Welcome to our family :)

15 11 2011
We would like to introduce our newest member of our family.  Nolan Joseph Ferraro, born November 3rd, 2011 at 6:08pm.  He weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20.5 inches long.
 

The birth of Nolan is one  I will never forget.  Not that you forget birth often, but his is one that grew me in many ways.  I developed gestational diabetes at 20 weeks preg. with Nolan.  With that came checking my sugar 4-5 times daily, sticking to a very strict diet and taking medicine twice a day to control the diabetes.  At the end of my pregnancy I was seeing the dr. every 4 days (from 32 weeks until his birth at 39 weeks and 1 day).  I was having non-stress tests twice a week and ultrasounds every 3 weeks.  To say the least the pregnancy was not only hard on me, but on my family as well.

His BIRTHday, started like any other induction.  We arrived at the birthing center at 7:30 am, finally got hooked up etc. by 9 am.  I was already contracting every 3 mins. so they knew that the pitocin would work well.  I was dilated to 3 cm at arrival and was about 50 percent.  After a couple of hours I requested my epidural.  I told them then that I could still feel most of my legs etc.  They tried to adjust it, but it continued to only numb my one side.  After several HOURS at being at 5 cm (a problem I have always had) they turned me on all fours to get his head to turn (he was sunny side up).  After about 30 mins. they turned me back around and I knew the baby was coming. 

They called the dr. in and she checked me…..still at a 6. I couldn’t believe I was only a 6 still……until about 3 mins. later she check me again…….now I was almost 8 cm.  Okay we are moving fast now…..a couple more contractions and I am yelling that I want my epidural to work…NOW!!!!  I was very unhappy and in a ton of pain.  This wasn’t something we were planning on….natural birth.  My mom knew right then that I was in transition.  I am so thankful that Dave and her were there……they both stepped up and took control of me and the situation.

I told the dr. I couldn’t take it any longer, so she told me to bear down through the contractions.  After doing that once they started to call for “baby stat”.  The baby came quick at this point…..two pushes and his head was born…..then the dr. told me to stop pushing because there was micodium (sp?) in the fluid.  They were trying to clean his mouth out.  THen I screamed  and he was born.  They quickly put him on me and stated to rub him etc.  We looked at the dr. and said, “What is it?!!!”  She responded with a, “Oh yeah, you guys don’t know.”   I then let out a big…..IT’S A BOY!!!!!!!!!

After he was born he was monitored for 12 hours for his sugar (which was perfect!!!!  Praise the Lord).  The Lord truly taught me to trust Him during the pregnancy and birth.  I had such horrible fears going into birth because of Ethan’s birth.  The thought of another 9 lbs. baby would bring me to tears in seconds.  The thought of stitches for months gave me nightmares.  But the Lord protected me and not only took care of me, but gave me my easiest recovery yet!  I praise the Lord for His goodness to me and my family!

Isaac and Nolan

Gracelyn and Nolan

 
 

Owen and Nolan

 
Ethan and Nolan
 




First day of school. 2011-2012

22 08 2011

We made it…..we made it….we made it….yeah!  Only 179 more days to go. 😀  Our first day went very well, I am so pleased with all that the kids did and SOOOO happy with how the younger boys handled the new schedule.  Now does that mean we had a perfect day?  NO way, but it was better than I thought it would go.

As many of you know I have a VERY hands on learner.  My little Owen (age 4) loves to have his entire body moving at all times of the day.  Sitting can be very hard for him to do, but he did great!  We do lots of moving and grovin while counting and learning how to read. 🙂

Isaac was all set for starting 2nd grade.  He is doing such a great job at reading and organizing that all I have to do is get him started and he is off! 🙂  That is a huge help when I have other children I need to help. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daddy helping with our first day!Owen having art timePreschool time! The other girl in the picture is my Mother's Helper.

 
 

 

 





Family Pics 2011……

29 03 2011

Isaac 7 years old. 🙂

 

Isaac

 

Gracelyn my almost 6 year old!

 

Gracelyn

 

Owen...... 3.5 years old

Owen....such a silly boy!

Ethan....such a big 18 month old!

 

Ethan

 

Ethan

The Crew

 

 

Take Outs......

 

Uh-ohThere goes Ethan.....

Watch out below......

Crazy! Trying to get one more picture in.....

Come on back Ethan......

I am DONE! 🙂





Happy Birthday Isaac!!!!

12 02 2011

Wow, can you really be 7 years old?  Where has the time gone?  Just thinking that I only have a few more years to mold and shape you, before your on your own, makes me want to cry.  I can’t believe how fast the time goes, but oh how thankful I am for you.  You are an amazing kid!  It is such a delight to see you have a heart for eternal things.  Your love for people and missions amazes me!  You challenge me everyday and your wisdom is well beyond your years.

Our prayer for you is that God will continue to teach you, lead you and that you will obey His commands for your life.  He is your strength and your guide, lean on Him.

Thank you Isaac for being our son!  We could not be more happy with you. 🙂  Enjoy your 7th birthday, don’t rush it.  Adulthood will be here before you know it.  We love you!

Isaac’s passion is Baseball!  The kid plays it almost every minute of the day in the summer. 🙂

A favorite picture from this past year. 🙂

An event that happened this year was Isaac taking a step of obedience.  His understanding of eternal things amazes us.  He now says, “I have work to do for the church, I am apart of the body.” 

Happy Birthday Son!  We love you.





File Folder Games

24 01 2011

I have heard so many things about file folder games…..but I have never really felt they would be of much value to our home school.  Most of the file folder games I had come across were only for preschool age children.  Then after talking to a friend on-line I decided to do some more investigating on these things. 

I am HOOKED!!!! We love them.  All of my children are able to work on concepts in a new and fun way.  The best part is that they are almost FREE!!! I say almost because we had to go and buy the file folders….we got 100 for 6 dollars and we had to buy laminate paper, also pretty cheap.  All in all these things are great. 

The site I used to get these great file folder games is FileFolderFun.com.  Here are some step by step instructions on how we put them together. 🙂 

After printing all the pages on-line I cut them out. 🙂 This is not a fun task, but it is well worth it.  Then I laminated the games pieces.

After finishing all the games pieces I moved onto the file folders.  I glued on what needed to be on the inside of the file folder.  I then laminated those as well and cut them out.

Here is Gracie playing the Rain Drop game.  This one works on the sounds PL, BL, SH and CH. 🙂

Here is the Cupcake Counting game.  This is the front of the folder.

Here is the inside of the Cupcake counting game.  Notice that the numbers are not in order, this helps the child learn the numbers and not the order.  But if you want them to learn the order then see below…… 🙂

I attached the cupcakes with the numbers with velcro 🙂 This way I can move the numbers around….I can put them in order, I can mix them up or I can put all the odd on oneside and even on the other.

This is one of my favorites!  This one is for practice with telling time. 🙂

This is the inside of Who Knows What Time it is?  The owl heads spin to show what time it is (See left hand side).  The right shows what it looks like before the child checks the answer.

Here is Isaac practicing his time telling skills. 🙂

This game is Space Rhymes 🙂 Another very fun game.

This game is for the younger child.  This is a color matching game….perfect for my youngest homeschoolers. 🙂

This is the last one I made last night….but not least!  It is Acorn Addition.  A great game to help reinforce math facts. 

I have really enjoyed making these and seeing my children enjoy them so much. They are a great game to throw in the diaper bag for waits in the dr.s office etc.  I love that I can make them custom for my children…..we are thinking of making one for skip counting and money next. 🙂 

I hope you will give them a try. Even if you don’t home school you can create these for your children to help with their current studies. 🙂  Have fun!





Recorder…..Homeschool Co-op

21 01 2011

This year we are in a home school co-op and I have to say…WE LOVE IT!!!!  We all go on Thursdays from 9:30 until 2 pm.  The kids each have 5 classes, lunch and chapel.  There are 65 families and they are all amazing. 🙂  The kids are learning so much and have enjoyed being with other children. 🙂

One class I am very happy with is Recorder class.  Isaac is learning music theory and how to play the recorder.  He is doing so well and I am very happy with the instruction that is being given to him.  This past month he played on stage for us during chapel and for the Showcase.  Here are some pics of my sweet boy. (Yes, he is that big already….if anyone knows how to slow this stage down, please let me know).  🙂

Isaac playing Hot Cross Buns on stage during chapel time.  Next to him on right is his friend Caleb.

Here Isaac is playing Mary Had a Little Lamb for showcase night. 🙂





Bowling

21 01 2011

This past year Isaac and Grace were on a bowling league with my sister’s two youngest children.  We had a great time! 

Grace watching her ball go SLOWLY down the lane.

Picture #1……..there goes the ball……..

Picture #2………A strike! 🙂 One happy boy.

Brody did a great job! 🙂  (This is my nephew that is 10 hours younger than Isaac)





Christmas :)

21 01 2011

We had such a wonderful Christmas!  We don’t take for granted that the Lord has placed us near our family during this season of life.  We never know when the Lord will move us, so we are trying very hard to spend lots of time with them. 

The kids had such a wonderful time being with their cousins….we have 11 on my side alone.  10 of them are 8 and under….so there is always someone to play with 🙂

Isaac started off the season for us as Joseph in the Children’s Musical.

Ethan was all smiles 🙂 Here he is at 16 months old.  Such a sweet little boy.

The grandkids on my side.  We are only missing one…..my little sister’s son who is 10 months old.

Lunch time at Gramma’s house.  🙂

Candle light service at our church.  Isaac was very excited to be old enough to hold his own candle.

Grace is one happy little girl!  Tangled was an exciting gift for her 🙂

Christmas Day…..Starts off kinda late for us.  We up very late at my aunt’s home so the kids usually sleep in.  We finally woke up around 9:30. 🙂  Daddy then read the Christmas story to the kids while they acted it out with our Fisher Price Manger.

Daddy reading the Christmas story. 🙂

Ethan very excited about his new shoes.

Owen with his new UPS plane. 🙂

Isaac very excited about his new guitar! 🙂

Gracie very excited about her Crayon Maker.

Ethan is very tired after a long day. 🙂





WE ARE ALIVE!!!!

5 12 2010

Well, now that I made that clear I can go finish what I was doing. 🙂

Just kidding , but I know I haven’t been on much.  This year for school I have made some changes. 🙂  One of those changes is that I don’t go on the computer after Dave leaves for work.  Another is I try to make sure I am playing with each of my little ones….not just in a group setting and not just during “school time”.  This may sound crazy, but in the past I have finished school with the older ones and then went  about my day.  I didn’t stop and say….Owen and Ethan need some mommy time now.

With these changes our days have been so much better.  We have also canceled our Dish Network…..wow!  I love T.V.!!!  But to be honest with you, I don’t really want to watch it that much anymore.  I do love to watch Biggest Loser and Parenthood, which I can do online.  Other than that, we don’t really watch much T.V.   NOw I am not talking about the T.V. in general…..the kids do love screen time.  So we added Netflix and it is great.  It goes right to our Wii and the kids can watch almost all their favorite shows.  Another plus…..we don’t get ANY Christmas toy commercials!!!!  I didn’t think this would be a big deal…..but it is!!!!! 🙂  I don’t hear the….. I want this…I want that……Can I have that mommy etc. 🙂 

So, with that being said, my blog has taken a backseat. SOrry, but I am loving the time with the kids.

We are alive and doing well.  Dave is working at the Church part-time and UPS part-time still.  There are some changes coming soon, so please be in prayer for us.  His internship is almost up and we are in prayer about God’s will for our lives.  please pray for God to give my husband wisdom and for God to give me a heart for what He wants us to do in ministry. 

The kids are doing great!  Ethan is our fun-loving 15 month old…..he has a joy for life like no other.  He was a little on the later side for walking….but he is a runner now!  He signs many signs and knows several ABC’s.  He is one smart little man.

Owen…..is well, the energy of our home. 😀  There isn’t a dull moment when he is around.  He is counting great, doing letters and shapes.  He is a fun-loving, crazy little 3.5 year old.  This pic isn’t clear….but you can see his personality in it.

Grace is our little girl.  She is a girl 100 percent too. 🙂  She wears sparkly shoes, a dress everyday if I would let her, begs for make-up etc.  YUP I have my hands full. 🙂  She can take down a boy pretty quick with a light saber as well.  We did find out she kissed a boy…….so now we are talking about that kind of stuff…..already?  AHHHHH 🙂  She loves to be in K, she is doing awesome in Math and is reading pretty good. 🙂  Very happy with her this year in school. 🙂

Isaac is doing great in 1st grade.  I am very happy with how he is eager to learn and do new things.  He loves our homeschool co-op and is learning many things, including the Recorder.  We did have a lung scope done on him last month because of his frequent lung sicknesses.  We found out his left lung is too narrow, which allows fluid to pool in the left side causing him to get sick.  After 6 years of him being sick we finally know why. 🙂  It is livable and he is taking meds to keep the airways open on that side. (They are very small and will not grow much more).

Isaac was so excited to become an RA this year!!!





Preschool….

20 09 2010

This is our second time doing preschool in a set.  This means that we school two children together.  Isaac and Grace (now ages 5 and 6) did this a couple of years ago…and now we are doing it again with Ethan and Owen (ages 1 and 3).  The younger boys will do this for a couple of years 🙂

Now, what does preschool look like for us?  Well, it really isn’t much of “school” it is more like organized play with mommy :).  We usually read a book, do a craft, sing a song and play with a toy.

So, here is a look into our 30 mins. preschool play.

First mama reads us a book.  She puts me in this chair to keep me from crawling all over the place. 🙂

Today we learned about apples, so we made apple trees. 🙂  I am very proud of my work. (Mommy doesn’t know why this picture is so small).

Then we got to taste and smell an apple!  We learned a lot about apples today.  🙂