I discovered that giving birth and dying are not that different and life and death are not as far apart as I had once presumed. Exactly three years ago, I finally became cognizant of how thin the line between life and death really is when I nearly lost one of my daughters as she struggled to give birth. During labour, she almost bled out … Continue reading A Near-Death-Experience
It is a simple fact; there is no better way to form deep relationships and a sense of family unity than conversation over a home-cooked meal, then sharing a good movie afterward. It was our large family’s version of going out for dinner and a movie in town. Life around our dinner table was relaxed and happy because I allowed my children to behave in … Continue reading Family Fun: Dinner and a Movie at Home? Yup!
Raising children is not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power, and wealth. Continue reading Motherhood- A Feminist Career Choice
I was recently inspired by Christian movie company Pure Flix, to discuss an experience that I would like to share with a loved one, so they might better know how to handle it if they were ever faced with something similar. These experiences are often referred to as “teachable moments” or valuable lessons. So here is just one example of a teachable moment about letting … Continue reading Unpaired Socks, Teachable Moments and Pure Flix
Society’s Reaction To Large Families A few years ago, when a journalist interviewed me for an article on Mother’s Day, she asked me if I ever regretted not using my degree to pursue a career. I simply stared at her in shock for a few moments, my mind blank. “No”, I finally stuttered, “the thought never entered my mind.” It was then the journalist’s turn … Continue reading Reclaiming Motherhood
Last year, one of my daughters, who was finishing up an Honours Degree in Religion and applying to Teacher’s College, asked me what I thought were the attributes of an effective teacher for her application. When I considered effective teachers, I immediately thought about effective mothers. One of the best ways to learn how to mother and teach is to remember both the good and … Continue reading Effective Mothers Remember What It Is Like to be Small
The characteristic I like most about myself is I can always laugh, even in the middle of a disaster. I find this tendency is the key to my sanity, although some people might question my sanity when I laugh so hard that I almost fall off my chair. I laugh at myself, my nine children and my husband. Perhaps I hide a sadistic streak. The times I have laughed the hardest … Continue reading The Key To Sanity