Hope is on the rise!

Last night Enzo didn’t settle until after midnight, but that was partly due to the fact that we were out and about visiting Chris and Shannon’s family last evening, and came home around 11:00. :) But then Enzo slept in his bouncer until 3:00, and after I fed him, he slept beside me until 6:30 or so, and then I fed him again…and seriously, his tummy aches and reflux are better. I am sure of it. And when you’re trying multiple things, it can be hard to know exactly what is making the difference. My friend brought DigestZen, an essential oil blend, over for me the other day. So maybe that is helping. But I haven’t been super faithful in using it.

The other deal is that my Plexus order arrived yesterday already. So last night was the first night that I took the Probio5, which has the powerful enzymes in it. Is that what gave us a good night? Is that why he is currently in his bouncer, kicking quietly and happily?

I don’t know yet if we’re home free, but I admit to having a lot of hope.

And maybe I’ll drop my baby weight in the meantime.


Now for some fun pics!

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My friend, Doris sent us books. Thank you so much, Doris! They are having so much fun with them. And I love my book. :)


That is one awesome book. You know how to pick out the good ones. :) (Talking to you, Doris.)

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At Chris and Shannon’s place last night. We had such a fantastic time! We were there from about 5:30 to 10:30…if that tells you anything. :)

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Gotta feed my baby!

I Survived Yesterday

And Lived to Tell the Story.

I had a pretty sketchy night before Yesterday cam into view. Then came Yesterday.

I’ll keep it short and to the point:

The three kids who can walk and talk? They were grumpy, squabbling, and not listening to me. I was in no frame of mind or body to think clearly enough to get things back on the right track. So I forced them to go play outside. That is the new punishment around here.

It should not be that way. Bad parenting.

Enzo had tummy issues all morning. I would feed him. He would eat a bit, then choke around and come up for air. Then he’d give up. I would hold him upright for a long time. He’d fall asleep, I would lay him gently down, reclining in his bouncer or on a pillow. He would wake up with tummy trouble. Repeat.



After lunch. Nap time. I always hold my breath that I’ll get a nap. Yesterday it wasn’t “holding your breath”. It was “If I don’t get a nap, I will die.”

Enzo had tummy trouble. Repeat. I’m guessing I slept about five minutes. After crying uncontrollably for fifteen. And I slept after Hazel was done with her nap and came crawling into my bed.

That night, Craig took the first shift. He held Enzo upright in his carrier while I crashed from about 8:00 – 11:00. Only I couldn’t sleep right away. Desperate for sleep? Try sleeping fast. Hhhh.

I fed him at 11:00, then took the next shift until 5:00 am. I sat in the living room, on the couch, in a slightly reclining position, with Enzo on my chest. He slept. I slept. Sort of. Strange dreams and frequent wake-ups sort of sleep. :) But I slept! At 2:30 I tried putting him into the bouncer in our room. I laid down. It lasted 30 minutes. I took him out. Fed him. Sat on the couch and slept there until 5:00. Put him in the bouncer. Didn’t work. Fed him. Handed him over to Craig. Slept in my bed, for two and a half hours. :)

Possibly this is the new kind of life. His reflux is bad. His tummy aches in and of themselves seem to be getting better. He had reflux from the day he was born. I wonder how he survived in the womb upside down. :) He did get hiccups about every day at least once.

There are three things that are helping. I am so so grateful for all the wisdom and tips people have given me out of their and others’ experiences! One thing that helps is to nurse him upright. He nurses better. And I don’t need to keep taking him off to set him upright during the feeding. Second thing that helps a lot is nursing from one side for several feedings, then doing the other side for several feedings in a row. This is giving him the richer milk at the end, which he wasn’t getting when he’d drink the “top” off of both sides, then choke around and quit. The third thing that’s helping?



I wear him. Literally wear him. A lot. There are a few things that I cannot do while wearing him. Cleaning bathrooms, for instance. Step into my house. You will believe me. A lot of other things I can do with him in my Moby. But it does make me tired. And it slows life down. But it works! And he is darling. Especially when he puts his head back and gazes quietly at me…I really need to capture that for you sometime. He is so sweet.

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In other news…


I made these when I thought I’d be going off dairy. :) Gotta get that chocolate somehow!


I have now officially given up on finding dresses long enough in their size. So I’m making them skirts! It takes about 15 minutes to make one of these skirts. :)


I made a hooded towel for Enzo. The hood would fit me! So I’m giving it to Bomani and making a smaller hood for Enzo.


Love the little buddy.


I tell him…I am doing everything I can to get to the bottom of his tummy troubles. God is on our side!

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I am trying Plexus. Their Probio5 has several different enzymes in it that should help make my milk more digestible for Enzo. The Probio will also solve my gut issues and hopefully, Enzo’s gut issues. I’m also doing Slim. Why? When I sat down and studied that question out, I realized that I’m desperate. And it seems to cure so many strange things for so many people. So I’m just going to try it. That’s why. :)

It arrives next week. And I don’t know how long it will take to make a difference. But I’m praying it will help to heal up my little boy’s tummy troubles.

And there is the latest at Gardega Road Ranch.

P.S. We’re going to plant some garden soon. :)


Enzo Shaviv

Yesterday was our last appointment at Edenway Birth Center.



I remember how excited I was to find a place like this where we had just moved…



Truth was, I had no idea how incredible this place really was. Really is. I can’t begin to describe what an amazing experience it has been.







It is a beautiful place…set up for families…for mothers…for mothers-to-be. It feels like a home. There is warmth. Peace.



Our kids loved going there. I took them along yesterday, not because I couldn’t find a babysitter, but because I knew how much they would love it.

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Someday I want to get pictures of the cottage where Enzo was born. I was going to take the camera with me yesterday, but my man needed it because he was measuring and checking out a roof!

418626_355714034506672_1362017_nEnzo is growing! He weighed 9 lbs. 15 oz. :) Nearly 10 lbs. That’s nice. The sad part is that he has serious acid reflux. Tummy aches like none of my babies have ever had. I do.not.know.what to do. I keep praying…and trying things. A friend told me about aloe vera juice. It seemed to help, but it hasn’t taken care of it. I am using Bubble-Be-Gone, an herbal tincture for babies. It seems to help some too, but you’re not supposed to use it long term. And it hasn’t taken it away completely. I want to go get some good ole gripe water this evening. Two other things I’m going to try: for today and tomorrow, I’m going off dairy. See if that makes a difference. (I’m not sure whether to hope it does or it doesn’t!) I’m also going to give him probiotics. Another idea I have is to go off of the Mama’s Milk Tea. See if something there is giving him tummy problems. It’s getting worse. And I’m getting desperate. Some days I get almost nothing done except the essentials…cuz he’s having tummy aches. Any ideas are welcome…



And so…we said good-bye to Edenway…for now. :) It has been a fantastic experience. So grateful to God for this place and these people and the amazing resources!

And now…for some pics of life…


This is how you read while nursing. :)


Or you get a sweet, little girl to hold the book for you.


Not sure he appreciated his companions…


Bomani…trying to be…


Like his daddy! :)


Yes. I sat down and ate a whole head of cauliflower. Okay, it was a small head. And I didn’t eat all of the stem part. It’s so cool! My friend Amber introduced me to this idea. Roast an entire head in the oven. Yum.


He just melts me every day…



That last pic is for you, Mom Miller…for you, Mom in heaven, and for you, Mary…

Love to all!




Sometimes I don’t know what to name my posts. :)

So, an update again on the baby wearing! I met a lady and got two, simple, inexpensive carriers for $10. Craig likes one of them. I don’t like either. :) But I do love my Moby! And I’m getting faster at tying it on right. It holds Enzo so close and I can even tuck his head in a bit and his head is held nicely. :) And so I’m back to loving and wearing my Moby! I don’t wear it a lot, just when I need to work and keep him happy and upright. I’m guessing that if I’d invest in a hundred dollar carrier, I’d like it. :) But truth is, the Moby gives my back the support it needs. I grumble about the yards of fabric, but those yards of fabric go over my back and around my lower back and really give support! So…here’s to lovin’ my Moby.

And! An update on last week! I don’t know what you prayed… ;) but Craig didn’t end up working late any evening. :) !!! Our BMA overseer was in the area and so we had two evenings at church. Monday’s schedule changed for him, and Friday he didn’t work late either. Amazing! This week is stranger yet. He has Monday and Tuesday, no work at Ulrich Barns, then he works from dawn to dusk Wednesday through Friday and works a normal Saturday. At least that’s the way it stands now…

I’m so not stressing about it. I like to think I’m becoming…flexible. But of course, there are degrees of…”flexible”… :)

This is for women only:

I have never owned a nursing bra that I loved. Until now. My sister told me about the website leadinglady.com. I think I even tried to buy online from them before. But this time, I hit the jackpot. They make an awesome product for a decent price. If you have more questions, email or message me. :)

Now for some pictures of the week!


I call him my “chubs”. :)


This picture below is called “making breakfast for the week”. Two batches of a blender full of THM pancakes, fried and snipped–ready to go onto the kids’ plates every morning! I put a lot of grass fed butter on them as they come off the griddle. Good nutrition and fat for my kids.

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Getting the desk cleaned out…for Fidato Commercial Roofing, LLC! We also got a keyboard and a mouse. I told Craig if he’s not careful, he’s going to need to teach me to do the bookkeeping. I enjoyed my secretary/receptionist job in my single years… He looked rather excited at that prospect! But then, we agreed that right now…I don’t really need more to do… :)

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Daisy picked dandelions and brought them in and put them carefully on the squares.


I made my diaper changing mat! I love the way it turned out. I used four rectangles of cotton on the back, and brought them around the front over the top of the flannel piece. I’m going to make another one for the times when he does that sudden move that you’re not ready for as you are changing the diaper. :)

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Brothers. Melt me.


Our preacher today. I like.


Daisy and Antoine are best friends!


Joshua setting up chairs for the meal. We have a fellowship meal two to three Sundays a month.


I like the wild foods our group comes up with!


I made the eggs. Not wild, but they did disappear. :)


Ethan. He is such a dear!


I borrowed this bouncer from my sister. Seriously…it is the best invention! Enzo has lots of bubbles in his tummy, so this keeps him slightly upright. And he likes to sleep in there! I don’t tend to own all the baby gadgets, but this one is fantastic. And another great invention is the bumbo. I want to get one with a tray. May as well double as a high chair!



Isn’t he darling? I think so too.


Update on Baby Wearing

An update on the Moby Wrap review. :)

I’m finding that, although it’s awesome once it’s tied on correctly, and I go on a long walk, etc., it takes so much effort to wrap it on and tie it that I don’t do it for small amounts of time. Also, Craig doesn’t want to need to learn a tie/wrap method. He’d rather have the simple straps and clips style. So as this didn’t cost me much, I’ll hang onto it for now and use it when I want it. :)

This is really my first time to figure out what I like for baby wearing. With Bomani in Thailand, I used the local style of carrying him on my back using a long piece of fabric. They taught me how and loved when I did it. :) With the twins, I didn’t “wear” them…as there were two of them. :) So now with Enzo, I’m learning what works and doesn’t work for me!


New Road.

We are in the beginning stages of starting our own business! It’s been so good watching God bringing us to this point. And more than “watching” it…~ living it. The last several years have been definite years of preparation, with a steep learning curve, even though we didn’t know at the time what God was up to.  Now we are ready to launch!

Here is our website. Craig created it, and is still working on it.

Fidato Commercial Roofing

This week his hours at Ulrich Barns are changing. He will be working there from about 3:00 until dark.  This works well with where we are in the process of Fidato, our business. Craig will be doing the cold calling and distributing of brochures every forenoon this week. Then working at Ulrich Barns every afternoon and evening.

We are very excited about this step! It also feels like taking a walk out into deep water. But with God. And so it’s good.

Craig and I have always loved doing things together. So we have been having a lot of fun walking this new road together! I may do some receptionist style work in the future…but for now, my main work, besides brainstorming, learning alongside of Craig, giving him ideas (good and bad) :) , …my main work is simply facilitating his full schedule. With three little kids and a newborn…yeah. You young moms are wincing. Thanks for understanding. :) To have Craig gone every evening will be painful. By the time he arrives home it will probably be 8:30 at the earliest.

So here I am…asking for your prayers for this week!

Please pray for wisdom and direction for Craig.

Please pray that the people who God wants to have a Conklin coating put on their roofs, would buy. (By the way, I don’t believe in the sales idea of “closing every sale the first time you talk with someone”. I don’t believe that everyone out there needs a new roof coating, for instance, and we want to find the people who do. We don’t want to rob the poor to make our living. We want this to be mutually beneficial to all…)

Please pray for me as I live this week. I’m exhausted from nights chopped into one, two, or in a good stretch, three hour segments. The housework part doesn’t scare me. Other than being tired, I feel really good and recovered. It’s more the emotional and mental work of taking care of the kids by myself…and just missing Craig. :)

As far as housework goes, the only problem is time. If you’re nursing a baby half the day, and burping him the other half… :)

But! Things have just dramatically improved in this area! I got a Moby. I am a big believer in the Moby Wrap…I know it’s not for everyone, but it sure is for me. I had one for the twins, but used it mostly on trips when we flew east, etc., because I couldn’t carry both babies at once. :) And then I lost the thing…I have no idea where it is! In the mix of moving and all, I do not know where I put it. We even went out to our shed and looked through nearly every box of our stored items. No find. So I got onto the Kids/Babies page for this area, and tada! A used one in lovely condition. So grateful!



This was taken just before we all headed out for a walk last evening. We ended up going over to the playground at the public school and had a fantastic time there! Craig’s concentrated time with the kids will go a long way this week. :)

Back to the Moby, one reason it’s so helpful for Enzo is that he takes a really long time to get all his bubbles and burps out after I feed him. Really long. I can spend a good hour laying him down, picking him back up, holding him over my shoulder…laying him down again, picking him back up again…you get the picture. :) That’s one reason for the bad nights. It’s not feeding him that is the problem. It’s all the reflux afterwards. Like, by 5:00 this morning I was too tired to think clearly. So I didn’t burp him long enough. So he kept making snuffling noises and writhing around. Which kept waking me up…


And so enter: the Moby! It keeps him upright while I work. Or go on a walk. Or eat. Or sew. Only some of these don’t work as well with a baby in front of you. It’s like being pregnant again. Only you can take it off! And wear it as high as you want. :) I like it. I also love the Moby because it’s much easier on my back/shoulders than the one shoulder sling, for instance, that I got from Seven Slings. I think I’ll like that one when he’s 8 months old and riding on my hip a lot. Then I can just secure him onto my hip and go on with life. :) But for now, I’m in love with the Moby. I do need to ease into it. My back hurt last night from the much wearing.

Enzo doesn’t totally love it yet, however. From day one he hated being swaddled. He would work hard until he got at least one hand out. :) So I gave up on that! And now I think the Moby feels a bit too tight to him. :) But he gets over it and calms down…

(I just heard Bomani, trying to convince Daisy to come outside and play with him…and she’s scared of something she heard…I hear him tell her, “Daisy! God will take care of you…” :)

And so I will close with a few more pics of the week.

Below. One day Bomani came inside with a flower for me! I winced when I saw that it was a miniature spring daffodil. It was on the tip of my tongue to tell him, “No! Don’t pick those flowers…we want them out there…!” But then I saw his face. He was thrilled. And my heart grew warm. :) He was so pleased to be able to bring me a flower…



As you can see, I am not good at this selfie thing. :) I had to take like a hundred pics…

I made my minky/whales burp rags and blanket!!!

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I know…I’m hopeless. But I’m totally in love. :) I ordered both of these from fabric.com. And the quality is fantastic. The minky, while nearly double the price of walmart’s, is way, way above in quality. It is soft, luxurious…amazing. I told Craig that I’ll need to line a skirt in that stuff! I wish it weren’t so expensive, because I would love to make a blanket for each of the kids in minky and flannel. Bomani has been begging me for the monkeys in flannel ever since he saw it on the computer. I told him that it costs $10. And so every now and then he begs me once again…for “ten dollars of monkeys”! :) Well…his birthday is coming up… :)

At any rate, I love my navy minky. :)


Melt me.


The most recent addition: Enzo’s picture in the frame!


Just because…it looks even nicer when it’s dark outside and there’s no light shining through the curtain…

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Have a blessed week!

~Rachel Dawn



Enzo…I whisper into his soft, downy hair. You are my faith baby. You come at a time when we walk an unknown path…faith in God…


Baby Announcement

Hi friends! If you would like a baby announcement in the mail, please send me your address…email it or comment with it. And for my KS friends, Craig’s mom has a stack for you. If you’d like one, just ask her! Thank you!

Catching you up on Life.


Enzo in his darling cap handcrafted by my friend, Bertha! He wasn’t in the mood for pictures… :)


My Backpack Story

So, I’ve been looking for backpacks for the kids for a long time. They really wanted backpacks! And I really wanted to find some, but was pretty sure I needed three, not one or two, and pretty sure I needed a nice kid size, and pretty sure I wasn’t going to spend $20 per each! So I waited and watched. Then the other day, on the Baby/Kid page, two backpacks caught my eye. Only $6 each! But two… :( That could pose a problem! I commented, asking the size. She replied. And also added that she has a third one somewhere…?!! I knew then that this was for us. :) We met just down the road from our house. I was thrilled. The kids were thrilled! I threw them in the washer and tada! Out came three, bright, clean, darling backpacks. (I threw the backpacks, not the kids, into the washer…although I have been tempted…) :)  We are happy. It was a hug from God…


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I don’t know…why the gloves… :)

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And now for an update on the nursery! I have been having so, so much fun with my nursery. First time mom here, okay…first time to have a nursery mom. I know. Weird, but I’m lovin’ it. I was very happy with how my crib skirt turned out! I did get it a little small, but it still looks fine. I like the little teddy there to show you the cool inside of the pleat. :) Making the crib quilt was fun too. But the curtain? That was too much fun! I loved it. (Okay, as much as a person like me can love sewing!)  And I’m realizing that yes, I didn’t get this all done before baby came. But it’s giving me a creative, fun outlet in my life now, when I most need it… Maybe the most fun, to be honest, is sitting in my nursery gazing at it all… :)


My diaper bag, above. I love it. My sister-in-law, Gina, made it for me. :)

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The white letters in Enzo’s name are a gift from my mother-in-law. Thank you, Mom! I love it. :) And it was Craig’s idea to put them where they are. He has such good taste. That is why I like when he goes shopping with me for clothes… :)

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I can’t tell you how much I love my change table. It’s really a large dresser. And it holds Enzo’s clothes and things beautifully. And it’s large on top. And I just love it!


My precious curtain. :) I had an idea in my mind of what I wanted. But couldn’t find anything just like it online to look at or learn from. So I just winged it. And had to change the size after the first hang, but now I love it.


Not for everyone, I’m sure. But for me, I love the name Enzo. Okay, so yes…Craig picked that out too. :) I love Craig’s ideas. Then again, I like him a lot too. So maybe it just follows… :)

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The crib sheet I won on ebay. Everything else I’m making.


Found this wall plaque down the road at Lil D’s. I saw it and forgot to buy it. The week Enzo was born, I felt such an urgency to get ready! That included running down to Lil D’s and picking this up…

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I’m putting lots of pics on my blog. Why? Because Dad and Mary are in Israel. And I miss them. And Joes are in Kenya. And I miss them. And the rest of my family is scattered around the US of A.

Enzo is squeaking. And I need to finish lunch!