Shiloh is becoming extremely independent.  We are helping her learn how to balance making her own decisions with the times where she needs to obey our decisions for her.  Some days its a struggle, but I have learned that she likes to know more about our daily routine… as in she wants to know what we or she will be doing first, then next, then after that, then lastly.  Giving her this breakdown, gives her incentives to be patient, something to look forward to.  We had a BIG week last week.  My little brother-in-law got married on Saturday, and we were all involved in the wedding.  It was a busy time.  It was an exciting time.  Shiloh and Capri were both flower girls and they were amazing.  I wasn’t amazing because I forgot to take a single picture of them…  Thankfully, a family member did snap and post one cute pic of them…

It was a long day of wedding extravaganzas, and so, for Shiloh one of her incentives to power through the ‘boring for a 3 year old times’ was that on Sunday she was going to visit the new baby lambs on the dairy.  It gave her something to get excited about.   So on Sunday we sleepily woke up late…

And eventually, we made our way to the dairy.  The lambs were all born in the last 3 weeks, and some were born just that morning.

Shiloh got to hold one of them… they were SO ADORABLE.  This one was a bummer-lamb… meaning the mother had one too many baby lambs than her milk supply could provide for.  She had triplets, and this one wasn’t getting enough milk.  So he has to be bottle fed… and bummer lambs tend to be really friendly and love to be held because they are bottle fed.  This one was just precious.

These two were born just that morning.  There is something about black spotted lambs that is so beautiful.

Michael raised them all… he takes care of them day in and day out.  There were 5 mommy sheep, each had 1, 2, or 3 baby lambs… and then in another pasture, Michael keeps his two rams.

It was such a fun experience to watch Shiloh finally get to see the lambs.  The whole wedding being over meant she could look forward to this day.  We are just crossing our fingers that Shiloh doesn’t ask for a lamb of her own now, haha.

Coffee Date

Please come over for coffee this morning.  I promise I won’t clean the house, and I’ll even keep my pj’s on.  How special!  Today I will need 2 cups of coffee.  I will explain to you that last night was a rough night with sick babies.  I’ll warn you that they are sick, so if you know what is best, you’ll stay away and not come, but since I begged you, maybe you’ll risk it.  😉

I’ll let you know that I am feeling ever-so-slightly better each and every day.  I’ll smile, but will still need to drink more coffee before I can REALLY smile.

I’ll ask to hear ALL about your life, because I would rather listen this morning than talk.

I’ll ask a ton of questions, so be prepared.  I want to know EVERYTHING.  I will be hoping for all good news from you, but I know that the reality is you might have been having some hard thing you’re dealing with, so I am ready to hear about those things and will pray for you.

I’ll share that we are still waiting to hear about our offer on the house.  I am finding peace in the waiting.

I’ll share that Capri is the sickest and that my ‘all-natural’ approach to letting her body fight away germs is actually easier than it seems.  I’ll share that I secretly worry that her heart may play a factor in getting sick.  But then I’ll share that its just my over-worrisome-mommy mind and that she is so healthy that I shouldn’t concern myself for the couple of days she does get sick.

I’ll insist you have a second cup of coffee because, well, I made enough.  We’ll talk and catch up but keep it short this morning, because I have to get back to caring for the girls, and you don’t want to stick around and test your immune system too much.  We’ll finish with talking about the weather, light and fluffy talk.  We’ll laugh.  When its time to go, I’ll walk you outside and hug you tight.  I’ll thank you for driving all the way out to the boonies to see me, and we’ll say something to the effect of, ‘same time next week?’.  But we both know thats not going to happen so we smile and chuckle.  We are okay with that, our friendship is solid and we are thankful for this morning together.

{You can read the previous Coffee Date here.}

Little Ekstrom Conversations

Conversation 1.
Daddy:  Shiloh, can you please clean up your toys?
Shiloh:  (Shaking her head)  That man in crazy!

Conversation 2.
(As the snow outside has partly melted away.)
Shiloh:  Oh no!  The birds came and ate all the snow!
Shiloh:  Hey!  Birds!  Don’t eat my snowman!

Conversation 3.
Shiloh:  Mommy?  Do you feel sick?
Mommy:  Yes, the baby is making Mommy sick.
Shiloh:  I am just sick about how you feel sick.

Conversation 4.
Shiloh:  Hey Daddy, I am going to go shoot a deer.
Daddy:  Oh yea?
Shiloh:  Yea, and then after I shoot the deer, I am going to go ice-skating.

Conversation 5.
Shiloh:  When I get bigger, I am going to be walking down the street and see a boy, and he is going to ask to be my husband, …and then I can get a puppy!


April 2, 2014 - 10:19 am

Kyra Faulkner - Oh my gosh, these are amazing! I’m still waiting on that puppy part of marriage! (:


Pretty much since Christmas, right?  Yup.  We announced the pregnancy to all our family and friends around Christmas.  And I am glad we didn’t wait a day longer because I began to feel nauseous on Christmas Eve.  I laugh now because I told people that week that I was just a little nauseous and was hoping that I would stay feeling that way and it wouldn’t get any worse.  Ha.  God was probably laughing too.

Fast forward to a week later (around New Years) and I was a slave to the toilet bowl, eating just to survive, and not enjoying life very much.  It was the same with Shiloh’s pregnancy.  It was the same with Capri’s.  Round 3 has been in full force for over a month now, and let me tell you, its hard.  I wish I could just take a leave of absence from life in general when I am sick like this.  But I can’t.  My girls are champs… most days I can only muster enough energy to take care of their basic needs.  I’ll lay on the floor while they play and climb on me and that takes care of play time.

Brandon has been amazing.  He has had to take over my job as mommy and then on top of that, help take care of me.  I know its not easy for him, but it has made the days somewhat bearable for us all.  Thank God for good husbands and daddy’s.  Brandon and I were just talking last night that even though I have unusually hard first trimesters, our babies seem to be unusually easy.  Its a nice trade-off.

If you are a mom, you are likely thinking of all the cures for morning sickness.  Well let me tell ya.  I am immune to them.  I have done it all and nothing helps.  Meds, foods, bands, popsicles, ginger, crackers, pshhh, child’s play and no match for it.  I have heard all the advice and yet it still doesn’t keep me from throwing up multiple times a day.  Time, endurance, and patience are my cures.  Life has paused in a way… I am just trying to get through these weeks and I hold on to the hope that with both my previous pregnancies, I felt remarkably better around week 12/13.  Today is the beginning of the 12th week for me… so c’mon baby!  I am ready to get my life back!

For those of you who have had hyperemesis gravidarum, you know how hard it is, and I high five you.  There is no promise that exists for expecting mothers that it will be easy.  But its worth it.  Totally worth it.

February 10, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Kyra Faulkner - awww, new to your blog, but loving your beautiful perspective already. Thank goodness for sweet husbands! and easy babies once they get here

March 4, 2014 - 9:49 am

Katie - I’m reading this a little while after you posted, so am hoping the last several weeks have been better as far as the nausea I goes!!!! Your perspective is the sweetest…no, it is not always the easiest, but is ALWAYS worth it!!! Much love Mama and congrats on Baby #3!!

Three is a wonderful number

After Shiloh was born, we knew we wanted to wait a while before having a 2nd baby.  It was perfect timing for us.  Then after Capri was born, we knew that we didn’t want to wait very long before having a 3rd baby.   So once again, this is perfect timing for us.  We are excited to announce that Baby #3 will be arriving in August.

Shiloh is excited to say the least, and Capri was just excited that we gave her a balloon and let her sit by herself in a chair.

We already know Shiloh makes a wonderful big sister… but we have a feeling Capri will be a great big sister also.

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January 11, 2014 - 9:23 am

Emily - Oh my word to the cuteness! What perfect photos, congrats!

January 31, 2014 - 5:06 pm

whitney - hey there! i found your blog thru casey’s link-up. my husband and i live overseas in cambodia (and have some great friends working for ywam thailand!) and are expecting our first baby next month. i loved reading your posts about missions as a family – definitely encouraging, as we’ll be starting on that wild journey ourselves. and congrats on your addition!