.com/modest-clothing-for-women/modest-skirts-for-women/long-denim-prairie-skirt-with-eyelet-lace-trim.html

October 7, 2017 - 6:55 am

Stacy Dick - I look forward to each post. The pictures are gorgeous!!!!! Love your outfit in the outdoor pictures. Where do you buy your and your daughters clothes?

October 6, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Gigi - Chris, so lovely to hear from you! I was just thinking of you – wondering if your boys and you would be up for building a skating rink (I heard they were talented in this are!) this winter on the Gauthier homestead? 😀 We must chat!

October 6, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Gigi - Bobbie, before baby it was 4:30 a.m. to wake up, but now it’s more practical to wake up at 5 a.m. This leaves two hours to get dressed, have a coffee or tea, read the Bible and then start breakfast or another chore for the morning. Sometimes, I can start the dough for bread or get dinner into the crockpot. I always do laundry in the night so if there is time, I will hang out my laundry load. Otherwise, I hang it right after breakfast. The children wake up at 7 a.m. The little girls need my help to get dressed, but I try to have their clothes laid out so there is a bit of practical help for them. They must have their hair done before breakfast and rooms tidied, so that takes a while. We try to eat by 8 a.m. The older girls go outside and do barn chores from 7ish-8 a.m. After breakfast, it’s hustle time to get chores done (again!) before school. Every other day has a second morning chore, so some days we are a bit late to start school… mornings are super busy around here, especially with the animal chores mixed in. I’m sure you understand!

October 6, 2017 - 7:35 am

Chris McCoy - Hey darlin! Loyal looks like he’s fitting into well to your beautiful family. Seeing Lacey making th cookies sure made me smile. What a beautiful young lady she is becoming. They al, are! We miss you so much and truly enjoy your posts. Hugs to all, love and Lessing to all as well! Xoxox. From all us McCoy’s

October 5, 2017 - 11:49 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings - Lovely pictures and such a sweet baby!Do you have a regular time that you get up in the mornings?And what does your mornings usually look like?Are you cleaning and do you try to get breakfast going by a certain time?

October 5, 2017 - 9:53 am

Gigi - You ladies are so cute – it’s funny about my hair – it’s the easiest hairdo to do and it’s my go-to for busy days. I have had someone refer to it as my “bird’s nest”. 😉 It literally takes minutes to fix, thankfully, as I do not have time to “do” my hair much.
Yes, the cookies taste so great – especially with tea!

October 5, 2017 - 8:58 am

Sarah - The pictures of you, your husband and Loyal are so beautiful! I agree with Katy, your hair is lovely! : )

Thank you for sharing your cookie recipe. They sound delicious! What a fun way to spend an autumn afternoon. I bet they smelled wonderful baking!

October 4, 2017 - 2:50 pm

Gigi - Misty, such encouraging words!!! Wow. Thank you. We have our moments where we are NOT precious – but we are human and learning and growing, with myself learning the most along the way!

October 4, 2017 - 12:54 pm

Katy - A beautiful post, as always! 🙂

Your photos are gorgeous! Your hair is absolutely lovely! I am so happy for you and your family ~ adding children is *such* a blessing! I am glad to hear Loyal is such a pleasant baby as well…that truly helps a mama with busy littles! 🙂

Have a lovely rest of your week!
Warmly,
Katy

October 4, 2017 - 12:40 pm

Misty - I just wanted to tell you that your photography makes my heart melt. The images of your precious angel are priceless. Your family seems precious. Your images and writings are truly a testament to the peace that can be found only in our Lord. Thank you for that.

Tiny Brothers

When Lazer (as he is affectionately called) joined our family in December 2015, it was such a surprise. After having six girls in a row, I never imagined we would have a boy. Now, we have two little men in our lives!

And it couldn’t be sweeter. Truth be told, I was afraid to have boys {why? I guess because I was so used to having girls} – but God knew we needed these little men and our hearts have grown to adore these tiny brothers.

 

 

 

We are having fun getting used to our new family size, the  changing dynamics and the new loosely-followed schedule. My husband started laughing the other day … I turned to him and asked him what he was laughing at …

 

He looked at me, his eyes twinkling, and said, “How did we end up with so many children?!”

One year at a time, I guess … 🙂 … our large family was not planned and it was not unplanned. It is God’s doing, truly. Grateful to be on this incredible journey with these children of ours!

 

 

 

 

 

October 4, 2017 - 2:51 pm

Gigi - Thank you, Teresa! Hope you are well! Your boys must be so big now!

October 4, 2017 - 2:49 pm

Gigi - Katy, thank you for always being so encouraging.
I have a friend with the same story as yours, although they were able to reverse their decision and God blessed them with three more children. I know this topic is very private and sensitive to many – I do not think, by any means, that having more children makes one holier or closer to God. I do know, however, that He looks at His Lambs as blessings and therefore, I choose to do the same. Your decision to help your friends and mothers is beautiful and shows a servant’s heart.

October 4, 2017 - 1:21 pm

Katy - Lovely photos! 🙂 Your boys are adorable! I love that God is in control of your family size! My husband and I decided we were done after three children (we were still really young) and now regret it. 🙁 I always encourage every couple not to do anything permanent because they *will* regret it. I try to be content with it though and let the Lord use me to help other mamas with littles. My children are 16, 14 and 11 now so and are more independent. We homeschool as well but they do a lot of things on their own….that enables me to get my housework done and then have time to help a friend of mine who has many littles (she reminds me of you…as she and her husband are having as many children as they Lord gives them. They also adopted two girls ages 12 and 7 from foster care.)So it is a blessing to know that the Lord is using me in other ways despite our mistake many years ago (when my husband had a vasectomy).

It is truly a blessing to watch your family grow and hear about your days! Thank you for sharing with us! :o)
Warmly,
Katy

October 1, 2017 - 11:25 am

Teresa - Great picture of your boys; and placed in your family exactly where they needed to be… Laz’s hair is sooooo blond…blessings

October 1, 2017 - 1:30 am

Rebecca - Oh my gosh what cuties!!!! I would love to hear how you came to the decision to have a large family. I enjoy hearing other families stories who decided to go against the norm of 2 or less children 🙂

September 30, 2017 - 5:21 pm

Gigi - Melts my heart indeed! Claire, so nice to hear from you. I think of you often. I hope all is well with your family! ((hugs))

September 30, 2017 - 4:27 pm

Claire - That last picture, oh my goodness, heart melting!!

7 Days 💙

  “When God lays a new-born babe in the arms of a mother, he says to her heart,
“Take this child and nurse it for me and I will give you your wages.”
The answer of maternal love should be,
‘Oh God, you have put your noblest workmanship into my hands. I accept the precious trust.
I will shelter this young life under your mercy-seat.
I will be truthful that it may never learn falsehood.
I will nurse this soul in its infancy with the sincere milk of love,
that in after years it may bear strong meat for strong service of God and righteousness.
Oh, Heavenly Father, make my life in harmony with yourself,
that this young life may reflect your blessed image in following my example!’
To such pious fidelity—God offers the highest wages;
he pays the heart’s claim, in the heart’s own coin.”

~ Theodore Cuyler, 1896

 

 

 

Today marks one week in which  precious Loyal has joined our family.

Oh my, how can I explain how lovely and delightful and wonderful it feels it is to hold your little newborn? I’m sure all mothers can remember that incredible feeling of having your little ones bundled in your arms, snuggled against your chest, protected from the world’s cares against your bosom.

Having our 8th baby has swelled my heart to yet again another size – to hold more love for all the children in our family, to have more patience for all the little ones (they are only little for a while, right, mothers?) and to be a more faithful, consistent, gentle mother and wife. You truly cannot hold a newborn in your arms and have a harsh attitude or critical outlook or a sour expression.
It just doesn’t work together – at all.

 

 

When Abby comes home from work, with the troubles of the world weighing on his shoulders, I hand him our little baby. Not because I do not want to hold Loyal – not because I am busy and need my hands free (that is why slings were created!) – not because I “need a break” – but because I think babies are somewhat healing in some ways.

 

They make you sit … stop, breathe, relax and ponder as you stare down at their delicate fingers and pretty little faces … their tiny toes and gentle, sighing breaths. They are little wonders from Heaven. Our children are also in love with Loyal. We love each and every baby that comes into the family – each new baby added is just as exciting. It is wonderful to see our family grow this way yet again…

To those who are waiting for a baby, I will pray for your arms and heart to be filled.
For those who have lost a baby, I will pray for healing and peace in your hearts.
For those who have rejected a baby, I will pray for your heart to be softened and for you to see the blessing and wonderful work of the Father in the little ones He brings forth.
For those who have arms full and busy lives with lots of children, I will pray for patience, love to fill your hearts and for you to be encouraged in your daily work.

September 27, 2017 - 11:37 pm

Regina Shea - Loyal is such a beautiful baby! I keep trying not to kiss the screen!

September 27, 2017 - 11:36 am

Gigi - Nicole, I will be praying for you!

September 27, 2017 - 10:13 am

Nicole - Your post was beautiful. You are truly blessed. Thank you for your prayer. We have been trying for 13 months for a baby.

September 27, 2017 - 10:05 am

Gigi - Katy, agree! 🙂

September 27, 2017 - 10:05 am

Gigi - Thank you, Sarah. I am so sorry for your loss. I will say a prayer for you today. You have been on my heart for the past few months.

September 27, 2017 - 8:26 am

Sarah - Loyal is so precious! What a sweet post. : ) Thank you for the prayer you have shared. It touched my heart as I long to have another baby and lost a baby this year.

September 27, 2017 - 5:55 am

Katy - So, so sweet! 🙂

Our Blessing Has Arrived …

Abby and I are so pleased to let you all know … our sweet baby BOY has arrived … straight, fresh from Heaven, smelling all delicious and lovely and completely adored by his big family …
Loyal Albert Kenneth is here, snuggled warmly in my lap, sighing sweet little sighs of joy … a piece of our family puzzle knit so perfectly in the womb by God’s hands …

 

His birth was wonderful … and I would like to record it as a memory for myself, to remind myself of the sweet, precious quiet details that are often forgotten in the busy-ness of life …

Loyal is our biggest baby yet! Born Tuesday, September 19th, at 3:56 a.m. – 6 lbs 10 oz – his size was a sure shock and surprise to us all! He has lovely dark hair and chubby cheeks and smells of Heaven. More than once, the girls have asked why does Loyal smell so sweet? Because, of course, he is straight from Heaven, I replied …

 

Things have been busy around here since Loyal’s birth, but it also has been lovely. In same ways, it has reminded me a bit of the Waltons … as family pops in and visits and the days are filled with love from family and coffee mugs are strewn across the long kitchen table, hyper, happy children line the benches at the table, excited with all the attention of the event. As Abby runs a very sensitive business (the funeral home), you cannot just choose your time off – if there is a need, he is there. This week has been busy at the funeral home and a very emotional one at that. My husband has had to work (picture the old days … when men did not get breaks from work and life just continues) but his mom has come over every day to help around the home.  Last night, as she took the girls and Lazer for a bumpy golf cart ride through the fields behind the house, I sat holding baby Loyal and watched the children, while indulging in a delicious slice of homemade blackberry pie (lovingly made by my mom)  … the children were loud and laughing, silly … the sun was setting quickly behind them, disappearing beneath the canopy of the back forest and I thanked God. Again. He has blessed us.

 

 

A favorite verse:
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow,
because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child,
she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

John 16:21

P.S. I would love to post more photos but there, of course, has to be a little technology glitch and I cannot retrieve the photos off the card right now. I will post some as soon as I can figure out the glitch…

September 30, 2017 - 5:40 pm

Gigi - Molly, what a sweet thing to say. I’m humbled.

September 27, 2017 - 10:07 am

Gigi - Caitlin, thank you for your kind words… a post on clothing would be fun to do, indeed! I have thought about writing about a certain topic of clothing but have not written it fully.

September 27, 2017 - 10:06 am

Gigi - Courtney, how *lovely* to hear from you! I’m delighted you named your little girl Lyla! My Lyla was excited to hear this. We’d love to see you again, one day! Enjoy your motherhood journey!

September 27, 2017 - 10:06 am

Gigi - Thank you!

September 27, 2017 - 5:50 am

Katy - Congratulations! I’m so happy for your family! What a blessing indeed!

September 25, 2017 - 5:24 pm

Chipmunk - He is beautiful, and a wonderful gift from heaven! Congratulations to all!

September 24, 2017 - 6:45 pm

Courtney - Hi Gillian, I looked you up to see if you were still doing photography & came across this beautiful blog you have going ! Your family has grown so much & it is so so beautiful. I think of you guys often. I have two girls of my own now Lyla & Laura. Hmm I wonder where I fell in love with that name lol
Congratulations <3 Sending Love.

From Courtney
{ Your first two lovely girls babysitter }

September 24, 2017 - 2:01 pm

Caitlin - Congratulations on your newest dear blessing! What a sweet and beautiful boy! The Lord has blessed you and your family with another little darling. I must say, I always admire how beautifully you dress. You always look so feminine and lovely. When things settle down for you (haha) it would be lovely if you would write a post about your wardrobe.

September 24, 2017 - 7:51 am

molly - Your family is beautiful in a way that is unlike the rest of the world. Seeing you raise your children to enjoy the beautiful simplicities of life and also in your faith, is reminder of the way I was raised and is so encouraging to me as I raise my own girls. Thank you for putting it out there to encourage others. Congratulations on your new addition, hope you’re feeling well too!

September 24, 2017 - 4:04 am

Rebecca - PS: I laughed out loud when you said he was your biggest baby at 6lb 10oz. My smallest baby was 8lbs 12oz and my biggest was 9lbs 14oz! How in the world are you so lucky!?! Haha!!!

September 24, 2017 - 3:47 am

Rebecca - Oh my goodness how wonderful!!!! Another boy, and I LOVE his name! Congrats!!!!

September 23, 2017 - 6:49 pm

Tara C - Congratulations!!!! Who would have thought that you would have not one, but TWO little boys after a string of girls 🙂 I love that he was born in the wee hours of the morning too, just as you had prayed he would be! I remember chatting when you just had 3 (or maybe 4) little ones and I had just found out that I was pregnant with baby #3.

September 23, 2017 - 3:01 pm

Maike - Congratulations to your little boy. How beautiful he is, but then all of your babies look beautiful and they all smile. They must know from the very first moment in what a loving warm family they have been born. And how caring and close-knit all your family always being there to help out. You’re truly blessed – I just adore your family! 🙂

September 23, 2017 - 12:39 pm

The newburys - So so wonderful!! Congratulations and so happy for you all!

September 23, 2017 - 3:04 am

Teresa - Congratulations; what a handsome gift from God, his cute little smile and those cheeks ~oh my

September 22, 2017 - 10:34 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings - Congrats Gillian!!!! He is amazing! I bet your kiddos are just thrilled!Now we have the same amount of wonderful kiddos!!

September 22, 2017 - 8:15 pm

Sarah Kukucska - Your family is so beautiful, I have been following your blog for years. You are an inspiration to me. I have 4 of my own and my boyfriend has 2. I love reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photos, we live in Mansfield. Congrats on your beautiful baby boy. <3

September 22, 2017 - 8:14 pm

sarah - Your family is so beautiful, I have been following your blog for years. You are an inspiration to me. I have 4 of my own and my boyfriend has 2. I love reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photos, we live in Mansfield. Congrats on your beautiful baby boy. <3

September 22, 2017 - 6:44 pm

Rachel Joy - Congratulations on the birth of sweet Loyal! Such a nice surprise to read today. <3

September 22, 2017 - 4:43 pm

Lauren - Blessings to you, Gillian! What a darling baby boy! Love from us all ❤️

September 22, 2017 - 1:53 pm

Claire - Makes me smile reading your post. Very happy for you and your family. He’s just beautiful.

September 21, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Gigi - Thank you, Jen! Lacey read the name in a Mennonite magazine that had birth announcements… and we all took a liking to it. His middle names are his dad’s and my dad’s names.

September 21, 2017 - 4:20 pm

Jen Heemskerk - Congratulations on another sweet boy!!! A brother for Lazarus!!! This is such incredible news! How did you come up with the name Loyal? It’s so unique. In the one photo, I see a resemblance to Lacey little bit (maybe it’s his lips!=) ) Anyway, rest well and enjoy the new baby stage once again! Congrats!

September 21, 2017 - 3:15 pm

Gigi - Thank you, Sarah!

September 21, 2017 - 3:14 pm

Gigi - Thank you, Regina! P.S. Maybe I wrote that funny – will check my wording!

September 21, 2017 - 2:15 pm

Courtney - Congratulations on another little boy! What a blessi g!

September 21, 2017 - 2:07 pm

Regina Shea - Oh Gigi he’s gorgeous! Congratulations to you all! Oh and I wasnt wearing my glasses when you wrote about the blackberry pie. I read it as ” I sat holding baby Loyal, watching “him”, eating a slice of homemade blackberry pie”. I’m like what? Then I realized what you actually wrote. LOL!
Blackberry pie sounds so lovely!

September 21, 2017 - 1:04 pm

Sarah - What a precious little boy!! Congratulations to you and your family. His name is beautiful too!

When Having Baby #8 is Not the Same as {Shelling Peas}

I had to laugh the other day as a dear friend expressed a comment that someone had said to her, when she had told them our family was about to have baby #8.

“Well, I guess at that point, it’s like shelling peas …”

Hmmmm.

Well, let me just say- with a smile and some grace to the one who would think such a funny thought – giving birth each time is a blessing and a gift from God. However, it is not easier, quicker, faster or more fun to deliver and be in labour. And I write this as I sit on the edge of my seat, waiting for God to pick a timing for our little one to arrive (officially 37 weeks as Monday!). Each birth is one I thank God for and my husband and I are truly grateful to God for our children!

Yet, that does not make each long pregnancy, every intense, pain filled labour or even messy-grace-filled parenting any easier. We still have our challenges in parenting – oh my, do we ever – and I still have terrible pains while in labour {I am blessed with good labours, but they are still painful!} … babies do not just pop out as some would imagine …. Labour is called labour for a reason, right, ladies?

However, with the pain and the discomfort of each pregnancy, the expectation of the agony of labour and the worry that goes along with it (will this baby be healthy? Will the birth go okay? Will there be complications? How will we adjust afterwards? Will it be chaotic? Will I get everything done that needs to get done?), I would not trade it for an easier life. Why?

{Oh dear, just as I was caught up with most of my canning, a large lot of tomatoes are ripening in the garden…
I will take it as a blessing!}

I suppose I truly do see these precious babies that are born into our family as little wrapped up gifts from Heaven. Why God would choose to bless our family eight times in a row is beyond me, as we are humble parents, still learning, still fumbling through life and still praying for forgiveness when we make mistakes. Abby and I fail at much in parenting, we are still learning as we go (aren’t we all?) and we are, by far, still sinners. Yet, this journey is wonderful and blessed and filled with lovely surprises, often many challenges, followed by daily joys.

Like tight hugs from your one year old when he sees you sitting and wraps his arms around your neck.
Or the silly, toddler chatter from your three year old as she tells you about her imaginary friend, Violet.
Like the joy you see in your 5 year old’s eyes when you tell her she did a GREAT job at making her bed.
… the gappy-toothy-smile from your six year old who is the sweetest thing to grace our family.
… the eager questions and delight in God’s natural kingdom from your eight year old, intrigued with everything God has placed on this earth.
… the intense strength and strong character of your 11 year old, who just wants to be unique and original.
and the gentle grace and goodness of your 13 year old’s sweet spirit, as she grows and learns how to transform gracefully into a young lady.

No, I would not trade this life for all the riches, all the world traveling, all the money, all the fortune, a fancy house, easier work schedule, more free time, more career time, more “me” time … I would not trade it for anything.

God’s grace is plentiful, thankfully. He has chosen Abby & I to raise these precious children for Him and so we do. We raise them up with the prayer and hope that they will love the Lord with ALL their heart, serve Him and show the world where their hope is to be found – in Jesus! There is no other greater joy than to pray that our children will grow to serve the Lord with all their hearts.

And so, now, as we await the upcoming birth of our precious baby, which happens, yes, to be baby #8, it is still the same fear, the same unknown, the same excitement and the same pain as, perhaps, baby #5 or so. It is labour –  but there is relief and joy and abundant blessings and a fountain of love and peace after the baby is born. All week long I have mentally struggled with feeling nervous over this birth, but I know those thoughts are from Satan and not from God! I know God has this birth plan all laid out and I will TRUST Him to bring forth our baby in His perfect will and timing.

Often, while in labour, I will find myself praying out loud. I just can’t help it. That is where my physical strength will come from and I will need to cry out to the Lord … in my rawest pain and with my sincerest cry for help, it will be to the Lord. Not to my husband to help me, not to my midwife, but to Jesus.

I am SO excited to meet our little one when the time comes. I am so delighted to introduce our new baby to the excited sisters and little boy-who-has-no-idea-what-is-to come. I am honored to be a mother and to be a parent. I am blessed beyond measure. And I am thankful. Even for the pain of each labour and the changes in body and life. I would not trade it for the world.

{a batch of make-ahead-muffin-mix for the fridge
For recipe, see below}

 

P.S. A home birth is planned, but of course, God holds all those details in His hands. If it is to be at home, then we need to move three children from the designated room so I can have access to bathtub, which is in the bathroom attached to the girls’ room. The best case scenario will be if all the children sleep through the birth, even while we move them from their room and place them quietly elsewhere in the house. I am praying all goes smoothy. I have not had a birth in the daytime in a long time so I am hoping this is a night birth, as well. What fun to have the children wake up in the morning and rush in and meet their new sibling!

Recipe for Make-Ahead Fridge Muffin Mix:

9 cups of flour
2 cups of brown sugar
8 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of baking soda
pinch of salt

4 cups of buttermilk
1 1/4 of oil/yogurt/applesauce
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
6 eggs, lightly beaten.

Mix dry and wet ingredients separately.
Once stirred, add dry to wet ingredients, mixing gently. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.

To use, just scoop out what you need. Place in a greased or lined muffin tin.
You may add in what you wish for the muffins …
…apple chunks, cranberries, peaches, nutmeg and oatmeal, coconut, flax seeds,
chocolate chips and more. Bake at 350 F. for 20-25 minutes.

If the recipe yields to much mix for your liking, feel free to half the recipe.
Or use up the extra batter to bless a neighbour or friend in need.

September 25, 2017 - 12:26 pm

Pianogirl - This is lovely ❤️

September 20, 2017 - 6:35 pm

Lori Speare - Thank you for your encouraging words. I too have been struggling this week as I prepare for our upcoming birth in a few weeks. Spending some time meditating on scripture and praying has brought a peace. Thankful for a God who has gone before us in every situation.

September 20, 2017 - 2:19 pm

Claire - Sending you good thoughts and best wishes xoxo

September 20, 2017 - 10:46 am

Rebecca - So exciting!

September 20, 2017 - 7:16 am

Katy - Such a beautiful post! 🙂

Hoping for a beautiful labor and delivery for you! The Lord has most certainly blessed your family! 🙂

September 18, 2017 - 10:07 am

Lynda Lu Gibb - An exciting time for you.. Praying with you today.. your due date that Jesus will grace all of you with a wonderful experience welcoming your new blessing.

September 18, 2017 - 9:02 am

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - Gillian, I am blessed beyond measure when I read your words and writings! So excited for the upcoming birth but of course, as your mom, I am concerned for the pain you will experience. And of course, I too will be calling out to Jesus to help you and to give you strength and endurance. Love you lots xoxo

September 18, 2017 - 4:40 am

Megan - Absolutely ❤ this.