Friday, September 24, 2010

"How do you do it?"

   I have 5 children age 7 and under.  I get asked his question every time I leave my house.  I may look like I have it altogether as I walk into the pediatrician's office with a sleeping baby in her car seat, a toddler on my hip and 3 more holding hands and filing in behind me. 

   The truth is:  I'm freaking out on the inside.  I know that at any moment that sweet little baby will want her milk NOW, the toddler is staking out his escape route and the older ones will need to use the bathroom...right after we left the bathroom...for the 3rd time.  In the midst of my own crazy life I have strangers reminding me that I have a lot of children because I some how must have missed that.  Then the questions start...

I don't do it all.  At the moment there are Cheerio landmines all over my kitchen floor and laundry left to stink in the washer.  My oldest didn't do his math today and I haven't even thought about dinner.  Some days are better than others.

Having a larger family, I've found that we need to live our life a little bit differently than the average sized family.  And I am constantly trying to find what works for us.  It's a work in progress, but I think that's why I'm here, to share my little bits of wisdom that I've learned along the way, to make this crazy life just a little less...crazy.  I'm striving for simplicity in all things.


  1. I love this post - I too have 5 children, spread a bit farther apart (14 years to 2 years):D I actually didn't think I had a big family until #5 came because I am the oldest of 10. Just keep reminding yourself, when it is hard, "This two shall pass!" It will get easier as they can all start finding their own shoes. Most of the battle is to just keep trying and moving forward and it sounds like you have this in abundance! God bless you and your family!

  2. This is a great post! I'm pregnant with our second kid, and sadly, our last (unless adoption/fostering becomes an option), but I love to see families with many blessings and wish we could have more. Being a mommy is hard, and I don't know a mom who doesn't struggle with it, no matter how many kids she has. I'm not walking in your shoes, but I'm that chick in the waiting room that is cheering you on. :) (and I have Cheerio land mines, laundry, and better than other days, too)

    Thanks for your blog. It is a new favorite.


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