A Solution to Morning Mayhem, With Hilarious Results


With limited funds, surrounded by lots of little people on a hobby farm, I had to discover innovative ways of coping. When I relaxed, often an unusual, creative or even funny solution to a problem popped into my head. I just needed to keep everything in perspective and listen to my own inner voice as…… Continue reading A Solution to Morning Mayhem, With Hilarious Results

Thoughts on Mothering A Large Family


I can honestly say my husband and I are joyful because we answered a particular call to parent a large family of nine children. Many small experiences kept reinforcing the truth; God called each of our children into being with our cooperation. I stumbled blindly at times and then a burst of clarity would shine…… Continue reading Thoughts on Mothering A Large Family

Are They All Yours ?


I laughed when a friend sent me an amusing video, a song composed by a family of 12, sung to the tune of the Christmas carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas”.. . The video is hilarious because it is composed of phrases directed to large families, phrases I have heard for decades.  . You must…… Continue reading Are They All Yours ?

Joyful Chaos: Dining With Eleven


Listen as I struggled to gather my crew every night for a family meal. “Oh good, you’re done barn chores. Perfect timing; dinner is almost ready.” “Two more minutes, everybody!” “Joseph I’ll help after we eat, okay?” “Mary, please run up and open Jean’s door and shut off the music.” ‘Dinner is ready!” “Grace, I…… Continue reading Joyful Chaos: Dining With Eleven

“Don’t Let the Dog In and Don’t Let Daniel Out!!”


Life was especially chaotic after the birth of our eighth and ninth children because everyone was still fourteen and under. It was difficult to keep a sharp eye out for my new bundle of energy.  Daniel was a real handful as a baby and a little kid. With his little eyebrows lifted up in surprise, his… Continue reading “Don’t Let the Dog In and Don’t Let Daniel Out!!”

Help: I’ve got 5 Older Sisters


When you live with five older sisters you might as well have six mothers. The school bus was not scheduled to pull up for another twenty minutes. Six-year old Rebecca, my youngest child, needed both hands to yank the old, heavy kitchen door open, desperately attempting a quick escape for some free time before school.  As the door… Continue reading Help: I’ve got 5 Older Sisters

Want a Laugh? Take a Peek Into Our House…


Come take a peek into our house a few years ago because in a family of eleven, everything is a Big Deal. . Imagine twenty-two pieces of bread lined up in two rows on the table. Each sandwich is made with a particular person in mind because I did want them to actually eat the sandwiches at… Continue reading Want a Laugh? Take a Peek Into Our House…