Pregnancy Update: Week 25!

This post may contain Affiliate Links. Thank you for your support!

Is it possible to get more excited every week? I seem to fall in love with this new baby more and more as each new week goes by. I was laying on the couch last night having fun at my Usborne online party, and just stopped to watch my tummy move all around. Every baby is such a precious miracle. Now that I’ve been around more women who struggle with infertility, it makes it even more real to me of how amazing it is that I have a baby in my womb. My heart goes out to every mother who wants to be pregnant but just has not been able to conceive.

Twenty Five Weeks pregnant with baby number six! So thankful to be in my second trimester and feeling better!

Here is our little Christmas tree! Sean grew up with Santa and christmas trees, I grew up with no Santa and most years no christmas trees. We have really prayed and experimented with what we feel is best for our family over the years. We eventually want to get a little bit bigger tree, but we don’t want something that is overwhelming. The focus is on Advent, and reading stories all month long about Jesus being born, playing with our Little People Nativity set, etc.

I find the red bow on the tree funny, my husband put it on there. We used to have a little star but we didn’t see it in the tubs this year. If I can get to Hobby Lobby I will get a new star! :)
Beeyoutiful

I was just thinking that I needed to order some liquid Chlorophyll to start taking, when I received an email from Beeyoutiful company that they were offering free shipping on any order, today only. Yay! I always have taken their brand, so I know I can handle the taste. I normally struggle with being anemic the last trimester, sometimes it gets so bad my midwife tells me I can’t have a home birth if I don’t quickly get my levels up. So I really need to get started on that.

I’m also going to order the Red Raspberry capsules to take. Last pregnancy I started taking 4-8 capsules a day during the third trimester, and I took the Evening Primrose Oil capsules the last month. It made such a difference in my labor, I’m definitely doing it again this time!

This week has been especially hard on my varicose veins. You can see all the blue veins in my foot in the picture. I’ve had to sit at the computer a lot, and it has made my veins really flare up even more. It just is part of pregnancy for me, so I deal with it the best I can.

How are all the pregnant mamas who are reading this doing? :)

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family To Yours!

This post may contain Affiliate Links. Thank you for your support!

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family To Yours!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so very thankful for many things today, the gift of family and friends, the blessing of knowing my Lord and Savior, and for you, my readers and friends online who bless our family in so many ways.

As a family we are grateful for you…for supporting our family through being loyal customers at Deborah & Co. and for sticking around, reading the blog posts and interacting here. You bless us daily!

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving reflecting on how God has blessed you this past year!

25 Days of Christmas Books for Children

This post may contain Affiliate Links. Thank you for your support!

25 Days of Christmas Reading List!

We’re starting a new tradition in December and I’m really looking forward to it! Our 25 days of Christmas books for children was created out of a desire to slow the month of December down and focus on what is truly important. I want to spend a lot of fun time with the children, building memories and doing meaningful things with them.

Every day in December we are going to read one book together. What makes it super special is that the book will be wrapped up with a number on it, and they get to unwrap the book that goes along with the day. Most of them will be about Jesus and his birth, but others will be on wintertime, or Christmas in general. We don’t do anything with Santa Clause so I don’t have books included with him in them.

I was able to request all of these through my library, so definitely check into that!

Our 25 Days of Christmas Book List

A Christmas Goodnight Book

1. A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck

“On a quiet but wondrous Christmas Eve, the nativity story comes to life, and families everywhere celebrate the miracle of Christmas.”

Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

2. Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Long ago, a little girl named Laura Ingalls lived in a little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their good old bulldog, Jack. Winter was just around the corner, and Laura worked hard to help make the little house ready for the cold days ahead. Soon there was frost on the windows and snow on the ground, but Laura and her folks were warm and cozy in their snug little house in the Big Woods.”

The Big Snow Book

3. The Big Snow by Berta Hadar

“The woodland animals were all getting ready for the winter. Geese flew south, rabbits and deer grew thick warm coats, and the raccoons and chipmunks lay down for a long winter nap. Come Christmastime, the wise owls were the first to see the rainbow around the moon. It was a sure sign that the big snow was on its way.”

Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey

4. Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey by Robert Byrd

(We are not Catholic so I might edit this book slightly if I need to, I’m not sure yet)

“When Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals, encounters a donkey who is unhappy with his lot in life, Francis tells him a story that heals. True, long ago God punished the mischievous animal by giving him long ears, a loud bray, and heavy burdens to bear. Yet God gave the donkey something wonderful, too. For who was it that carried Mary to Bethlehem across rugged mountains and burning desert sand? And in the stable, who warmed the Baby Jesus with his breath? Whose love and devotion on the trip from Nazareth outshone even the gifts of the wise men?”

This Is the Stable

5. This is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten

“Wondrous things are happening in the stable. The animals are gathering. Shepherds and wise men and angels are coming from afar. All of them are flocking to see the Christ child, born this night in Bethlehem.”

6. The Tale of the Three Trees: A Traditional Folklore by Angela Hunt

(While they say it is an Easter book I’m going to use it for Christmas!)

“Featuring the wonderful illustrations of Tim Jonke, this best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross.”

Marlee's Surprise

7. Marmee’s Surprise, A Little Woman story by Monica Kulling

“Each of the four March sisters is special in her own unique way. Meg is a dreamer, Jo is a tomboy, Beth is shy and thoughtful, and Amy is a bundle of energy. But despite their differences, the girls pull together to get through a difficult winter holiday. Based on the first chapter of the enduring classic Little Women, this enchanting retelling will introduce a new generation of “little women” to the works of Louisa May Alcott.  “

Lift the Flap Nativity

8. Usborne Lift the Flap Nativity by Felicity Brooks

(My older ones will have to be patient this night – this is a book best for my 2 and 4 year old)

“This illustrated volume provides a sensitive telling of the nativity story which aims to evoke a sense of wonder and mystery in very young children. The detail of this flap book incorporates details such as mice hiding in the corner of baby Jesus’ manger.”

The Story of Christmas

9. The Story of Christmas by Pamela Dalton

“Deeply reverent, richly detailed, and teeming with life, Dalton’s images follow the story of the Nativity from the appearance of the Angel, to the shepherds who came from the fields, and to the three wise men who followed the star to pay respect for their new king. Working in a Pennsylvania-German folk-art tradition, rich with lovingly rendered animals and figures, Pamela Dalton has created a book that takes a deserved place among the finest celebrations of Christmas.”

Room for a Little One

10. Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale  by Martin Waddell

“On a cold winter night, Kind Ox invites one visitor after another into the shelter of his stable–Old Dog, Stray Cat, and Small Mouse, who rest together in harmony. When Tired Donkey appears, he brings with him Mary and Joseph, and all of the animals welcome Jesus when He is born.”

Through the Animals Eyes

11. Through the Animal’s Eyes: A Story Of the First Christmas by Christopher Wormell

“From dogs watching over the shepherds’ flocks when angels appear, to a charmed cobra performing in Herod’s court as the king tries to deceive the wise men, Wormell’s trademark animal imagery brings a new perspective to the story of the first Christmas.”

The Legend of the Candy Cane

12. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

(I’m going to get miniature candy canes and let them eat them while I read them the story!)

“One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?”

God Gave Us Christmas

13. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Bergren

“As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder… “Who invented Christmas?”
Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that…Jesus is the best present of all.”

Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

14. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

“Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.”

The Crippled Lamb

15. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

“In this timeless bestseller, readers experience the tender love God has for those who feel alone and different. Joshua was a lamb with a crippled leg who felt left out because he couldn’t run and play like the other lambs. But God had a very special plan for Joshua’s life, as He does for all who feel alone. Readers can expect a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb’s prayers are answered in an amazing way.”

Itsy Bitsy Christmas

16. Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado

“Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? That is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king. Just when Itsy and Bitsy begin to believe that they really aren’t big enough for the new King, they learn that Christ the King has indeed come for everyone. “

Tonight you are my baby

17. Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift by Jeannine Norris

“The miracle of Christmas began with a mother holding her child, filled with boundless love. Now the warmth and spirit of the first Christmas come alive in this Nativity retelling, perfect for mothers to share with their own little ones.”

Listen to the Silent Night

18. Listen to the Silent Night by Dandi Mackall

“It was not such a silent night when Baby Jesus was born. From the baa, baa, baaof sheep to the flut-flut-flutter of angel wings, it was actually quite noisy! “

One Wintry Night

19. One Wintry Night by Ruth Graham Bell

“A classic Christmas picture book, One Wintry Night tells the story of a mountain boy who is injured in a snowstorm and seeks refuge in a cabin. While he waits out the storm, the woman who lives there tells him the Christmas story. In a magnificent blend of a contemporary setting with the history of God’s redeeming love, Ruth Graham created a wonderful and unique version of the Christmas story.”

One Shining Star

20. One Shining Star: A Christmas Counting Book by Anne Kennedy

“Help your child learn to count using the most beloved story of all—Jesus’ birth! With gentle rhyme and number fun from 1 to 10, this book is full of shepherds, kings angels, animals, a baby, and a shiny star, all waiting to be counted before bedtime.”

The Little Drummer Boy

21. The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Keats

“A procession travels to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the newborn baby Jesus. The little drummer boy comes along, although he is too poor to bring a present fit for a king. Instead, he plays a song on his drum for the Christ Child. Within the little drummer boy’s seemingly simple gift lies the true spirit of Christmas.”

Humphrey's First Christmas

22. Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer

(I’m going to make it clear to my children that the three wise men did not come to baby Jesus in the manger, but when he was a little older.)

“We’ve all heard the story of the three wise men who brought their gifts to Baby Jesus. But what about the camels who carried them? Here is the story of Humphrey the camel and his long, cold journey to Bethlehem. Humphrey has lost his blanket and schemes to acquire a new one. When the party reaches its destination, Humphrey is so drawn to the love surrounding Baby Jesus that he finds himself selflessly giving his new blanket to the Christ child.”

The Gift Of The Magi

23. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

“In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store.”

On This Special Night

24. On This Special Night by Claire Freedman

“On a silent winter’s night, one star burns brighter than all the rest. “That must be a special star,” Mother Cat whispers. When Little Kitten and Mother Cat join the animals journeying toward the starry light, they discover that it is a special star indeed — shining with peace, love, and joy on this very special night.”

25. The Christmas Story from the gospel of Luke in the Bible!

I can’t wait for December 1st to start this! So much fun and good memories will be taking place! :)

My Favorite Christmas Music!

This post may contain Affiliate Links. Thank you for your support!

My Favorite Christmas Music!

While I know Thanksgiving has not even come, we’ve started listening to Christmas music! I hold off on decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but I love Christmas music and just can’t wait!

We are very conservative in our music choices, so the list below reflects that. Even on this list there might be a few songs within a CD I normally skip.

The Heart of Christmas Classical Guitar

 

The Heart of Christmas Classical Guitar – I found this at the library and we have all been enjoying how peaceful and beautiful it is! This CD is a good one to play during school time, and will help cheer the children up during unpleasant subjects. Don’t ask me how I know. ;)

Heavenly Christmas Music by Jackie Evancho. I love this Christmas Album!

 

Heavenly Christmas by Jackie Evancho – I purchased this CD last year and love it! Her voice is amazing for being so young. I’ve shipped many packages for Deborah & Co. during the holidays while I listen to this for some holiday cheer. :)

Tidings of Joy by the John Marshall Family

Tidings of Joy by the John Marshall Family – I listened to this for many years before getting married, so whenever I hear it I remember baking days in the kitchen with my mom and decorating our house. It brings back such good memories! This family has an amazing talent of blending their voices and singing for the Lord!

The Piano Guys A Family Christmas

 

A Family Christmas by the Piano Guys – This is one where I don’t like every song on the CD, and I can’t handle it on during the school time. :) I really enjoy the talent of the Piano Guys, but when I have 5 other children making noise this CD is just too much. I enjoy listening to it at night while I’m blogging, or in the van with the children.

O Come Emmanuel

O Come Emmanuel by David Nevue – This is another nice quiet Christmas album that is full of solo piano music.  This music is turned on often during school days. I really like all the music I have from David Nevue – very soothing for an active household!

Noel by Josh Groan

 

Noel by Josh Groan – I skip a few songs on this album, but we enjoy most of them. Josh Groban has a beautiful voice!

Bing Crosby I Wish You  A Merry Christmas

 

I Wish You A Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby – I found this at the library and we have had some fun family time listening to it. We don’t do anything with Santa Claus and it is hard to find a good classic album without a lot of Santa Claus music included. This was a nice change from other CD’s I’ve tried, and we’re having fun singing along.

These are some of my favorite Christmas albums, I would love to know what your family enjoys at Christmas time!