Resting, recuperating, and reading

I thought I’d post a quick update on how things are going here at the House of Hope. We brought our new addition home from the hospital on Thursday, and things have been moving in slow motion around here since then, which is just as it should be.  The big kids have done a lot of playing outside since the weather finally warmed up the past couple of days (it was extremely rainy and cool on Thursday). Steady Eddie was off work for two weeks; the first week was his spring break, and the second week was the week he anticipated taking off to help out around home with the arrival of our second Dear Little Man. However, baby didn’t much like that idea, so instead of coming during Steady Eddie’s spring break, we had to coax him to come after his official due date. He came at just the right time, weighing in at 8 pounds and 15 ounces. He was born with a fair amount of dark hair and extremely long fingers and feet. He’s precious. His big brother and sisters practically fight over who gets to hold him next. 🙂

I’ve just been doing a lot of sitting in the rocking chair with my feet up, nursing the little fellow (who is a champion nurser–the best yet!), and reading. I’ve just about decided to call this year the year of the series because after reading The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, I decided to go back and finish The Mysterious Benedict Society series.    These fun and quirky middle grade novels have been just the thing to read pre- and postpartum.  I’m having so much fun with them, who knows what I’ll tackle next!

All things considered, though, I’m ready to take up some sort of routine again pretty soon.  All of this lounging about with people waiting on me (my mom and Steady Eddie’s have been indispensable!) is making me lazy.  😉  I had planned to take the month of April off from school, more or less, and I’m still holding my plans loosely.  The downtime has been good for the girls, I think.  I still can’t even begin to imagine how to resume our normal schedule.  Picking up a new read-aloud novel seems like a good place to start.

**Baby still doesn’t have a blog name. My creativity is at an all-time low.  Suggestions, anyone?


  1. Sarah

    Congrats! God bless your transition. What a gift. Since you now have 4~ 2 girls & 2boys- like the Alden siblings in the Boxcar Children, his blog name could be the youngest boy, Benny. 😉

    • Amy


      I like the idea of calling him Benny! I’m going to give it a bit more thought, but I do like that, especially since my girls LOVE Boxcar Children!

  2. Congratulations, Amy! Such a sweet head of dark hair. I say don’t worry overly much about school; right now the baby is the lesson.
    Since you call your girls by their names, maybe it’s time to do the same for DLM? Then the new baby can be DLM.

    • Amy


      Actually, Lulu and Louise aren’t the girls’ real names! 😉 They are old, old nicknames that I hardly use anymore, and somehow I didn’t see the problem with giving them such similar blog names way back when. 🙂

  3. Mine were all late, too….but we didn’t have the advantage of a spring break to try to take advantage of.

    Congratulations! He’s a sweetie! Love the back view image.

    I am quite certain I’ve read your thoughts on The Penderwicks before, but if not, give them a try. I’m about to start my second book of The Incorrigible Children. 🙂

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