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Sweet Summertime

We just got back from a quick trip to Houston, Texas to watch my cousin get married. Daniel and I were able to leave the older 3 kiddos with his parents and drive with my parents and Charlotte to Texas. We flew home. It was a very nice weekend, but it went by way too fast!

The summer has been flying by so fast. Before we know it, we will have our vacation and then shortly thereafter Savannah will be back to school to start 1st grade. This year she will be attending Greenwood Christian Academy. It will definitely be hard for me in the beginnig to remember to take her to and from school.

Daniel recieved a job offer on Monday. God definitely answered our prayers in both the job, and the start date. We had planned a vacation around my work schedule due to work being slow, and were worried they were going to ask him to start the same week we had planned to go. Thankfully, without him even mentioning it, the start date is the day after we return from vacation. Daniel is so ready to head back to work, and I am ready to be at home with the kiddos for a while. I will continue to work once or twice a week for a few hours, but am glad that the stress of relying on my job for income will be gone.

We are looking forward to spending a week in Ozark, MO with Daniel’s family in a few weeks and getting away from it all. The last 6 months or so have been rather stressful and we are looking forward to taking some time to relax.

Charlotte will be 8 months old in the next few weeks. It is hard to believe that she has been with us for this long. She is a little giggle box. She has been eating some solid food for about a month or two now, but still prefers to just have milk. She is rolling all over the place and starting to scoot backward. This last month she learned to sit up and is now pretty steady. She still does not have any teeth, but her hair is coming in quick and blonde!

Savannah finally was able to buy her birthday bunny. Actually, she traded 5 chicks for her bunny and was able to save her birthday money. Bartering at its finest. Violet (assuming the rabbit is a girl) is adjusting well and is very gentle with the kids. Charlotte is finally not terrified of the bunny.

The pigs are getting quite big. Every time we turn around they are so much bigger. Henry is now quite leery of the pigs since they are getting to be bigger than him.


Updates

I know it has been a while since I last posted, and while there isn’t much excuse because I am working and do have the time, I have not been motivated much to sit down and write anything.

Not much has really happened the last few weeks. Savannah and Avery finished up soccer and Daniel and I coached Avery’s team this year. They really enjoyed playing. Savannah also finished up art lessons this year.

Savannah has had quite the exciting month. She finished up her first year of school, Kindergarten, on May 28. It was also her birthday. She turned 6. A few days later Savannah lost her first tooth. She had been so apprehensive about it that she let it hang on for dear life in her mouth for weeks. She finally let us tie a string to it and she threw her favorite stuffed animal off of our 2nd story entry and the tooth popped out. We had several attmepts on video that failed, but she jumped the gun on the try that successfully popped the tooth out and we have no video of that try. She is looking forward to starting school in the fall at Greenwood Christian Academy. She also saved money for a rabbit for her birthday and it will be arriving sometime in the next week or so. She is very excited about that. Eventually she would like to do a rabbit project for 4H along with pigs so we are getting a jump on learning the ropes.

We also got 4 piglets a few months back and are raising them for meat this year. The kids really enjoy going and feeding the pigs. We have 27 new chicks this year and are working on raising them up and look forward to a surge in our egg production. The kids enjoy going out and playing with the chicks (and our “old” girls).

Avery is just trucking along. She has another year before she starts school, but we are going to be starting speech therapy and a few other activities this fall with her and she will have quite the busy year.

Henry has decided to start potty training himself. He is slowly working on becoming fully trained (mostly because things are crazy right now and we have not had a few days to really devote to the task). He is very adventerous and gets into everything these days.

Charlotte is 7 months old now. Hard to believe how fast time is flying. No teeth and no motion at this time, but that is just fine with me!

Daniel has been unemployed since January, but has been actively seeking work. He had an interview yesterday and several others that are hopefully coming. We are praying that the right job will come along in His time. He and his dad have taken up blacksmithing in thier free time and have really enjoyed learning about and playing on the forge.

Not much is new with me. Mostly working and trying to spend as much time with the kids when I am off. I am still running and still love it!

WE had some family pictures done in April. Here is a snippet of them. Photo credit to A Natural Portrayal Photography.

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New Chicks on the Block

We brought home 11 new chicks last week as we are starting to replace our currently layers with a batch of new layers.

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Our piglets should be arriving this week hopefully and I will be sure to post some pictures of them too.

We have all been good, other than a little bug we can’t seem to shake. Hoping to be past it all soon.

Savannah and Avery started soccer this last week. Daniel and I are coaching Avery’s team this year. Both girls are looking forward to playing.

Charlotte Katherine (or Charlie Bake as she is called around here) is now 5 months old and rolling over. She is beginning to sit on her own, although she is not very steady yet. Time is going by much too quickly. Slow down Bake! Here is her holding her bottle this morning:

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Henry is… well still Henry. He makes us laugh.


Its been a month…

Daniel and I switched places at home a month ago. This last month has been trying, but has gone much smoother than I think we both anticipated. The kids are adjusting to Daniel being home. He is getting a good handle on what his daily schedule looks like and how to get things done. I am tired from being up all night with the baby and then getting myself up around 5 am for work, but hoping that sleep comes more readily this next month.

We took a step of faith yesterday and applied for her to attend Greenwood Christian Academy next year for first grade. We still have several steps left in the process, and we are not 100% sure that is the best decision for our family, but we went ahead and opened the door as an option. Savannah will shadow and have her assessment next week and we will go from there. We are happy with Clark Elementary and she has had a great year there, we just want to explore our options for next school year.


February is here and almost gone!

Not much has changed the last few weeks. Daniel is still looking for jobs and hasn’t heard back on any of the applications he has put out there, but we are hopeful. God will provide in His time. Until then, he keeps plugging away. He has been staying home with the kids while I am working 4 days a week. They aren’t going to want me back after all the fun things he lets them do- like turning the living room into a gymnastics gym, making valentines, and making a flower vase out of a bottle by lighting it on fire! The transition has been smooth and I credit that mostly to the fact that 1. Daniel is a fantastic Dad! and 2. he has been working from home for the last 4 years so they are used to having him there. He has been quite the rockstar taking over some of my daily duties like laundry and cleaning. I very much appreciate the help he has been.

I am pretty exhausted. Charlotte is still waking several times a night and that, coupled with 5-5:30 am wake times for work, has made sleeping in short supply. Praying that things start clicking soon and she starts sleeping through the night. Charlotte is now 3 months old and has just started to giggle. She may be cutting her first few teeth on the bottom (will know better in a few days). She has been pretty congested and has a cold which is also making sleeping more difficult. I am ready for it to start warming up and for all the germs to go away! I am tired of wiping all 4 kiddos runny noses!

This is my last week as a twenty-something. I will be 30 on Saturday (and looking forward to it!)! We were able to have dinner with family last night, and will celebrate with cake later this week. I picked quite a challenging one, but Daniel is going to try to make it for me!

Friday I was able to spend some time with Savannah at her Valentine’s day party at school. It was nice to see her in her school environment. Thankful she is feeling better as she was sent home from school last Monday and was not able to return to school until Thursday due to a fever and bronchitis. She still has a nasty little cough, but hopefully it will be gone soon.

Will you pray with us that the right job will come along for Daniel in His time? God is faithful to provide and we can rely on his promises to get us through this time!


Update

So much has happened since I last blogged. I usually update when I am at work since we do not have a reliable computer at home, so that must mean that I am back to work, which is true! More on that in a bit.

On November 6, 2014, we welcomed Charlotte Katherine Copeland, or Charlie Kate for short, to this world. She was 7 lbs 10 oz and 21 inches long. We have been so blessed by her arrival! She is now 12 weeks old and how the time has flown by. It seems like she was just born, but with the holidays and such, time has really gotten away from us. She was 11 lbs 11 oz at her 2 month check at the beginning of January and is quite the chunk. I love evey one of her little rolls. She is now intentionally smiling at us and loves to play on the floor. Her brother and sisters really love her. Henry calls her his Charlie Bake.

Savannah is still trucking along in Kindergarten. She just celebrated 100 days a few weeks ago and is loving that she can read and write. She loves anything art and is starting art lessons with Elaine next week. She can hardly contain her excitement!

Avery turned 4 last week. It is hard to believe that I was 28 weeks pregnant with her when we moved to Indiana. That seems like it was just yesterday, and since then we have added 2 precious little ones to our family. She also loves to write, draw, and color and loves to play with Henry. She loves all things sports and is looking forward to playing soccer this spring. She celebrated her birthday with Thai food and then cake with Nana and Papa, and Mamaw and Papaw, which was a treat. We enjoyed having my parents here for a few days (and they finally got to meet Charlie Kate!).

Henry is… well Henry. He brings us joy and laughter. He loves to play with his older sisters and with all his trains, trucks, and play kitchen! He also loves to play dress up with his sisters. Henry turned 2 shortly after Charlotte arrived on November 16th. We celebrated with a party with the extended family so that everyone would also get a chance to meet the new baby. Henry is quite the parrot and we have to be quite intentional on the words coming out of our mouths for fear that Henry will repeat them!

Shortly after Charlie Kate was born, and right around Thanksgiving, Daniel recieved lay off notice. His last day of work was last Friday. He has been applying and interviewing, but nothing has happened yet. If you could pray that the right job would come along for him. It has been a blessing as he was really ready to move on from his old job, but the timing and terms could have been a little better. He is patiently waiting to hear back about a few interviews and we are praying that he starts getting call backs on a few of his applications soon. In the mean time, he is now staying home with the 3 little ones. I am back to work, temporarily, during the day, 4 days a week, until Daniel finds something else. We had decided long ago I would keep my side job for a “just in case”, and now that we are here, we are thankful for the provision of being able to continue to support our family without interruption. Just praying that Charlie adjusts quickly to taking a bottle from Daddy and that I am able to pump and keep my supply up during this time. Today is my first day back and I am a little emotional for sure. I am sure it will be hard on everyone!

I think that catches up the last few months of our lives! Looking forward to updating the blog a little more now that I will have time. Here are some recent pictures!

Copeland-100

Copeland-101Wow.


Its a….

For our few followers I thought I would post, now that we have just about told everyone we needed to in person, that we are expecting another girl. Her first name is decided- Charlotte, but her middle name is still up for debate. We are now about 24 weeks along and the weeks are just flying by. Henry has moved out of the nursery and into his own room (and will be getting a permanent bed soon) and we will hopefully get his room painted soon. The playroom/ guest bedroom is slowly making progress, but it is not going fast enough for me. Everything that belongs in the playroom has overrun the nursery now. I still have plenty of time, but am falling more and more behind.

Savannah starts Kindergarten in less than a week. Nuts! The shopping has been done, the paperwork turned in, and we meet her teacher on Monday.