Friday, April 11, 2008

Life as usual?

Well, things are getting back to normal around here . . . kinda. A little less sleep for me, but I can't seem to care. I just love Madeline so much. Even at 3am when I am nursing her, I can't even be put out. I am so in love with her. And thinking back a few months ago, with all my heart I wanted a little boy. It seems so strange now. I couldn't imagine not having her. I couldn't imagine our family any different than 5 little girls. It just seems so ... right, ya know. God really is so smart.

The girls are crazy about her. I have to spend a lot of time shielding her from an onslaught of hugs and kisses. I am trying to make her available to them, but not let them have free access to her. It has been a little tricky. Especially with Blaise and Avery. There are quite a few mamas in this house. Blaise has actually had a little bit of a rough patch. She is a little more emotional and frustrated. She has had some potty accidents. I am just trying to love her and assure her that she has not been replaced.

For any readers out there who don't go to our church. This week we got a amazing phone call. Someone wanted to pay our student loans off. Out of the blue. The biggest debt that we have. The lid that has been over us for our entire marriage. The thorn in our side that constantly plagued us. The debt, that in the natural, we could not pay off. $28, 206. 47. Yes, almost $30,000. God is so good. I have been overwhelmed with God's goodness. It doesn't matter what we do, he can be nothing but good.

So, that is what is going on here. A lot of nursing and staring at Madeline. And being very thankful!!

6 comments:

The Durham's said...

I am so thrilled to catch up on your beautiful family!!! You guys are incredible and I am standing in awe of the Lord about your loans....what a precious gift of love from Him:) I'm not sure if mom shared with you, but we are on to Durham #3...slowly catching up:):) Bless you, sweet friend, and I look forward to keeping up with you guys!

With Joy-
Stacy

Ashlee said...

Wow. That gives me the faith to believe that God will take care of our student loans someday too. Education is a crazy expensive thing...I'm not sure I'm brave enough to type the amounts here but I'll just say its substantially more then the amount you listed. The only thing that encourages me is that I know we wouldn't be where we are now without that education either...it's a rough balance. I am believing that our children will be able to get debt-free educations one way or the other.

I'm so happy you are enjoying your first few days with a new baby. A girl in our church just had a new baby and it's really been a struggle for her...

I pray you continue to relish in each day of her infancy..they go by so quickly!

Btw, what day did you actually have her and what were her "stats"?

Francesca said...

Madeline was born on 4/7/08 at 4:34in the afternoon. She weighed 8 pounds, 1.6 ounces. She was 20 inches long. She is beautiful and perfect and Iloveher, Iloverher, I loveher!!!

Cyndi said...

your testimony is powerful and it gives us more faith that I know God will come thought for us...

High in Demand said...

I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying Madeline. I felt the same way when I brought Miles home. There's something about bringing home that fifth one! It feels perfect. There's nothing to be nervous about...I mean, you know how to take care of a baby! You feel so much better than being pregnant. Your other kids are older and helpful and loving. The Lord must pour out more love on families with five kids. Not that the Lord doesn't like small families...it's just that it takes a lot of faith to have a large family. Faith, Patience and Love Love Love.

By the way...I love your family. It made me happy on Sunday when I saw you and Billy being sweet by your car. (You know, when no one was looking.) Besides me. You two were being lovey and it blessed me.

AND...of course I was thrilled about the money! But I already told you all of that!

anniepooinclyde said...

WHAT A HUGE TESTIMONY MISS FRAN. WOW, STUDENT LOANS BEING PAID OFF. THAT IS AMAZING. AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE PICTURES OF THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE FAMILY MISS MADELINE. CONGRATS...