Hey! I haven’t dropped off the face of the planet! We’ve just had *a lot* going on this past month, and I figured now is a good time to update you all on some of it.

For starters, potty training has come to a screeching halt. If Phoebe has no pants or underwear on, she uses the potty no problem. But by putting training pants (thick underwear, not pull-up diapers), she forgets she’s not wearing a diaper… And with school and other things going on, I don’t have the time or energy to spend with her on it.

However, my usual reason for potty training my second-youngest has come up again, and we are overjoyed. (So I will be working on it more diligently, probably during Christmas break.

For those of you who need a little assistsnce deciphering a sonogram, allow me to hilight key points. At this point in the pregnancy (9 weeks), the baby looks like a gummy bear… Thick abdomen and head, short and stubby arms and legs. But it is important to note that all body parts are there.

The first thing the ultrasound tech said was that there is only one baby in there… Not that I have a family history of twins, but I suppose that’s a relief at this stage in the game. One baby adds chaos to our routine… I shudder to think of what two babies would do!

We have never had more than two children in diapers at a time, and would like to continue that trend… Especially considering this will be our longest gap between babies; Ezekiel will be a nearly-ancient 18 months when this baby is due to arrive. Which, coincidently, is a few days after Ethan’s 8th birthday… 7 babies in 8 years.

Ethan says he only wants to share his birthday if it’s a brother. Unfortunately, none of us has any say in that matter. Except I may choose his birthday for simplicity’s sake and induce again.

I have never had two boys back-to-back, but I have also never had a girl in the spring. Either gender will offset our equilibrium, so it matters to me only so I know which room to make space in and which set of newborn clothes to get out of storage.

I am currently 10 weeks pregnant (a pregnancy typically lasts 40 weeks) and that means my favorite pin is especially relevant right now. This pin shows the actual size of a baby’s feet when he or she is just 10 weeks. How tiny, yet beautifully formed! How awesome is our Creator!

My favorite Psalm:

Psalm 139


O LORD, you have searched me and known me
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.

5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say,”Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me!

20 They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?

22 I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, andlead me in the way everlasting!

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