We have been a "family of 18" for a few days now. We have managed to get 6 kids ready and off to school, dressed,fed and entertained 3 toddlers and homeschooled the others. Today, we were excited to "sleep in"...umm, yeah...not possible with all these kids! So, a big Saturday breakfast was in order. We made tons of French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and cooked cinnamon apples. After Breakfast, we dressed 6 little ones,played Just Dance 4, painted a bunch of tiny little fingernails (it felt like 900 but in reality it was only 6 little girls and 60 fingers), took 11 kiddos to the movie and for ice cream while most of the teens opted for bowling, gave billions of baths (really only 8), fixed dinner and got the Krew fed, and now all but the teens are in bed. Tomorrow, I AM looking forward to rising before the sun comes up...I AM! Yes I am, I am!....trying to convince myself here... as this momma is not an early morning person. There are several more showers to be taken (namely the teens) because we overtaxed the hot water heater tonight. We have several princesses that will need help with their bows and gowns for church. There will be a lot of coaxing
In all of the chaotic, sane and not so sane, mess, there is lots of fun, love and "familyness". It is a marvel to watch as all these kiddos interact with one another. I love to watch them as they pair up with their playmates/siblings and just enjoy being little children. The house is full of noise, laughter(tons of giggles), and singing. Oh How I love being a mom to many!
Praising the Lord for wonderful, terrific, beautiful children and the LOVE of large families! We look forward to our continued adventures over the next 10 days or so, and we hope that you will enjoy following along.
If you like adoption stories (like I do), you can follow this families journey to bringing baby K home at www.k6comehome.blogspot.com.
As I reread my blog, it seemed to me that my words could be interpreted as bragging. That was never my intention! I am in awe of the way moms of many operate their homes and family (and Ms Connie is AMAZING at this!...and she works outside her home as well). I am learning so many things to take home with me about organizing and maintaining sanity amongst the chaos. Further, I am sure that all moms (especially of large numbers of kids) do all that they can do only by the strength of our Lord Jesus. It is All for His Glory!