Thursday, June 30, 2011

Last Chance!

I wasn't going to say anything, BUT I JUST HAVE TO!!!!  Today is the last day to take advantage of our introductory prices on our babynotes products.  I had to make sure you knew because suddenly I can't imagine my life without these products and this is such a great chance to try them out at a great discount. 

If you're just not sure what to try, these are my recommendations! 

The swaddlers. I use mine every single day.  My life before these swaddlers was very bleak.  No blanket I owned was the correct size and so my days were filled with constant re-tucking.  Now, pure bliss.  It is big enough without being ridiculously bulky.  I use the flannel, single cotton and double layer cotton and they all work fabulously!  Now, they start as low as $8!!!

These reusable nursing pads are made with hemp and bamboo for an ultra absorbent, ULTRA comfortable use.  They last me all night long!  Now~ $3.50 a pair (Flannel is $2.50!)

Last but not least, our babynotes gift set is the perfect place to start to try out some all natural yet wonderfully practical products on your baby, or as a lovely gift.  We use our organic baby powder every changing, every day.  Ella has struggled with rashes all her life and this helps her better than anything else we've tried.  The salve is wonderful as well and it's gel like consistency goes on smoothly and easily.  The bath tea is fabulously luxurious as well as completely organic.  The terry cloth bag that comes with the set is the perfect way to give baby a gentle and cleansing bath. 

The set is on sale now for~ $7.50 or you can buy the products individually.

Okay, I'm done.  Those are my personal favorites, although something else may catch your eye.   I hope you see this in time to catch these great prices! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I should have.....

I should have planned better for my future.

Gone to college.

Dated different guys.

Experienced being self-sufficient.

Not gotten married so young.

Worked to make more money.

Waited to have children.

Spaced my children.

Stopped having children.

And many more things.  At least this is what I'm told.  Often.  If not in blunt words, in furrowed brows or quizzical looks.  It's not always easy to feel like such an odd person.  Sometimes it seems like it would be easier to have done what I was "supposed" to do. 

But then again, if I had......

I wouldn't have been woken up this morning by my six year old who was ready to read her Bible and drink tea with me.

I wouldn't be able to kiss my husband knowing he's the only man I've ever kissed, held hands with or loved.

I wouldn't have laughter and total fulfillment. every. single. day.

I wouldn't have the total joy of watching my five beautiful daughters completely delighting in each other and totally adoring and being adored by their incredible daddy.

I wouldn't have been here with my four year old yesterday as she came to me with joy and said, "I'm ready to ask Jesus into my heart!".

I would never trade what I've gained for what I've lost.  My life looks like a disappointment to some.  I see it as a complete gift from the Lord. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Babies on the Brain!

As I'm sure you can understand, we've had babies on the brain around here.  And when I say "around here" that includes not only me, but Grandma and aunties too!  It's no wonder then, that with all this anticipation we've been in the experimenting room once again and are finally ready to announce our new gracenotes line~ Babynotes.  This line is devoted to, you guessed it, BABIES!!!

It has been so much fun playing with an assortment of different things, trying to once again to come up with affordable and yet quality products that we hope you love as much as we do!

I'm in love with the swaddling blankets!  It is so hard to find a blanket that is actually big enough to effectively swaddle a baby, but these soft and snuggy blankets work wonderfully!

Complete swaddling instruction are posted on the website .
Our Organic baby powder is used daily here and has drastically helped with Ella's rash problems.  The Soothing Salve is great for any skin problems but is soft and gentle enough for even the tiniest little one.

And ready for a bit of luxury for baby (or yourself!)?  Our Organic Bath Tea releases the calming and cleansing properties of rose petals, lavender and chamomile for a delightful and all natural bath.  We also have it with oatmeal for an even more silky and soft feeling!

Through the month of June we are offering all of our babynotes products at fabulous introduction rates!  Don't miss this opportunity to try it out for yourself or give a special gift to a precious new little one!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Here's the story!

"With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures." A.W. Tozer

One of my favorite parts of life is looking back and seeing how truly good and awesome my God is.  I really can't imagine believing in "luck".  Only a God who is all-knowing and all-loving could do such personal and amazing things in my life.  This birth was one of those times.

As most of you probably remember, for the majority of this pregnancy I thought I was due in the middle of June, but come April I found out I was due June 1st (which I was ecstatic about!).  By mid May, I was R E A D Y for baby to come!  I was really hoping that I would go just a little early, but as the days ticked away I began to pray for a specific day.  June 3rd.  June 3rd is my grandma's birthday and as we got closer we were pretty sure that if we had a girl she would have her great-grandma's name for her middle name. 

When I finally got out of bed the morning of June 3rd, I had my first contraction.  I really didn't believe it.  About ten minutes later I had another one.  I try not to believe it.  A while later there was another one.  I finally told my sister Anna who had spent the night about them.  The problem was, they were all over the place.  Some were ten minutes apart, some were almost an hour apart.  When I rested on the couch, they basically stopped. 

The day slowly dragged by and while I really, really, really wanted to have the baby that day, I began to realize that maybe this was really not going to be anything.  David came home around 4:30 and encouraged me to lay down for a nap.  I pouted.  I really didn't want to because I was afraid of making everything stop.  But my wise and loving husband convinced me that it would be a good idea.  As I laid there thinking that there was now no way baby was coming that day, God had another surprise in store for me.  Contractions,  STRONG ones, started coming.  Regularly. 

I got up around 5:30 and went to tell David that it looked like we might be going to the hospital that night after all.  Next I called my midwife to get her opinion.  After hearing me describe my contractions and knowing how far we are from the hospital, she said to go on in.  I walked outside to tell David and by the time I got to him, I knew it was time to go soon.  Very soon.

Always before when we've been headed to the hospital I've been praying the whole way, "Lord, please don't let these contractions stop!".  This time however I was praying, "Lord PLEASE don't let these contractions come too fast!!!".  The hospital we go to is an hour away and I was praising the Lord when we pulled into that parking lot!

Now you have to realize, I'm a SLOW laborer.  My time in the hospital before giving birth has ranged from 6 to 22 hours.  Three times I've had to go on pitocin to keep things moving.  Usually we walk and walk and walk and walk the halls.  This time however, even though I was at 6 cm when I arrived, after about two contractions I told David that I was feeling pressure.  I asked my beautiful nurse Tamara, (who we found out is an old King family friend!) to get into the jacuzzi so she went to fill it.

The entire time I was praying for three specific things.  Peace.  Encouragement.  For things to progress.  I've never seen God answer my specific prayers so completely and perfectly.  Before getting into the tub, my midwife arrived and checked me.  In the hour I had sat there, I had progressed all the way to 10 cm.!  "You're not going in the tub!" my midwife said.  With permission to push I settled into my husband's arms and waited to have this baby!

While I felt like I "could" push, I didn't necessarily feel like I "needed" to push.  I knew I didn't want to wear myself out so I continued to just breathe through the contractions, often pushing a little just at the end of them.  I really expected to be there for quite a while, but there was such peace.  Overwhelming calm.  All of the sudden, my water broke!  An instant later, I felt the head.  I closed my eyes, pushed, and then I was holding my beautiful little daughter!  We were in total shock!  For hours I kept looking at David and saying, "I can't believe she's here!  I can't believe we're done!".

Right away I knew she was a pudgy little thing!  "Chubalicious" is what one friend said.  At 8lb. 3 oz. and 19 in. she was our heaviest but almost our shortest!
Remember this baby with the chubby cheeks?
That's really who we had!

Esther was one of David's favorite names from before we had any children, but I was the one who always vetoed it.  This time however it really grew on me and after rejecting name after name it soon settled in as the perfect name for this sweet little girl.

One of the greatest blessings of the birth was that she WAS born on Great-grandma Marjorie's 89th birthday.  Now we will always celebrate Marjorie Alice's and Esther Marjorie's birthdays on June 3rd.

The sisters came to visit the next day.

While Esther is adored by many, never have I seen a prouder big sister than Ella.

We got to go home only 22 hours after first arriving at the hospital.

Esther is the sweetest baby I could imagine.  She is a CHAMPION eater and so contented all the time.  We are all completely smitten with her.  What a treasure the Lord has blessed us with.  In our home we don't believe we have to spread out our love to each new one who comes.  We believe that the Lord abundantly pours out an extra portion of love with each one.  That has definitely been true here!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

And the winner is.....

I'm in dreamland these days, simply enjoying my precious new one and rejoicing with my other dear ones.  My sisters and mom have made sure that there is not much for me to worry about, so I'm just basking in cuddles and snuggles.  I promise that a full birth story will be coming soon, but in the meantime I thought I would announce the winner of our guessing game!

Despite my best efforts to make my scoring process simple, I somehow still complicated things!  So, to make things easier on myself, I decided to go with two winners.  Congratulations to Cheryl M. and Ginger!  You will both receive $10 to .  Please e-mail me at to get your code!

Sunday, June 5, 2011


Esther Marjorie King

Esther was born on June 3 at 9:11 p.m..  She weighed eight pounds, three ounces and was nineteen inches long.  The labor and birth were amazing!!!  Many more details coming soon!