Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Sound off: Let's get to know each other!

I am pondering more perfect versus good enough and more homemaking posts, but those are simmering on the back burner while I hit the sales madly with all the other last minute back-to-school shoppers enjoy my last week before the kids go back to school.

In the meantime, I'd love to hear from YOU!

I have met most of you who regularly comment (a remarkable number of whom have FIVE kids - what's up with that??). But I know there are others of you out there who I will never know unless you SAY SOMETHING!

This is your chance to come out of lurkdom! Whether or not you have a blog, if you are comfortable, whether you are a new friend or an old one, would you please tell me:
  • your name
  • your age
  • number and age range of your kids
  • And just for fun, any topics you'd like to talk about on this blog. No guarantees, but I want to know what's on YOUR heart!
I'll start:

My name is Katherine. I am 41 years old (remember, 40 is the new 30!). I've been married 22 years to Dennis, and we have five kids (not their real names): Allie (almost 14), Neal (12), Libby (9) Annie (6) and Ruthie (3). And as for new topics, I've been thinking a lot about MOTHER GUILT lately. I'm trying to work up the courage to write about it...

Okay, now it's your turn! Don't be shy! Let me hear from you!

(And don't forget, if you check the box, it is easier for me to reply to you...)


Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

(Shhhh, don't tell anyone I'm here - I'm supposed to be nesting!)

I'm Megan and just turned 30 this summer. Fabulous! We have a two and half year old daughter and are anxiously anticipating the arrival of our second daughter in, oh, two weeks or so.
As far as I what I would like to see here, I actually want to encourage you to continue with the topics you write on. I am always, always encouraged by your thoughts on raising godly children and your perspectives on discipline and how it fits into the overall parent-child relationship. I really do consider you a mentor mama and value what you share.

So, no pressure or anything! :) Just keep up the great work you are doing.

MarthaYvette said...

Hi Im Yvette aka Martha (long story why I use both names)lol. I'm 42 stay at home mom to Jake 13, Cole 12 and Cheyenne 9. I actually love all the topics you come up with mother guilt would be a good one.

Love your blog ;)

Jen said...

You already know me...but here goes
I'm Jen.....and I'm 32....married to Scott for 13 years....have 2 chldren Madison 10 and Miller 21 months...I know I waited a long time...had my career in the way.
I do enjoy all your topics....one thing I'm curios about is...with 5 kids how do you stay focused on Dennis? You know what I mean.....Scott and I have only 2 kids and I'm not as focused as I should be. If you want you can delete this comment and comment to me by email..I will understand.
I love all your posts....your great. I look forward to you everyday.

Jenny said...

I just found your blog this week - and it's already been a huge encouragement to me. I'm Jenny, 28, married almost 4 years and mom to a just-turned one year old. The title of your blog caught my attention as it is our hope that God will bless us with five as well. (I know, we'd better get going!!) I would love to hear small steps I can take to begin the home organization and time management that will be so vital to my sanity as God adds more kiddos to our family! (and even if He chooses not to!) I want to be a wise steward of what He has given!

Carrie said...

I'm Carrie...31...married for 6 years...stay-at-home mom to Mara (3), Emily (2), and Becca (11 months). I like hearing about your early mothering years and how you managed with three toddlers.

I totally just felt like I wrote a personal ad!

Thanks so much for all of your encouragement.

Tammi said...

I just found your blog a couple days ago so I'm not really sure if I could be called a lurker yet or not. :)

I'm Tammi. I'm 21 years old. I have 2 little tornados, Hunter is 3 and Tristin is 18 months. I'm 7 months pregnant with our shy #3. We are hoping for a girl but a healthy boy suits us just fine.

I really like reading blogs just about daily life and the musings it brings. I say keep doing what you are doing.


mamashine said...

You've met me already, but I'm still here so I'll chime in. :)

I'm Kelli, 32, married 11 years and mom to Gillian-4 and Luke-5months. I love the topics of this blog and hope you keep on!

And yeah, what Jen said....

Christy. said...

Hi, my name is Christy. I am 30 (30 is the new 20!)
:0) I have three kids, Avery 6, Karsen 3 and Cohen 14 months and now (as of Sunday) we have a 9 week old puppy. In February I will be married 10 years to a wonderful man.
I would probably be considered a lurker, until now! I love reading blogs and enjoy the topics you write on. I love reading topics about organization and how to keep the chaos to a minimum while rasing lots of kids.
Thanks for taking the time to blog. You can check me out at gladheimfamily.blogspot.com

Kether said...

I'm Kether, relatively new to your blog. I will be 35 in Feb and I've been married for almost four years. We have only one son, who is two and a half. We're hoping that we're blessed with more.
I would love more children, but since I have an only child, I get my "big family" fixes by reading blogs with a lot of kids.
I love anything to do with family and home, so just keep on keeping on.

Anonymous said...

I'm Tricia. I'm 26, and I'm not married, but I'm getting married in a little less than 3 months! I can't remember how I found your blog, but I enjoy reading it and just hearing about the ins and outs of family life from the mom's viewpoint. It's made me start thinking about what I want my family to be like.

Thanks for writing! I love reading it!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Ange (short for Angela - duh!), 44yrs and have been married to Joe for over 17 years. Dd, Danie, 13yrs and ds, Pete, 9yrs in one week. I'm originally from Scotland and never wanted to homeschool but God had other plans. After more than 6 years of doing it I'm beginning to feel comfortable in what I'm doing. Another blog I read today addressed the topic of having time for yourself and the inner turmoil we can often feel doing that. Is it selfishness or wisdom? I'd like to read something like that from you. I'm thinking of posting on it myself.
I enjoy your blog - keep it up!

Kim said...

Hi, Katherine!

I'm Kim and am 39 years old....going to be 40 in January.

I have been married for 19 years. We have 4 children ranging in age from 15 down to 2...yes, we had a big skip with no babies and are now enjoying lots of fun interesting aspects of having teenagers and toddlers....we have this in common!! We are in the process of adopting from China, so we will have 5 one day,too!!!

Your blog was one of the first I read...I found you quick and thought we had a ton in common! I love your sister's blog,too! You are both beautiful women with lots of wisdom and encouragement!

It is great to be your blogging friend!

JMR said...

Hello! My name is Jami (22) married to my husband Joe (23) for 3 1/2 years. I am a stay at home mom to our son Joey (2 1/2) who is an absolute miracle... (long pregnancy, born early, etc.) I have read your blog off and on for a few weeks but always get so blessed that I leave and forget to comment because I'm deep in though!! :) I love how that you write about your frustrations when your kiddos were smaller because it shows me that I'm not some "evil" mother for getting frustrated when my son acts up or something all day!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi!I'm Michelle,38years old, SAHM
of 7 children(ranging in ages from
11yrs.to 6weeks old)I've been married to my wonderful husband for
13 years. Katherine,your blog is
such an encouragement to me.Thank
you!I would love to hear about how
you keep your marriage a priority,
handling the kids schedules and be-
ing a role model to your kids(es-
pecially your girls.)Please know
that your blog makes a difference!!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm Jen and I'm 25 years old, married to Shaun for 4 of them, and together we have a hilarious 19 month old.

We're hoping to end up with a pile of kids one day.

Emily (college aged 19 y/o at W. in Chicago), sent me your way long ago!

I love reading about your early days, but I'd love to see something about how you budget.

Jill said...

I am Jill, 36 years old.

I have been married 15 years to my best buddy.

We have 5 kids; Emma 13, Eli nearly 11, Eden 9, Evie 6 and Ella 18 months.

I love checking in on your blog each day and see what your up to and what your thinking about.

I am learning lessons lately on how to handle things when my kids are disappointed in things. Not everyday things but when people wrong them and they suffer. It is much easier to deal with disappointment when it just effects me - not my kids. Don't mess with my kids. God is asking me, are you still going to handle this the right way...hmmm, let me get back to you on that one.

Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Jenny and I'm a 31 year old mom to three kids. They are 7, 5, and 3. I have been married to my high-school sweetheart for 9 years. I absolutely love your blog. You have such wisdom about motherhood and family relationships. You are very practical and also very real. These early years with the kids is hard and I always feel encouraged by your writing. I would love to hear something about how you keep them organized (especially with school coming up!). Thank you for letting the Lord shine through your blog!

Christin said...

Hey! Christin here. 30 years. Mom of three girls. 4, 3, and 5 months. And hopefully more little ones to come.

I'd love to hear whatever God lays on your heart. That's the good thing about blogs...same God giving different pieces of stuff to everyone. :) I actually also wrote one on guilt not too long back: Guilt the outdated garment. take a look, if you like.

Love reading your stuff... :)

Sherri@NoiseOverload said...


Not that you NEED an introduction from me, but I've posted one on my site.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Rebecca. Married 18 years, 5 kids from 15 on down to our youngest who is 4. We adopted her 6 months ago from China. Hi to the other China adoption mom out there :)

I like your blog because it is "messy", just like my life. Never perfect, always honest.

I love when you deal with heart issues, how to keep on track spiritually.

I'd also like to hear your thoughts on keeping our husbands a priority. I'm looking for a good book or Bible study on that subject.

Thanks for your blog. I've been reading for quite a while, and enjoy it so much.

Dena said...

Hi! Triple love your blog, lots of wisdom and honesty here - that's what I keep coming back for. I'm Dena, just turned 37. Married for 11 yrs to my Scott. 3 kids in all: 2 homegrown, 1 adopted 6 months ago from China(most amazing experience ever). They are Hunter(7), Ella(4.75), and Piper Grace (16 months).
I've enjoyed reading everyone else's intro.'s today.

Sara at Miller Moments: said...

I could totally be considered a lurker. And I do apologize for that - but I have been reading you for a year now - and enjoying every minute of it - just never feel like I have all that much interesting to say...

With that said, however, my name is Sara - I am 30 with 3 kids and a hubby - kids are Shira, 6 - Tobin, 4 - and Micah, 5 months. Hubby is 10 years older than me!

To be perfectly honest, I'd love to hear from someone who doesn't think they're married to Mr. Perfect. Sometimes blogdom gets depressing to me, because everyone is a perfectly happy, albeit busy or messy, Christian with a husband they just adore who also worships the ground they walk on. And although my DH and I are both committed Christians...our marriage is far far far from perfect. I guess what I would appreciate most is some HONESTY from someone who has also been down that road, but has lived through it and can relay to us that there is real HOPE for a future the way God planned.

You have eluded to trials in the beginning of your marriage, I guess it would be helpful to hear more about that...

Devra said...

When you get brave and blog about mother guilt, let us know. We'll grant you immediate absolution!

-J said...

I'm Judith, 36, and single. I'd love to hear practical ways singles have blessed your family in the different seasons of your family life.

Jenny Froh said...

I'm Jennifer. I'm 37. I have 3 boys (7 1/2, 6, 4 1/2). My blog is www.pearstreetstudios.typepad.com. I was brought her by Kimberly of My Pink Boutique. I own a preschool, am a graphic designer and sell invitations. Anything else? I think that's enough for now! :)
Nice to meet you!

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

I am faithful chick (sorry, no real names). 31-years-old and married with three boys, ages 9, 7 and 4. I love your blog and I think I feel a kinship with you because I am the oldest of four kids. I know what it is like to grow up in a big family, so I can relate to your stories. Loving the topics of homemaking and the roles of a wife/mother. Oh - about the guilt thing - someone once told me that mommmy guilt is a pseudo guilt. It's a guilt that has no real purpose and can be sinful when we take it to far. I would love to hear what you have to say on that. Thanks for this bloggy ministry!

Anonymous said...


NoName here - SAHM to Scout (7) and Lily (4), adopted from China. I'm 44 years old, have been married 20 years. As you can see, we waited a long time for kids. Planning to adopt again - as many as my husband will allow :-)

As we're planning to have a larger family, I love any info on family organization, sibling relationships, coping with noise and/or chaos.

Can't remember now how I came across your blog, but I've been checking it every day for the past month or so.

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

I'm Jennifer and I'm 36. I've been married to my Sweetie for 15 years and we have 5 children. Son S. (about to be 13); Son C. (about to be 11); Daughter M. (8); Son A. (3); and Daughter K. (15months.) I enjoy your blog because you also have five and I need all the encouragement I can get - especially on training up children with such varying ages. I look forward to your posts on being "good enough." In addition to telling myself, "Just do the next thing," I have also recently begun saying, "good enough is good enough!" Thanks for your encouragement.

Marc and Charity said...

I'm Charity, just turned 30 in January and have been married for 9 years! We have 2 girls- Cerys is almost 3 and Bailey is 14 months. We are from DFW, Texas but live overseas now. I don't have any topics in mind, just keep 'em coming! :)

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Katherine, This has been great to get to know all of your "fans" he he! I'll have to go and "meet" some of them.

I turned the big 3-0 in December! I have 3 kiddos right now - K is 4; T is soon to be 3 on Sat. and D is 7 months.

I love all you have to share with us. You are an amazing woman, so honest, genuine and true. I have no face to face mentor at the time and consider you someone who "fills" that position in my life.

Oh - we just celebrated 8 years of marriage.
Enjoy reading all of the ideas!

Anonymous said...

I'm Robin. I'm in my early 30s. We have 4 kids: Mariposa, who just turned 5, Charlie, 3 1/2, Angela, 3, and Star, 7 months.
(BTW, none of those are real names because we have foster kids.)
I'm always interested in discipline schedule posts, because I'm always working on those areas.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Oh Mary, please - we are all companions on the path! I'm just glad so many us can encourage each other as we journey together!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm another one who usually just doesn't have much to say or add in comments, but enjoy your blog greatly! I'm Tina (I blog at www.the-miles.org, since it's not blogger, it won't show up), and am a month away from 33. I have 2 boys, Will (4) and Alex (1 1/2), and Lord willing we'll add at least one more. I appreciate your thoughts and comments on discipline, raising Godly kids, you're own personal growth and how you manage the house. Thank you for being so willing to share!

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Hey, it's me, Lori. I'm 44 and have been married almost 11 years. Big Daddy and I have three adopted daughters: Pooh (7), Tink (6), and Scooter (4).

I love that you don't pretend that you're Super Mom. You make me feel more normal!

I'd love to hear your thoughts about Mother Guilt, because it seems I feel guilty all the time these days!!

Rocks In My Dryer said...

I'm Shannon, and I'll be 35 next week. I've been married to Hubs for 13 years, and I have three boys, 10, 8 and 6, and a 2-year-old daughter. Would love to hear your thoughts on mother guilt. I have enough for all of us!

Lisa said...

Hi Katherine,

I've been reading your site for quite a while and I look forward to it everyday.

My name is Lisa, I am 34 and married for amost 12 years. We have 4 kids...Natalie 9, Nina 8, TK 5, and Mary Grace 3.

I love being a stay at home mom, but sometimes I get very overwhelmed with all the needs of the home and the kids. Your blog is truly an inspiration to me and I love all of your advice.

I would love for you to post on two topics...1) do your kids fight? And what do you do about the constant arguing and bickering? (and tattling!) 2) Do you follow some type of daily or weekly schedule/plan as far as cleaning, shopping, etc.? I am having a hard time "doing it all" which is why I am enjoying your homekeeping posts so much.

Thanks for your blog!

Andrea said...

Hi old friend!
My name is Andrea and I'm 32.I live in NY. My children are 13(girl), 6 (girl), 4 (girl) and 22 mos (boy).

Your blog is one of my favorite, favorites. I love your balanced, realistic look at things. Plus, it helps we both have girls the same age. (as you know.)
I'd love more posts on that teen thang. :)
And the mommy guilt one...well, bring it on!!
Also...something I've been thinking of..Freedom in Christ...your thoughts? And how that relates to mothering?
Can't wait to hear!
Thanks for this place..

Anonymous said...

Hi there -- I'm a fellow Texan with two boys, aged almost 4 and 19 mos. Hoping for more, but hubby (we've been married for 5 years) is not thrilled with the idea, so I satisfy myself for now with reading about other ladies lucky enough to have large families! I love hearing about the day-to-day management of family life, building relationship with hubby and dealing with the not-so-perfect times with kids. I look forward to your blog every day!

Stephanie said...

Hey there. :) I'm Stephanie, and mama to three girls - ages 3 and 3/4, 18 months and 3 months. I'm a S@HM prayfully headed towards homeschooling, but also holding it in an open hand and seeing where the Lord is sending us. :) If "mother guilt" includes figuring out how to get everything done around the house and find time to sit with my kids and play, bring it on. I *shamefacedly* admit that sometimes I am reeeeeally not in the mood to play with them, but these years are going by so fast!

But really, I'm just encouraged whenever I get a peek in your heart. Blessings. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello! I've been a faithful reader for awhile now. You and your sister are a constant source of encouragment for me.

I am 37 and will have be married 11 years on Friday. I have 3 boys ages 8, 5 and 22 months.

I would love to hear about mother guilt as well as any advice on keeping my cool when things are really getting to me! It's been a tough day, can you tell? haha.

I set up a blog about 5 months ago but just can't seem to write in it. I guess it's just tough to decide what I want to say and I have a small (okay, big) paranoia about anyone reading it.

Thanks for your work!

Anonymous said...

I'm Lane and I am hanging on to 34 for a few more months. I found your blog through your lovely sister and have been reading for a while. I think I have commented a few times...not sure though. It is always a REAL encouragement to me and gives me great reminders of ways I can be a faithful mom.

I have been married for 11 years and have 4 kids: G is 5(boy), twin girls A & S are 4 and R (boy) is 3. Yes, those numbers are correct. ;)

Keep up the great work!

Meg said...

I'm Meg. Just turned 30 this month. I feel like I'm repeating the other Megan (first one to comment). I have one daughter, Audrey, who is turning 3 on Friday, and I have baby #2 on the way in a week or two. My husband and I have been married 7 years.

I love reading, learning about innovative ways to work with preschoolers. The best advice I've gotten (thanks to Mary@notbefore7) was to involve kids in chores, not keep them at bay while you TRY to get it done 'faster'. At three, I'm thankful to take advantage of Audrey's desire to WANT to help, also keeping my stress level down. Other ideas to help teach or involve our kids is welcome advice.

I've enjoyed your insight and wisdom through your posts. Thanks for being so honest.

Anonymous said...

Name: Midsummer Night :)
Age: 27
Kids: (internet names) Josiah (3), Aiden (almost 2!) and Victoria (Due December).

What I have been pondering lately is how to show my feelings to my husband without him taking them as disrespect? I am reading the Love & Respect book right now and the application info is whats missing from that book. At least so far..

Melody said...

I am Melody and I am 34 years old. I just found your blog today. My husband and I have three boys. They are 15, 6 and 2.

I really love the material you are doing about setting your course. I recently started staying home full time and have found it is much tougher than I thought it would be. I definitely thought it was going to be a piece a cake. It is nice to know that others have been where I am now.

I think your blog is wonderful and I certainly am going to be reading more of it in the future.

Anonymous said...

I'm Lauren; I have a son (5 1/2) and a daughter (2 1/2). I just appreciate reading your experiences and your perspective!

Anonymous said...

and, I am 33 and a SAHM. I didn't mean to leave that out!

Cori said...

I'm Cori. I'm 30 years old, I've been married to my husband, Rob, for 10 1/2 years (yes, I was YOUNG!) and we have three beautiful children. Samantha is 10yo, Seth is 8yo and Isabella is 6yo. We also have two dogs, a cat, and a rat. I've been a SAHM for the last 10 years but I was hired to teach preschool this week so I'll be starting that soon.

Although I never comment, I love your blog and check in regularly. I love hearing about how you balance trying to do it all with keeping your priorities straight. For what it's worth, I think you do a great job figuring that out and I love your posts that help me do the same. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Katherine,

My name is R. I am a 34 yr.old SAHM who homeschools a 7 yr. old boy, 5 yr. old boy, and 2 year old girl. I have been married 13 adventurous years to a wonderful man, T. We are also from Texas, but are about to head to the mission field.

Your blog is my favorite and I try to send people your way all the time. You always minister to me (with a little Holy Spirit conviction added in) and I truly feel like you fulfill a Titus 2 need in my life. Thank you so much for being open and honest with us. I don't have a blog for security reasons, but if I did, I would love to stay in touch with you.

Mommy guilt is huge for me. Can't wait to read it.


PEZmama said...

Lori (AKA PEZmama) 34 years old. Married to Paul for 8 years.

Three children. Ms. Boo is 6, Mr. Bug is 4, and Ms. Bao is 2.

I love your blog. It encourages and challenges me. But if you want to know what is on my heart right now, I'd say two things: 1 - maintaining a happy home (it seems like it's just hard to do that sometimes. but maybe I'm asking too much and what I really need is therapy!) and 2 - how to live out the Christian life (and teach children to do the same) in our materialistic society.

thanks for asking. And for blogging too.

Kristina at Learn2Luv2Run said...

Hi Katherine, you basically already know me but I always read your blog daily so I'll chip in too.

My alias name is Kilikina (although I think you know my real name). I have been married to my husband for 4 years, we have two children. A son who turns 2 on the 31st, and a son who is 6 weeks old.

I really like what you talk about right now on your blog...and I have to say if something came to my mind I would shoot you an email anyway...

PEZmama said...

I didn't "check the box" until after I posted my last comment, so now I am commenting again to tell you that my box is checked.

Because I know you are going to respond. I just know it.


Anonymous said...

Hi there! I'm Liz, 27 yr. old, married almost five years and SHM. Mother of five! 2 year old QUADRUPLETS and a 3 year old. Love your blog! Thanks for blogging!

Etta said...

I'm 31, married to Michael for 7 1/2+ years; 2 boys--Jamie, 4, and Jaden 14 1/2 months. No suggestions for topics really, what you're doing is great. The mother guilt topic would be great. I sincerely don't know how you do it with 5--two is plenty for me right now! Mothers of large families amaze me; I wish I had that kind of energy. Bless you!

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

My name is Chris, I am 43 years old, I have been married for 21 years I am the mother of five children ages 15, 12, 10, 7 and 2 and 1/2. I never dreamed I would have five children let alone give birth at the age of 41, but here I am and I thank God for the blessings of "raising five". I don't remember how I found your blog, but I am sure it was definitely the name that brought me here and I have been checking in ever since. Love it!

kittyhox said...

I'm Kelly aka kittyhox.

I am twenty-ten.

I have been married for five years and have a 15 month old son. I'm a SAHM in Seattle.

Hmm... What would I like to see you blog about...

I always like hearing about where people live. What their state and community is like. Quirky neighbors. Stuff like that.

I also love hearing about what blogger's families were like when they were kids. The house they grew up in. Funny stories about their parents and siblings and first boyfriends. Dreams when they were young. High school dorkiness. That kind of thing.

Not sure why.


a said...

Anessa I am 31 now so does that make 30 the new 20? I have two almost three kidos Sister just turned 6 brother is 2 and baby is due in November. I am a stay at home mom in a tiny little town in Texas.

Jen said...

Hi, I've commented a couple times before but mostly I'm a "lurker". My name is Jennifer, I'm 27 and have 2 children, a boy (3 yrs) and a girl (21 months), and #3 is due in September. I really enjoy your thoughtful posts about the challenges of motherhood and how you always manage to make them encouraging and relate back to our Christian faith! I am in a stage right now where I feel really overwhelmed by the upcoming challenge of 3 kids...often I feel like a huge failure as a mother and a Christian. Your blog is helpful in reminding me that others have similar struggles and that parenting, though not at all easy, is worth it. Thanks!

(sorry I haven't updated it in a while)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Yoke and I'm 36. I've been married for almost 6 years and have a four yo son and 17 months daughter.

Yes would love to hear more about mother guilt. My buddy once said, "the minute the baby came out the guilt just whooshed in!"

I'm also suffering from christian wife guilt. Submission is an issue. The other I asked hubby, wat does it mean? He said, i couldn't insist on my way. To which I asked but... you can? He said yes. Am I the only one with a problem with that?

Laura said...

Hi Katherine! This is a terrific idea to get people out of the shadows. Here goes:

I'm Laura. I'll turn 30 at the end of October. I'm a wife of nearly five years to Big D, and mom to Lil' Bug who turns 1 today!

I'm with Megan of sortacrunchy: I pretty much need to hear whatever you want to write about. If you could start a two-week mentorship camp, I'd sign up immediately. :)

Keep it coming, Katherine.

Laura @
My Quotidian Mysteries

Raquel said...

Hi I am Raquel and I just turned 28. I havebeen married to my hubby John for almost 10 years. We have 4 kids, Liz (9),David (5), Johnathan (4), and Jake (2months). we also have a son matthew who was Johnathan but he is with Jesus now. I love reading your blog, I think a great topic woul be balancing bigger kids with younger ones, and a husband, and ministry, and school commitments..... and on and on....

Anonymous said...

Hi Katherine,

I am a long time reader and non-commenter!:)

My name is Rachel, I have been married for 9.5 years and have two sweet kids: a daughter who is 5 and a almost 2 year old boy.

I love your writing. You have a way of speaking the truth in love without sounding preachy!! I often leave your blog convicted, but always encouraged!! I would love to hear more practical ways you and your husband strive to "get at" your kid's hearts. It is so easy to deal with behavior and leave the heart to continue on its ugly path. Thanks for taking the time to get to know us!


Anonymous said...

I'm Corey and I'm a 35 y/o SAHM to 6. Jessica is 11, Virlande is 8, Christina is 8, Cliford is 6, Erica is 4.5, and Manny is 3. The latter 5 kids were adopted from Haiti. I read you every day! We're at www.watchingthewaters.com

Rachel Anne said...

Hey! I'm Rachel Anne, a long-time reader and appreciater of your sweet self!! I'm (gulp) 43, married 24 years, and mom to three kids. I've got a great sister who blogs (OH THAT'S YOU, KATHERINE!) and I always enjoy spending time reading or yakking on the phone with you, sis!

I'd like to see more posts on cleaning. Couldja help me out? Kidding.

Ladybug said...

Hi there! I'm Sara. I am 36. We have two children, a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. Hopefully we will have one more in the future. I love your blog and enjoy reading all the thoughts on being a mom. I also enjoy your honesty. Mommy guilt would be a great topic!! LOL

Anonymous said...

I'm Mrs. H (hubby is big on identity protection), and I have five children ages 9, 7, 4, 3, and six months, plus one in heaven. We homeschool, and I like reading about homemaking, how people with five older kids survived the "early years" when they had three (or more) under five years old, and general wife, mothering, etc. stuff. I also feel like I just wrote a personal ad, so I would like to add that I don't like Pina Coladas, but I do like getting caught in the rain, lol.

Nicole said...

Hi again..this is Nicole. I just turned 34 a few weeks agao. My husband and I have been married for 10 years and have Hannah 9, Joseph 7, Sarah 3, Rebekah 2 and John Alexander 14 months!

I love reading your blog. You are great at saying what I either have felt or even AM feeling at that moment! The topic I am interested in is maintaing a healthy, passionate relationship with Jesus in the middle of "raising five!" I get into a bad rhythm of starting my day by waking up to a kid, getting breakfast going, home school, house cleaning, and oh yeah...it is dinner and I still haven't had a time with Him. I KNOW it is important, but how do you PRACTICALLY get it all in.
Thanks again for being so great at encouraging us Moms our here!

Karen said...

I'm 43yo Karen, mom of 4 humans and 2 dogs. The kids are Emily (15), Noah (11), Halle (8) and Joel (6). The dogs are Campbell, our 4yo wire fox terrier, and Rory, a 4-month-old great dane puppy.

Topics?? How about loneliness... or how to feel like a real person when your wants/needs/dreams are all on the back burner because everyone else comes first? (Just a little bit of a self-pity party going on over here.... one reason I haven't blogged in a bit.)

Jerusha said...

Hi again. Jerusha just turned 33. 3 kids- Girlie #1- 3 1/2 Buddy Boy- 2 Girlie #2- 8 months

Grateful for you blog and your example of being "just a Mom"- a real one NOT a super one.


Katie said...


My name is Katie. I'll be 20 in less than 2 weeks. I'm not married & won't be for a while & I have zero children of my own. I do however pretty much devote my life to kids through work and being an Early Childhood Education major in college.

I love reading your blog. I can't always directly relate, but I get a lot of encouragement through what you write. A lot of what you write about is what I want for the kids I will hopefully have some day.

Have a wonderful day!

Marcia Francois said...

Hi Katherine

I'm Marcia and I just turned 33 a few weeks ago. We've been married for 12 years and we don't have any kids.

In the beginning, my dream was 4 kids, then 3, then 2 - now I'll be ECSTATIC if we can just have 1! So that's why I read blogs like yours as I dream of something I want so badly. I'll take any fertility vibes you want to send my way :)

I love everything you write because as previous commenters have said, you speak honestly and you tell the truth in love!

I liked the submission question earlier so I'd love to hear what you think!!

Organising Queen and
Marcia's take charge blog

Jamie said...

i'm jamie and i am 27 yrs old. my hubby and i have been married just over a year and we have a 1 year old golden retriever =) we want as many kids as we can handle - ONE DAY. we aren't ready yet, but i still enjoy getting advice from your blog!

Rachel said...

I'm Rachel, and I'm 28. I'm married to Dave. We have a 3 year old son Ethan and a 1 year old son Simon. And I have really appreciated your blog so far! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have lurked long enough.

I'm Julie. I'm thirty-five. I have three girls ages 9,8 and 6.

I love your blog so much that I linked to it on my blog. Several of the people that I know read your blog from mine are still lurking out there.

Unknown said...

How fun! You "know" me, too, but I'll say that I'm Jennifer with two kids--3 yo boy and almost 9 year old girl (two weeks!). I'm 36 and live in Connecticut although I hail from Texas.

I would like you to write more about one's calling, or "staying under the umbrella" as it was called in Mark DeMoss' book The Little Red Book of Wisdom. I struggle with that, and you've touched on it before.

Michelle said...

In blog-ese I guess I am and have been a lurker for some time. Don't know how I ended up here but it's bookmarked in my favorites now. I've never been brave enough to either comment or DARE tell anyone I even have a blog so not sure what on earth is possessing me to do this now. However, I'm Michelle, I've been married to my Knight in Shining Armor for almost 15 years. He bravely assumed the role of father to my 3--Matt, 27; Tyler 21 & Katie, 19. Since I have a hard time saying the word "fffffift....." I'll just say I was 25 years old when Matt was born. :-) As you can see I am well past your stage in life but I still am blessed by your insights. Since that is the case, don't change a thing!

Qtpies7 said...

whoa! What a ton of comments!
I'm Lisa, age 36. I'm married to my high school sweetheart for going on 19 years. We have 7 kids, Drew 17 (almost 18), Kaytlin 16, Devon 14, Cody 12, Hope-Anne 10, Trinity 3 and Samuel 9 months.
I do blog, love it!
I enjoy what you write about. But a topic that I have been seeing a running theme of, and has touched me in the past, is the whole nursing in public topic. Many people seem to think its a great idea to go and "shock" people into accepting it publically by letting it all hang out. I think that hurts us, and I think it is unfair to men who want to stay pure in their thought life. Whose rights are more important, the baby, the mom, the man who doesn't and shouldn't see a woman's breast that isn't his wives? I think I'll be adressing that later on on my blog, I'm kind of busy with some contests right now, but maybe when school starts up.

MissNZ said...

I just came across your blog today... I really like it. I still live at home with my mum and dad but I love blogging.

I am 18 years old and live in the country in Australia.

Thanks for your blog :)



madridmom said...

Hi, I'm Alice. I am 45, just celebrated 20 years of marriage in June, and have 4 children (ages: 12 (in Sept.), 10, 7, and 4. Three sons and 1 daughter in that order. I also miscarried 2 between #2 and #3. My husband and I are Baptist missionaries in Spain. I am really enjoying your posts. You have a nice mix of material. Keep it up!

Donna said...

My name is Donna. I am 43 years young :) and I have been married for 24 years. We have three children Brittany (19) who is a freshman in college, Tyler (15) and Rachel (14). I work full-time as the Office Manager of my church and my two younger children attend our K-12 school there. I'm blessed to be with my children much of the day. My husband and I both attend college part-time to finish our degrees. My husband is military and retires next year so he is getting ready for the future. Me, well I just want to set an example for my kids. I'm loving college the 2nd time around! I really enjoy reading your blog. I have visited your sister's blog through a link and my daughter was thrilled to see her name is Rachel Anne, just my daughter's name.

I love just your random topics because everything you type ushers your reader back to the source of your success, which is Jesus Christ.

Cinda said...

My name is Cinda, I am 41 years old, happily married for 22 years, work full-time and have 4 kids: son (17), daughter (16) and twin boys (12). I am the youngest of five kids and always thought we would have six kids but when number 3 & 4 came as a pair, we decided to hold off a bit and by the time we thought about another child, the financial ramifications hit us full in the face. :) I love your blog and find the topics interesting and encouraging. You & I seem very similar in some ways! Nice to "meet" you!

Mindy said...

I LOVE your blog! My name is Mindy. I am 26 years old, wife of four years, mother of two boys, almost 3 and 1 1/2. You are such an encouragement to me. Thank you.

lauren said...

i'm a lurker and have been loving your blog for a long while! i'm lauren, 30 yrs old, married to john for 7 years, mom to caroline (3) and susanna (6 weeks). i love everything you write about and it's all relevant, but have to say mommy guilt has been the topic in my heart lately :) thanks for making me feel normal in my struggles to be a godly wife and momma!!

Anonymous said...


I've left only a few comments but I really enjoy reading Raising Five. It makes me laugh. It doesn't matter to me what you blog about. It always interesting. :)

My name is Elisabeth. I'm 38. My husband is 44 and we have 6 children ranging in age from 21 months to 16 1/2 years. We've been married 18 years.

Anonymous said...

Hi! This is Marian, age 37, married 14 years, with four children, ages 2-10. Challenging circumstances with special needs around here, as I've shared before. I think the proposed topic of mother guilt fits right in with the general theme that draws me these days: GRACE in everyday life-- whether in discussing the lack of it or the abundance of it, I'm searching out what it looks and feels like practically in my world, life, heart, circumstances, actions...

Alyson said...

I'm Alyson. I am turning 30. I have been married 6 years and have 3 children. 5,3, and 3 months.
I am a university educated city girl turned stay at home country woman.

For some reason the Lord has been drawing me closer to woman who have more than 3 children, I am inspired by woman who are real about being a mom of 5 or more. I look at is as mentorship :)

my question for you...I would love to have more children...I am in great shape but I feel like having little ones at 40 would drain me. Do you seriously feel 'older' and would like to have had your kids younger? or do you find you have ample time and energy left? no I don't think 40 is 'old'...I am just curious

Beth Wright (P31 OBS Team Member) said...

Hi- I'm Beth- 40 (and girl you are so right- 40 is the new 30)- married for 17 years. Two boy- 10 and 9!

i love your blog and have been uplifted, humbled and amazed from reading your posts.

I'd love to read about Mommy Guilt-something I think most of us Mom's deal with daily (hourly, minutely-ok so that's not a real word!!)

Beck said...

86 comments! Wow!
You know me. But for refreshers - I'll be 35 in 8 days, and I have three kids: The Girl is 8, the Boy is 5 and The Baby is 2.
I love your blog, Katherine, ESPECIALLY the way you write about homemaking and motherhood. It's all good.

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Good Morning, I am Jai and I am 39. God blessed me with four children, but 3 VERY ACTIVE boys 11, 2 and 10 months are still with us. My daughter (would be 4) is in heaven and we miss her dearly. I have been married 12 years this Christmas and love my hubbie more and more each year. I love talking about being married and what that REALLY means and raising kiddos and what that REALLY looks like.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Another one here that you "know," but I wanted to chime in, too!

I'm Katrina, a 34-year-old SAHM. I've been married to Chad for 13 years and have to kids: Camden, 8, and Logan, 1.

Love your blog! I so often struggle with selfishness and laziness, you inspire and remind me how important this job of mothering is, and how it is more than worth the effort!

T.S. Eliot said...

I'm GranolaGirl, age 27. Elijah, age 2 on Tuesday, Ruth, 10 days old. I'm a SAHM who does freelance landscape design on the side.

Right now all I can think about is how to get more sleep... Katherine, you've been an inspiration as I navigate my new world with a toddler and an infant. I can do this, right? :-)

Michele Moore said...

Hi! I am Michele and I am about to be 29 for the 4th time on Sunday. It is not that I am afraid of my 30's or ashamed of my age, but lately I am feeling a little too grown up, a little too serious, staid even. So, I am hoping by returning to my 20's even in my own mind I will remember it is ok to be silly.

I have 2 handsome boys, Tyler (almost 9) and Colby (3 in December) and a wonderful husband Dwayne. I have been married almost 11 years.

My husband and I are relatively new Christians who did not grow up in godly homes, so we are struggling to figure out how to be married and raise our children in a way different from all we know. That has been tough!

I love your site. I am new to blogging, and so amazed by the talent and humor I have found in all the mom bloggers out there.

As for topics, I think you are doing great.


ChicoryChick said...

I'm Kay. I am 33 years old (for two more weeks)....so um is 30 the new 20 then. ;) We have five children: Emily 9, Abigail 7, Zachary 5, Benjamin 4 and Nathanael 1 month. I have no suggestions, you have been doing a great job already!

Anonymous said...

Alice, age 35. Married 7 years. Two boys, ages 3 1/2 and 10 months.

I've really been encouraged by your blog, especially your vulnerability about topics like maternal depression and struggling with preschoolers. I'm not exactly going through those things but it just has helped give me perspective.

Maternal guilt is a great topic. On a related topic, why do mothers, especially it seems to me, Christian mothers, judge each other so much....it seems that there is so often the "if you're a real Christian you_____" (fill in the blank: stay at home, have a large family, homeschool, make your own bread, churn your own butter, etc). All of those are good things and some are things I do or am considering doing(except the churning my own butter) but why do we have to judge each other so often instead of supporting each other?

Sorry to use your comments for my own soapbox there....keep up the good work! I think you are really a great example of a Titus woman (not necessarily older, but wise or having at least more experience).

Anonymous said...

Katherine, I'm coming out of mostly lurking because I figure as much inspiration and encouragement as I have received here, I should at least grant you this one wish ;-)

I'm Tina and I literally just turned 37. I have been married to my wonderful husband for nearly 18 years. We have 2 miracle children (we were told by many doctors that they were "impossible"). They are a son who will be 9 tomorrow and a daughter who is 4.

As for topics, I am sure I would enjoy anything that flows from your heart. But if I have to make a suggestion, I'll say, how 'bout entries that depict spiritual discoveries from your children at various points in their journies.

All God's best,

Anonymous said...

I thought that I had already posted on this site but I can't find me...How sad is that?

I am 44 in October and have two children that were born less than a year apart. :)

Kb is 15 and Kg is 14. I used to be a SAHM for 6 years but when kids reached schoolage I went back into teaching.

You asked about where else should this site go? Loaded ?

I adore the comeradery of this site. Just basic chit chat is fine with me.

Have a wonderfl evening :)

Anonymous said...

I forgot--been with my hubby 23 years. We dated for 6 and then jumped off the deep end into marriage in 1990. love this life ;)

Jennifer @ Conversion Diary said...

Hi! I'm Jennifer, I'm about to have three kids under the age of three, so I love to check out blogs of moms who have raised lots of little ones so that I can get some tips! :)

I can't remember how I found your site, but I love your writing and really enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work!

Sarah said...

Hi, I'm Sarah, 29, and I'm both a housewife and an actress in L.A. No kids yet, but we're looking forward to having a family.

I wanted to thank you for posting about your trip to Avila Valley Barn. After I saw your post, I took my husband on a day trip up there and we loved it! I absolutely fell in love with their cow. :)

The Murray Crew said...

I'm Jen the Quad Mama to 4 MIRACLES: Henry Samuel, Brooks Layton, Clark Thomas, and Isaac Edward born at 32 weeks on 2/2/07. Everyone is healthy and growing well. Praise be to our Savior! I'm glad to have come across this site today and look forward to checking in on your family. Check us out if you want at www.murraycrew.blogspot.com
Happy blogging,
Jen and the Murray Crew

Susanne said...

Well, sheesh. I didn't intro myself before because I figured you already knew me. But I never thought of all the wonderful other women I could "meet".

Soooo, I'm Susanne wife of a great hubby, mother of 3 now all almost in their teens. Love all your posts, Katherine.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog for a while now. Erna, 29 and a few months shy of jumping into the next decade, mom to two girls (almost 4, and 2). We'll find out tomorrow *I hope* what #3 will be (due in January). My hubby and I have been married 9 years. I'm enjoying the topics you have had on here.

Lana said...

Hi Katherine,
Love your blog!

I'm Lana and I'm 39.
I have six kiddos. The oldest is turning 20 next month (she just got married last Christmas), 16, 14, 8, 5 and the baby is 2.

I love when you write about parenting and marriage and life. Keep it up.

Sharon said...

Hi. I am Sharon, a 24 year old mother of 2, Ambry, 3 and Piper, 1, and wife to Caleb. Everytime I read your blog after being away for a little while, I find new inspiration to keep on going with life. I honestly love the topics that you write about and think you do an awesome job as a mom!

Anonymous said...

I'm a non-blogger, and formerly just a lurker here. Wife of 14 years, Mum to sportsman 10, ballerina 8 and busygirl 2.

60 toes said...

Hi, I'm Charlotte a 35 year old Navy wife, married to Adam for 12 years.

We have three kids, two girls, 10 and 5 and a son in the middle who is 8.

I have been lurking for some time, I think I may have even commented a few times.

I would love to hear more about preteen and teen years with girls, I feel very ill equipped for this stage of life.

I love your blog, keep it up.

Christine said...

Hi! I found you through a friend of mine and I have also shared you with my friends. I am 32 and I have 2 kids, ages 5 1/2 and 7. I am continually blessed by your words!!

Melissa said...

Hi, I'm Melissa. I've been reading your blog for a while now, and commenting some.

I'm 30 years old, & have been married for 14 1/2 years. The Lord blessed us with 1 daughter (almost 9). I work full-time outside of the home.

I don't really care what you blog about...as long as you blog!

Lori said...

Hi! I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and just love to read it! It is a highlight for me and such an encouragement!

I'm 37 and have been married 12 and a half years; and we have 2 kiddos - son-8 and daughter-10. they will be going to school (private) for the first time in a couple of weeks - we have homeschooled up to now, but felt it was time.

Time...that's such a good topic...how do we fit it all in?!

Keep up the Awesome work!!

Beth said...

Hi Kim,

I'm Beth. I need to tell you that 50 is the new 30! I'm 50.My husband and I have been married for almost 28 years (Oct 6th). We are proud parents of 3 children. E (daughter)is a 25 yr old AF pilot, C (son,22) is student planning on being a nurse , and D (son, 11) is still at home. D was adopted as a infant from Korea. I EARN my gray hair!I'm a SAHM and a quilter. Thanks for your candor and wonder sense of humor!

Dareth said...

I have been lurking around for probably a year. You are one of my favorite blog writers!
I'm CPT Mom, 31, wife of MAJ Hunk and mom to CPL Cutie, 20 months. My husband is currently deployed and I have been learning to do this parenting thing on my own for the past 16 months.

I love reading your posts on parenting. I often find myself sharing about things I read on your blog with my Mommies group. The thing that comes across so clearly to me is that you are so real. I appreciate that.

Joy @ SAH Missionary said...

Hi, you sort of know me already...but I'm Joy I am *ahem* 30 years old. I am a mother to five, and a missionary in Indonesia. I think you have a good thing going with the mother guilt topic...keep it up! :)

dreamingBIGdreams said...

My name is Jamie and I have two boys. BOy #1 is 3.5 and boy #2 is 1.5

I enjoy your blog!

Anonymous said...

I'm Heather and I just turned 33 this last week. We have 3 ages almost 6, almost 8, and almost 10.

I enjoy coming over here and reading about the chaos and other stuff that goes on because then I realize that I AM NOT ALONE!

Anonymous said...

I'm showing up late for this comment string--but I'm Sarah and I'm 27. My husband and I have been married 3 1/2 years and we have a 15-month old son and another baby due in January--and we just found out today that baby #2 will be a boy! I love reading your reflections both on the early years of parenting small children and on your present experience with five...because I would love to have five someday...or six! :) Your words are encouraging and funny and honest...and point to the truth of Scripture and God's perspective on my life as a mommy. keep it up!

Anonymous said...

hi katherine,
i am also a what you bloggers call a lurker....can you actually see me lurk? i've enjoyed your blog so much b/c you always point us back to the love of my life, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. I also love the way you love all over Dennis in your writing. I am a 37 yr old SAHM of four, bgbg, 9, 5, 2, and 4 mths. My hubby and I will make it 13 years in Oct. I don't have a blog or really even know how to post this comment. I'm too scared I may not be checking one of those boxes you've mentioned. anyways, you are always a source of inspiration. keep it coming!

Chris H said...

Hi I'm Chris H, 48 years old, married (2nd husband) for 20 years, we have 6 kids Amanda 28, Lacy 27, Kelly 25, Russell 24, Steve 20, Mike 17 and we are also Mum and Dad to two of our Grandchildren Brylee 6 and Griffin 5. WE also have three other grandsons who don't live with us (aged 6, 5 and 3). We are not religious, but believe we are raising our children in a good, moral way. Each to their own, and I respect everyones right to choice.

Jada said...

Hi, I'm Jada! We communicated back in February on your Women's Ministry posts. But, if your memory is like mine, you may not remember. LOL I had to look at the email I saved in my Blog folder!

I'm 41 (42 in December), single, never been married, no kids, but I have 3 adorable nephews - Caleb (10), who belongs to my sister Corie (her husband went to be with Jesus in 2001 at the age of 31 from a virus of the heart); Ben (5) and Matt (3 in Nov.) belong to my youngest sister Wendie and her hubby Ben. Our family is blessed! My baby brother is almost 36 and he's single, too.

I enjoy reading your blog, though I don't comment often. I appreciate your honesty and advice, so any topics are fine with me! LOL


Jennifer said...

Hi Katherine!
Jennifer--28 years old--married to Justin for 5 years--one almost-two-year-old and a baby due next month, both boys. :-)

Amy~~ said...

My name is Amy and I recently turned 40.(wasn't as traumatic as I thought it would be)
I have 7 kids ranging in age from 17 mos to almost 14 yrs.
I have a blog but I'm pretty erratic with the posting.(twice in one day then maybe not for 2-3 days!lol)I post about my kids,my life,my home,etc
I enjoy all your posts!

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

My name is Tonni and I am 40. I am a SAHM to our 5 children. Grace,8. Olivia, 5. Josiah, 3. Charis, 3. Ella, 2. I'd love to see some ideas on how to connect with adults when you have so many kids so close together in age. I love your blog!

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

Forgot to mention that dh and I have been married 17 years.

Anonymous said...


You've got so many of these already... I'm I still supposed to "go"?

Well, I am Amy Jane, and I actually maintain two blogs (neither widely read, but both by very different readers).

I'm 28 and have three kids between 4 and 15-months. We live in Alaska and just started preschooling ay home.

I'm so excited-- been "planning" (okay, anticipating, praying about) this for years.

(In case anyone is interested, this is a link to my family blog, with our preschool forays-- I always comment from my "personal" --non-family-- play-blog).

You've mentioned having enough suggestions for blog topics so I'll just sit and watch.

Blessings on your good work here!

Margo said...

Margo-28-two boys ages 2 and 4, and hopefully another as soon as I can talk the hubster into it!

Your blog is such a blessing! Just keep doin' what you're doin' sistah! ;-)

Momma Oak said...

I'm Sabrina and I'm 30 years old. (I half expect people to say, "Hi, Sabrina" at this point)

I've been married 6 years and have 4 kids. We've been busy.

I have been lurking on your site and decided to come out of the closet.

Thanks for your great thoughts on life & kids...

Kiki said...

Better late than never is what my mom always said!

I'm Kristy, 28, married to Drew for 5 years, with two boys, Sage, 3 and Kolby, 1.5.

El Shaddai Ranch said...

I'm Kristin - I have 5 children (the 5th is 4 weeks old!) and I am 35 years old. I love reading your blog b/c it's my life and you do all the writing for me : )

Anonymous said...

I'm Dianne, and I am also a mom of five. The two oldest, who are 24 and 18, live with their dad in Kentucky. The three younger, who are 12, 9, and 5, live with me and my second hubby in PA.

Did I mention they are all boys? And that three have ADHD, and the youngest is gifted? Have I mentioned how glorious the sight of the school bus was this year? :-)

Unknown said...

Hi. This is a very neat blog. My name is Melinda. I'm 31. I have 2 girls. I'm from Kansas City. And I'm just totally impressed with your writing.


Anonymous said...

Hi Katherine
I am Sonja and I live a little while away - Australia. I have 3 children and I just discovered your blog today - via your sister's site - via organising junkie. There seems to be a rich variety of christian mums who can blog in America but they are few and far between in australia, You seem like you have heaps of wisdom to share, it would be nice to chat via email from time to time slclarke@live.com.au