strawberry picking at 35 weeks pregnant

Last year we went strawberry picking for the first time. It's something that I've wanted to do for quite a while, but we finally did it together as a family! It's a lot of fun seeing the boys grow and become more independent so that they can really participate in activities with us! As it turned out, we actually ended up picking at two different farms. The first was fun, but the second one, we spontaneously (somewhat) headed to on Mother's Day was our favorite. 

For Mother's Day last year we did something a little out of the ordinary. While we usually head to church every Sunday (Mother's Day being no exception), I chose to do something different for the sake of my own heart. I shared about that day here.  Spending the day with my family, was a wonderful and restful experience all around. And I LOVED the strawberry farm we visited. 

This year I really wanted to head back to that farm. God has been so gracious and with joy, we are expecting our third son. Our rainbow baby. (35 week belly below)

 

Every week we like to plan for a family activity together, so for the week before Mother's Day we chose to go strawberry picking. I realize at 35 weeks pregnant it's not a really easy feat, but I really wanted those sun ripened strawberries. Plus the home made ice-cream isn't so bad either!

The farm is about an hour north of us and it's called LCCL Strawberry Farm, in Rome. Their price is terrific to pick your own, and of course they sell strawberry ice-cream that you really have to buy after picking out in the fields.

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We picked about 11 pounds altogether, which surprisingly (even with a big pregnant belly) didn't take us that long. The boys have learned which ones are good for picking, how necessary it is to "sample" some while you pick, and which ones to leave on the stems for ripening. I'm a homeschool mom, but a natural teacher (well, Jonah more than me) so we can count this trip as a field trip, wrapped into a family day. The best! 

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Oliver is getting pretty good at using our camera! 

Oliver is getting pretty good at using our camera! 

It was a great day and we recommend this local farm to anyone in our area. The drive isn't really too bad, since it's north, and the warm sun ripened fields of strawberries are worth it! Store bought strawberries just cannot compete with taste. We have a freezer full of berries, that I'm sure will be eaten up too soon, but some wonderful memories from our day at the farm.

Hope in God (a year after miscarriage)

I have an app on my phone that brings up pictures from the years gone by. This morning as I opened it up, one of the first pictures that popped up was this one.

 

A year ago Jonah and I were in the hospital after a very long night (and long couple months) of waiting. 

Waiting for our 4th baby to grow or for his/her little heart to stop beating (as we learned he/her were not growing). It was a long 11 weeks of hoping, praying and trusting that God was with us, even in our pain. 

Baby #4, went to be with Jesus and on this morning we were finally at the end of that very long journey. It was a relief in ways to finally be at a place of moving forward, since we were stuck in the middle of grief and hope for weeks. As I scrolled through what I had written on that morning, I cried. 

It's still a place of pain because we love that little baby. And I cried because what I had written then, still rings true in my heart today. Only it's a little deeper a year later because we've learned to walk in the truth of it. This is what I wrote: 

"The past couple months have taken us down a journey we never expected. I've never had to be in so many places of waiting before. So much that I would question "What God? Why?". Today I feel like there is finally an end here, and I'm tired. I'm sad. I'm weary but I am thankful in all of it that God has not moved. His mercies are new every morning and I've begun to look for those mercies, that grace in all the crazy details of these past two months. Great is Your faithfulness God. Let my heart and life sing this in spirit and body. Recovery ahead, and renewal. Will you pray for this with me? Beauty from ashes, only He can do that."

I have never kept this story secret because I know that even in our pain, we may be able to help someone else walking a similar journey. 

Now it's been a whole year. 

Have I seen God continue to be faithful? Have we given up on Him? Has He given up on us? 

I can say that it has not been easy to suffer and grieve. Nevertheless, God has been so faithful. We have learned to trust Him even more, and He never gave up on us!

What do you do when you are in the valley of the shadow of death? When you can't see any light because the dark is heavy?

You cling even more to the truth of who God is. Remember the character of Who He is.  He is a restorer, a help. He is a good shepherd that will lead you through it. He will fight for you, and He will comfort you. And He will bring good from even the hardest places. 

We are now expecting another little boy. How faithful is God to give us another gift? I'm heavy with the weight of this child, but also with the goodness of God in our lives. What a loving Father we have that takes care of us. Abundantly. (John 10:10) 

This pregnancy has not been easy. In all honesty, I wrestle with things that I never expected after miscarriage. But He keeps meeting me, in my weaknesses and reminding me that He loves me, and He's my strength. 

And I am thankful that Jonah and I can look back at those hard places in our lives and see that God was with us, and because of it, He's made our faith stronger. So I praise Him today. For suffering that brings us closer to His heart. For pain that we can give to Him for healing. For renewed hearts and faith that have come from the valley. 

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 42:11)

at about 17 weeks when this was taken. 

at about 17 weeks when this was taken.