welcoming Levi James

We welcomed Levi James Jackson to the fold November 4th, 2015!

He was born at our temporary home, on Gusty Branch Road, by the creek, near the hollows and rolling green hills of central Kentucky.

The labor came on strong and fast, giving us nearly no time to use any of our at-home preparations. Our midwife was on her way over, on speaker phone, as Jackson and Madre competently delivered the new baby, with our other son Abraham at my side. Fortunately, she had prepared us for such a scenario. Before we knew it I was loudly announcing….”This baby’s coming!”

Gods grace and provision surrounded us – I believe due to my surrender and obedience, to be open to a home birth experience. Everyone is healthy, happy and flourishing!

FYI – We are heading back home to northern Michigan to live, work, give and love very soon!

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The Egg

So, that story I told you about the chicken that laid an egg on my lap on Mother’s Day?

READ previous story here | CLEANING & CHICKENS

Well, turns out it was foreshadowing after all! I thought that term was only used in novels and movies. Apparently not. The egg was a sign of things to come! We are 10 weeks pregnant, and found out a few weeks ago. But obviously, we wanted to share the new in person with the parentals and other family and friends.

We’ve been married for 5 years, this coming August, and we wanted to wait a bit to start a family to enjoy each other and do some traveling. That was the goal anyways. Life has a way of changing our plans though. So here we are pregnant, and not “traveled.” We’re down to the wire, I know, but we’re going. And the time is right. It’s far from easy (money, or lack-there of, selling the house, moving our stuff, preparing for a garage sale, trying to pay off debt, etc.), but we’re living by faith and letting the Lord direct our steps. Things seem to be falling into place with a little elbow grease, persistence, and “bigger-picture” vision.

This exciting news is one of the best things I’ve experienced, aside from the joy of our wedding day. We’re so happy to be taking steps into this phase of our life. Up until now, I would’ve told any one “I’ll be waiting as long as possible before we have a little one.” With the news that we are pregnant now, I’ve never felt more fulfilled, nor the time more right.