So I’ve mentioned this before, but maybe you’ve forgotten that I am a mom of many. Many talents? Yes. Many degrees? Only one. Many children? Oh yea! We have been blessed and given charge of 8 wonderful little people. Our oldest is six and the youngest is 11 months. In the six years between our first and last, we have managed to fit in 2-five year olds, 2-four year olds, and 2-two year olds. You read that right…
Three sets? That’s usually what we hear right after “Are there twins?” We get so many questions from curious people from the encouraging to the downright rude. One question that I get the most is “How do you do it?” Many moms profess that they can’t handle one or two children. They couldn’t imagine what life is like with this many young children.
Well I want to answer that pressing question that I get very often. My normal response is “By the grace of God.” Oh how true this is for me! There’s not one thing that I can take credit for when it comes to my family of many. I give all glory to God.
There’s one thing I have found true however. I have learned that being a mom of many is exactly like being a mom of a few. I was once a mom of one cute little baby girl not too long ago. I was overwhelmed and tired, and I had no clue what I was doing (still don’t sometimes lol). I couldn’t imagine having 8 babies age six and under. What I’ve learned is as mothers (or parents) regardless of how many children you have we all do the same thing. We take care of our children.
That’s it. No magic. No fancy ideologies. We as parents do that everyday. We don’t know what we will face with our children. What sorrows or joys each day brings. We wake each morning, and we handle one issue at a time. One meal. One diaper change. One lesson. One hug. That’s how we as parents make it through each day with one child or with ten. We take it one experience, one moment at a time.
So, to answer that question that I hear so often. There are no secrets. No fancy schedules. There’s nothing I do as a mom of 8 that a mom of 2 doesn’t do. I just do it more times during the day. I’m just a woman who’s been changing diapers for six years straight. I spend lots of time in the kitchen (lots and lots of time). And I am sick of potty training.
However, I’m also a woman who gets to love, hug, and teach her little ones all day. I know exactly what’s being sown into their minds, bodies, and spirits. As a mother of 8, I now do what I did as a mother of one. I do what I need to do to take care of my family, and I take it one day at a time.
I’m most importantly a follower of Christ by who’s blood we believe there is salvation. We believe in biblical Truth only. Being led by the Spirit of God, we seek to raise our family by that Truth. I am a wife of 7 years, and mom to 8 wonderful children ages 6 years-11 months. We have been homeschooling for 2 years officially (6 if you include preschool). I enjoy music, gardening, and learning to live a healthy, non-toxic lifestyle.