Prayers Appreciated!


Early tomorrow morning, I’ll be heading into our local hospital to be induced. Soon, our family will be complete and baby #8 will be welcomed with open arms.

If you can spare a prayer for a quick, easy delivery with no complications, I would sincerely appreciate it.

Things may be quiet for a few days around here while I adjust to becoming a mom of 8 and snuggle my sweet little newborn as much as humanly possible the first few days.

Thanks for being loyal readers of the blog. I promise to be back soon and things will be better than ever!

Family Pictures, Baby Pictures, and More

While I may not be very “on the ball” when it comes to blogging, I AM getting so much done around the house. In fact, last week I even took some family photographs.

Of all of us.

With a self-timer.

And the best part? I actually ended up with a frame-worthy portrait of the 9 of us.

Take a look:

My Family


And here’s the one I got of just the kids:

All my kids


Aren’t they great?! I love them so much that I took advantage of the special Artsy Couture is having on canvas prints and I ordered each picture as a 16×20 canvas. Can’t wait to get them!

And, since I’m sharing pictures, I HAVE to share my two new favorite portraits that I took of Carly last week.

Carly Grace

Carly Grace

That top one of Carly was my “Must Have” shot. Now, I love it so much that I’m thinking I may need to redesign the blog around it. 🙂

Carly is such a good baby. She sleeps well, eats well, and hardly ever fusses. The kids all still love her, and we have fallen into a nice routine around here. I couldn’t ask for anything more. (Well, maybe a few more non-sleeping hours to get some blogging done!)

I hope life is treating you well. And I’d love to hear your thoughts on the pictures above.

Another Update Concerning My Health Issues

Recently I posted an update about why things have been so quiet around here. Since that post, so many more things have happened – and actually getting online to post about those things has been next to impossible.

Several weeks ago, I found a lump in my left breast. When I put up the last update post, the specialist had requested that I go that week to have a Mammogram done and see where we would go from there.

The day before I was scheduled to go in for the Mammogram, I got a phone call. Our local hospital’s head radiation doctor would not do a Mammogram on me because I am in my first trimester. The specialist I had seen that week then gave me two choices: 1. Wait until I’m in the second trimester and start the testing then, or 2. Get a second opinion. I spoke with my PCP, and she thought it was best not to wait. But, because she’s not the main doctor on my insurance cards, I had to wait until I saw my OBGYN and have him get the referral to another specialist.

More of that “waiting game” that I’m just not good at.

This past Monday morning, I met with the OBGYN. Things with the pregnancy are progressing well. The baby is growing right on track. But, the doctor was very concerned with how large the lump in my breast is, and he had his nurse call around to find a specialist that would take me in and do more testing, even with me being in the first trimester.

Interjecting to share a picture of my sweet little peanut that’s on the way:

I am so thankful that with all my health problems, this little jelly bean is doing just fine.

Back to the update – the nurse was able to find a specialist about 2 hours away from home that would get me in and do further testing. They scheduled the appointment for this past Thursday.

Luckily, hubby is on vacation this week, so he was able to go to the specialist with me again. We got down there and met with another doctor. It was a woman this time, and she was very kind and very concerned.

She did another ultrasound, and she actually SAW something this time!

She said that the lump shows every sign of being a clogged milk duct that was probably brought on by the pregnancy. She thinks that it will resolve itself and we won’t need to do anything else.

Of course, she gave me the speech that it “could still be cancerous” so she was willing to do a biopsy if I was really concerned. But, she personally didn’t think a biopsy was necessary, and after talking it over with her and with my husband, we decided not to do the biopsy.

I have a follow up appointment set for October – 3 months from now. The doctor is confident that it will resolve itself before then, but if not, we can figure out how to “help” it along or see if it might be something else.

So, at least there are answers. And at least I can rest easy. I’m just really hoping this doesn’t cause me to have trouble breastfeeding the new baby. I had to stop nursing Gage sooner than I wanted to because I stopped producing milk. (With every other child, I’ve always produced an abundance of milk.) I guess I’ll just pray that there won’t be any trouble this time around.

Hopefully this will start getting things back on track here on the blog. I appreciate your patience and support through all of this. I really do have the best readers. 🙂

Now that I’ve caught you up on me, what’s going on with YOU?

An Announcement, an Update, and an Apology

This is going to be one loaded post!

You may have noticed that things have slowed WAY down here on Blessed Beyond Words… and there’s a reason for that.

Several weeks ago, we found out that baby #7 is on the way. It was absolutely not expected, but I’m so excited and so thankful. Next Monday – July 9th – I will go for my first ultrasound to determine my due date and check on the baby. I can’t wait. I’m pretty sure the baby will be due sometime in February, just a few weeks before Gage’s 2nd birthday. It still seems like forever away, but I’m sure it will be here before I can even blink.

As you can imagine, summertime with 6 kids is pretty chaotic. Add to that a pregnancy and a job, and I am feeling like I can’t even catch my breath. So, my blog is suffering – sitting on the sidelines and I can’t seem to post nearly as often as I’d like. I have a pile of reviews just sitting here waiting on me, and I promise to get to them soon. I hate leaving my readers hanging.

I was hoping to catch up after the kids got back from camp, but early last week, I discovered a lump in my left breast. I called the doctor that I work for and asked her if she would check it out to make sure I wasn’t just being paranoid. She agreed that there is a lump and called my OB. Because I’m pregnant, my OB decided that I needed to go straight to a breast specialist. At first I was told that it would be the 18th of July before I could get in with the specialist. The doctor I work for called me later that day, and when I mentioned I would have to wait until the 18th, she made some calls and got me in much sooner.

The specialist wanted me to have an ultrasound of the area done before I came into see him. So, Friday morning, I went in and had that done. (I took last week off to just spend time with family. I don’t do well when it comes to the “waiting game,” so I figured it was best to distract myself with them.)

Yesterday morning, I met with the specialist. What an amazing doctor. My poor husband has been a mess for the past week. Normally he is the calm, level-headed one, but apparently that’s not true when the problem is with me. After meeting with the specialist yesterday, hubby is doing much better. The doctor really put his mind at ease that we are going to figure out what is going on – and how to fix it – all without hurting the baby.

The ultrasound didn’t really reveal anything… which is good. It’s not a cyst, because that would have shown up clearly on the ultrasound. But, there is definitely a lump there, and the doctor just isn’t 100% sure what it is. The next step he wants to take is with a mammogram. So, Thursday afternoon, I’ll head to the hospital again and they’ll do the mammogram then. He’ll call me with the results, and they will either do a biopsy at my next appointment (if something shows up on the mammogram), or he’ll check it again to see if it has grown or changed in any way (if the mammogram appears clear).

So, more of the waiting game. But, I’m going to try to keep myself busy and I’m going to do my very, very best to get caught back up with everything! I sure miss talking to my readers.

I hope that you’ll stick around and keep checking back in. I’ve got lots of great products to share with you, and I don’t want you to miss a thing!

Thanks for being such loyal friends and readers. I can’t tell you what you mean to me!

Where I’ve Been Hiding…

The past few weeks have been exhausting – to put it mildly. I have felt more out of control than I think I ever have. We are upon the last few days of school. Tomorrow morning, my oldest daughter will graduate from 8th grade, and that will be the end of the year. Next year, we’re off to a new school {actually 3 new schools: primary, elementary, and HIGH school – gasp!}, and off to bigger and better things.

To top that off, my husband, the amazing man that he is, has been putting in countless hours at work to prepare for their “re-grand opening.” The grocery store he works at has undergone a complete remodel, and it has been an absolute nightmare. He gets home about 7 or 8 o’clock at night, eats dinner, falls asleep on the couch, goes to bed around 10, and then he is back up at 3:15am to be at the store by 5. And this is every day for several weeks now. He is absolutely exhausted, and I can’t blame him.

BUT, with him being gone so much, it’s left me feeling like a single mom. I spent the first 5 years of Ashley’s life as a single mom. One kid was exhausting enough. Now I’ve got 6 kids. I take them into the grocery store, and by the end of it, I want to cry.

The re-grand opening happens on Thursday, then it’s Memorial Day weekend. Poor guy is going to be drained come next week.

We have our VBS kick-off on Saturday, which means I’ve got 3 days to get my hiney in gear and get my room decorated. SO thankful I picked the 2s and 3s to teach this year. The room will be so much fun to decorate… it’s just finding the spare time to do it all.

VBS starts Sunday night, and runs all week. We do our VBS in the evening, so I’m hoping to have some quiet {HA!} time during the day. I’m also hoping and praying that next week hubby will finally have a day off. He certainly deserves it.

I know I haven’t posted much about the DietBet challenge – and for that I apologize. I am still losing weight! Just not quite as much as I’d hoped. I started this challenge at 183. At the end of week one, I was down to 178.8. At the end of week 2 {this past Saturday}, I was only down to 178.4. {I told you it’s been a stressful week.} This Saturday will be the end of week 3, and I’m hoping to have lost even more weight. I want so badly to be at my goal weight, but harboring all this stress is definitely a stumbling block.

Tell me – how are YOU? What exciting things do you have going on right now? Still counting down the school days, or are you out for summer?

Change to the Amazon GC Giveaway

Since the Amazon GC is an electronic gift card that will be sent to the winner by email, I have decided that the $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway should be open to EVERYONE.

So, if you’ve been holding back because you live anywhere but the US, dive right in!

Best of luck to everyone that enters!

Click to enter the Amazon GC Giveaway.

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Winners Page Updated!

I’ve updated the winners page with the winners of the Sarah Dawn Designs Giveaway, The Funky Fish Giveaway, and the Popchips Giveaway.

Winners have also been notified by email, so if your name is on the list and you haven’t received an email, contact me or check your spam folder.

Thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to the winners!

Some Really Great News!

Hubby was able to make it to my MIL’s house last night, before heading back down to work this morning. It was so nice to see him, and the kids loved having Daddy back with them. (None of us would survive if he traveled for work.) Since the roads are pretty clear now, I’m thinking the kids will have school tomorrow. That means we need to head home. I’m sure my mother in law will be glad to have us out of her hair. These kids are a handful to begin with, but when they’re cooped up inside for days on end, they’re really a handful. I’m certain my mother in law will be glad to have her apartment back all to herself. And I know I’ll be glad to be home. Just praying we didn’t lose power or anything, and everything is in working order when we get there.

But, I have some REALLY great news to share, and I wanted to share it with my readers. I know I’ve mentioned that hubby works about 2 hours from home. It’s been really hard on all of us, with him getting up at 4:30am and not getting home until after 9 or 10 o’clock most nights. Well….. his store manager got a phone call this afternoon, and was told that it’s hubby’s last day! As of tomorrow, he’ll report to a store that’s about half an hour from our house, and only about 20 minutes from the hospital that I’ll be delivering in.

I’ve been in tears since I found out. It will be SO nice to have hubby home sooner after he gets off work. AND, there’s a Taco Bell in the same parking lot as the store he’s moving too, so he’ll be able to bring me Taco Bell all the time now. 🙂

I know many of you have been praying that hubby would be moved closer to home, and I just want to thank you for those prayers. They’ve worked! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Since we’ll be home tonight, things should get back to normal around here tomorrow. Thanks for your patience during all this.

Just a Quick Update…

After yesterday’s post about my dear friend and her baby, a search party went on for a photographer in the Carson City, Nevada area. I wanted to let you all know that we have found one!

My prayer is that her ultrasound scan on Monday will reveal things are not as bad as originally thought, and that my friend won’t even need the photographer that’s on stand-by.

I want to thank each one of you for your prayers, and beg you to continue to pray for my friend Candice and her baby. She has faced so much, and she can use all the strength and prayers she can get.

I also want to give you a head’s up. I’m going to be importing a bunch of blog posts from another blog I run today. With #6 on the way, I need to simplify, so by combining as much as I can into one place will really help that. After today, you can look for a new section of the blog called “The Funny Things My Kids Say.” I hope it will bring a smile to your face. You may ended up with a bunch of posts in the daily email because of the transfer. I’ll just apologize ahead of time, and hope it won’t bother you too much.

I am blessed to have the greatest friends and readers in the world. Thank you so much for all that you do!