I'm back! Can you believe it? Yes, I know... you have heard those words before. Actually, several times over last fall but this time it is for REALS!
I needed the break and lost all interest on keeping up this site. So much was going on and something had to give. I did think about you all often and wondered how you all were, but for some reason, my writers block turned into writers refusal. I lost readers, followers and fans. Sponsors stopped emailing me, BlogHer lost my address and all giveaway offers ceased...
which kinda made me sad but then i received those private emails from readers asking if I was ok... or just writing to say hello and thats when I remembered why I write here...
For them. My friends. The ones who love me. =)
So, yesterday, as I played another round of scramble on my phone. (my latest addition...)
A blog "bling" came into my head. See, that's how my blogs usually come to me. I never plan what I write... they usually just POP or BLING up in my brain and I get to it. So, I was quite surprised when one actually sprouted in that very dusty corner in my mind. It was then I knew it was time.
But how? How do I go from sharing my dailies with you, to filling you in on the last 4 months???
So, I figure I would share in quick highlights and go forth from there. So much has happened in our Little Red House and so much has stayed the same. It will be easy for all of us to pick up where I so selfishly left off.
So for the 2 readers out there that might still visit me from time to time...
Here's whats been happening...
YES! You guessed it. Another addition is on its way. Lucky #7 surprised us all on Christmas day. With our crazy holiday schedule I lost track of too many things and VOILA... in August another beautiful bouncy baby will be added. This was another reason I abandoned this blog. This first trimester was a doozy!
But I am happily in my 19th week and im getting excited to meet this next member of our "little" family.
January kept us busy. I was hiding the pregnancy from just about everyone. After having such a high history of losses, my greatest fear was putting my kids through all the hurt of losing another sibling. I was doing an awesome job until my Hannah ratted me out as I sucked down ice pops...
" MOM!! Are you pregnant?? The only time you eat ice pops is when your PREGNANT?"
I casually responded that I didn't know and she had to ask her father...
(insert me darting out of the room)
In which he replied...
"I have no clue.. Go ask your mother..."
Yes, the game was fun and her and my Emma kept a good secret for 8 whole weeks. We kept busy with the republican primary and going to the BEST political rally EVER... where we met the Duggars!! My kids were thrilled to stand next to the Duggar girls. It was a day to remember for sure.
Although... I DID tell ONE person my secret very early on...
Mrs. Santorum was elated to hear we were welcoming our 7th :)
We also welcomed another teenager into our brood. Hannah crossed over into the realm of childhood to young adulthood..
And she also got a Facebook!!
That was the highlight of her day.
A few weeks ago, we packed up our big black van for one last HURRAH and headed west to Tennessee. Not so much as a pleasure trip but to pick up our NEW 15 passenger van!!
We prayed and prayed and God provided and threw in some fun in the process.
So we went from the picture below:
AHHH It feels so good to stretch our legs. The only bad news is our Big black beauty is up for sale! It will be bittersweet to see her go but its time.
Then the biggest and latest news was the premier of THE HUNGER GAMES!!
My older girls have been counting down for over a year and a half for the midnight showing.
They had friends sleep over and off they went giggling and screeching the whole way.
So our Little Red House has been full of the same. Living life as best as we know how. Thanks for finding faith in me again as we Find ways through it all and try to remember that "These are the days..."