December 18, 2015

{1} month

Warning: excessive amount of pictures ahead!

You know how many pictures I take and share of my animals?  Nothing compared to how many I take of this sweet little girl!

First picture with Daddy!

It will be fun when Alex and Sarah's little one arrives in March.  The cousins will only be 3 months apart!

Ivy had so many visitors her first week!

Naps are wonderful, especially with a cuddly baby!

With her 26 week ultrasound picture.

Precious time reading God's Word to my little girl.  Nursing gives us lots of time to read together.

Meeting her cousins for the first time!

Beautiful snow and cozy sheep.

Stu has been very good around Ivy so far.  The only trouble is, he doesn't understand why he and Ivy can't share my lap. ;)

Thanksgiving was a wonderful (and rather exhausting when you're only 2 weeks postpartum) time spent with family.

My mom and dad love their granddaughter so much. :)

We had a white Thanksgiving, and it looks like we'll get a white Christmas, too!

Meeting Uncle Austin.

Four generations - Great Grandma Sue, Grandpa Todd, daddy Hank, and Ivy.  Love it!

With Hank's Aunt Sarah.

It amazes me that it's already been a month since Ivy was born.  A whole month! So much has happened in that time.  

We had a crazy wind storm come through during the first week.  Gusts up to 60 mph.  Crazy!  It knocked the power out all over the county.  Ours was out for only 2 days, praise the Lord.  Some folks had it out for a week, maybe more.  But we stayed cozy with our woodstove, and heating our meals on it.  Hank even cooked bacon!

You may have noticed there are no pictures of Ivy and the Bonnie dog.  We unfortunately had to put my Bonnie dog down only three days before I went into labor.  I believe I mentioned that Bonnie had had a tumor removed from her side in October.  It healed nicely, but only a few weeks later she had new tumors in the same place.  They got bigger and bigger.  I'm guessing it was cancer.  Since Bonnie was still happy and healthy otherwise, we just enjoyed having her with us. But it was obvious when the time to say good-bye came.  I miss her so much.  Every single day.  But, the Lord's timing is best.  And having little Ivy to cuddle has brought me so much joy.  Bonnie will always have a special place in my heart and memory.  She would have loved Ivy.

It's been a busy month, a busy new season in my life.
It's not always going to be easy, but oh, I do love being a mom!

I probably won't be on here again until the new year, so I wish all of you a very
Merry Christmas!