Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Youth Trip to Glendalough

Well hello!

In all my mother's time on Blogger, I have never done a post of my own. So now I (Amy), will be sharing this post. :)

I love our church youth group! Our group is usually bigger, but several people couldn't make this trip.  The hike was definitely tonnes of fun, and I feel as if these pictures don't quite do it justice. I had to pick my favourites out of over 200 pictures I took that day. It was hard! So now, without any further ado, on with the pictures!

These birds were not very compliant with pictures.

Sweet friends.

"Far over the Misty Mountains cold"

Can you spot the waterfall in the back?

This is one of my favourite pictures of the trip.

Walking. We did lots of that.

The views were fantastic with all the Autumn leaves.

Spying on some feral goats.

Some stopped for a quick rest.

This is my favourite picture of the trip.
 Thank you unsuspecting friends/models!

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures. I took loads more, but due to the amount of time it takes to upload them, and the fact that there were so many pictures, I shortened it down to these few. I would recommend viewing these by clicking on the picture which makes it bigger. It really makes the pictures look much better. 

Did you spot the quote above? It's from one of my favourite books - The Hobbit. I kept saying this line over and over to myself as we were going around.

I found the pictures really didn't do the view justice, but I hope you enjoyed them all the same!
   Have a blessed week!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mr. James ~ 7 Weeks Old

Little James is now SEVEN weeks old!  Time is surely whizzing by at an alarming rate.  At this stage, I think he looks so much like Abigail.  In fact, so much so, that in my sleep deprived state I have been known to call him the wrong name!  He is still nursing well and he is growing like a weed, praise God.  All the kids *adore* him and we are enjoying getting to know him and see his personality develop.  
He is still waking for a feed at least once through the night (which is still to be expected at his age), but he is mostly a good night sleeper, which is a huge blessing.  We are again somewhat following the Contented Little Baby routines, and when on these routines in the past, our babies all have come to sleep through the night by about 12 weeks.  Waking at around 6-7am.  I do still wake them at 10-11pm for a feed until they are about 9-12 months old.  No "crying it out" needed!  It works for us and the babies are well rested and generally happy and content. :)

I have intended to post many times over this last month, *but* getting used to life with five children, home-schooling and keeping up (ha!) with the usual daily chores/activities has been chaotic at times and leaves little room for actually sitting at the computer.  I even have a post or two from *before* James was born, that are waiting to be posted!  I do intend to post them, but then again, I still haven't posted Abigail's birth story and she will be THREE next year - so much for good intentions!  In the meantime I thought you might enjoy a recent picture of our sweet little man! ♥

"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
 and carry them in his bosom,
 and shall gently lead those that are with young." 
~ Isaiah 40:11

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Beside The Sea...

Beach Baby

I have been sitting on these photographs for quite some time.  Story of my life - Ha!  These were taken on a BEAUTIFUL, warm day, just a couple weeks before James was born.  It was Abigail's first day at the beach; the last time the family went, she and I stayed home to care for a sick kiddo.  She LOVED the water!  Daddy carried her in his arms and helped her pretend to swim.  We had such a FUN day, and hope you enjoy our pictures!


The Hook Lighthouse

Meg Was Pretending To Be A Meerkat

Abigail Changed Into Her Swimwear

Little Rabbit!


This Funny Guy Buried Himself


A Sweet, And Somewhat Sandy, Girl

 Making A Break For It...