Jorie and the Gold Key by A.H. Richardson- Review

Have you ever imagined a world parallel to our own? A world in which whimsy and magic are as commonplace as electricity is to us?

Such a place can be found in Jorie and the Gold Key by A.H. Richardson. The second installment in a fanciful seriesJorie and the Gold Key picks up where the first book, Jorie and the Magic Stonesleft off.  Continue reading “Jorie and the Gold Key by A.H. Richardson- Review”

How to Keep Your Sanity When You’re a Mom of Many

The Most CRUCIAL Thing I’ve Learned as a Mom of 11!

I love being a mom of many. It’s that simple. The funny thing is, when I try to tell someone that, they often look at me like I have a third eye. Inevitably, this question always comes up sooner rather than later:

How can you have that many children without going a little insane?

I can’t blame them. Our oldest was an only child for 5 1/2 years, and I remember what used to run through my mind whenever I saw a family with a large number of children.  Continue reading “How to Keep Your Sanity When You’re a Mom of Many”

The Most Counterintuitive Piece of Parenting Advice You’ll Ever Receive

Not looking forward to your kids’ summer vacation? Read on. This simple advice just may surprise you.

As summer break begins or quickly approaches, it’s quite common to hear parents stressed out over this additional time with their kids. Not being acclimated to having their kids home all day, summertime and other school breaks can often be a great source of anxiety for people who just aren’t used to having their kids around all the time.  Continue reading “The Most Counterintuitive Piece of Parenting Advice You’ll Ever Receive”

How to Find One-on-One Time When You’re a Mom of Many

Other than being a wife, being a mom of many is my favorite thing in the world. There’s just nothing like a house full of laughter, noise, and…yes, clutter.

One of the drawbacks of having this number of kids (11 for those who don’t know…) is the number of times I’ve had people insinuate that they feel sorry for my kids because I must never get time alone with them.  Continue reading “How to Find One-on-One Time When You’re a Mom of Many”

7 Reasons School Is Not an Option for My Homeschooled Kids

Last week I published the second of two posts listing the many reasons that I believe homeschooling is better than school.

So, it should come as no surprise to you when I say that, unlike many other homeschooling families, my kids do not have the option of going to school. (At least until they go to college.)

One of the beauties of homeschooling is the freedom for each family to do what is best for them, so I am not in any way denigrating homeschooling parents who always keep the possibility of school on the table. I used to feel the same way. In fact, I actually did send my kids back to school for two years, so maybe that’s why I’m so adamant now about not doing it ever again.  Continue reading “7 Reasons School Is Not an Option for My Homeschooled Kids”

How to Get Your Large Family Out the Door on Time

I’m one of those people who hates to be late for anything. Anything. I would rather be an hour early than five minutes late.

As a mom of many, getting somewhere on time honestly isn’t something I have to think much about. It just happens. Very often- usually at church- other moms will ask me how I’m able to get my huge crew out the door and actually show up early, especially considering the fact that my husband isn’t usually with me.

In case you’re wondering, I don’t have a magic formula. I don’t have a foolproof trick. What I do have is a routine that is simple and consistently helps us to get where we’re going without a problem.

So for all you moms of many out there…  Continue reading “How to Get Your Large Family Out the Door on Time”

Homeschool Mom Confession: I Haven’t Dusted in 2 Months!!

It’s about time I come “clean” about something I’m not very proud of:

I’m terrible at keeping house. Really, really terrible.

Admitting this isn’t something that comes easy to me. In fact, before I started homeschooling, I was a total neat freak. I remember one of my kids bringing home a paper asking about what her parents like to do, and she wrote that her mom likes to clean. Sigh. I was so proud of that.  Continue reading “Homeschool Mom Confession: I Haven’t Dusted in 2 Months!!”

Why in the World Is School Considered Normal?

I haven’t had a good rant in a while, so I thought it was time…

As the summer came to an end last year, I received this in the mail from the cable company:  Continue reading “Why in the World Is School Considered Normal?”

How to Tell the Difference Between Wants and Needs: A Lesson for Today’s Adults

In this age of neverending consumerism, one question I hear over and over again is how our family of 12 manages to live on one incomeI’m going to tell you that it’s not easy, but it isn’t impossible.

I can’t begin to count how many times someone has expressed to me how much they’d love to stay home with their kids to homeschool but simply can’t afford it. I honestly think that most of their concerns are an illusion brought on by a society that highlights possessions over “less glamorous” things, like family.  Continue reading “How to Tell the Difference Between Wants and Needs: A Lesson for Today’s Adults”

A Word to the Wise- You Can’t Have It All

The past few decades, an insidious lie has been repeated over and over again to women in our society- You can have it all!

I don’t know when this falsehood started, or why, but I’m pretty sure it began somewhere in the 1970s when women, en masse, decided to forego homemaking in order to work outside the home.

Don’t worry. This is not going to be a diatribe against working women. I myself have worked outside the home off and on, and, because of that, I know how hard it is.  Continue reading “A Word to the Wise- You Can’t Have It All”