Originally Posted by badwolf092087
Did you always think you were going to have a big family, or has it just happened over the years? And will this new baby be your last? I love the idea of a big family, and give you so much credit!
Originally Posted by sweetface
Yes, I was thinking the same thing as Badwolf, if having a big family is something you always planned on.
Like, did you dream of having many children when you were a kid yourself?
I have always thought lots of kids sounded like lots of fun. When I was a kid I was always fantasizing about having lots of siblings. I just have my brother, 6 years younger. The moment I hit puberty my heart began squealing "babies! I want lots and lots of babies!!"
I was never in a healthy enough relationship to realize my dream. I did run my own childcare for many years though.
Then, finally, at the age of 30 God finally placed my now husband and I in each others' paths (I already had my 2 oldest children). That husband of mine was made just perfectly for me. â¤ď¸ He's made all my lifelong dreams of a large family and a farm in the country come true. And he's my best friend in the whole world.
We often smile and joke about how it's too bad we couldn't have met sooner, we might have had a dozen children.
I would say its likely one more new family member may be sent our way.... I'll be nearly 41 when this one comes. It's a very complex subject for me that I could write a novel about, so I'll just leave it at that.
Originally Posted by apeydef
we have a lot in common other than farming lol. I also love books/blogs/message boards on faith related topics..... and the Duggars. They are such an inspiration.
Can't wait to read your blog!!
I've gained an Enormous amount of inspiration from the Duggar family. Life changing. I'm so grateful that they've been willing to open their lives up to the public, risking all the mean and terrible criticism they get.
Originally Posted by KatelynRose
I am so inspired by your life! How long did it take you and your husband, after realizing your dreams of living on a farm, to actually get set up on some rural land? JB and I would love to be where you guys are within the next ten years, so I'm looking for an extra dose of hope by knowing someone else has made it work. We've been scoping out land and saving money.. We aren't too picky, just trying to find somewhere we can be sustainable. Would you have any tips for people like us?
Well, it was 7 yrs after we met that we left city life forever and moved to a 20 acre rental near here. A yr later we bought our homestead. We had a several yr delay in moving from our city house due to stupid complications with the housing crash. We have 10 acres, surrounded by a zillion more unused gorgeous acres. Some advice from me would be: look for foreclosed properties, and look as far away from cities as you can manage. Ours was a HUD foreclosure way out in the boonies and cost under 90k if you can believe it.
Originally Posted by Bracha04
What is the most helpful parenting advice you were ever given?
Probably just this: that children are a blessing. They are a gift sent directly to us, to bless us. They're not an inconvenient accident. Any struggles I have in parenting are a blessing to my growth and maturity in this life. They are treasures I will hold with me always, long after all my material possessions rust and rot and disappear. â¤ď¸
Originally Posted by randic116
I love that you grow all your own food, we are working towards that as well, but finding it a slow process.
my question is, how many acres do you have, and what is your favorite farm chore? Also, what is your favorite book of all time? The one you constantly reference or read over and over again.
Growing your food is a wonderful goal.
We have 10 acres, and I'm really not sure what my favorite farm chore is... I really just enjoy the crazy busy farm life in general! Our favorite and very most referenced book by far: Carla Emory's Country Encyclopedia. There is just no comparison! After that I'd have to recommend everything Backwoods Home magazine has ever published. Great articles about homesteading by regular ol' people that are actually doing it. đ
Originally Posted by girlspn
What is it like with so many kids? Do you ever feel stressed with rural living (vs city living)?
Life with lots of children is loud, busy, hilarious, bursting with activity all day every day, totally fun, totally exhausting, and totally fulfilling. Thankfully they only come one at a time every couple yrs., there is plenty of adjustment time after each.
For me personally, city life equals stress. Country life (for me) equals peace, beauty and tranquility. â¤ď¸