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    Why, oh why, when a mom is sick, she can't get a break to lie there and just sleep? My head, it feels like it's about to explode. And I have a ton of work to do.
    Ryan and Rachael
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    Whoa. I don't get it, but I understand this a common phenomenon. It totally freaked me out, too, considering that I have Essure and there's no way I can be pregnant 'cause it's permanent. I still have dreams that I suddenly find out I'm pregnant, and it's twins or triplets, and I'm relieved to wake up from that nightmare. But last Thursday, the phantom baby kicks began. They're happening all day and all night at various times. Please tell me I'm not so crazy.
    Ryan and Rachael
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    So my lovely 3-year-old, Hannah, has decided that it's fun to hide from her mom and dad... and it scares us when we can't find her. She would make a great hide-and-seek find. Like right now. It's funny because we told her sister to get some PJ's on her, and now she's hiding, and they can't find her. We're snickering at this game she plays because we know where she is... my closet.

    And my lovely visitor, she showed up earlier than I was expecting her. Guess I'm not as stressed here lately.

    DH went to work yesterday after giving his two-week notice, and they "claimed" they he was supposed to be at work Thursday, a usual day off for him, and that they tried to call him several times. Really? Neither his nor my phone rang Thursday afternoon. Oh well. Guess he got a few days' vacay before a new job starts. I really hope this job sticks for him. I'm so tired of the constant job loss. It's very stressful with such a large family to support.

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    God is very real to me. Just as real as the people are reading this, or my friends, or my family. I'm on a 21-day quest to really seek Him, understanding that I'm going to find some answers. Understanding that He really does care about the minutia of my life, as in where our money goes, how are kids are raised, where we live, etc. It's already begun to change our lives.

    I've been extremely stressed since getting a new lease from our landlords. You see, we had planned to buy the mobile home we are presently in. However, it's at the falling apart stage, so we felt it would be best if we didn't buy it. However, our landlords didn't want to do a month-to-month lease, as ours is up at the end of January. I was stressed beyond belief. No funds to move, Nate's surgery coming up in February. I just didn't want to be homeless with 7 kids, although an extended-stay hotel would work. As I prayed and worried, I felt God telling me we already had favor with our landlords and to ask for a two-month extension on our least to give us time to find a new house and have the funds to move.

    Of course, I can be a procrastinator at times, and so I waited until yesterday to call. Thankfully, our landlords said almost right away that the extension would be fine. So I worried and fretted for absolutely nothing and God was true to His word. Now comes the faith part: Believing that somehow, some way, God will make a way for a 5-bedroom, 2-bath house for us that is ours. Not an easy feat with not-so-great credit, no down payment, and my husband's not so great job history (although not much can be helped in that area). But my God is so big that nothing is impossible for Him. So it's a wait and see, but I know somehow, He will make it happen.

    I have 3/7 children this weekend. My SD's went and stayed with their old foster mother for three whole days. I'm so giddy with excitement. It's rather quiet around here. My car is clean, my house is clean, and my laundry is caught up. Not bad for a mom of 7.
    Ryan and Rachael
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    Had one of those moments tonight. I know for a fact that I struggle with giving God the first fruits of our income and tithing. I know it's a command from God, yet fear and doubt keep my from tithing at times. Which makes it a sin to me. So I'm praying and asking God to renew my thinking on this subject. And as sure as the rain falls, God answered so swiftly as He does... Dr. Charles Stanley came on TV, talking about unwavering faith. Right now, honestly, my faith is wavering in the area of finances. And we're missing out on huge blessings because of it. This seems so impossible right now, but I am boldly asking God to change me right where I am. So I start by these...

    Ask these questions:
    Where did my doubt come from?
    Has God ever failed me?
    Did God not promise to meet all my needs?
    Did he not give me the Holy Spirit to enable me?
    Did God not promise to be with me at all times?
    Is anything too hard for God?
    If I'm facing a difficulty, where should my focus be?
    Is this a fork in the road that I may regret?

    Meditate on God's word daily, unhurriedly, and applying what I read.
    Recall God's answers to prayer.
    Courageously choose to obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.

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    My Word for 2012... UNWAVERING.
    Ryan and Rachael
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    UNWAVERING (adj.): Marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable; firm convictions; a firm mouth; steadfast resolve; a man of unbendable perseverence; unwavering loyalty. Steady, consistent, staunch, determined, dedicated, resolute, single-minded, steadfast, immovable, unswerving, unshakable, unflagging, unshaken, untiring, unfaltering, undeviating.

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    God showed us our HOUSE. 6 bed, 3.5 bath, in the school district we want and the right price range... we laid hands on it today and declared that it is OURS. Believe with us that God is an AUDACIOUS GOD. We are bold in believing that HE IS MORE THAN ABLE! And get this... it's on KING AVENUE.

    Ryan and Rachael
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    I can't remember if I posted this back when we first found out but... the day I've been dreading, in a sense, since that AFP test came back positive around 20 weeks pregnant with Nate is about here. We struggled with waiting, praying for our unborn child, and waiting more to find out if he had spina bifada. As it turned out, he had congenital scoliosis. Finding out in utero is almost unheard of, and so we count that a blessing from God. After he was born, the x-ray confirmed a hemivertibrae. Appointment after appointment with the ortho docs revealed that the bend continued to worsen. Last February, it was 72 degrees. In October, it was 80. And so the docs decided surgery couldn't wait anymore. They didn't want it to become an emergency surgery because of pressure on his heart and lungs. They prefer to wait until they're 4 years old, but we just can't wait. Usually, kids with congenital scoliosis have spinal cord and urinary tract issues. Nate has none, yet another blessing.

    But my emotions are everywhere. We're talking about surgery on my kid's spine. A very tiny spine. The what if's are endless. So I'm struggling to put my baby in God's hands and leaving him there and letting God carry me. I know Nate is strong and God has incredible plans for his life. God, help my faith and my mother's heart. Help me.
    Ryan and Rachael
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    We went and looked at the house today... I love our new house. 6 full beds, 3.5 baths, a living room, family room, dining room, and a huge room that goes upstairs that runs the full length of the house. Just waiting on You, God, for the financing end!
    Ryan and Rachael
    Parents to Chase, Abby, Hunter, Rachel, Caleb, Hannah & Nate

    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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