Come, Christians, Join to Sing {Sunday Songs}

by Alison on September 21, 2014 · 0 comments

Come, Christians, Join to Sing
Words by Christian Henry Bateman, 1813-1889

Come, Christians, join to sing – Alleluia! Amen!
Loud praise to Christ our King – Alleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice, Before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice: Alleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high – Alleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky - Alleluia! Amen!
He is our Guide and Friend, To us He’ll condescend;
His love shall never end: Alleluia! Amen!

Praise yet our Christ again - Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain - Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blissful shore, His goodness we’ll adore,
Singing forevermore, “Alleluia! Amen!”

Amen! Let praises fill the sky! While the headlines seem to grow darker every day, Jesus Christ is still the same, yesterday, today, and forever. He’s still the King, and He’s still on the throne, and He still loves to hear His people praise His name!

May your Sunday be blessed!



Pregnancy Report {17 Weeks}

by Alison on August 22, 2014 · 3 comments

Whew! The weeks can sure fly by…

Having had 9 babies, it’s all too easy for me to just let a pregnancy roll along, not really thinking about it day by day.

But I am getting older, and this will probably be my last pregnancy, so I want to savor the moments. I want to stop and think about each step of the way.

I want to remember it all.

And so, I’m keeping a log.

Last Friday, I felt the first definite tiny little flutter kick. It’s an old familiar feeling, and yet, still so exciting in the newness. I always enjoy this part of pregnancy, when you don’t just feel pregnant, you really feel the baby! Everything seems to become much more real in a new and very tangible way. Sure, nausea was/is real, but I get nauseated any time I spin in a circle or ride in a back seat. 1st trimester fatigue was very real, but I have a sleep disorder, oh, and 9 children, so fatigue is a constant companion. But finally feeling a new baby moving around inside of your body? Nothing, but a moving baby causes that!

Feeling movement is so reassuring, you can feel the life living! I’m sure it’s reassuring to every pregnant woman, but as woman who has experienced multiple miscarriages, I look forward to those movements from a place of knowing what it’s like to get close to that far along, but not quite…

And, so, I’ve spent many moments this past week, laying down with my hands on my lower abdomen, waiting, expectantly waiting for another little thump, praying for this baby and his or her future. I’ve been savoring these moments, time stolen away from a busy day, determined to be present throughout this entire pregnancy, determined to #cherishthemoments.




The Announcement {14 Weeks}

by Alison on July 31, 2014 · 10 comments

I’ve been keeping a secret. I do that sometimes.

I have my reasons.

But since one of my children spilled the beans to one of my cousin’s children, and then my cousin spilled the beans to my mom, who spilled to one of my sisters…

“What? You didn’t even tell your mom?!” I know, I know…

“Or your sisters?!” I know, I know…

So, anyway, I suppose it’s time to just come out and share it with the world, right?


We’re expecting baby #10

I’m 14 weeks along, and feeling rather exhausted, with occasional bouts of nausea, but nothing too bad, so I’m feeling rather blessed. I’ve experienced hyperemesis gravidarum to the point of needing IV fluids on multiple occasions, so believe me, I do not take a healthy relatively easy pregnancy for granted.

Not announcing the last one until 20 weeks (I can hide a lot of baby apparently, tall frame and all, don’t hate me) made the pregnancy seem to fly by. Weeks and weeks less of comments and well-meaning “how are you feeling?”s helped things to seem to zoom right along. It was kind of awesome, especially considering the crazy hard things we were going through during that pregnancy.

I anticipate that this pregnancy will feel approximately 6 weeks longer than the last one. I may or may not be a tad bit grouchy by the end, especially considering my propensity for going a week or two past my “due date”…

Already having 9 children, I’ve probably heard it all when it comes to wisecrack remarks (let’s be honest, they usually don’t contain much wisdom) about the size of our family and the reasons and ways to prevent such a thing, so if you have opinions you feel the need to share which are anything other than loving, supportive, and encouraging, I’d like to remind you of the wise words Thumper learned from his parents, “If you can’t say something nice… don’t say nothing at all.”

Only 26 (or 28) weeks to go!



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