When Duane and I met, I told him that I was not willing to marry him if he was not willing to have 12 children. I was dead serious, too! I wanted lots of kids. As an accountant, (and since we were already 27 and 29), Duane later told me that he did the math and figured out that I likely couldn’t have that many babies. So he agreed to the deal! He told me if God wants us to have 12 children, then I’m ok with that.
Since then, we have grown to a family of eleven, homeschooling our children with some tutoring help (I will share more about how I never thought that I’d NOT homeschool every subject and for every child), and have invited Duane’s parents to come live with us over a decade ago. We live a happy and busy family life, and we can’t wait to share more of it with you! Below is a peek into the story of our kids and our in-laws.
Our Kids: We have nine lovely~scratch that~crazy, fun, loud, big hearted kids in the house, from Caleb (who is 18) to Sarah Rose (who is 4). In the middle we have Corrine (15), Noah (14), Nick (12), Joel (11), Sophie (10), Andrew (8), and Titus (8). We love the freedom and all the opportunities that homeschooling allows for growth and stretching of us all…we wouldn’t have it any other way, most days! We love them to pieces, and I can’t wait to share more about their personalities.
Our In-Laws: My husband’s parents have lived with us for ten plus years. Currently living in our walk-out basement apartment, they are a wonderful help as we run a household of nine kids! But like all families, we run into issues with chaos, privacy, and communication. While our arrangement sounds (and is!) amazing, it is also work, refining me to be more. More . I will definitely be sharing with you some of the daily ins and outs of living with in-laws!
As the days grow warmer and longer we find ourselves wanting to spend more time outdoors, perhaps being more active with our family. This is a great time to take advantage of the warmer days before it is too hot … Continued
Tomorrow is one of my most favorite days of the year. Corrine and I bake all kinds of pies, make rolls and prep anything we can to make Thanksgiving Day go more smoothly. I found these older pictures from Thanksgiving … Continued
This morning I woke up in a hotel room with my hubby and 5 of my kiddos.Traveling is always fun but can throw me into a state of chaos pretty quickly if I do not plan my day well. My … Continued
My in-laws, handsome hubby of 19 years, and our 9 children…all under one roof…and we lived Happily Ever After…or something like that! We live together, love much, forgive much and have grown much because of it! It is beautiful chaos … Continued
Nobody likes germs or wants to be around someone when they are coughing up a lung or not able to keep down anything but what about the day to day germs? Here is a checklist to see where you fall:
As Duane and I have been working more together as health coaches, things have changed for my family and my kids schooling. Mostly, we’ve gone from a 100 percent homeschool family to a 50% homeschool family with a mix of … Continued
This is from quite a few years ago but still one of my favorite pictures of Pappy playing with the boys. Pappy has a huge heart and is often found playing around with the kids. I think his most favorite … Continued
Laundry. A necessary evil. I love this subject and hate it at the same time! As our family has grown & changed so has the way we get the laundry done. I used to be the only one who did … Continued