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The Deal

So this is the deal…. We are a family with seven kids…(uh huh I know)… some I pushed out and some I went and pulled out of Guatemala.( I know, I know I have heard that before) This is a space that I can document an experiment I am currently running on my kids. Nothing crazy…unless you think eating organic and raising our own eggs is crazy… and if that is the case, frankly don’t read any further because we do other crazy things like birth babies in bedrooms, watch minimal tv, eat gluten free, grow a garden and do other “crunchy” things that might get caught in your teeth. Then the sun goes down and I grab a cold glass of milk and three chocolate chip cookies and watch Housewives on Bravo and text my sister…. (oh so we probably can hang out together)
But actually the experiment that I am running has to with my kids, all seven… and seven more kids. The other seven come from Guatemala and are through Compassion International and we are sponsoring them. I want to see what the interaction between my seven and those seven is…how it shapes them… how it helps it can help all of us.

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  1. June 27, 2011 2:35 pm

    When I had seven kids we grew our own veggies and raised chickens for eggs too…then my husband changed his position and now I’m in a parsonage with the blessing of a gym next door. Still growing some veggies in flowerbeds but missing my chickens and eggs. …and now I have eight children. Wheee…

  2. September 9, 2011 12:27 pm

    SMILE! Love it! I am an artist. But first I am a mama of 5 (4 on earth, 1 in heaven), who believes in many of the things you just wrote about.

    I don’t talk about it a lot on my blog, but I home birth (when I could), we have a modest veg. garden, would love to have chickens (but it can’t happen right now), we cloth diaper, homeschool, and haven’t had TV (gasp) for over two years now.

  3. September 30, 2011 2:48 pm

    Our compassion is from Guatemala too!

    • September 30, 2011 3:20 pm

      Wow that is something.
      We chose the country because we have been there a few times and we have adopted from there back in the day.

      • October 28, 2011 1:25 pm

        Our daughter chose her because they are the same age and both have to take care of their pets. My goal one day is to take her there so they can meet

  4. November 1, 2011 8:51 pm

    You have a full and interesting life it sounds like. Good on you for your family experiment with child sponsorship. It will make a difference in your children’s lives I’m sure.

  5. November 23, 2011 8:07 pm

    T, I nominated you for an award. You can read about it at Thank you for being a source of inspiration!

    • November 23, 2011 8:40 pm

      I am dumbfounded and just touched.. you are such a dear heart.
      to say such nice things on your blog.
      just choked up.
      you are such a lovely deer.

  6. Kim permalink
    November 30, 2011 3:17 pm

    Ahhhh… I knew I stumbled upon this blog for some reason… a shared passion for Guatemala! 🙂 It has become my heart’s second dwelling place. Seven years ago I ventured there, rather clueless, to offer my meager help with a Habitat For Humanity Global Village Project and the part of me that returned was forever changed. God knit my heart to the people there and entangled our lives in such a way that I cannot be away for more than 9 months at a time or I begin to go through “labor pains”. I have adopted a little family there as my own, sponsor a child there as well, and lead teams twice a year to do outreach to some of the isolated mountain villages in the Chiquimula region. What area do you visit when yo go?

    • November 30, 2011 6:38 pm

      We are going to go back and we support missionaries…in Guate…our daughters were born there… and all of our 7 Compassion International kids are from Guate…
      we will go back when our youngest is out of diapers….:) (within the next few years)
      Its awesome that you found your way here…
      I love it!

  7. February 29, 2012 10:43 pm

    so glad i stumbled across your words. sweet, thoughtful, others-oriented… i have one son (20 months and currently sick – trying your eucalyptus idea!) and am in awe of other mommas with multiple kids and big hearts. i’m always looking for advice, ideas, and encouragement to live naturally and generously. excited to follow your blog. thx for sharing your thoughts with us.

  8. March 9, 2012 12:35 pm

    Love your blog T … simple, colorful and interesting. Keep up the great work and God bless you and your family.

  9. Boo permalink
    August 23, 2012 7:28 am

    God bless you all . . . Just stumbled across this blog looking at eucalyptus oil remedies and found Him here too! And many other things I love – motherhood, nature, virtue, fellowship.
    Wishing you all of the above!

    • August 23, 2012 8:36 am

      Oh my goodness… thank you for stopping to say hi.
      So many people come in through the Eucalyptus oil post… and I always wish they would stay and hang out a bit.
      So thank you!
      I hope you return.

  10. April permalink
    January 16, 2013 4:16 pm

    I am cracking up!!! I literally stumbled upon this blog through the Pinterest post about Eucalyptus, asked for a word and it was unbelievably accurate, my husband and I have eight children and homeschool them, and God has given me an insatiable desire to homestead. It has been a burden on my heart to the point that I am researching for myself how to raise chickens and cows and how to tend a garden. Crazy I know. I also have to eat gluten free due to hashimotos. I have a heart for abandoned newborns, God spoke to me about that twice in my sleep in high school. I don’t know how that is going to play out, but excited to see what He does. Thanks so much for an awesome blog!!

    • January 16, 2013 4:24 pm

      too funny. Thank you for the compliments… I love when I hear feedback.
      as far as those chickens go.. just get them.. people nowadays make it so much more complicated that it need be…
      I am so glad you found me!

  11. January 17, 2013 2:48 am

    The Guatemala mention in your mini-profile on the side caught mine and my husband’s eye! He was a missionary there for about three years and I went there for a couple weeks on my first mission trip. Our heart was definitely left there and we hope to either one day go back and/or adopt through Guatemala.

    • January 17, 2013 8:04 am

      Oh wow… that’s great. I hooked up with some cool missionaries while I was done there. It is a beautiful place and culture.

  12. February 20, 2013 12:12 am

    Loving your website. So many interesting posts! Glad I “stumbled upon” it (via friend’s FB).

    • February 20, 2013 10:01 am

      So am I!
      thank you so much for checking it out.
      I love your comments 🙂

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