About 13 or so months later we were ready to try again. Since conception had been so easy the last 5 times, who would have thought that it would have taken us 7 months to conceive baby #6. I tell ya, just when you think you have things all figured out, God throws you a curve ball. Looking back I can see how His timing was PERFECT, but after the third month of trying, I was getting a little upset. I finally was able to turn it over to God's timing and I got pregnant (not that I'm saying that those two thoughts are connected :)
This time around we got ourselves into the middle of a very lengthy and stressful battle over buying a new house. The story is long and complicated...it actually involved three other houses plus the buyer of our house...and it is not something that I hope to ever go through again.
About the time I was due things with the houses were coming to a head. We had a buyer for our house and we were just trying to come to an agreement on the third house we had been trying to buy (the first two having fallen through). Now I had never gone past my due date so I thought it was safe to pray the following, "God, please let us have an agreement on this third house before the baby comes."
Of course you see the flaw in my prayer. I see it now, too, but I didn't back then. I naturally assumed that the baby would come on time, like all my other ones had, and that the house deal would fall into place before then. God, on the other hand, needed once again to show me that my timing isn't His timing! Instead baby #6 was 10 days late. I did find it interesting, however, that we signed the papers for the house at 2:00 in the afternoon and I went into labor at 3:00. Trust!
The next day our 6th child was born at home...another bouncing, baby girl (that's her in the white dress in the previous post :). She was wonderful and perfect, but our struggles weren't over. The next week she decided to go on a nursing strike. I've never had that happen before, and boy am I glad. That was very stressful.
A month later we had to move out of our house because the people who were buying it needed to close before we could move into our new house. People we knew from church were going to be out of town for two weeks, so they let us live in their house. The plan was that by the end of those two weeks, we would be able to close on our new house and move in.
Unfortunately, the people buying our house got denied at the VERY last minute and couldn't buy our house. We had already moved everything out and I just couldn't face moving back in again and our time was up in the house we were living in. Did I mention that I had a 6 week old baby and 5 other children??
We ended up moving in with my parents for a week while we somehow (miraculously??) got things all figured out. We were able to move into our new house in less than two weeks and within the next month we sold and closed on our old house.
I have definitely learned that when God wants something done, there are no delays and no glitches and things move very quickly. It is when He wants us to learn something from an experience that He drags it out or makes sure we notice the bumps in the road. This was such a trying time for all of us, but we were certainly glad to be settled in to a nice house with a lot of space around us. A great place for our growing family...