Category Archives: Large Family

Pregnancy #12: Update

Bella gingerbread house

The Lord gives and The Lord takes away, blessed be the name of The Lord. We found out Friday that our twelfth child, no longer had a beating heart. We rejoice that he/she is now in the presence of God, how amazingly blessed we truly are. Although we are sad for ourselves, we rejoice in His love,…

Catching Up and Getting Ready

boy's closet system

This is a post to catch you all up on the happenings in our house and to help me not feel so guilty for being absent from the blog. (I have all these big plans and lots of things I’d like to post about, but with four teens, two toddlers and nine of our children…

Fast

Sadie Savannah cross country

These girls are fast. They are part of the fastest elementary cross country team in the state of Tennessee. Sadie (10) and Savannah (8) both set personal records (6.45 and 7.06/mile respectively) Saturday helping their team to win the Elementary division of the Tennessee State Cross Country Championships. (Sadie placed 22nd and Savannah 44th, individually.)…

Our Family is Growing: 4 Moms

but God directs his steps

This 4 Moms post is different. It’s not the post that you expected. It is not a post that I could ever have imagined writing before Monday. This is a post that only God could orchestrate. A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. ~Proverbs 16:19   For the past several months our…

Getting it All Done while Nursing a Baby

Valor

  This month’s joint 4 Moms topic is derived from a reader question (honestly, nearly all of the topics we tackle are from reader questions), but I wanted to share the whole question, because I wanted to answer all parts of it. (a)How do you nurse and get everything else done around the home without…

Relay Team: {Almost} Wordless

4x400

Our kids have run cross country for several years now, but this season they had the opportunity to compete in track meets with the local public and Christian schools. Our kids were chosen mostly for longer distances (both Matthew 13 and Alyssa 12 competed in the 3600 meter and the 4 x 800 relay), but…

Unexpected Journey: Part 4

Family at Dollywood with foster kids

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 I want to step back for just a moment and tell you about our kid’s attitude and response to our talk of adoption and private, Christian foster care. Our children have been burdened for the orphan for a long while. When Matthew was 4 (he’s now 14), he told me…

4 Moms Talk about Tattling

I know it’s been quiet here, but I’m working on finishing my story of Our Unexpected Journey, look for the next installment tomorrow!  (See now I’m accountable to all of you to get it finished up.) Be sure to visit the other moms of many as we talk about tattling: The Deputy Headmistress at The Common Room…

Unexpected Journey: Part 1

Mark and I have always been open to adoption. What Christian who has been blessed with enough wouldn’t want to share God’s blessing with the widow, with the orphan, with the least of these. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they…

Confessions: Giggles from Our Homeschool

Posted with Kaitlin’s (15) permission. For several years our goal has been for Mark to be more involved in homeschooling our children, specifically as they get into the upper grades. We’ve slowly and surely made progress in this direction and this year Mark is the primary homeschool parent for our oldest children. (He plans, gives…