Welcome our newest little farm hand to the family

Two weeks ago Nebraska had some of the coldest weather on record as our family braced for the Polar Vortex.

Fifteen years ago Anthony and I picked out the names of the two baby girls we were going to have; Emily and McKenzie. Ten years ago, we wrote down all the names of our kiddos on the back of a Denny’s napkin.

Jan 29, 7 lb 8oz, 20 inches

What do these things have in common? On January 29th, during the onset of the polar vortex, we welcomed our precious McKenzie Faith.

She completes our family. 💕

We have had wonderful experiences being pregnant and giving birth but this last one was everything I wanted. Even for my older age (can’t believe they label me “geriatric” just because I’m 38 😄 ). I felt like I was in my 20’s again and only had slight heartburn at the very end. Our midwifes, Heather Ramesey and Rachel Rice, were wonderful. Not only for the actual birth itself but about two weeks before she arrived when I found myself in tears.

She is our last, and I am very content with that (although…if someone ever dropped a baby off on our doorstep or called and said take my baby we wouldn’t hesitate to jump at the chance to raise another one…just being honest!) but for the past 16 years, almost half of my life I’ve been pregnant and nursing my babies. Its slightly scary moving into this new phase of life. And I’m sure when she is closer to two and we stop nursing I’ll again have a moment or two of letting this phase go. 💕 Friends have been so important, especially my older and wiser girl friends who have biblical encouragement and great relationships with their children so I can “see” the excitement and look with great expectations at the new adventures awaiting our family.

Many of our friends comment about our quiver not yet being full,

Psalms 127:3-5
Children are indeed a heritage from the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is His reward. 
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.

We laugh at these comments because in our case, it isn’t our quiver but rather our napkin. We named our little girls over fifteen years ago and reconfirmed not just them but our boys one afternoon while having lunch at Denny’s. That afternoon we wrote down all the names of our children. At the time we had already prayed for our oldest three so we wrote down their names and then the other three boys and our two baby girls who we were going to have. We prayed for every single little one we have and God has blessed us with the desires of our heart. He has blessed us with wonderful experiences of natural child birth (love our Bradley Method instructor from Fort Campbell, TN!). And He has allowed Anthony to be home for every single birth. 💕

I Samuel 1:27
I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.

Psalms 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

My dear friend even threw a last baby celebration so that I could cherish the memories of pregnancy with my other mommy friends one last time before moving into a totally new phase of life.

Thank you Allisa for your love and for standing with Anthony and I in faith.

She is definitely spoiled, but we firmly believe you can’t be spoiled with too much love.


Her daddy spoils her most of all. 💕

On top of the blessing of our littlest farm hand, our goats gave birth that same week. Talk about a lot of babies! On the upside, all of our farm customers waiting for fresh goats milk won’t have to wait much longer.

We have been hunkered down staying warm, keeping critters warm and just enjoying being a family. God really knew what he was doing when he brought Anthony and I together. It has been an amazing adventure from the moment we hugged and the room literally stood still (the boys love hearing about how we met but that is probably a story for another post).

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Love, Anthony & Mariel

Anthony, Mariel2

2 thoughts on “Welcome our newest little farm hand to the family

  1. congratulations on your new daughter. Each new phase of life (even the dreaded empty nest phase) is a blessing. I remember when my sister’s kids were older than mine and I couldn’t understand how she could cope with that (she had teens). I will always remember what she told me, “God doesn’t just drop them in your lap, You learn as you go as He prepares you so that you are ready for the next phase”

  2. Oh my gosh she is beautiful. Congrats to all of u can’t wait to meet this little bundle of joy.

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