Think Before You Listen

Think Before You Listen

A short word to the wise:  if you want advice about an area of life, find someone who has achieved what you are aiming for.      In general, don’t take marriage advice from people who complain about their spouse, parenting advice from people with unhappy, out-of-control children, and homeschooling advice from people who assure…

Having Twelve Children

Having Twelve Children

  “It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times…” So begins Charles Dickens’ epic novel A Tale of Two Cities.    I could relate.  Having four children under the age of four was both joyous and draining.   My first pregnancy had ended in miscarriage.  Heartbreak and months of infertility, surgery…

What Happens When Mom is Gone

What Happens When Mom is Gone

What Happens When Mom is Gone by Charlotte Siems This photo shows what happens when your older brother spent last summer in Colorado and is now babysitting you during Christmas break from college.   Things happen when Mom is gone. For the most part our older children have been trustworthy and responsible when the younger…