An encouraging post for busy times in our lives.
Large family, Musings, Simplicity

In Defense of Being Busy

"Oh, I'm so busy!" We have a love-hate relationship with being busy, don't we? Wherever we are in life, there are voices that will try to make us feel guilty about it. On the one hand, we have a lot to do. We have families, jobs, responsibilities, hopes, dreams, hobbies. Our days fill up fast.… Continue reading In Defense of Being Busy

How pride and vanity cripple us when we get hit by disaster.
Catholicism, Large family, Musings

Vanity, Faith, and Hard Times: Believing in God’s Love When Everything Goes Wrong

"Eight kids!? Wow, that's great. As long as you can support them, that's great." Preparing for my daughter to be released from the hospital after a long and exhausting week, I was chatting with one of the nurses. Making conversation, she had asked me how many kids we had. I might not have really noticed… Continue reading Vanity, Faith, and Hard Times: Believing in God’s Love When Everything Goes Wrong

Hectic, busy times can be a kind of desert in our lives.
Large family, Moving, Musings, Parenting, Simplicity

A Desert of Busyness

Life gets complicated, sometimes. First off, we did move again, so here we are in a new state. We actually left North Carolina on the very day that we traveled there last year, in an odd, unplanned coincidence. Now, we're in the middle of all the unpacking, the tortuous paperwork, and errands involved with relocating… Continue reading A Desert of Busyness

How our family gets out the door without being late.
Large family, Parenting

How our Family of Ten is (hardly ever) Late

~1~ No, really! Okay, the "hardly ever" is important. We're late now and then (sorry, Becky). But we've developed a routine that seems to work for getting us most of the places most of the time. I can't remember the last time we were late for church or a doctor's appointment. This is not from some personal… Continue reading How our Family of Ten is (hardly ever) Late

Rainy Day Ideas for Bored Kids
Homeschooling, Large family, Parenting

33 Rainy Day Ideas For Bored Kids

(This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links. My opinions are entirely my own. You can see my full disclosure policy here.  Thanks bunches.) Oi, the natives get restless when they are trapped inside! My kids play outside. A lot. They have way too much energy to… Continue reading 33 Rainy Day Ideas For Bored Kids

Fitness, Large family

{SQT} Bronchitis, strep, pneumonia. And some other stuff.

~1~  So October hasn't really been our month.  Unless by "our month," you mean, "our month to get sick over and over again." In that case, yes, it's definitely been our month. I love having a houseful of kiddos, especially these days when I am poignantly aware that some of them are gonna grow up… Continue reading {SQT} Bronchitis, strep, pneumonia. And some other stuff.

Catholicism, Conversion, Large family, The Bookshelf

The New Catholic Bookshelf, vol. 3 – movie edition

(This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links. My opinions are entirely my own. You can see my full disclosure policy here.  Thanks bunches.) Movies! There are some really fabulous movies out there that are wonderful to watch and share with your kiddos. We sometimes enjoy watching… Continue reading The New Catholic Bookshelf, vol. 3 – movie edition

Large family, Moving

{SQT} Moving: the last two weeks in seven quick takes

(This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links. My opinions are entirely my own. You can see my full disclosure policy here.  Thanks bunches.) ~1~ So obviously I can't move and blog...or move and sleep, or move and eat...or move and anything, really...at the same time. After… Continue reading {SQT} Moving: the last two weeks in seven quick takes

Large family, Moving

{SQT} 36 hours of panic in 7 quick takes

Or, how one mom and 8 kids cleaned the whole house in a day and a half, and lived to tell about it. ~1~ Panic This is very important. Almost as important as an extra cup of coffee and the promise of a frappe when we're done. Because when an untidy mom has to get… Continue reading {SQT} 36 hours of panic in 7 quick takes

The simple tricks I use to feed breakfast to 10 people without losing my mind.
Large family, Simplicity

Breakfast for 10: Simple Tips to Feed a Crowd without Losing Your Mind

I love to cook. It's really one of my favorite things to do. And it seems a little ironic that now that I have so many people to cook for, I have so little time to do it. I've got 10 people eating most of their meals at home; I have to simplify. Especially when… Continue reading Breakfast for 10: Simple Tips to Feed a Crowd without Losing Your Mind