• 7 Positive Steps to Take for Your Marriage While You Are Pregnant

    As I waddled around Target, pregnant with baby #6, all I could think about was ‘When am I going to have my body back?’ My feet ached, I couldn’t sleep well, and indigestion commonly came to visit. But pregnancy doesn’t come without its perks. When people saw me coming, the moved out of the way, opened doors for me and told me how good I looked pregnant. As someone who likes the limelight, I relished the praise and attention. What (or should I say ‘who’) most people forget when they notice a pregnant woman is the figure behind her…carrying the bags, lifting the heavy objects and giving the occasional, but much-needed…

  • The Truth About Working at Home as a Supersized Family Mom

    Working at home with all the other chores moms are responsible for is sheer insanity. My WAHM life is not pretty. It’s not perfect. And some days I wonder if it’s even worth it. My Schedule: 10am-11am: Wakeup, eat, coffee, Bible(ish) time, feeding people 11am-12pm: Who knows? 12pm-4pm: Start homeschooling 4 of the 6 kids 4pm-5pm: Avoiding the kids at all cost, showering, brushing teeth (I’m not even kidding) 5pm-6pm: Dinner as kids binge watch YouTube 8pm: Kids in bed (at least I hope!) 8pm-9pm Convincing children to stay in bed 9pm-4am: Work The Truth About Schedules Schedules are a bit of a farce, even mine. Any moment is interrupted by a dirty diaper…

  • How to Reach Your Personal Goals as a Supersize Family Mom

    I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to make time for my own personal goals. How can you do other stuff when you are a mom, wife, homemaker, employee? It seems impossible, right? By the time I get the kids in bed, and get the hubby…um, you know and the house cleaned, I have only a little time just for me.  Does anyone else experience this? It feels like every single second of our lives has to be accounted for in order to keep our proverbial ducks in a row! UGH! Remember Evie from Out of this World? It was an 80s sitcom where the character would press the…

  • Things I Give Every New Mom I Know

    I’ve been a “new” mom for the last fourteen years! When I find out someone is having a baby, I like to bless them with a few unexpected gifts so they will have a survival kit for those crazy first days! Whether it’s for a baby shower or not take it from this mother of seven these are must-haves, for any new mom. These also work for Mother’s Day (for you dads out there who don’t know what to get your lady!) I know there are the traditional Mother’s Day presents like a new camera (for capturing baby) or a new electronic device (to post all those beautiful mommy-isms on…

  • How to Deal with Guilt When You Lose Your Temper with Your Kids

    I’ve locked myself in the closet. Don’t ask me to come out, because I don’t want to. Not after today. Not after all the failure. With seven more weeks to go in this sixth pregnancy I’m maxed out. Too many children. Too much housework. Not enough sleep (thanks to huge belly). A mysterious pregnancy-related UTI that won’t go away and a head cold. I’m done, God. Thanks. My eldest crumpled her sister’s artwork in anger. That’s when I lost it on my kids. Slamming doors. Voice at the top of my lungs. All because of a crumpled paper. But to me it was soooo much more. I work so hard to keep my…

  • Big Family Moms Are Not Saints

    “You must be one of those saints,” my aunt said to me. Maybe she said it because I was calmly disciplining my toddler. Maybe because I am pregnant with my sixth child. Or because she only has one child that is currently battling some adult-sized demons. In any case, I just stared at her for a minute because SHE. IS. MY. AUNT. I mean, this woman has known me at my worst. First, as a snotty toddler, then as a back-talking kid and finally as a drug-addicted teenager. What was she thinking? Saint? Not me. “I talk sweetly when I’m angry because it elicits fewer tantrums,” I finally reply. I…