A lovely spring day in January

We've been enjoying really warm days for MN. Usually we are in the teens to below zero at this point and today it was in the mid 50's. We took advantage by going for a nice walk. I am usually anxious for snow, but this weather has been so nice that I'm feeling ready for spring and summer and not the snow, which I'm sure will come sometime--we do live in MN after all. I do feel like I should be getting my seeds going for the garden though...

Andy & I went to my first OB appt and things look good. I've been such a nervous wreck so it was a relief to actually see the baby. They couldn't actually get me in yesterday for an ultrasound so my OB (who spoils me) took me back to do a quick scan just to check everything out before I get into my real ultrasound appointment on Wednesday. We saw a little baby and a little baby heartbeat. We're excited to see more detail tomorrow. Thanks for all of your prayers.

  • sallyanne
    Praising God for His care of you and your precious little one!
    by sallyanne at 01/10/12 5:06PM
  • marmee
    I pray all will continue to go well. Blessings!
    by marmee at 01/10/12 6:54PM
  • littlelamb
    Glad all is going well! It's been springy here, too. So much so that my phlox is blooming and some trees are budding. Usually it's in the teens and twenties around here.
    by littlelamb at 01/10/12 9:15PM
  • curlie
    Happy post :) I'm thankful!
    by curlie at 01/10/12 11:58PM
  • nthnswmn
    Yay! Sweet baby heartbeats. :-)
    by nthnswmn at 01/11/12 8:40AM
  • jenlew21
    I know me too! I got my gardening tubby out yesterday to start planning a layout! :) COME ON SPRING! :D I am about 6 months along...you?
    by jenlew21 at 01/11/12 9:19AM
  • heatheronthehill
    So happy your baby is growing so well! Keeping you in prayer! Enjoy your warm January! It's a rare thing indeed! I'm hoping it doesn't come back to bite us in April!
    by heatheronthehill at 01/12/12 1:07PM
  • sallyanne
    Thanks for the anniversary wishes. The Perz prayers continue! :) Love you!
    by sallyanne at 01/13/12 9:38AM
  • crazy_mama
    So excited that you got to see a sweet baby. It always does a mommy's heart good to see a baby moving and growing. So happy for you guys!
    by crazy_mama at 01/16/12 2:15PM
  • sallyanne
    Thank you so much!!! I hope you are doing wonderfully! Love you!!!

    You have always been such an encouragement to me, I hope you know that!
    by sallyanne at 03/08/12 2:18PM
  • juliamiriam
    Thanks! We greatly appreciate that. :)

    I am sooooo psyched for HsCamp. :D As you probably noticed, I put a ticker up on the side of my blog. :) I just couldn't help it!! ;D

    I'm excited for them!! :)
    by juliamiriam at 07/30/12 1:24AM

In His Time

Last Sunday evening, Andy & I were discussing several family items which included if/when to have baby #4. After trying to decide when the best time for us and the kids and being met with many "obstacles" we relented and gave the timing of #4 to God.

Just 3 days later I took a test and God said--NOW!

Baby #4 due August 19, 2012.

We are thrilled and so thankful to God for this blessing. If you could, please offer up a prayer on our behalf. I have miscarried every other pregnancy and that would be this one so I'm a little on edge. I have placed this baby and pregnancy in His hands, but all prayers do help. Thank you.
  • _fire_of_fantasy_
    Congratulations!!! I'll definitely be praying. ♥
    by _fire_of_fantasy_ at 12/17/11 10:46PM
  • heatheronthehill
    I'm just so thrilled for you!! Praying!
    by heatheronthehill at 12/18/11 6:07AM
  • juliamiriam
    Congratulations!! I will be praying for you guys!
    by juliamiriam at 12/18/11 8:14AM
  • mjintexas
    by mjintexas at 12/18/11 3:25PM
  • marmee
    Oh, happy for you. I will pray for you.
    by marmee at 12/18/11 3:46PM
  • nthnswmn
    I'll be praying.
    Love to you and the family.
    by nthnswmn at 12/18/11 5:43PM
  • curlie
    Praying for you. Congratulations! :)
    by curlie at 12/18/11 8:00PM
  • sallyanne
    I've been pleo-absent and I came here *just* to tell you that I love you, I'm excited for you, and I'm praying for you!!!

    When I miscarried before Joshua, it resulted in me being super nervous throughout my pregnancy with him. The day of the ultrasound (which was when we had found out that we'd miscarried before), I just spontaneously threw up...in the kitchen sink. You know me...that was totally out of character. I was such a mess. Thank God, it worked out and we were blessed with Joshua.

    I will be thinking of you and praying daily!!! You'll have lots of Perz prayers :)
    by sallyanne at 12/18/11 8:37PM
  • purrph1
    I will pray for you! That is exciting! Congratulations! :)
    by purrph1 at 12/18/11 9:09PM
  • crazy_mama
    Oh WOW!!!! How exciting Jodi! I will be praying for you. I can see why you are on edge about this. I know you know that God is in control and this is His baby but sometimes that still doesn't make it easy to just let it go and trust. I will be praying for you Jodi! Congrats to all of you!
    by crazy_mama at 12/20/11 6:51AM
  • mtnestr
    So happy for you, Jodi, and I will pray for you and this fourth baby. Hugs.
    by mtnestr at 12/20/11 7:21AM
  • jenlew21
    CONGRATS!!! :) Push the vitamin B and protein and you won't have nausea! :)
    by jenlew21 at 12/20/11 10:53AM
  • littlelamb
    So happy for you! I will be praying for you and the little one.
    by littlelamb at 12/21/11 7:46AM
  • linz_foster
    Congratulations. :) I can imagine being nervous - prayers for you!
    by linz_foster at 12/31/11 1:38AM
  • juliamiriam
    Thank you! :)
    by juliamiriam at 01/02/12 1:03PM

Happy December

My life is not perfect or even completely happy at this moment in time. However, through any of the stresses that have arisen, I still know that I am blessed. Sometimes it seems as if God knows when things need to be eliminated from my life and my very full calendar is suddenly not quite so full. For that I am thankful because I am needing those extra times for deeper prayer and study. What better way to deal with stresses is there than that? I am quite happy and blessed to be His child.
  • curlie
    I like your perspective. Love the picture of your sweet little ones. :) HUGS
    by curlie at 12/06/11 3:13PM
  • raifhaus
    These are worthwhile thoughts, and encouraging. May you look back at this time and rejoice in the growth and progress it prompted. Love!
    by raifhaus at 12/06/11 4:38PM
  • purrph1
    What a great way to look at things. :) I love the picture. So sweet.
    by purrph1 at 12/06/11 9:04PM
  • juliamiriam
    Thank you for praying for our cousin-in-law!
    by juliamiriam at 12/06/11 10:54PM
  • jenlew21
    by jenlew21 at 12/07/11 9:25AM
  • sallyanne
    I love you! Wonderful outlook!
    by sallyanne at 12/07/11 1:51PM
  • mjintexas
    I love what Amy said. And you!
    by mjintexas at 12/07/11 4:03PM
  • marmee
    Blessings on you in your corner of His world! Beautiful children. :)
    by marmee at 12/07/11 8:15PM
  • heatheronthehill
    Psalm 68:19 - "Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation."

    We read that during our lunch yesterday and it made me think of this post. *hugs* I'm so thankful that we have a God who does this:

    Isaiah 41:10 - Do not fear, for I am with you;
    Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
    Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

    Love your new picture! Your children are beautiful! So are you! :)
    by heatheronthehill at 12/07/11 8:40PM
  • mtnestr
    You have a good perspective on things, Jodi. Keep thinking on the true, honest, just, pure, lovely and things of good report, virtue and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8) and counting your sweet blessings and it prevents us from being overcome by sad things that surround us at times. I'm thankful for you and praying for you!
    by mtnestr at 12/07/11 9:30PM
  • crazy_mama
    Good thoughts Jodi! I so wish we could do lunch sometime. I was just thinking about how much I enjoy chatting with you and I wish I could! Hugs to you!
    by crazy_mama at 12/08/11 8:53PM
  • juliamiriam
    I love the profile picture!!!! :D
    by juliamiriam at 12/13/11 6:24PM

Too Busy to Update!

So here's a quick snippet:

We started hsing this year. Audrey is in 1st grade and so far loves school. She's an eager learner which helps a ton. We are very relaxed schoolers and are just trying to enjoy the journey. So far so good!

We were very blessed to attend our first hscamp in IN at the end of September. The best way I've been able to convey to people how great it was is to tell them that I actually cried when we left and I am not a crier. Cabin is booked for next year!

Joel-man is 9 1/2 months old and is growing up way too fast...as are all of our kiddos.

Some of our dear friends, J & S Hadders will be staying with us for several days starting this weekend. We are so very excited to have them!

I really will try to get better about updating, because this is just sad!
  • _fire_of_fantasy_
    Wasn't it?! It was brilliant seeing you! (:
    by _fire_of_fantasy_ at 10/10/11 5:28PM
  • marmee
    I miss homeschool camp years. :( My favorite location was Shakamak! :)
    by marmee at 10/10/11 5:33PM
  • leahabigail
    It was great to see you at camp! I'm so glad you guys could make it!! =)
    Also, I sat in front of you during one of the singings and so enjoyed hearing Audrey singing!! It was the sweetest thing!! =D
    by leahabigail at 10/10/11 5:52PM
  • heatheronthehill
    Love the snippet! :) We sure miss you guys! Enjoy your time with the Hadders! I'm sure it will be great!
    by heatheronthehill at 10/10/11 8:49PM
  • sallyanne
    I just loved seeing you. I think I cried almost every time I saw you and your beautiful family. I love you!
    by sallyanne at 10/11/11 12:31AM
  • crazy_mama
    I am SOOOOO bummed we didn't get to go to hscamp but having a baby that weekend kinda meant we couldn't go! Maybe next year. I want to go so bad!! Lord willling we'll see you then!
    by crazy_mama at 10/11/11 10:39AM
  • mjintexas
    So hard to believe that Joel is over 9 months!!! Wow!
    by mjintexas at 10/11/11 11:27AM
  • juliamiriam
    Oh yes!
    It was spectacular seeing you guys!! :D Maybe you can come every year! :D
    by juliamiriam at 10/11/11 7:51PM
  • mtnestr
    So glad you got to go to HS camp - we have some very special memories of our gatherings with this group and I miss those days!
    by mtnestr at 10/12/11 7:00AM
  • juliamiriam
    by juliamiriam at 10/12/11 1:04PM
  • littlelamb
    Glad to get the update! :)
    by littlelamb at 10/12/11 4:25PM
  • leahabigail
    Well, it's very sweet, and I'm so very glad that she does!!! =)
    by leahabigail at 10/12/11 9:53PM
  • jenlew21
    FANTASTIC!! Very cool! Yes more updates please! ;)
    by jenlew21 at 10/13/11 1:38PM
  • kristindoula
    It was SO great to meet you ~ as we were leaving the campgrounds. LOL! I'm so disappointed that I didn't realize you were there earlier!!! Next year! :-) We cannot wait!!!
    by kristindoula at 10/25/11 9:37PM


Andy, Joel, and I are heading to Duluth this weekend for our first homeschool convention!!! I've been printing off handouts like crazy for all of the different workshops. It's going to be so hard to choose which ones to attend. I'm most excited about all of the Charlotte Mason workshops.

Spring is here! We are loving the longer and warmer days.

I'm going to have another niece in August!!! Jay & Meg are expecting a girl and I just cannot wait. I love Kate so much already :)

On Monday I will officially be a minivan mom. A 2006 Town & Country will be on it's way north from FL for us this weekend. Never thought I'd be so excited about a van ;)

Have a great weekend
  • purrph1
    You will LOVE the homeschool convention! We went to our first one last spring. We are going again to the same one. We split up so we could attend as many workshops as possible. Have fun!
    I love spring also!
    by purrph1 at 04/14/11 8:18AM
  • marmee
    Enjoy the conference ... and the van! I miss my mini-van, but alas, I'm no longer a homeschool mom with children and dogs and stuff to tote around. ;)
    by marmee at 04/14/11 8:56AM
  • katie_fitz_steinback
    Hope you have a wonderful time at the conference. I love my van. What exciting news about your new niece. I can't wait for L&R's new little one to get here. Love you!
    by katie_fitz_steinback at 04/14/11 9:06AM
  • sallyanne
    How exciting. I'll never forget that first homeschool conference we went to with just Jonathan and Leah and you guys watched Hannah and Sarah. Almost 14 years ago!! I had already been homeschooling for a bit, but had never been to a conference and it was amazing.

    I also fondly recall our mini-van days...of course, we had to go the suburban route as our famliy grew...I love big vehicles...I'm so used to them now, but I tease the kids that when they all leave home I'm getting a red convertable volkswagon beetle ;)
    by sallyanne at 04/14/11 10:43AM
  • heatheronthehill
    I never thought I would be so desperate for a minivan! :) Hoping to get one in a little over a year.

    And enjoy Duluth and the convention! Sounds wonderful!
    by heatheronthehill at 04/14/11 1:09PM
  • crazy_mama
    Homeschool conventions are like Disney World to the homeschooling mama! SO MUCH FUN!!! Our convention is at the end of May and my kids were just talking about it today and how excited they are! Me too! And as far as a minivan goes, you will love it and be so surprised that you do! SOOO much room! Have fun with it! Have a great time at the convention!
    by crazy_mama at 04/14/11 9:46PM
  • jenlew21
    Awesome on everything! :)
    by jenlew21 at 04/15/11 10:01AM
  • littlelamb
    Vans are exciting. :) Have fun in Duluth!
    by littlelamb at 04/15/11 3:20PM
  • mtnestr
    I loved the conventions and miss that stage in our lives, although I count this stage with just Jeff and I very sweet too. And minivans were so convenient when the kids were younger - happy for you and your crew!
    by mtnestr at 04/15/11 5:21PM
  • shadders05
    so you didn't mention to me the minivan OR Jay/Megan! :P love ya!
    by shadders05 at 04/16/11 8:38PM
  • pink_ladybug
    Hi Jodi! It's Deborah! :) I'm officially posting now! :)
    by pink_ladybug at 05/31/11 1:20PM
  • sallyanne
    I'm so glad you liked the blog :)
    Are we really going to see you in September??? That would be wonderful :)
    by sallyanne at 08/25/11 10:21AM
  • sallyanne
    I'm so excited! You should've heard the girls when I announced the news!! :) we love you, and cannot wait to see you!
    by sallyanne at 09/01/11 9:36AM
  • juliamiriam
    I can't wait to see you!!! :D
    by juliamiriam at 09/03/11 1:12PM
  • juliamiriam
    I'm soooooooo excited! :D
    by juliamiriam at 09/04/11 8:50PM
  • nthnswmn
    Of course, you know this means you need to post something new. :-)
    by nthnswmn at 10/04/11 8:28AM