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July Recap

Yay! It’s August! Is anyone else as excited about August as I am? Our family, along with my two best friends and their families, will be going on a vacation together this month to the Outer Banks. We’ve been planning this trip since the beginning of this year. So it’s exciting that it’s almost time! Also, please pray for us as we drive the 15.5 hour (one way!) drive with 6 kids! I may be walking home if I lose my sanity haha. I can’t wait to share all of our pictures!

If you’re new around here, each month I like to do a little recap of the month before with pictures from my iPhone. Usually, about half are pictures that have also been posted on Instagram (for family and friends who don’t use the app) and the other half are just photos that didn’t make it to my IG feed, for one reason or another. I usually also post the funny/cute things my kids have said in the past month–but the past couple months have been so crazy that I’ve been totally slacking in that department. So that will be back soon…I promise!


July started great. I love pulling out all our red, white, and blue clothes and wearing them as much as possible on the days leading up to the Fourth. I love being festive at all times. It just makes life more fun!

We went to a firework show–which was totally worth it for the funnel cake below and the chilled out Evangeline, resting on the blanket. Oh yeah, and the fireworks were alright too haha.// Also, Clem with her two best friends. I’m so excited to watch these 3 girls grow up together.

As I’ve already shared, as we were enjoying our 4th of July, the evening took a turn when I thought I was miscarrying. In the following week, I was on a roller coaster of emotions. But one of the things that kept me going was the way the kids were able to bring a smile to my face. I’m pretty sure they also drove me crazy more times than I can count. But I just look back at these pictures and I don’t even remember the crazy moments. I remember the smiles and the laughter and the sweet sleeping baby that I snuck pictures of as I walked by her bed.

Thankfully, as you probably already know, the ultrasound showed a healthy baby squirming around. And he/she even waved their little hand at me. I truly don’t feel like I deserve this outcome. But I thank God for the gift that He has given us. The day after my ultrasound was Desmond’s 2nd birthday. And like all Roberts’ birthdays are celebrated, we went out for a donut breakfast. Desmond’s little hand below as I was trying to get a picture of the donut box–totally the cutest thing. He loved every bit of that day…being showered with love and attention from both parents and 5 siblings! It was a hot day so we also took a trip to the very crowded Science Center.//Also below, two very summery photos–the one from National Ice Cream Day when we stayed home and celebrated. And the other filled with pineapples. I don’t know if you can tell but her bow has pineapples. It’s from Purple Rose Bows.

After our pregnancy announcement went viral, I got very discouraged and once again, kind of stopped taking pictures. Or at least, stopped trying to get anything great. But one day Clementine fell asleep standing up and I was so glad I was able to snap a picture really quick before I picked her up. Poor girl was actually sick but it was the cutest thing ever.// Also, that picture of Desmond in Clementine’s bed is one of my favorites! He likes to climb in there in the mornings and pretend to sleep.

How anyone could look through my pictures and think we are living a miserable life with so many kids is something I’ll never understand. I look through my pictures and think about how blessed we are. Even if last night we were so frustrated with them because they were way too wound up at bedtime. I’m so glad I get to call all these children my own.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on with us this past month. Lots of ups and downs. Multiple social media breaks. And now tons to catch up with. Now that everything is slowing down, I hope to get back to taking pictures and sharing them! And of course, responding to as many people as I can because I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to write to me! I may sound like a broken record but I truly am so thankful for all the encouragement! It encourages me to keep sharing.

One more thing–we have a family vlog that my husband works very hard on!  We’re going to be working on a video to share how the kids feel about a new sibling–but for now, you can watch the Month in a Minute from this past month. And if you don’t want to miss the videos, make sure you follow the link to subscribe!

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  • Reply Jenn August 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Just found your blog but want to congratulate you on your newest little one to be arriving! Children are truly such a blessing and although some days can be tough, carry that grateful heart that the Lord has entrusted you with these little ones-and definitely don’t let he haters get you down! We’ve had 3 babies in 3 years so I get lots of looks when we go to town. I try to brush them off and can’t believe how easily people forget how special little ones are!
    Anyways, hope this msg gives you a bit of encouragement and drowns out the negatives some more for ya!
    Jenn, in Indiana

    • Reply Jessica Roberts August 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Jenn! Sometimes it truly is discouraging the way people respond to children. But we love this life so much and are blessed to have all our children!

  • Reply Jessica A August 3, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve said it before, but I’m loving that I found your Instagram, and now, blog. We’re from NC and went to the OBX with our littles last year and loved it way too much!! We loved going ghost crabbing, eating Duck Donuts, seafood nachos, and trying to see as many lighthouses as we could with an almost 1 year old who hates the car. I’ve gotten some really snarky comments lately about our family size and it is so hard to not let it kind of destroy you a bit. Even when you know that you are doing God’s work, which we do. I’m hoping one day to grow thick enough skin, or deep enough faith that the comments won’t hurt, but for now they really do. Prayers for you as you navigate the more public version. You are an inspiration!

    • Reply Jessica Roberts August 6, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you, Jessica! We went to the OBX twice before, back when we only had 4 children. We love it so much…especially Duck Donuts! We’ve been craving those for the past 3 years haha. We are excited to spend some time exploring Hatteras and Ocracoke this time because we’ve never gone that far south before!

  • Reply Ami August 3, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Hi there. You have a beautiful family. You are so very blessed to have 7 healthy babies.! I have my one and only who just turned 1. As a mom i always worry about doing the right thing. (Like am i doing the right thing by vaccinating?) Stuff like that. This mom thing is hard. Do you vaccinate your babies? Anyway. If i was garenteed to have all healthy happy babies i would have more. Just not sure if that is for us.

    • Reply Jessica Roberts August 6, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you, Ami! I think moms are always second guessing themselves. Vaccinating is one of those things that I’ve gone back and forth with over the years. We did it with our first but then we stopped for a while. After many years, we felt it was right to start vaccinating with our 5th. So our others have had some to catch up with the ones they’ve missed. Do I know if it’s the right choice? I don’t know if it’s THE right choice, but it’s the right choice for us for now. I hope that helps!

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