Saying goodbye to one baby girl and hello to another

Yesterday was quite the emotional day.

At about 6:45 am I was on my way to work and I got a text from Jim that said he and Leana were at the hospital and that baby Cleo was on her way! OH MY WORD!! How was I supposed to work all day? Thankfully Jim did a great job of giving us a play by play.

At one point this is what he said:


Dude is going to be in so much trouble for the “childbirth is boring” comment!

I got off work a little early as we were meeting up with Holly and Timothy. Unfortunately it was to say goodbye. They left today for their new life in Detroit. We went and got frozen yogurt (which was a bad idea as the crazy lady had a panic attack as I started having flashbacks to the last time we got together with family at a frozen yogurt place to say goodbye.)

Then we went to Scheels so the little kids could ride the ferris wheel with the big kids.



At 5:45 pm CST we said our final goodbyes.


Molly was sad that Holly was leaving her!

Four of our five crazy kids!

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They headed out-of-town early this morning and we heard from them about an hour ago that they made it to their half way destination.


As we were saying goodbye to our baby girl, Jim and Leana were saying hello to their new baby girl.

Cleo Susan was born at 6:47 pm EST. She weighed 7 lb 10 oz and was 20 1/4 inches long. Everything with the delivery went really well. Leana did amazing, and I’m sure Jim did amazing too!

Here is our precious baby blue eyes.

(Leana and Angel gave Jim the nickname of “Jimmy blue eyes”. And so when we learned Leana was pregnant we started calling the baby “baby blue eyes.” I think she might have that nickname for a while!)

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Like I said it was such an emotional day.

Experiencing joy and pride as we sent off Holly and Timothy for this next chapter in their life.

Sadness as we sent off Holly and Timothy for this next chapter in their life.

Such joy and excitement as we welcomed Cleo into the world.

At the same time it was bittersweet due to not having Mom and Dad here to experience it with us.

Regardless of the joy or sadness or excitement we give praise to God for His amazing blessings! And we are counting down the days until we can see Holly and Timothy again – not sure how many days but hopefully at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

We are counting down the days until we get to meet Cleo. Literally! Only 28 days to go! We learned last week that Tracy is going too and Patricia is still trying to see if she can come for part of the time. We have a house rented on the beach and it will be a wonderful time of hugging Cleo and kissing Cleo and squeezing Cleo. Can’t wait!


I don’t know if you can call it sewing

When we moved back to town Pat got my sewing machine all set up in our extra bedroom. I’ve been excited to try my hand at using it again. Even though I’ve never really sewn to begin with. Unless you count sewing a hem  on some curtains.

I figured I’d better stick with what I know. We had bought really long curtains for our kitchen windows and they needed to be made into smaller curtains with a valance. So basically just cutting and hemming but it felt like a huge project to me.

I think they turned out pretty cute. Although probably not sewn “to code,” or whatever the right terminology is. But hey, as long as you don’t look too close, they look good!

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We recently got Caleb a bed set that came with a curtain but he also has another set of windows that are wide and short. He doesn’t use the flat sheet and so I decided to use that to make curtains for the other windows.

Thankfully my 5-year-old doesn’t care what his curtains look like, because I didn’t make them quite the right size.


Ooops. Oh well. I was impressed with myself that I managed to sew a fairly straight hem. I have many grandiose plans to sew a dress for Angel, curtains for our weird shaped window in our room and maybe a few other things. We’ll see.

In other news we went on a bike ride tonight. Pat and Holly took the kids for their first ever bike ride yesterday morning. They went a long ways too. Tonight was their second bike ride, but my first time seeing them ride on the trails. I was a proud mama!


Also yesterday after I got off work, Holly, Angel and I got ourselves manicures.


I can’t believe how grown up Angel is becoming. She was so confident about everything, it was so cute.

And speaking of cute, I went to tuck in Caleb last night and I was greeted by this…


Love my little dork!


I took this picture at work today on my break…


Seriously, so beautiful. I’m so grateful!

Also grateful for my hubby, who was on my mind today, especially when I got this out of the pop machine…


Well that’s life lately. Enjoy your weekend!


Our 5 kids


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Weekend wrap-up


We had a very fun-filled weekend. It was supposed to be fun-filled up in Aberdeen with Aunt Nellie, but it ended up not working out for us to go. However it turned out being a blessing as we not only got some much-needed rest, but also made some great memories. One of my best friends, Liz, called […]

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Life in the big city


I think it’s safe to say that we have completely adjusted to living back in Sioux Falls. Every once in a while I’ll think about my chickens or the beautiful sunsets or the sunrise coming up over the cornfields. But then I just have to turn my head and I see beauty right around me […]

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