Gabe’s 4th Birthday

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Looking out my window…  our mornings are starting out below freezing these days, but the sunshine today is warming things up nicely.

I am thinking… great-grandpa must have been needing some snuggles today.  He actually came out and got Thomas so they could watch football together.  Dad saw him showing Thomas how to conduct music to the beat of the music on the commercials.

I am Elaina is wearing… size 1 diapers.  She’s outgrown the newborn things. I need to remember to weigh her one of these days and see how much she’s grown.

I am hoping… I don’t get this cold and that Thomas and Elaina get over it quickly.  Thankfully it isn’t interfering with nursing too much.

I am hearing… 12:30pm – microwave warming up the green beans for lunch, football game on the TV in the East Room, Dad coughing (he’s got the cold too), kids coming in the back door as they arrive home from church;  7:45pm – kids doing more talking than cleaning up from dinner.

A peek into our week: Having fun at the Nebraska Farm Show

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Looking out my window…  a very grey, blustery day as winter blows in.  We’ve been enjoying a warm fall with highs in the 60s, but after this the forecast is for highs in the 30s and 40s.  No snow in the forecast, but one can always hope.

I am thinking… no more chocolate for me for a few months since it upset Elaina’s tummy (not as bad as the cabbage did though).  Hoping it doesn’t upset my tummy when I can eat it again like it did after avoiding it when nursing Caleb.

I am thankful… for an amazing church family here in Nebraska.  We have been overwhelmed by their generosity.

One of my favorite things… rubbing my cheek on soft baby hair.

I am wearing… still wearing my maternity pants and hoping to go jeans shopping soon.  Also, a new nursing top I got for my birthday.  Not crazy about how it looks on me, but it’s comfortable and easy to nurse in.

I am creating… almost done with the birth announcement cross-stitch for Thomas.  LOL, was hoping to have it done before Elaina was born.  I have one picked out to do for Elaina.

I am hoping… we can figure out the next step in this home service/support discovery journey.  It can be difficult to know how to go about the whole thing.

Around the house… Mom and the kids have the tree up and most of the Christmas decorations out.  Pretty!

I am hearing… 3pm – Dad rummaging in the kitchen for a late lunch, Kara rustling papers while working on school work, TV playing in the East Room, the wind blowing outside.


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Elaina Rose Hill

November 10, 2017

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Looking out my window…  we’ve had a lot of cloudy, cool days with light wind.


I am thinking… about what else I need to do/get before Elaina arrives and of course wondering when exactly she will come.  Her due date is the 22nd; my mom is praying for the 15th before she leaves to be with my sister who is also having a baby. My final appointment is on the 20th at which time we will schedule the induction.

I am thankful… for the opportunity to watch my kids learn.

One of my favorite things… watching the seasons change.  I am especially enjoying watching the harvesting here this year.

I am wearing… my old maternity yoga pants that have holes and bleach stains. At this point in the pregnancy (38 weeks) I am down to two pairs of pants that I can wear comfortably.

I am creating… finished the new diaper bag last night.  Yeah! Nice to have that done and ready.  After four years the old one was wearing through in several spots besides being too small for carrying diapers for two.  The new one is slightly bigger and I lined each of the two main compartments with a different color to help tell at a glance where Elaina or Thomas’ diapers are.



I am hoping… that it will not disturb Thomas when I am up in the night nursing Elaina.  If it does we will have to find a way to squeeze his pack’n’play into the girls’ room.

Around the house… Dad is almost finished putting up the wall to divide the big basement room into two rooms to separate the boys and girls.  It will be nice when the girls can get dressed in their own room instead of taking up the bathroom in the mornings.

I am hearing… 9:30am – kids are listening to their history lesson, Scott talking to Gabe & Grandpa Copple in the kitchen.


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Lydia’s Birthday


13 years old!


Reading the cards her siblings made for her.


Red knit socks from Grandma and a charm bracelet from Mommy & Daddy.

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Looking out my window…  cloudy skies with some light wind.  It’s supposed to be rainy again tomorrow; not good for harvesting.  Thankfully the forecast is for dry weather all next week.

I am thinking… being in transition is hard.  1) What’s my address? I was given some pre-admission forms to fill out for giving birth next month (next month already!) and only got as far as filling out my name.  I don’t know what to put down for my address.  Our billing address is still in New Mexico, but I don’t want mail going there.  Our shipping address is care of my parents here in Nebraska, but is that the right address to put on hospital forms?  And of course we don’t have an Alaskan address yet.  2) Nesting.  Being only a month and a half from this little one’s arrival my nesting instincts are really kicking in.  However, there’s only so much you can do with limited funds while living temporarily in your parents’ basement.  I’m also trying very hard to live in the here and now and not spend my time/energy thinking ahead to what might be when we finally get to Alaska.

I am thankful… to be able to hear my baby’s heart beat yesterday and another good appointment with the midwife.

I am hearing… 11:45 – the trampoline squeaking as a child jumps on it, Thomas fussing because he’s ready for lunch; 2:00 – Mom cleaning up the kitchen after processing more pears for canning, the kids watching their What’s in the Bible episode for school today, Scott doing tech support over the phone with WIM.


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Looking out my window…  overcast skies, light wind, and cooler temps; actually feels fall like today.

I am thinking… it’s still 8 weeks to go until this little one’s due date and I am already feeling ‘done’.  I want to count the days already, but keep reminding myself it’s too early for that yet.  Carrying lower this time means I haven’t had as much trouble eating/breathing, but my bladder is feeling the pressure and my pelvis is aching more.

I am thankful… for grandparents to help with my kids as I get further along with this pregnancy.  Having Grandpa help keep my boys occupied and out of trouble (mostly) when my energy is running low and Grandma to hold Thomas when my lap is shrinking is such a big help.

I am wearing… an old pair of maternity yoga pants that have several holes and bleach stains, but at this point are the most comfortable pants I have.  Wish I could get another pair.

I am watching… one of the channels my parents get has Star Gate on each weeknight and these sci-fi fans are enjoying it.  The kids have been enjoying watching PBS kids’ shows most afternoons. Probably too much screen time, but it’s great incentive for getting everyone’s school work done and a special perk of being here at Grandma & Grandpa’s.  And they are getting plenty of great outside time here at the farm.

In the garden… we are enjoying all the fresh produce from the garden here.  Last night we made stuffed acorn squash for supper.  Today I was able to start picking pears which were used to make pear crisp for the potluck after church tomorrow.

In the school room… Finally got the approval for a couple of missionary discounts so I can order a couple more things for Matthew’s school work.  So thankful for those companies that offer discounts to missionaries; wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise.

I am hearing… 5:45pm – Kara & Caleb lettuce and tomatoes for dinner (having eggs’n’tortillas), Grandpa Copple watching TV in the east room, the wind chimes on the porch; 8:30pm – girls finishing up KP (they can be a bit slow because they like to watch Grandpa’s TV through the window between the kitchen sink and the east room), boys watching Scott solder Deb’s old computer to make it usable for Matthew since the screen on his was broken.

A peek at September…


Lydia’s new haircut! So far she is doing much better at managing her hair (clean & brushed) with the shorter cut. She looks cute too.


Caleb riding in the combine with Uncle Leland. Talk about a happy boy!


Thomas has added to his skill set and is now pulling up on everything. Yeah!


Ben loved giving his cousin Myron rides!


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Looking out my window…  blue, sunny skies that promise a very warm day.

I am thinking… about finding an Ob/Gyn here.  I do NOT enjoy having to look for a new doctor, but I think I’m finally making progress in wading through the options.  At least we were able to get all the tests, rhogam, etc. out of the way before leaving New Mexico.

I am thankful… for this last week of visiting with my youngest sister whom I had not seen in 10 years.  I’m glad it worked out for us to both be here at the farm at together.  Good to finally meet her husband in person too.

I am wearing… khaki pants and a leaf print maternity shirt that is getting too small at this stage.

I am hoping… we can get our next support discovery trips arranged soon since I only have about 2 months left before I get too close to this little one’s due date to travel.

In the school room… working on establishing a routine for while we are here and figuring out what is and is not feasible for the kids to do.  Finally got the math curriculum on order.

I am hearing… 10am – the house is quiet except for Grandpa talking to a friend on the phone while watching the Price is Right because Mom & Dad just left to take Deb and Steve to the airport and Scott walked all the kids down to the creek; 7:30pm – girls doing KP (kitchen patrol) and Thomas talking while exploring (he’s crawling well now and starting to pull up on things).


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Looking out my window…  an overcast sky bringing a few sprinkles and promising a cooler day.  Almost feels like fall.

I am thinking… about what to pack next.  I think it’s time to start packing into the dresser drawers even if it does mean living out of suitcases.  At the point where I need to fit as much as I can into drawers before packing anymore boxes.

I am thankful… for the progress Thomas has made in the last couple weeks.  He is pushing himself into a sitting position without help, rocking on hands and knees, and even doing an army crawl instead of a sideways inch worm.  I was thinking the other day about one of the big proponents of homeschooling being that kids develop at different rates, i.e.-some kids are reading at 3 and others aren’t ready till 7.  The number of people that have told me of relatives that didn’t crawl/walk until around 18 months old has reassured and reminded me that it’s the same in other areas of development too.  Yes, it’s hard to have a late bloomer when everyone else is posting pics of their little ones hitting those big milestones; but they all develop on their own timetable that God has given them.


I am wearing… my most comfortable pair of jean capris, not that any pants are real comfortable these days.  My muscles aren’t as tight as they used to be which means I’m carrying lower with this pregnancy and things don’t fit as well anymore.

I am watching… Scott likes to unwind at night by introducing me to episodes of old shows.  Right now it’s The A-Team.  Definitely good to release the day’s tension with a few laughs.

I am hoping… we’re still optimistic that we can be packed and pulling out of here by the 24th.  We do need to sell some furniture first though – couch w/ottoman and matching glider, bookshelves, etc.

In the kitchen… the freezer is nearly empty and I got the first two kitchen boxes packed.  Having empty shelves feels strange.

In the school room… I think I’ve settled on what/how much we’re going to attempt for school this year while on the road.  There are a few things that I’m waiting to order until we’re on the road and have our temporary home base at my parents. But for now, I feel satisfied with what we’re doing. With all the chaos and transition this year I ended up introducing subjects a couple at a time instead of doing the usual ‘all at once’ first day of school.  I think it actually went much better that way, especially for Matthew.

I am hearing… 9:30am – water running as Caleb rinses breakfast dishes (he made pancakes this morning), Matthew and Kara talking about the story they are imagining up, Ben and Gabe playing cars on the table, Thomas talking to himself.

Prayer requests:  energy for this final stretch of packing and sorting, quick selling of our furniture, planning of the first phase of home service and excited friends who will share our ministry with their friends and churches.




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