Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Our Home Birth Story

Two weeks ago at this time, our nine-month wait was over and we were finally holding our newest daughter.

The night before, we had felt as if we couldn't wait any longer. Both Jonathan's mom and my mom were visiting, and the baby was overdue. So...Jonathan and I went out and bought a bottle of castor oil!

I went to bed at ten and slept through the initial mild contractions for five hours. Jonathan stayed up all night so as to be alert whenever I'd need him.

In the early morning hours, he set up the birthing tub in our living room. I called the midwife when I knew we were getting close to active labor, but she was finishing up another birth and couldn't come. Things got intense around five-thirty in the morning, when the contractions became painful. Jonathan held me and helped me relax, until I knew it was time to get in the tub.

Almost immediately, I was ready to start pushing! The midwife arrived after a couple pushes, and eight minutes later, our sweet baby girl was born!

Our two other little girls had just woken up, so they were able to come out and see their new sister just moments after I lifted her from the water. Both our mothers were there, and our dear photographer friend was there just in time to capture some priceless photos.

We are so grateful the Lord protected us through the labor and delivery, and worked out the timing and everything so well. It was an AWESOME experience having our baby at HOME! We are thankful for all the love and support that has been shown to us in the last couple weeks as we've been getting to know our precious new blessing. :)

Photo Credit: Ful'tography by Jamie Fuller

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Three Little Girls

In my "Soap Brochure" post, I mentioned pregnancy, but I haven't actually announced on Danson for Joy yet that we are expecting our third baby girl next month!

Back in February, we shared this photo with our friends as a gender reveal ~ 

And my most recent pregnancy photo was taken on Resurrection Sunday (Easter) ~ 

While this pregnancy has flown by (I've been busy with two toddlers), it has also felt like the longest pregnancy. I've felt HUGE for months and months, and I've been so ready to just HAVE this little girl in my arms (not my belly!). I really have nothing to complain about, as my pregnancies are easy, but I can hardly wait for her to arrive. I'll be full-term in a couple weeks (due date is less than a month away), so I am super-excited to meet my sweet new babe. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Love Missives

Guess what?

I love you!

You already knew that, didn't you?


Ardently Yours,

I just sent the above in an email to my husband at work.
 It may seem quite odd to share the intimate details of a love missive...except that I'm sharing it to show you just how simple it can be to brighten the day of your hardworking man! Can't you just imagine him involuntarily smiling at his desk as he reads a sweet line or two from you? 
I encourage you to do something, even as small as sending an email, to let your husband or another loved one know you are thinking of them today. :)

Why a Soap Brochure Made Me Cry

A soap brochure. I started crying while reading a SOAP brochure!

Pregnancy hormones, yes.

But it was also the culmination of feelings of gratitude all day, all week, all month. The Lord has been incredibly good to us lately. I'm hesitant to share specifics because several of the blessings seem too good to be true.
One tiny part of me wants to wonder what painful trial is right around the corner, but the rest of me is just contentedly enjoying God's goodness and remembering precious Bible verses like Malachi 3:10. It truly seems as if the Lord is opening the windows of heaven and pouring out a blessing, that there is barely even room to receive it!
I know other dear friends are going through hard times and trials right now, and our hearts and prayers are with you. God is so good, and I hope that we can be an encouragement to others by praising Him publicly, that He does take care of His children when they place their complete trust in Him and seek Him with all they have. May the Lord bless you today!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Garden Love

We've tried to garden before. 

With only a couple handfuls of produce to show for our labor, I was hesitant to try again this year. I fantasized about gardening alongside my neighbor, whose endeavors seemed to thrive every year. 

And then I had a literal dream-come-true moment. My neighbor, after hearing about our inexperience, invited me to garden with her this year! I'd go over to her house a couple times a week to work with her, and when harvest time came, we'd share the bounty. 

It has been working out wonderfully for both of us. She enjoys the company, and I get a hands-on gardening education. Now that some of our crops are ready to harvest, I'm pretty sure it would be worth the work of trying again next year in my own yard. I LOVE getting to bring home a basket of freshly-picked produce that tastes so good my toddlers devour it. 

And every now and then, there are pretty flowers, too! 

What's growing in your garden?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happy Summer!

Oh, my blog! How I've missed you!

How has half a year passed so swiftly?

Danson for Joy has been on my mind often, but I haven't been willing to put in the necessary time to keep posting. I've been so...lazy. I hate that word.

The summer is off to a sunny, busy start, and our once-blank calendar is rapidly filling up. Even on the busiest days, I'm making sure to take note of the precious moments...like my baby eating a strawberry in the yard.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Healing Salve

Just finished a fresh batch of salve! If you wanted to try this before, it is now available! 
Great to keep around the house, this salve is perfect to rub on scratches, bruises, bug bites, rashes and dry skin. I even use it for lip balm! All natural ingredients make it toxin-free and mild enough for children. 

This healing salve contains organic coconut oil infused with plantain leaf, calendula flowers, comfrey leaf, yarrow flower, rosemary leaf, echinacea root, and echinacea herb; beeswax; and grapefruit seed extract (preservative).

1 oz. tins - $6
4 oz. tins - $18

If you'd like your salve mailed to you, shipping is usually only a few dollars!

To place an order, either email me or leave a comment with instructions on how to contact you. 

Disclaimer: As much as I hope to make a business out of this someday soon, it is currently just a hobby. Selling a few tins here and there allows me to purchase the materials necessary to continue making salve. I am not a professional herbalist or medical adviser, and this salve should be used externally at your own discretion. I am not to be held responsible for any negative effects incurred from use.