I am wired to function emotionally just like a vacuum cleaner,sucking up all my children’s pain. Likewise, my children are compassionate vacuum cleaners as well, who attract other people’s negative emotions. They are all aware that they learned this dysfunctional behaviour not only from observing Michael and me in action but also because they have inherited this trait from…… Continue reading Playing God
A debate between two pre-schoolers “Someone just called my name. I think it was God!” It was early evening. We often played musical beds at bedtime because the younger children liked the security of a sibling or two falling asleep with them, especially when older brothers and sisters were still up and having fun. So…… Continue reading A Theological Debate: Child’s Play
the baby crawling cruiser The pivotal point, where Anthony’s crawling speed accelerated dramatically, was when he discovered the bowl of dog food. Life was especially chaotic after the birth of our eighth and ninth children because everyone was still fourteen and under. It was difficult to keep a sharp eye out for my new bundle…… Continue reading My Baby EATS Dogfood?!
Credit: family friend Suddenly my passive baby mutated into a travelling disaster This run-about-baby’s exploits are simply legendary. The terrible twos. Do those words send shivers down your spine like they do mine? Those two little words evoke many awful and amusing scenarios but the most dramatic usually involved my fourth child, David. As a…… Continue reading The Terrible Twos
Credit: family 11 people wear 22 socks/day x 7 days = 154 individual socks/ week Socks Need To Be Paired? Or do they?This was the brilliant question I asked myself. The only thing that will kill you as a mother of a large family is pairing socks. There are solutions. Some are outrageous. For example, I…… Continue reading Socks Need To Be Paired! Or Do They?
my oldest daughter is ducking behind her dad and I am pregnant with our ninth child The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. When the words The Joy Of Mothering popped into my head as a title for my short stories it was like an epiphany for me because…… Continue reading Why Did You Have So Many Kids?
Credit: our family he lit firecrackers and placed them in the middle of manure plops What did this fun-loving father do to amuse the throng of children who surrounded him? We expect playful pranks from boys in their early teens because they delight in stretching the boundaries. Firecrackers offer many exciting possibilities to a creative…… Continue reading Exploding Cow Pies