it's funny how the road we choose is not always
the road intended.
I'm sure you've all 
experienced this 
sometimes turbulent 
change of events ...

join me in celebrating this 'road intended'

Surrounded by boxes, hungry kids and a giant moving truck in the farm driveway... me and a curious trip to the bathroom with a Walgreen's bag.  


I almost fainted.

My world began to spin.

I almost fainted.
That's never happened to me before.

 What about this "Turbo Fire body" I've been working so hard on???
What about the weedless garden I was going to have this year?
What about the stress that I am finally getting under control??
What about saving for a trip to Disney World?

Wait?  What about labor?  My heart began to pound at the thought of going thru that again.
It wasn't that I didn't want another baby.
In fact, I had shed MANY tears this past year over the thought of being "done".



Instant.  Glorious.  Love.

It happens so fast.

As the days passed, I acclimated.
I was humbled by God.
This one... this FIFTH was His idea.
Not mine.

You mean I am not in control????   

Now - if you are a longtime reader - you know I am in the throws of horrible all day sickness.
And we are in the same place as the last pregnancy - low, low progesterone and high risk for loss.
So, I am on the cream.  
Hugging my babies...
and the toilet.
Praying to hold
"P.R. le Cinqieme" sometime this August.

So very unexpected.   



marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

That's exactly how my third was. My doctor was trying to get my anemic condition under control so he could do a hysterectomy, and all of a sudden, me, the person who couldn't get pregant was very pregnant. Hard time carrying this one and he was 3 months early, but perfect. You are so right, when God is totally in control, you are in for a big surprise and Blessing. Congratulations, He will hold you all the way through this. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

Bliss said...

I waited till long into my 40's wondering if there were any more surprises after #6. I'm pretty confident now that the only baby plan God has left for me is many more grand kids!


Gee Singh Newbanks said...

The sweetest are always unplanned. I have 2 such sweet boys.
God always has a plan .

Heather Benton said...

Congratulations on this gift from above!!

Panoply said...

Awesomeness! And heartfelt congratulations to your daughter, and to you!

I am the 9th of 9 in my family and, I must say, I don't know if my mom ever wondered similar thoughts, but I love my siblings, and I love being in such a big family, and I love being No. 9!! And I love my parents for bringing me into this world. :)

Rita aka Panoply

ImSoVintage said...

That is what happened with my daughter who had her fourth baby in July. It was not expected or planned and she is high risk and was told not to have another. She considers that baby to be the biggest blessing in their lives. Praying for a safe pregnancy.

Gail Peterson said...

Awe... She must be a awesome wife and mommie...
He wouldn't give them more than they can handle!

Your news is beautiful and so is her post!
I have a August birthday.... I love my birthday month!
Blessings for their family to slow down farm style...
and relish this little blessing... one day at a time!

NanaDiana said...

God is good, very, very good. I am praying for you right this second...for a successful pregnancy and healthy baby- xo Diana

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Congrats grandma. Praying that all goes well.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh bless her heart, mind, body and soul!

There were five in my family - the 5th, my baby sister is my best friend.

There were five kids in my husband's family - his baby brother is his best friend.

Something about those fifth ones....praying for her sickness to end, along with her worry.

What a beautiful she has, look at them, so sweet.


Marsha said...

Congratulations. I hope you fell better. How nice to have more than one little one!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Congrats hun...what a blessing!
Just go slow and take it easy and hugs yourself many times a day

miss flibbertigibbet said...

God can certainly change the course we are on.....I can attest to that. But He also works through trials to bring forth great blessings! Joy, you already know how much grandmas are needed so you're on call again! I will be keeping you and yours in prayer over these next months.
Blessings, Lorraine

Geneva said...

Congratulations ... she's a wonderful Mom! God knows just what He's doing.

Junkchiccottage said...

Congrates Joy. I am praying your daughter will do really well with this pregnancy. What a wonderful gift.

La Dolfina said...

Wonderful news!!
I think many can relate... I know my Mom can as she wasn't expecting her fouth. I've always thought that the last one was extra special somehow!
Blessing to you and Angela.


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Just goes to show ya...His ways are not our ways. Or what we think are our ways. But His ways are always the best.

janet said...

Congratulations to you and your daughter..

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Junk Evolution said...

Blessings and big hugs all around! HE only gives us what we can handle, and just from knowing your daughter by blogging...she can do this.


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Congratulations Joy! Five! Wow! So happy for you and your family! ~Delores

Deanna said...

Your beautiful daughter makes gorgeous babies!!! They are adorable. Yes, children are work, but this passes as they grow and the mommas change as well. God bless her and her hubby!!! Babies are gifts from God.

Your daughter is a wonderful momma.
Be encouraged,
d on the kansas prairie

Isabelle Thornton said...

Congrats to your daughter. He is in control and yes it is a blessing. I have fertility problems and our 4rth was a miracle. I love babies!!! What a joy for you!!

Tanya said...

Oh this post brought tears to my eyes. My DIL had a very early miscarriage shortly after Christmas. He or she would have been their second. A somber reminder that each child is indeed a blessing and that our dear Lord is in control of the outcome.
Many blessings and good health to you, your dear daughter and family.