Camping With An Awesome Nursing Cover - Discount Offered!

Recently we went camping for 8 days.  
That's the longest camping trip our family has ever taken.  We all survived - and even thrived!

We had a fun time with just the 8 of us for the first couple of days and then with a great group of friends for the rest of the trip. 

In the second picture you'll see that I have a black and white striped thing on my head.  That "thing" was a life saver for this trip.

Have you ever heard of Covered Goods Nursing Covers?

Best nursing cover ever!


I have tried numerous covers over the past 11 years, and this cover is BY FAR my absolute favorite.

It is lightweight for hot summer days and super soft for delicate baby skin.  
It FULLY covers you - front and back - and the baby so there are no embarrassing/revealing moments when you are nursing in public.

It also makes it super easy to walk around while nursing.

Touring Maple Moon Sugary in Petoskey, MI

While we were on vacation, we went on three different tours.  I was comfortably able to participate in each one because of this nursing cover.

Touring Kilwins in Petoskey, MI

Some of my friends kept teasing me that they wouldn't know who I was unless I had that "striped thing" on.  :)

Cute hats, hey?!  ;)

I contacted Covered Goods to see if I could get some sort of offer for my blog-reading friends so they could buy one of these awesome covers for themselves or as a gift at a discounted price, and they said yes!
Watching the dads and kids play in the annual camping soccer game

You can get 15% off if you buy a cover (or a few!) today, August 26, through Saturday, August 29.

Just put in the code dearlylovedmist15 at checkout.
I've already bought two covers (at full price - one for myself and one for a gift) and I intent to buy more - that's how great these covers are!

Head on over to Covered Goods to see the cute patterns.
Don't forget to purchase by the 29th or the offer won't be valid anymore.


p.s.  If you want to pay with Paypal, go to "checkout" instead of clicking right on the paypal link and it will take you through some steps where you can enter the code to receive your discount on the Covered Goods website before you go to Paypal. 


Our 6 Kids

This picture just makes me laugh!

Some of us are adjusting to life with this new little one better than others.  ;)

She ADORES her new little brother, but she also knows that things are different and has been reacting with a stronger will lately.

Knowing that life will take on a "new normal" in a number of weeks (or months) and feeling grateful for all that the Lord has given us,


Finally, He Is Here!

Gerrit Olaf
(Named after Nate's great grandpa and part of my maiden name, not after the Frozen snowman, although Gerrit does like warm hugs ;) )
Born on July 23, 2015
9lbs 7oz
21 1/4 inches

Adored (and smothered) by all.

We love our "little" guy!!!


No Green Thumb Here

In June, Nate and I got away for a night to celebrate 13 years of marriage.

We stopped at one of our favorite little towns, Pentwater, and did some shopping.

I bought the cutest lavender plant at a boutique.  Wish I had a picture to show you what it looked like when I bought it.

After less than a month, it looked like this.

So, I got online to see how to care for my pretty little plant that was clearly dying.

And now it looks like this.

I do not have a green thumb.

My daughter teases me about this fairly often.

We were at a friends' house enjoying their pool the other day, and I started watering their flowers.

Emilia said, "Mom!  What are you doing?  You're going to kill their flowers!"
No confidence.
But she's right!  I either water a plant too much or too little.  I either give a plant too much sun or too little.
I marvel at others who can actually keep plants alive.
Maybe someday, when the kids are a bit older, I can put more time into figuring out how to keep green things...green.
Until then, I'll just limit the amount of plants I buy knowing that my thumb is not, and never has been, green.

Beach Day

We went to the Holland State Park Beach last weekend.

When we got there it was a little cloudy, and then it started to storm!

Thankfully we made it back to our van before it started raining.

While it was raining, we ate a late breakfast at a local restaurant and then went back to the beach to enjoy the sun!

Nate and I are reading "Smart Money, Smart Kids" together and sometimes the kids listen.  :)  It's been really good to think through how we're teaching our kids about money...and what kind of examples we are being to our kids as we go about life spending, saving, and giving the money that the Lord has given us.


9 Days Overdue

Being "overdue" is a bummer. 
I sometimes wish we never had "due dates" so I wouldn't have to be disappointed each time.

Even though I've experienced this with each of our children (from 2 - 14 days overdue for all of them), I've never quite gotten used to it.

I'm "supposed" to just relax and enjoy this time before the baby comes.
There are 5 children who live in this house.  

My back hurts, my belly hurts, my ankles are beyond swollen and my mind is completely consumed with thoughts of, 

"Wonder if my water will break today?" 
(for the record, my water has never broken on its own, so I have no idea why I think it will happen)


"Oh!  This is a hard contraction...wonder if this is the day?!"


"Wonder how many more times I will have to do the laundry/cook dinner/make my bed, etc. before this child makes his appearance?"

I'm like a bomb just waiting to explode.

It's fairly annoying being a bomb.

They're going to admit me to the hospital on Thursday when I'll be 12 days over my due date. 
They break my water to get things moving.

I wish it was Thursday.
But, since it isn't Thursday, and since I woke up (yet again) without being in labor, we went blueberry picking.

Maybe eating pounds of blueberries will help get things moving.

And if not?

Then, Thursday.  

Thursday is my new "due date."

Just for fun:  Short birth stories

Child #1:  11 days overdue, 23 hour long induced labor (broke my water) with epidural and Pitocin, threw up, no fun. 8lb 15oz Girl.
Child #2:  2 days overdue, 7 hour all-natural labor with no pain medications.  Almost bit my husband's finger off - most horrible pain EVER (why'd I choose to experience the full effects of the Fall of mankind??!! see Genesis 3:16) Broke my water when dilated to a nine - 9lb 2oz Boy.
Child #3:  One week overdue, 5 hour induced labor (broke my water) with epidural and Pitocin.  Went well.  8lb 2oz Boy.
Child #4:  Two days overdue, 5 hour induced labor (broke my water) with epidural and Pitocin.  Went well.  8lb 4oz Boy.
Child #5: 14 days overdue, scheduled to be induced that day at 6am, but went into labor first!  4 hour labor.  Almost sent me home from the hospital because they were "short-staffed" - Ummm...NO.  Broke my water.  Wanted epidural, but two emergency c-sections came before me, so I had to wait.  Finally got epidural one hour before I delivered.  9lb 8oz Girl.
Child $6: ???

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