Us + 3 friends
I always wanted to have a large family. I used to read stories in Reader’s Digest of large families and get excited. I thought I’d grow up and become a teacher and a missionary. I get to do both at home, teaching my kids and reaching out in ministry with them.
My husband and I like to tell people that we met in jail. After a few heartbeats, we tell them we were in prison ministry together and started dating a few months after meeting. My husband is crazy and won my heart quickly. He loves to laugh and makes me laugh. And he loves Jesus as much as I do.
When my first was just 6 months old I learned that I would become a mom a second time. I sat on the couch holding her, hyperventilating. Feeling ridiculous for being frightened, I turned to scripture and read Proverbs 31:25 “and she laughs at the days to come.” Peace filled me instantly and I wrote this verse on a card and posted it on the front of my fridge to be reminded of God’s promise daily. I never was overwhelmed by fear of a pregnancy again. I believe that motherhood is a vocation, and have given my whole heart to it. I have always been proud of my calling.
And still the kids make their own decisions. I have spent many nights awake worrying about my kids, and many hours praying for them. I have fought for them. As they leave the house my call is to continue to pray for them, that they can find their way in the dark back to the light. St. Monica, pray for us!
A FEW FUN FACTS
we have 11 children on earth and 3 more in heaven
our oldest is 24 and our youngest is 10
we have 6 boys and 5 girls
we have been homeschooling for 20+ years
still homeschooling the 3 youngest girls
3 boys in the local high school
5 kids currently live away from home
some leave, some come home
our oldest is married
we have 2 granddaughters
we live in a small town with a great community
our house used to be our church’s rectory
our house has 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
this year we are married 25 years
the kids and I run a fudge business