Me, Reiko (Levi's BM) and Michelle (Bailey's BM)
Addison and our friend Lalo
Gabby, Reiko's husband works out of town quite a bit and so she spent a lot of time this summer with us and we loved it.
On the 4th of July we had a BBQ with Reiko, Michelle,Kathryn, David (Michelle's hubby) and our Pastor Chris, Megan (preg. with twins) and their son Josiah.
Getting ready to go see the town firework show. Reiko was ready to pop...she was pregnant and due anytime.
Speaking of Reiko being pregnant... We spent lots of time waiting in Dr.'s office with Reiko's weekly baby checks. Gabby was awesome and would watch Levi and Addi so I could go in with Reiko to the check.
(Thank you Gabby...I know he was a wild boy most days)
And then... Heidern (spelled correctly but pronounced Heiden with a silent "R") was born. It was really great that he decided to arrive while Gabby was home and able to see him being born. God is so good!
Poor little guy had a rough start and was born a bit early. He sure is a fighter and was doing much better the following week.
Once Heidern was born, things were no where near slowing down. We had my niece, Amanda's wedding. She married a very sweet guy name Colby. Couldn't have picked a better person for her to spend the rest of her life with.
They had a garden wedding in Colby's parents back yard. It was BEAUTIFUL and she was a very pretty bride. I couldn't have been more proud.
We no more finished Amanda's wedding and had to start the crazy business of getting ready for Reiko and Gabby's wedding a week later.
The ceremony was gorgeous. She held it at the overlook with the lake behind them. The weather was wonderful. Addison and little Gabby (a relative of Gabby's) made beautiful flower girls.
Their little family is such a blessing!
Now summer wouldn't be summer if we didn't also play on the lake with Bailey's BF's family.
Even with all the events we've had going on I still managed to spend some time fixing up our junk room and turning it into my new doula room where I can meet with my clients.
(A doula stays with a laboring mom and offers her encouragement, support, and suggestive birthing positions during her time of labor and birth.)
Here is the process before...
Levi is demonstrating just one of the many laboring positions you can do with the birthing ball. LOL
This is our little house all cleaned up after the mess of creating the room. The rustic French doors on the left is where the doula room is.
We love our tiny little house and feel it keeps the family close, always in each other's business and promotes family bonding. I think even if I had a million dollars I'd still live in a little tiny house. lol
I have been doing the work of a doula for a long time with our ministry. It wasn't until this year I decided to go ahead and get my certification. After much prayer, decided to do that certification in Springfield Mo. (a 3 hr. drive each way) During some of the training I bonded deeply with the director, Julie. She opened her home to me and for the other trips to Springfield, I've stayed with her family.
(Thank you so much Julie!)
This is her and her beautiful little Addison. (I love that our children are named the same) I still have two more trips to Springfield to wrap up the required training hours, read a few books, and write a paper to become certified.
I can't wait to see my dear friends again. I think our relationship was for much more then just my certification. God has lots in store for our future together and I'm excited.
Along with my travels to Springfield and back this summer, I also served as a doula for three births. These births were pretty much back to back ...4 if you also count Reiko's. Each birth was amazing! Doing the work I do, you can't help but bond deeply with each and every one.
This couple had a rough go at it but, the Lord has blessed them with a precious baby boy.
And this one had a beautiful little girl.
And finally, this couple had a very sweet baby boy.
Doing the work of a doula is something I love and can't believe the Lord has opened this door for me. To be in a place were a new little life comes into the world and to see the joyful tears as the parents lay eyes upon their precious child for the very first time... is truly AMAZING! It is often times a painful yet sweet adventure as I watch unfold before me something I've never experienced for myself. I always promise my clients that if they focus really hard on pushing for me, I promise to cry really hard while they are doing it... and I do every time!
Me holding one of my doula'd babbies.
Thank you Jesus for the gift of life and for allowing me to witness it time and time again. You are an awesome God and I thank you for all You are doing with me.