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    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls & one boy. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King.ย Chicken and goat raiser.
    Lover of Jesus and all things pink and vintage. โ™ฅ

With {Foal}

I always adored James Herriot’s stories when I was younger.

I was given one of his books and treasured it. Animals were something I loved easily – in fact, I have many tales from my childhood that involved an animal … sneaking in little toads to play in my dollhouse and then discovering they all hopped away during dinner time … my young mind kept wondering where they went and who would discover them first … or the time I let a stray cat into my room and lied about it, therefore paying the consequences (it was easy for my parents to find out I lied – as there were muddy cat footprints everywhere) … or sitting silently in the field behind my house, writing poetry in the calm around me, only to look up and see a beautiful gentle deer standing just a few feet away …

Yes, I suppose that is why we have so many animals all around us. We are not only raising some for meat and for life – but also for love.


I looked outside to the small barnyard today to see Lacey surrounded by her goat, Marigold, her mini horse, Spirit and her turkey, who yes, was spared from slaughter (although he is now as tall as the horse and the goat!). It was a funny sight to behold. This giant, gangly turkey amongst the pretty ladies of the farm …


But yes, I do believe Lacey may be taking after her mother’s love for animals.

Yesterday was a special day. It was the day a local veterinarian came to our home to do an ultrasound to see if Spirit, the family mini horse, might be pregnant. She was bred in the summer to a lovely, fiery stallion and since then, we have only hoped and guessed if she was pregnant or not.




It was quite an adventure to have the ultrasound as it was internal. Poor Spirit! But with help from Lacey and myself, pushing her against a sturdy wall, the vet was able to show us a scan …


Indeed, Spirit is pregnant! {Yippeeee!!}



What a fun summer the girls will have next year!

October 21, 2017 - 6:21 pm

Gigi - I remember that story – quite funny!!!

October 21, 2017 - 11:31 am

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - Maybe my love of salamanders and red racer snakes has been passed down to Lucia ๐Ÿ™‚ It was quite funny because when Auntie Marie came to stay, she always slept in my room. For awhile she didn’t know they were under the bed but when she found out, I had to move them. LOL

October 21, 2017 - 11:29 am

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - Oh I am so happy for Lacey & Spirit!!! Yes, what an exciting summer that will be. Is there a due date? That will be a great science lesson for all. The birthing of a foal ๐Ÿ™‚
Yes, Gillian, you loved your “pets” and now are passing down that love to your children! How wonderful…..
I too loved animals, LOL You know that already and I am sure you love has been passed to you by myself ๐Ÿ™‚
! I kept salamanders and red racer snakes under my bed when I was young. When I was twelve, I wanted cats so I went around the neighbourhood and gathered every cat I could find and brought them back to my small 8×8 bedroom. When my mom opened that door, later that day, she freaked out! I had about 20 cats in my bedroom but was in my feline heaven! Unfortunately I had to return the all, but it was a bit of chaos because I did not remember all their homes. I’m sure they found their way back though. I also had gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs, even when I was first married. And then I had 2 cats that kept having kittens … soon we had so many cats, that your dad put a stop to it. I scaled back, for the sake of my marriage, LOL not really, but I started to have children instead and that kept me busy. I still love animals and enjoy seeing that at your homestead. Thank you for teaching the children to love animals. xoxo

Getting Along {nicely}

{Our updated family of 10 photograph
L-R: Leia (5), Lucia (9), Gillian & Loyal (2.5 weeks),
Abby & Lavender (3), Lacey (13), Lazarus (1.5) Lyla (11) Lovelyn (7)}




Earlier today, Lucia and Lovelyn picked this lovely small gathering of wild Autumn flowers. I just love the colors…


In a recent midwife checkup, myย  sweet midwife suggested that a new mother needs six weeks rest … while that is not possible by any stretch of the imagination, I {mostly} do not feel overworked or burdened with our newest baby joining our family. I think it all has to do with everyone helping out as much as possible (although I still have to poke and prod for some chores to be finished). In fact, I don’t think our family would function very smoothly if we were not all a part of the family … we all have our set jobs and items or chores that we are good at accomplishing.


On the way home from church, we stopped by a local farm to ask about their small grain silo, something we would like to have for our little farm. When our new friends, owners of the farm,ย  counted the children, their 7 year old daughter aptly said, “They have two boys and about a hundred girls!!!” The mother just gushed with joy, saying how she wished she had more children and how lovely the girls were …

She carried Lavender around on her hip, smiling and playing with Lavender’s piggy tails and said she wanted to keep her as her third daughter. Before we all piled back into our truck, each child with a chocolate chip cookie in hand, generously offered by the man of the house, the mother asked gently, “Don’t they drive you crazy sometimes?”

Well, yes, we are all human, I told her! Even my husband and I get on each other’s nerves and we are adults and have “social manners”. But in general, I do think we are learning how to get along well with each other – forgiving faults, choosing to be thankful and not selfish, helping others and thinking of others before oneself. We are learning to be last in the line, first to offer help and to “do unto others” as the Bible commands. We are learning how to work hard and not complain, to be a helping hand around the home and to clean up after ourselves as we go.


Baby Loyal, as he grows, has been snuggled in the baby wrap against my chest or a willing, loving sister will help hold him if there is a need. I try not to do too many chores that will take me away from holding my little wee baby. Time goes by too quickly. This does not mean I sit around, but rather carry him in my arms as much as possible, holding him as often as I can and kissing his fresh, sweet forehead when he is near me. He is just so precious – I adore sleeping with him in the crook of my arm.

Speaking of caring for little ones … Lacey {13} has been “babysitting” her own little ones – as she hatched a few Polish chicks recently. These chickens really do need extra care, more so than a regular chicken. She successfully hatched seven chicks, but only three have survived so far. If they are too wet, they die. If they get cold, they die. Lacey has been diligent in caring for these little funny chicks and just loves them so. She hopes to have enough hatch in the spring to sell a few at a local chicken swap.



Aren’t they just the cutest, strangest chicks?


On Saturday, I was busy in the kitchen … baking two loaves of whole wheat bread, two loaves of cheese bread, two dozen blueberry muffins, an apple loaf, along with a huge pot of turkey stock … which turned into 8 litres of turkey soup for pressure canning and a turkey pot pie for dinner.ย  Lucia helped me make a double batch of homemade Bisquick [recipe below] for those busy mornings. Lacey also made a new fresh batch of muffin batter for the week ahead – which is truly so helpful for those days you need to make a healthy snack or treat for tea.


This past week, we had our turkeys processed (the kind word for butchered) – how great it was to fill the freezer with healthy, homegrown!ย  This week, we are having our meat chickens and ducks butchered. We are slowly clearing out the garden as fall gently continues. The next step in canning will be some more apple products: applesauce, apple butter, pie filling and cider. I have managed to make my apple cider vinegar but ran out of apples.

The girls wrapped up four bushels of apples for winter storage but we are quickly eating through those apples, as well.ย  We are supposed to get some more by the weekend … I look forward to even more apples for us to work with!

Here is the recipe of the bulk Bisquick mix:


      • 6 cups all purpose flour
      • 6 cups whole wheat flour
      • 6 tablespoons baking powder
      • 2ย  tsp salt
      • 2 cup butterBlend the baking powder, salt and flours in large bowl. Using mixer or pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until crumbly mixture occurs. Store tightly covered in fridge or freezer. Makes 16 cups of baking mix.
October 26, 2017 - 7:26 am

Ingrid - Love it!Greetings from the Netherlands

October 25, 2017 - 8:57 am

Danessa Stride - What a lovely family you have! Can you imagine the sweet grand babies you will have someday:) I know you are early to rise in the mornings, but Iโ€™m curious with having so many children, what is your bedtime schedule?

October 22, 2017 - 3:48 pm

Gigi - Melanie!! So lovely to hear from you! If you are ever nearby, do stop in! I’d love to see you again!

October 22, 2017 - 10:59 am

Melanie - Congrats Gillian!!! I check in on you and your growing family every now and then and Iโ€™m so happy to see how much itโ€™s grown since the last time! Congrats on the newest babies! Melanie (from Humber)

October 18, 2017 - 5:03 pm

Katy - Your family is absolutely beautiful and I am so glad things are running so smoothly in your home! It is a blessing, truly! ๐Ÿ™‚

October 18, 2017 - 8:39 am

Gigi - Lucia is close to being taller, yes. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sure, I will post the recipe of cheese bread!

October 17, 2017 - 3:26 pm

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - Beautiful blog (as always) Gillian, your pictures are AMAZING and I so glad to be a recipient of them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lacey’s baby birds are so cute … love their “hats”. xoxo

October 16, 2017 - 10:06 pm

Maike - What a beautiful picture of your family. And Lucia looks so tall, is she really taller than Lyla? I love the flower bouquet! And the chicks are indeed looking incredibly funny – I hope the rest of them will make it. I’m interested in the cheese bread – can you share the recipe please? ๐Ÿ™‚

October 15, 2017 - 5:38 pm

Sarah - The family picture is beautiful! My little daughter saw the picture and said “What pretty girls! I like their dresses.”. Lacey’s chick is adorable! My younger sister had two chickens like that when we were teens. She named them Heathcliff and Cathy after the characters in “Wuthering Heights”. All of your baking sounds wonderful! The perfect way to enjoy the autumnal coziness. : )

Rocking the Baby {and Why Homes Need Rocking Chairs}

“My father was an expert
with rocking chairs.
He said he used to solve all his problems in one.
But you have to know how to rock.

Suppose you’re tired and worried about a problem.
Well, then you rock …like you’re on a ship,
away from everything… …rolling soft and smooth
over the open sea.
Well, then you get to thinking slow and calm.
Get it? That’s the ocean rock.

There’s the horseback rock.
When you can’t sit still,
you gotta be doing something… and you rock very fast.

Then the lazy rock.

When there’s something across the room…
and you’re too lazy to get up
and get it…well, you just rock over and get it.
Only chair in the world you can cross
the room without getting up.”
-Christmas in Connecticut, 1945



ย Yesterday, my sweet aunt visited from British Columbia. While we were getting lunch on the table, she was able to sneak a few minutes of cuddling with Loyal, while rocking in the rocking chair that situated near my kitchen cookstove.

“Good ol’ rocking chairs,” she said. “I just love them!”

Sometimes I forget that homes are often lacking in rocking chairs … as our home is filled with them! We have a minimum of 10 rocking chairs, but I believe there are more than that.ย  Rocking chairs of all shapes and sizes … for little and big children … for moms and dads and for grandparents, especially! I absolutely love to see someone come into our home and find a rocking chair and begin rocking. I smile inside as it is remarkable to see how relaxed a rocking chair can make people feel.

Something about those good ol’ days … and those good ol’ rockers …


[Our Autumn has been so warm –
it has been pleasant to sit out on my favorite spot on the front porch and rock Loyal …
it is pure bliss.


We didn’t always have rocking chairs in our home. In fact, when I was in my 20s, I gave away a rocking chair that was my mother’s. My parents had given it to me and I thought I did not have a use for it – can you imagine that? My parents still tease me to this day … how could I throw away a sentimental chair? Little did I know I was to have a great need for a rocking chair in our home of many babies!

Now, sitting in a rocker, holding a baby or a child, is one of my favorite past times.


Who knew rocking a baby would be so beneficial for you and the baby?! Studies have proven than a baby’s heart rate slows and the baby is more relaxed and soothed while being held and rocked. It is certainly relaxing. It slows you down, gives you that simple moment in time to breathe and relax, look at your baby and memorized every detail of his face. The health benefits, besides soothing your baby and promoting bonding, include enhancing emotional, social, cognitive and motor development.

Do you have a rocking chair in your home? If you don’t, perhaps you should consider finding one – for the simple reason that it is truly good for you! The motions of a rocking chair causes a release of endorphins that elevates your mood and ease tension. Yes, using a rocking chair will help reduce stress!


It can even help with pain management:

“Rocking helps prevent pain signals from traveling from the back to the brain. The site also claims that rocking can significantly improve pain from arthritis”, as it states here.

If you have back pain, you should definitely invest in a rocking chair!

“Research shows that the spinal cord can only work in one direction at a time, thus, when the brain is sending motor impulses down the spinal cord to make the legs rock the chair, pain impulses from the back are blocked, and are prevented from reaching the brain which lets the muscles in the lower back relax. ” – source

There has been some studies showing that a rocking chair will help an energetic young child who has trouble focusing on their school work. The rocking motion allows them to still move, but they are able to focus on their lessons a bit easier … perhaps more school rooms should have rocking chairs available for their students.


The motion of a rocking chair also helps with healing from knee surgeries. Even airports are using rocking chairs to help their passengers relax between flights. What a great idea!

In a world that rushes by and is loaded with ridiculous amounts of stress and anxiety weighs heavy on the minds of many, I think perhaps it’s time for a rocking chair revival in many our homes.

“So quiet down cobwebs,
Dust, go to sleep,
For I’m rocking my baby
and babies don’t keep.”


October 16, 2017 - 6:20 am

Gigi - That’s wonderful, Rebecca!

October 16, 2017 - 2:34 am

Rebecca - It’s so funny I’m reading this today cause I just bought a fourth rocking chair for my house! I love old fashioned wood rocking chairs — they look so pretty and I love rocking in them while knitting or reading to my girls.

October 15, 2017 - 8:42 pm

Megan newbury - Not to worry! When you have time ๐Ÿ™‚ ps was it here I saw you made elderberry syrup? I cannot find the berries anywhere and would love to make some also! Any hints where i can buy some homemade or where i can get the berries from?

October 10, 2017 - 10:44 am

Gigi - Katy, so wonderful! I agree – porches need rocking chairs!
Megan, check your mail soon – ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so sorry it has been so long!

October 10, 2017 - 10:27 am

Katy - Oh I completely agree! I love rocking chairs! I love all the facts you shared about them too! I wasn’t aware of all those wonderful benefits! ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband gifted me handmade Amish rockers for our new back porch (for my birthday). I absolutely love them! There have been many times of lovely conversation while rocking on those rockers between family and friends! :o) I even have a post not too far back on my blog stating how I believe every porch needs at least one rocking chair…if not more!:) A lovely post and I loved the photos as well! Have a joy-filled week!

October 9, 2017 - 9:43 pm

Megan - We have 3! Love them!! And believe it or not, the kids still love a good rock with their mama at 9 and 13 โค

October 9, 2017 - 7:13 pm

Gigi - I agree – the gliders are not the same. I’m not sure why? And I have a challenging time finding pillows for them too. I need to make some, I guess, if I can figure it out.

October 9, 2017 - 6:45 pm

Regina - Oh I love rocking chairs. I have a rocking chair my husband gave me, when we were expecting our first daughter. That was almost 23 years ago! Now those glider “rockers” to me they aren’t true rocking chairs. There is something about them that just isn’t right. Anyway, I have a hard time finding back and seat pads for my rocking chair. I might have to figure out how to make one.

October 9, 2017 - 4:33 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings - Oh how lovely…we have quite a few rockers as well.iv always had them in my home and just love them.I love rocking sweet babies out on the porch early in the morning before the day has began.

Early Mornings {with a newborn}

โ€œIt is well to be up before daybreak,
for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.โ€



Right now, the house is still. Outside, the world remains dark for this mild October morning. I am sitting in the dimly lit, quiet kitchen of our home, holding my baby son wrapped up in my arms … in the distance, I can hear our three roosters crowing to gradually awaken the household … the only other sound is the steady ticking of our old cuckoo clock, hung firmly on the wall beside the kitchen pantry. And the occasional sweet baby sigh …



Before Loyal was born, I was unsure how I would keep my morning routine of getting up early.ย  I’m not sure if I have ever posted details on this, but I decided to be an daily early riser about 2 years ago.ย  I was never one to sleep in as my parents trained their children to get up on time, even if it was Saturday, and that training stuck with me like a sticky burr on your favorite shoe. However, in my early years as a mother, I was a night owl, doing most of my photography work in the late evenings. Over time, that changed, my workload shifted and eventually I realized getting up before the family was a wiser idea. I have always treasured getting up early, but was making it more of a priority over the past few years. It would be my time for my devotions, a cup of coffee or tea, some quiet before the rush of the morning in our busy household.

Thankfully, even with a newborn, it is still working out to get up earlier than the household. I simply bring Loyal downstairs with me and snuggle him in my arms. It is so pleasant. There have been a few chilly mornings where we started up the cookstove, but so far the weather has stayed very warm and pleasant for October. The smell of bread rising, a sip of hot coffee and the taste of the Good Word is a splendid way to start another day.


It has been two weeks today since our sweet baby boy, Loyal, was welcomed into our arms. I can only wish to slow down time and yet I still want to embrace every moment of each stage in our family’s life.

On Sunday, we walked into church as a family of 10 for the first time. Generally, our church is welcoming of new babies and so there, of course, was a sweet reception from many lovely church go-oers. One precious elderly friend of mine, Mrs. White, who always stops to say hello to all the children every Sunday morning, sent us a beautiful card in the mail to welcome Baby Loyal, along with a gift certificate to buy diapers. I thought that was so precious – she certainly did not need to do that and she would see us at church in person, however – she took the time to mail us a note and a gift. I was certainly blessed.

Many of our friends – and my mother and mother in law included – have supplied incredible dinners, which has been such a blessing. I am grateful for this loving community. Having muffins and meals and granola and homemade yogurt dropped off has been such fun for the children – and it truly has helped me out with my work load. It is such a lovely way to bless a family.

Loyal is proving to be a very content, calm baby. He is happy snuggled in my baby wrap or held tightly in loving arms. I am able to do a lot of things while still holding a baby, which is fantastic! A friend came to visit and after a while, her arms were so tired and sore from holding Loyal. I can skip the gym membership and hold my babies instead – ๐Ÿ˜‰ – it works some muscles I never knew about!


P.S. The girls helped me make a triple-sized batch of sugar cookies, as we were invited to a friend’s home for an Autumn sugar-cooking-decorating tea.

The older girls cut out apples, pumpkins, bunny rabbits and biscuit shapes for our cookie stash.

We will walk over tomorrow (as they are our new neighbours – another blessing!) with our wagon loaded with sugar cookies and super excited little girls.


Here is the recipe:

Autumn Spice Sugar Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
ยฝ tsp. salt
ยฝ tsp. ground cinnamon
ยผ tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. allspice
ยฝ cup sugar
ยฝ cup light brown sugar, packed
2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and spices in a medium bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar and butter.ย  Blend in the egg and vanilla. ย 

Mix wet and dry ingredients.
Form the dough into a ball or disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
ย Chill until firm, at least 30-60 minutes.
Roll out and cut out shapes. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Decorate when cool.




October 7, 2017 - 4:50 pm

Gigi - Stacy, thank you for the encouragement!
Our clothes are randomly bought – thrift store, used on ebay, etc. I am always looking for pretty dresses and flowerly fabrics. They are a favorite in this household. The skirt I am wearing, however, was new and came from Modest Apparel USA. It is incredibly comfortable! Here is the link:

October 7, 2017 - 6:55 am

Stacy Dick - I look forward to each post. The pictures are gorgeous!!!!! Love your outfit in the outdoor pictures. Where do you buy your and your daughters clothes?

October 6, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Gigi - Chris, so lovely to hear from you! I was just thinking of you – wondering if your boys and you would be up for building a skating rink (I heard they were talented in this are!) this winter on the Gauthier homestead? ๐Ÿ˜€ We must chat!

October 6, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Gigi - Bobbie, before baby it was 4:30 a.m. to wake up, but now it’s more practical to wake up at 5 a.m. This leaves two hours to get dressed, have a coffee or tea, read the Bible and then start breakfast or another chore for the morning. Sometimes, I can start the dough for bread or get dinner into the crockpot. I always do laundry in the night so if there is time, I will hang out my laundry load. Otherwise, I hang it right after breakfast. The children wake up at 7 a.m. The little girls need my help to get dressed, but I try to have their clothes laid out so there is a bit of practical help for them. They must have their hair done before breakfast and rooms tidied, so that takes a while. We try to eat by 8 a.m. The older girls go outside and do barn chores from 7ish-8 a.m. After breakfast, it’s hustle time to get chores done (again!) before school. Every other day has a second morning chore, so some days we are a bit late to start school… mornings are super busy around here, especially with the animal chores mixed in. I’m sure you understand!

October 6, 2017 - 7:35 am

Chris McCoy - Hey darlin! Loyal looks like he’s fitting into well to your beautiful family. Seeing Lacey making th cookies sure made me smile. What a beautiful young lady she is becoming. They al, are! We miss you so much and truly enjoy your posts. Hugs to all, love and Lessing to all as well! Xoxox. From all us McCoy’s

October 5, 2017 - 11:49 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings - Lovely pictures and such a sweet baby!Do you have a regular time that you get up in the mornings?And what does your mornings usually look like?Are you cleaning and do you try to get breakfast going by a certain time?

October 5, 2017 - 9:53 am

Gigi - You ladies are so cute – it’s funny about my hair – it’s the easiest hairdo to do and it’s my go-to for busy days. I have had someone refer to it as my “bird’s nest”. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It literally takes minutes to fix, thankfully, as I do not have time to “do” my hair much.
Yes, the cookies taste so great – especially with tea!

October 5, 2017 - 8:58 am

Sarah - The pictures of you, your husband and Loyal are so beautiful! I agree with Katy, your hair is lovely! : )

Thank you for sharing your cookie recipe. They sound delicious! What a fun way to spend an autumn afternoon. I bet they smelled wonderful baking!

October 4, 2017 - 2:50 pm

Gigi - Misty, such encouraging words!!! Wow. Thank you. We have our moments where we are NOT precious – but we are human and learning and growing, with myself learning the most along the way!

October 4, 2017 - 12:54 pm

Katy - A beautiful post, as always! ๐Ÿ™‚

Your photos are gorgeous! Your hair is absolutely lovely! I am so happy for you and your family ~ adding children is *such* a blessing! I am glad to hear Loyal is such a pleasant baby as well…that truly helps a mama with busy littles! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a lovely rest of your week!

October 4, 2017 - 12:40 pm

Misty - I just wanted to tell you that your photography makes my heart melt. The images of your precious angel are priceless. Your family seems precious. Your images and writings are truly a testament to the peace that can be found only in our Lord. Thank you for that.

Tiny Brothers

When Lazer (as he is affectionately called) joined our family in December 2015, it was such a surprise. After having six girls in a row, I never imagined we would have a boy. Now, we have two little men in our lives!

And it couldn’t be sweeter. Truth be told, I was afraid to have boys {why? I guess because I was so used to having girls} – but God knew we needed these little men and our hearts have grown to adore these tiny brothers.




We are having fun getting used to our new family size, theย  changing dynamics and the new loosely-followed schedule. My husband started laughing the other day … I turned to him and asked him what he was laughing at …


He looked at me, his eyes twinkling, and said, “How did we end up with so many children?!”

One year at a time, I guess … ๐Ÿ™‚ … our large family was not planned and it was not unplanned. It is God’s doing, truly. Grateful to be on this incredible journey with these children of ours!






October 4, 2017 - 2:51 pm

Gigi - Thank you, Teresa! Hope you are well! Your boys must be so big now!

October 4, 2017 - 2:49 pm

Gigi - Katy, thank you for always being so encouraging.
I have a friend with the same story as yours, although they were able to reverse their decision and God blessed them with three more children. I know this topic is very private and sensitive to many – I do not think, by any means, that having more children makes one holier or closer to God. I do know, however, that He looks at His Lambs as blessings and therefore, I choose to do the same. Your decision to help your friends and mothers is beautiful and shows a servant’s heart.

October 4, 2017 - 1:21 pm

Katy - Lovely photos! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your boys are adorable! I love that God is in control of your family size! My husband and I decided we were done after three children (we were still really young) and now regret it. ๐Ÿ™ I always encourage every couple not to do anything permanent because they *will* regret it. I try to be content with it though and let the Lord use me to help other mamas with littles. My children are 16, 14 and 11 now so and are more independent. We homeschool as well but they do a lot of things on their own….that enables me to get my housework done and then have time to help a friend of mine who has many littles (she reminds me of you…as she and her husband are having as many children as they Lord gives them. They also adopted two girls ages 12 and 7 from foster care.)So it is a blessing to know that the Lord is using me in other ways despite our mistake many years ago (when my husband had a vasectomy).

It is truly a blessing to watch your family grow and hear about your days! Thank you for sharing with us! :o)

October 1, 2017 - 11:25 am

Teresa - Great picture of your boys; and placed in your family exactly where they needed to be… Laz’s hair is sooooo blond…blessings

October 1, 2017 - 1:30 am

Rebecca - Oh my gosh what cuties!!!! I would love to hear how you came to the decision to have a large family. I enjoy hearing other families stories who decided to go against the norm of 2 or less children ๐Ÿ™‚

September 30, 2017 - 5:21 pm

Gigi - Melts my heart indeed! Claire, so nice to hear from you. I think of you often. I hope all is well with your family! ((hugs))

September 30, 2017 - 4:27 pm

Claire - That last picture, oh my goodness, heart melting!!