Friday, January 22, 2010


Elizabeth (Ella) Joy King
Ella was born on Sunday, January 17, 2010. She weighed six pounds, nine ounces and was eighteen and three quarter inches long. Never in all my life have I seen a more sweet natured baby than our dear Ella. From the very beginning she has been so different from all of her sisters. She very strongly resembles the King side of the family. This little one came out an expert at all things pertaining to eating, sleeping, burping and snuggling. I feel like I am in a dream. I could never have imagined having such an easy, precious little one!

Ella is named after her great-great-grandmother. Ever since marrying into the King family I have heard bout "Grammy Ella" and the wonderful legacy that she passed down. After having polio she was confined to her bed for forty years, but was a most faithful prayer warrior all of her days. Elizabeth is also the name of two very dear friends of ours!
Our prayer for Ella is that she will make God smile every day of her life, that she will be mighty for Him and that she will end her life knowing that she has pleased her Maker.

(Birth story and more pictures to come soon!)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So Here's the Plan...

I promised that I would try to give you all our "birth plan", so here it is!

I am still at the midwife clinic that I have gone to with all of my girls. There are four midwives that I see during the course of my pregnancy. Who ever is on call is who delivers. With my first I really didn't think I would like that, not knowing who was going to be there. In reality, I couldn't care less! As long as there are no problems with any of them ( which there aren't) I'm just glad for someone to be there! They deliver at a hospital somewhat nearby.

I feel a little guilty admitting it, but I am one of those strange people who actually likes having my baby in the hospital. Around these parts I get some pretty funny looks when I say that, but there it is! For those of you who think I'm crazy, I'll give you my reasons ( for what they're worth!) and hopefully you'll forgive me!

It's really quite simple. A home birth has never really appealed to me. I'm not one who thinks it would be fabulous to give birth in my own bed. Not even remotely fabulous.

When my mommy had me she hemorrhaged quite badly, something that would have been life threatening if she hadn't been where she was. This is not a fear issue, but a security one. It brings me a lot of peace knowing that everything is right there if I should need anything.

I have never had one negative experience with any of my nurses, midwives, or doctors. I have always felt completely in control of the decisions being made.

For those of you who home birth, I greatly admire you! David and I both feel that we are right where we should be at this time.

I always joke that my times in the hospital are my vacations. There is a lot of truth in that though! These are some of my very favorite times. I lay in bed with my sweet new baby, holding smelling, kissing to my heart's content. My husband is with me the whole time without anything calling him elsewhere. My girls come and spend loads of time snuggling their new baby, delighting over the new miracle, smooching Mommy and Daddy, then going home with Grandma and Boppa so Mommy can rest completely. Family and friends come and go, bringing love, blessings and chocolate!!! People are all around ready to wait on me hand and foot. They even give massages here! Oh, and the food is fabulous, free and brought to my bed!

Coming to meet Havilah!

Our hospital is FABULOUS about family and friends. I think 13 is the record of how many guests we've had in the room at one time. Once again, I love it! If you're nearby, drop in for a visit!

For those of you who like the nitty-gritties, I'm planning on having a natural birth. The Lord has graciously allowed me to have three so far. Believe me, I'm no "pain lover", but the birthing experience is so amazing to me that I really don't want to miss one bit of it! The first two needed pitocin due to the length of the labors. I kind of figured that was just normal. I was amazed at how "easy" a pitocin free birth was with Havilah. I would love prayers for another pit. free birth!

The biggest "new" thing about this birth is going to be the presence of my sister Mary. David has always been the only one present for the birth, and I was quite sure that was how I would always want things. God has a funny way of changing the way we think though ( this is why I won't say that I would never want a home birth!). For some reason, very early on in this pregnancy I began to really want to have Mary there. Not really for "my needs", but I really felt a desire to share this experience with her. As it gets closer and closer, I get more and more excited! We are so close that I really can't see it being anything but a blessing!

For those of you who might not remember, we don't know what we are having. The reason, I LOVE the surprise. Those are some of the most precious moments in my entire life, as I find out for the first time who this little one is.

I think it's so interesting how God made us all so unique, with different likes, tastes and preferences. One is not "better" or "worse" than another. This time is so precious and amazing.

Thank you to those who are keeping me in prayer. The Lord has always thoroughly protected me from fear, and I am full of joy and anticipation as I look forward to this new life. I'm soooo excited!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Christmas ( a little late!)

Well, I really can't blame the tardiness of this post on my mom. She got me the pictures about a week ago, but somehow I just haven't found the time to sit down here! Sorry if these are completely random and confusing. We actually gathered 4 times for different Christmas gatherings, so these are just a smattering of our times together.

The King family Christmas 2009

Opening presents with Boppa. Opening presents is a community event in our family. EVERYONE must be within six inches to see what is going on.

Checking out the calender with Nanna ( Great-grandma)

We are going through " The Great Toy Purge" at our home so this year we decided to invest in one nice baby doll for the girls. Something to focus on as we eliminate many unused things.

Lydia has been saying for weeks that we should name the new baby "Leah". Seeing as we just had a cousin named Talia ( pronounced Ta- leah), we've eliminated that option. She was very pleased however to bestow that name on her baby. "Leah" and "Ruth" are very loved! Havi was the recipient of a well loved hand me down doll from Lydia.

The girls weren't the only ones who got worn out!

It has been so fun having Peter join our family. The girls absolutely adore "Uncle" Peter! It's officially less than five weeks until the wedding!!!

My sisters and I on Christmas day. Anna is 14, Mary is 20 and Rachel is 16. Besides my husband, these three are my closest friends in the whole world! I love this picture. I could stare at it all day long.
We had a wonderful Christmas. What a blessed time to remember Christ's priceless gift that He freely gave to us, and how that gift makes it possible to have the love and fellowship that we enjoy every day with Him and with each other. Praise the Lord!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Make a Good Guess!!!

I have to admit that I stole this idea from one of my MOMYS friend who is due just a few days before I am. It looked like so much fun though that I just had to try it out myself!

So here's the deal: You guess the gender, date of birth, time of birth, weight and height of our new little blessing. The person who comes the closest receives a 5$ Amazon card!!! ( Okay, I know that's not really all that exciting, but I'm hoping it will encourage a few of you to come out of hiding!) My official due date is January 21, 2010. Here's what has happened so far!

Gender: Girl~ Lydia Grace
Birthday: 5/6/05 ( 1 day late)
Time of birth: 3:35 a.m.
Weight: 7lbs 2oz
Height: 19 in.

Gender: Girl~ Bethany Rachel
Birthday: 11/21/06 ( 3 days late)
Time of birth: 8:35 p.m.
Weight: 8lbs 2oz
Height: 20 in.

Gender: Girl~ Havilah Kathryn
Birthday: 4/22/08 ( 6 days late)
Time of birth: 1:07 a.m.
Weight: 7lbs 9 oz
Height: 20 in.

Remember, even if you don't have a Google account, you can still comment under the "anonymous" option! Only guesses submitted by January 10 will count for the gift card. I can't wait to hear your guesses. I especially can't wait to find out who is right!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Great New Year!

We have had a wonderful start to our new year! While we are incredibly blessed to live within five minutes of both of our amazing families, it sometimes is a struggle during times like Christmas when you would love to be everywhere at the same time! This year however, Jonathan and Laura decided that they would stay home ( Southern Oregon) for Christmas and come and spend New Year's here. It has been wonderful for us as we were able to have a much more relaxed Christmas and a fantastic New Year's!

Jonathan, Laura and Talia have spent the week with us, which is about the best time any of us could imagine! Jonathan and David are as close as can be, Laura truly feels like another sister and of course, Talia is a big hit around here!

(Bethany played all day with her nativity set from Uncle Jonathan and Auntie Laura)
Yesterday we went up to Boppa and Grammy King's house to have our King family Christmas. Plus it was Uncle Andrew's birthday so we got a double celebration in!

Blowing out birthday candles with Uncle Andrew! Bethany wasn't feeling very great, but she was Andrew's buddy all evening. What a great uncle!

( Youngest to oldest: Matthew, Peter, Timothy, Andrew, Isaac, Benjamin, David and Jonathan)
We actually took the time to get some brother and family shots this year which is something we NEVER do! Look at these great guys! All of them love the Lord and are serving Him with all their hearts. And talk about fun!!!

Of course they needed a shortest to tallest shot too! They wanted a muscle shot, but never got around to it!
What a blessing it is to be a part of such a wonderful family. I was talking to my mother-in-law right before this and she was saying how blown away she is by God's goodness and faithfulness. She originally didn't want any children!