Yesterday I took seven of my children grocery shopping…I was so hoping someone would say, "Are those all your children?" just so I could respond with "No, these are only half my children". But of course, no one asked me that question. I simply got the "wow, you've got your hands full" and "look at all those helpers!"
On the bright side, there is now food to feed my houseful of hungry locusts (and I mean that in the nicest possible way, of course).
Kalina (9) and Jubilee (7)
My friend and photographer Emily Weaver Brown gave birth to her beautiful little girl, Talia, Monday. You need to go check her out. She is simply divine. Emily had the beautiful home birth I hoped to have with Apollo. But I'm okay with his birth…I had eight completely uncomplicated deliveries, five of which were at home. And my baby is healthy and strong (and even slept four hours straight last night!)
Speaking of babies, please say a prayer for Juliet. She had a rough day yesterday…the doctors said to expect things to get worse before they get better, but it must be so hard on Jewels and Chris. I will keep you updated on her progress. Eventually I hope to get photos of Apollo, Talia and Juliet together…but right now Juliet's job is to get healthy…
Tucker (5) and Hezekiah (6)
And speaking of jobs, I don't think I mentioned before that Adalia Jewels' doula. The labor was so fast that we only arrived about half an hour before Juliet was born, but Adalia was able to stay the entire day with Jewels while her baby and husband were transported down to Seattle. Adalia has another birth coming up in December! That girl keeps busy, I tell ya- between babysitting, doula-ing, her first year of high school and living with a dozen crazy siblings…
The other day I was previewing this book for Adalia. She loves to read about midwifery and birth, but as you can imagine some of the topics can be a bit *ahem* mature for a fourteen year old. So I tend to pre-read them, often with a sharpie in my hand…as I sat on the couch with the book in my hand I turned to her and said, "Adalia, do you know what an IUD is?"
"Sure, its an Intrauterine Device".
I'm sure that most fourteen year old girls these days know about IUDs from health class…but for a "sheltered" homeschooler like her, I was impressed.
And now my little locusts are crawling out from under the covers in search of nourishment…time to start my day…
ETA: I realize I didn't make it very clear exactly what I was doing with my sharpie. I was blocking out some very offensive language…not your run-of-the-mill swear words but some more extreme language that even my ears don't want to hear…