39 Week Pregnancy Update

baby development Can you believe we are here? The final (at least that’s the plan) week of gestating!  One of my friends just had her baby, another will be induced this coming Monday, and I am trying to wait patiently for this little one to make his or her appearance.

At my 39 week appointment on Monday, my OB surprised us by telling us I was dilated to a 3.5 and 70% effaced.  I didn’t think the contractions I had been having were doing that much!  She had me set an appointment for 40 weeks, but says she really doesn’t think I’ll be there.  Of course, I hate to get my hopes up, but that was some awesome news!  She also made sure baby was indeed head down – thankfully, yes!

My doctor has asked me to come straight to the hospital even if I just *think* I’m in labor and even if they have to send me home.  That’s not something I like to do (the going home part), but after the last couple of births going so much quicker, she just wants to make sure I make the drive without too much trouble.  And frankly, I’m kind of hoping for a more “leisurely” birth.  (don’t laugh!)

Many of you know I travel quite a way to give birth in a hospital and with a doctor that is VBA2C (Vaginal Birth After 2 C-sections) friendly.  The hospital is about 45 minutes from my mom’s house, so I am currently staying with her, which is why this week’s update is a photo of my belly and her dog…

Bailey Dog & 39 week belly | RaisingArrows.net

Bailey has decided I am his new best friend and my belly makes the perfect perch!

So…here we go!  Anxious to see what this week brings!

The Latest Brinkman Adventures Giveaway!

Brinkman artYou know we are huge Brinkman Adventures fans around here, so I am very excited to bring you the newest season from this missionary-based audio series!

Brinkman Adventures Season 3

Brinkman Adventures are exciting, mission-minded audio adventures the entire family can enjoy.  The audios are high quality and very reasonably priced.  Your family will be hearing about modern-day missionaries as well as missionaries from the past, along with stories of how families can be missionaries right where they live!


Season 3 features acting by Steve Saint (Nate Saint’s son) and Mincaye (the Auca Indian who speared Nate Saint).  How exciting to hear first hand from lives changed so dramatically by the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Steve Saint & Mincaye - both act in Season 3 of The Brinkman Adventures - Order your copy today!

Audio dramas are a great way to spark your child’s imagination.  Audio dramas featuring the spread of the Gospel ignite a fire in your child’s heart that will last a lifetime!  This is truly the perfect Christmas gift!

Today, I am giving away two copies of The Brinkman Adventures Season 3!  But, don’t hesitate to order your copy now because if you win, you will be reimbursed!  I promise, you will not be sorry.  May you have a blessed Christmas with CHRIST at the center!


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Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas – Week 11

Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas:  Week 11 - Final Shopping & Wrapping Week | RaisingArrows.net

Follow along with the series! CLICK HERE How did you do with the Week 10 To Do List? Hopefully all the items have been completed and you are now ready
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For the Heart of Your Homeschool

David & Leslie Nunnery - Their heart for your homeschool and the mission behind Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conventions

Today’s guest post is from David Nunnery of Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conventions.  I have worked closely with the Nunnerys from the inception of the conventions, and can attest to not
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My Trim Healthy Mama Refresher

At 2 weeks from delivery our newest blessing, I decided to refresh my memory on all things Trim Healthy Mama.  It was this same gestation 2 years ago, I got my book for the first time.  Here are a few things I learned reading the book for a second time | RaisingArrows.net

A little over 2 years ago, at 38 weeks gestation with our 8th child, I sat down and started reading my brand new copy of Trim Healthy Mama. {affiliate link}
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When Baby Isn’t the Gender You Had Hoped For

What do you do when baby doesn

Perhaps you’ve had your hopes and dreams set on having a little girl, but God hasn’t given you one.  Or maybe He’s given you girls, followed by a string of
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