Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Ps. 127:3

There have been so many blessings in our lives this past week as we have brought home this new baby boy. (Kim took the above pic, isn't she great?) My husband wrote a sweet post this week about the blessings he has seen this week. He hardly ever writes such a personal post so I encourage you to read it!

One of the blessings in our lives has been having grandparents that live in the same town. They blessed us by keeping our other 4 children while we were in the hospital and they have provided small blessings every day since Carter's birth.

Just the other day I called Brian's dad to let him know that we enjoyed the carrot cake he had sent our way but that it was gone!! Later that afternoon, Brian's mom and aunt came by with an apple pie, a chocolate cake, brownie bites and chocolate chip cookies! The next day she brought by a homemade pound cake! Needless to say, we shouldn't be hurting for dessert at our house this week! Thanks Granny and PawPaw!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

March Madness

This is what happens when you have a baby in the middle of March and Daddy is home during the day for 2 weeks! Homeschooling centers around March Madness! Spelling happens as they learn to spell "Louisville" and "Gonzaga". Math happens as they pick their winning teams to go to the "Sweet 16" and the "Elite 8".

Brian got us all involved today. He had brackets for all of us to fill out. The kids have been so excited to watch and see if 'their' teams win. The funnest part was listening to the reasoning behind their picks. Emmie picked Kansas because Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz lives there. She also picked West Virginia (to go all the way in fact) because that is where PawPaw is from. Coleman picked VCU because they are yellow, his favorite color!

So, needless to say, we've been busy around here with a new baby AND March Madness! I'll let you know who wins!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Great Friends...

Last week I met some friends for dinner and they surprised me with the sweetest baby shower!! God has graciously blessed me with a group of sweet women that I call friends. We did a lot of talking, eating, and laughing. I got so many sweet gifts, some of which are pictured here. Look at those diapers - definitely a need!!

Kim made this sweet collage of all of my sweet 'babies!' (It's nice to have a friend that takes incredible pics with her fancy camera!)

Several of my kids will fit in this bag!!

Sophia, Dusty, Kim, Jamie, Kelly and me

Yummy cake!!

Thank you guys for making me feel special! Glad we got it in before baby Carter came!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sweet Baby Boy

As most of you know, our sweet baby boy - Carter Shane Barber - was born this past Friday! He was born early at 35 weeks (he just turned 35 weeks on the day he was born)! I will post more about the story later but we are so thankful for his health and that he is home with us. We are filled with awe!!

Thank you for all of your prayers for us!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Welcome.... Carter Shane Barber

Carter Shane Barber
6lbs 1 oz
19 1/4 inches
Born on March 13th 2009

Sunday, March 01, 2009

March ...


Is it March already? Hard to believe! That means several things around here. I am due in April but usually go a few weeks early (which is a good thing, as long as it's not too early, so I can have a successful VBAC again), which means (like the long run-on sentence) that this baby could be here sometime THIS MONTH! I don't know if it's a boy or girl because Brian wanted to wait to find out what it is and since I had my way the first 4 times I decided to serve him in this way. So ... maybe later this month we will finally know if it's a boy or girl! (Although I think it's a boy - what's your guess?)

March is also the month where Spring begins. I love Spring. One of my favorite seasons... but guess what? It's just started snowing here! The kids are so excited - and we're praying Daddy stays home tomorrow to help everyone play in the snow because it won't be a pretty picture if this big ole' pregnant momma gets out there! Know what I mean?

So technically, March is still winter here in VA! Hopefully some fun snow pics will come tomorrow!