Dishes are never done. Toys are never picked up. Shoes are never put away. Socks are never found. And despite my very best efforts, there are always stepped on cereal remnants under our kitchen table AND teeny tiny LEGO pieces that manage to make there way all over our house. Picking my battles, folks. Can’t win at everything.
I think my life can be summed up by one question and one easy answer :
“Uh, miss... Are ALL of those kids yours?” “Yup!”
I created this blog back in 2014, with the hopes of giving a “Day in the Life” peak into our then, family of 6. But it turns out I am terrible at the upkeep of a blog (much like my failure to maintain my hairstyle). I have cycled through periods of writing, discernment whether I am supposed to be writing, wondering what should I write about and then being too busy to write because life. I have had two more babies since starting this blog! All that resulted in me abandoning this tiny corner of the internet. Yes, I am an over thinker as well as a procrastinator.
In a nutshell, I married my high school sweetheart (the first boy I ever dated) at the baby age of 21 (seriously, so young by, today’s standards at least). I am a cradle Catholic and he is a Catholic convert. He’s the calm and I’m the crazy. Over the years we have grown in love for our faith and our desire to live it with more intention and passion. I can’t possibly say enough wonderful things about the mister, so I will spare you the sappy part of this message. But I will say, the man never looks so good as when he is serving the Church he loves, or wearing one of our babies in in the baby carrier. Also he’s an amazing cook. I know, I am spoiled. Even my mother reminds me of this.
When we were newly engaged and talking about starting our future family someday, the conversation went something like this:
“How many kids do you think we should have?”
“I don’t know... two? Nah, that feels to small.”
“Four? Can we handle four?”
“Eesh... how about we have at least a few and see how it goes?”
Goal setting experts over here. 😂 Despite me having a PCOS diagnosis as a teen, infertility and told I would likely never get pregnant... here we are 6 beautiful children later, thanking God for the grace to keep saying yes to His plan for our family. Their existence is a miracle and God choosing me to be their mother is a daily reminder of His overwhelming goodness.
The most recent addition to our family absolutely stole our hearts with his extra chromosome. He is everything we never knew that our family needed, and sometimes I still can’t believe he gets to be ours. He is pure love and joy, straight from the source— God’s very heart. We truly are one of #TheLuckyFew to be his parents and be a part of the amazing, fierce-loving, Down syndrome family.
My hope is for this space to be a place where I can share about faith, family, being a special needs parent, the hilarious things our kids say (or the ridiculous things they do), our adventures of 8 people traveling in our motor home together, and coming soon... adventures in homeschooling. We really have no idea what we are doing so it should be a crazy, exciting and challenging year full of surprises.
Thank you for being here.
Love + blessings,