We spent our afternoon shopping as a family. It took about two hours, and I was totally worn out. I didn't want the last of the year to be with me conking out on the couch for the whole evening. So I prayed really, really hard that the baby would not come last night so that I could stay up and put together our snacky dinner. Thankfully it was easy and I had help. It took us a long while to put all the groceries away. I have run out of room to store everything. So it looks a little chaotic, even though I tried to make sure to organize it as I would normally. After that I set to making our dessert, the no bake cheese cake I've made a couple of times now. Yummy! Then Jeremiah and Saoirse worked together to making up the pigs in a blanket. Flannery joined them half way through. I also put together a layered bean dip to have with our lime chips. We sat down to eat and watch a movie. Moira had wanted to play some games, but I had to put Jonah to bed early as he was falling to pieces over trivial things. I got up to cut up the pie, then went back to bed. I think they just continued watching another movie.
I think I have everything ready, except to clean out the birthing pool, for the birth. Please do pray for me if you think of it as I am still wrestling with fear. I have really been praying and reading over some scriptures I had printed out for some past pregnancies. I have been begging God for peace and for this fear to leave me. I may feel better for a few hours or so, but usually by evening (with the huge fear of having to labor during the night) I start getting fearful all over again. It really is odd. I remember being nervous when I went into labor with Moira as I was dreading a repeat of Isabella's hard birth. But her labor went very smoothly and was one of my easiest. There are a few parts of labor that I really, really dread and for some reason I am having a hard time embracing this up coming labor. I just keep giving to the Lord, and try to meditate on His goodness. With only six days till my due date, this baby could come at any time. I am looking forward to meeting this wee one. I can't wait to hold him/her in my arms.
Here are a few pictures I have to share:
Jonah helping me this morning transferring our oats to plastic buckets. I had one bag left over from our last bulk order that we didn't have buckets for. I didn't want it to be ruined so we bought some buckets the other day while shopping. I am glad I put them in the freezer when I did, as there is not one single iota of space for anything small, let alone a 50 pound bag of oats to fit in there. I left our grains in our freezer for a few days to kill off any possible buggies. We lost 150 pounds of grain a couple of months ago due to some bugs. Not pleasant.
Our snow we had last week. You can see our garden fencing sagging from the weight. Our trampoline was weighed down as well. The girls had to de-ice the animals' water buckets. Since the hose was frozen they had to carry water from the house to the barn. Not exactly fun. But they managed.
Jonah checking out this white stuff. The boys had a lot of fun in it. Although they weren't sure what they should be doing. The girls had gone out back to play. I didn't want the boys out there for long as they don't have proper winter wear so I kept them up on the porch. They didn't stay out for long before they wanted to come in! The girls on the other hand.....with multiple trips in to put on more layers, a lot of water on the floor later, I had to call them in as I feared they would get frost bite or something. They were totally fine. But I'll tell ya, I was mighty glad to see that snow go away. It stuck for days, almost a week. I was getting tired of all the wet clothing! I've had laundry up to my ears :-)
Jed checking out the snow. See, he's wearing one of his sister's pink gloves. We did pick up boy gloves a couple of days later. They are so small that they get lost easily. I need to tie string to them and leave them in their jackets next time! You can see how much snow we got if you look behind Jed. The snow you see up on the porch railing is how deep it was on the ground.