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About Amy

Amy is the homeschooling mother of 7 living children and 1 precious little girl playing at the feet of Jesus. Raising Arrows is where you find years of homeschooling and home management knowledge, as well as grief support for those who have lost a loved one. You can find Amy on

Week 31 Pregnancy Update

baby development

We were too busy with traveling and company to snap any photos for this week’s update. Suffice it to say, I am huge and baby feels as if he/she weighs much more than the 4 pounds my ticker says.

I was asked multiple times this week if I was having twins.  Several people also commented on the fact that I am all belly.  This is due not only to the diastasis recti, but also to the fact that I am extremely short waisted.  There’s really no place for baby to go but out in front.  Hiding pregnancy is not really something I do well. ;)

My friend, Amy, who happens to be one who does not show early and never gets very big at all has given me some great perspective this pregnancy.  She revels in every second of her pregnancies (she’s due a week after me with their #8).  She loves looking pregnant, and I’d almost venture to guess she wouldn’t mind one little bit if she got as big as I do.

Getting this big used to bother me a lot.  In fact, I once rushed out of a store because of the comments I could hear being made behind my back, yet within my earshot.  While it does get extremely old defending that I know FOR SURE I’m not having twins, and that I also know FOR SURE that my due date is December 22, and that I am well aware of the fact that I shock people when I turn around because from the back I don’t look pregnant, I am still thankful to be growing the newest member of our family…and thankful for a friend like Amy, who keeps me from having too many pity parties.

I will say, with every passing day, I grow slower and slower.  It’s been a difficult adjustment going from 90 to nothing so quickly.  Thankfully, I have a lot of willing helpers who help ease my workload.  My 16 year old son even sat down the other night and gave me a foot massage because I looked tired and so did my feet.  What a guy!

Oh, and some not so great news…
The nurse told me I had passed my 3 hour glucose test, but a few days later, she called and started the conversation with, “You are going to hate me.”  I actually did NOT pass.  She had misread the numbers.  My beginning and ending numbers were in the 70s, but my middle numbers were above range.  For now, my OB is just having me watch my diet.  (yes, Trim Healthy Mama it is)  I will be 33 weeks when I go back for my next appointment, so we’ll see then what she is thinking.  She is super low key, so that could be the extent of “treatment” for me.  I definitely feel like this is doable.  I’m just disappointed that after losing weight and watching my sugar intake these past couple of years, I am gestational diabetic for the first time.  bah.

So, how are all my pregnant mama friends out there?  Would love to hear YOUR updates!

Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas – Week 3

Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas:  Week 3 - Supplies Week |
Find all the Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas posts HERE!

How did you do with the Week 2 To Do List? Hopefully all the items have been completed and you are now ready for Week 3!

Just a quick reminder before we get started: These Weekly To Do lists are directly from The 12-Week Holiday Planner. (affiliate link)  Those of you who have purchased The Holiday Planner will have all the forms that go along with the To Do Lists. If you have not purchased the planner, then you will need to make your own forms or buy your own copy!

This week we will be focusing on making your shopping lists and going shopping! I know this may seem like you are getting way ahead of the game, but believe me, you won’t be sorry! Getting this shopping down now will save you big time later on! Besides, next week is baking week, so you will want to make sure you have all the ingredients on hand to make baking week a success!

Note from Amy:  This week I focus on Thanksgiving and Decoration Day baking, as well as any Fall festivities we might be needing to bake for.  There are more Baking Weeks later on, so think about what you need for Fall baking.  What can you make ahead for Thanksgiving now?  Rolls?  Desserts?  Breakfast casseroles for overnight guests?  (For ideas & recipes, take a look at my Large Family Recipes section!)

Week 3: Supplies Week

[ ] Inventory the supplies you have on hand, then…

[ ] Shopping Lists for non-perishables! Turn to your Recipe Cards filed under the Holiday Menus and Holiday Baking sections and using the form provided make a list of non-perishables needed for holiday meals and baking. Make sure you have plenty of yeast and related items on hand.

[ ] Baking Shopping List! Next week will be a Baking Week, so if you plan on doing some holiday baking ahead of time that you can put in the freezer, include perishable items you will need for these recipes as well!

[ ] Gift making Shopping List! Turn to your Gift Making Checklist filed under the Christmas Gifts section and jot down the supplies needed for gift making.

[ ] Decorations Shopping List! Turn to your Decoration Ideas form filed under the Holiday Decorations section and jot down supplies you will need for decorating for the holidays.

[ ] Finalize Shopping List! Also jot down miscellaneous supplies such as film, batteries, gift wrapping, and Christmas cards as needed.

[ ] Shopping! Take your lists and GO SHOPPING!


Once you have completed this list, come back here and tell us about it! Let’s encourage each other to plug away at these “to do’s” now so that our holidays can be less stressful and more focused on Jesus!

Find all the Preparing for a Peaceful Christmas posts HERE!

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Amy Upchurch had Hyperemesis Gravidarum with all four of her pregnancies.  She was admitted to the hospital for a total of 47 days due to this condition.  She was skeptical that anything would help.

Anyone who has ever suffered from this form of severe morning sickness (myself included), knows exactly what that is like.  You give up.

Except Amy didn’t give up.

Before she really got bad with her 4th pregnancy, she was able to start implementing a regimen of products she had worked to develop.  With the help of a team of experts and women who had suffered through HG, she took a total body approach and found herself experiencing a pregnancy that was completely different from the others!  In fact, it worked so well, she and her family poured their savings into starting up a business based on these products:

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I only wish I had found out about them BEFORE I was past the morning sickness stage this time!  While I did not deal with HG this pregnancy, Pink Stork has morning sickness products for mild, moderate, AND hyperemesis.

And here’s the really great part – there is no risk when you buy from Pink Stork (that’s how confident Amy is that the products work!).  It is a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back, AND they pay the return shipping!  Even if you use the entire product and it doesn’t work for you, you can still return the empty bottle – no questions asked!

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And a big shout out goes to reader, Diana, for letting me know about Pink Stork Solutions!  Thank you!

Week 30 Pregnancy Update

baby development

30 weeks

Wow!  I went from superwoman speed to turtle speed in a matter of a couple of weeks.  Baby is head down, which has put a lot more weight on my hips it seems.  They tire out very easily.  I remind myself of a lumbering bear.  Everything I do is slow and, well…lumbering. ;)

I wish I could give you an update on my 3 hour glucose test, but as of last night, the lab at our local hospital had not sent the results to my Dr’s office.  So…you and I will just have to wait.

This past week we picked up our puppy, Kip.  He’s been at the trainers because remember…I train children, not dogs.  He’ll be with us until mid-December and then he’ll go back to get in his hunting training.  (He isn’t just for looks.  He’s a “working’ dog”!)

Kip on bed

He’s doing really well.  He’s still puppy (5 months old), but he’s pretty good about things, and really just wants praise and attention – and we have PLENTY of THAT to go around!

So, I told you I had really slowed down.  Despite that, I make a list every day to help keep on some sort of track.  I work through the list as best I can.  It helps me feel like I am accomplishing something.  This week, we finished decluttering a major part of the basement, I worked on my Holiday Planner, and I got ALL of the laundry done up…for about 5 minutes, that is.  You know how it is.

I am really getting anxious to meet this little one.  I keep sonogram photos in my pregnancy journal, and will often peak a glance at baby throughout the day.  *happy sighs*

Baby #9

Honestly, 10 weeks doesn’t seem all that far away.  I’ll probably think differently in a few weeks, but for now, I’m enjoying knowing “Baby Day” will soon be here!

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How To Simplify Your Dinner Routine

How to Simplify Your Dinner Routine {using Simplified Dinners} |

Meal planning is one of those things that seems like it should be a breeze, but in reality, can quickly become a nightmare.  Some weeks, I really enjoy meal planning, but as soon as life gets busy, meal planning becomes a chore that feels nearly impossible.  Not to mention the fact that I am a stay at home homeschooling mom.  I have no less than 8 people (sometimes 9, soon to be 10) eating 3 meals a day on any given day!  Add to that a steady flow of guests, and you can imagine what one little hiccup in our routine will do to a meal plan.

In fact, I can totally relate to what Mystie Winkler has to say in this video:

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Are you burned out on meal planning?

Simplified Dinners is Mystie’s creative answer to a busy mom’s frustration with meal planning.  It implements a master grocery list along with versatile recipes to create a method of meal planning that is streamlined and easy to use.  It even creates a pantry and refrigerator/freezer that can accommodate someone who isn’t used to running your kitchen – say a young cook, dad, or Grandma.

In fact, I decided to have my 13 year old daughter read through the ebook to see if she understood the concept and thought she could implement it on her own.  Her words were, “This is really neat!  I could definitely do this!”

Simplified Dinners - even my 13 year old can do it! |

So, how does it work?

Every recipe in Simplified Dinners gives you a starting point.  This is your “base”.  From there you add in other options to create a variety of different meals from that starting point.

For instance, let’s look at the Slow Cooker, No Defrost Chicken section (because, let’s be honest, how many busy moms actually get around to defrosting the chicken before it goes in the crock pot?)  The starting point is the chicken, a sauce, and a crock pot on low 8-10 hours.  From there, Mystie gives you 6 different kinds of sauces, along with notes on serving ideas and additions.  

This is how ALL the recipes are!  Tons of options, all laid out for you – easy peasy!


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None of the ingredients are crazy weird.  There is a shopping list included, so you could potentially always have everything on hand, no matter which starting point and which addition you choose.  The entire process is Simple, Simple, Simple!

But, let’s say you DO want to plan a little more than just opening the ebook.  (By the way, I printed out Simplified Dinners and put it in my Food Notebook so I don’t even have to open my computer to grab the recipes!)  Why not snag Mystie’s menu planner?

It’s FREE and Totally customized for use with the ebook!

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This is especially helpful if you have someone coming into your home to care for your family and they might need a bit of help knowing what to feed everyone.

Simplified Dinners is also fabulous for new moms!  You know that newborn fog?  Don’t worry about it!  Lean on the recipes in Simplified Dinners!  Give the shopping list to your husband or other family member and you are all set!  In fact, most of the meals in Simplified Dinners are perfect freezer meals!

So, give yourself a break and order a copy of Simplified Dinners!

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Simplified Dinners ebook with recipes!