Monday, February 17, 2014

Life As A Big Family

First, let me say-- welcome to the official launch of Loving Big Families as we raise big families, one kid at a time.

I'd like to take a minute to introduce myself and my family. My husband and I have been together for over 9 years, although only legally married for less than 6 months. We started our family much younger than most and have a way of doing things backwards, but it works for us. Our family is blended, consisting of my 8 year old step daughter, who lives with us full-time, our 8 year old son, 7 year old son and 3 year old son, a dog that could pass as a horse and 4 birds.

My husband and I have had a fairly unusual start to life as parents, and in all honestly, we were completely unprepared. We never expected to have a large family, but life has a way of throwing curve balls as you. Now, we wouldn't have it any other way. Although we had a pretty difficult start as adults, throughout the years we started to figure it all out (as much as any parent can)
and what it really takes to be a parent in today's society.

My husband works a full-time job and runs a business on the side. I'm lucky enough to be a stay at home mother; however, I also work full-time from home as a writer, author and marketing specialist...among many other things. Life sure can get pretty busy with our work life, but nothing matters more to us than taking time our to be with our children.

My children are amazing kids- yes, I know all parents say that. Raising our children is full of ups and downs as most families are. Ours may be a little bit more complicated as some as we have 2 children with medical needs that do require some extra attention. Balancing 2 special needs children while raising 2 other children sure can get pretty stressful to make sure every one's needs are met physically, medically and emotionally, but we do the best we can.

With our crazy busy life, my husband and I are pretty different than many families nowadays. We are very strict, especially when it comes to education. We also believe in teaching our children the morals, values and respect so many parents seem to fail to teach their children in this generation. You won't see us out partying on the weekends or our children running around the grocery store like maniacs. We are often the odd ones out because we are much older than our age.

We have a very solid and close family as we strive to make our children number one in everything we do. They are young, but they are extremely well rounded with very bright futures ahead of them.

So, here's a little intro to our totally unintended large family. Please feel free to introduce your large family in the comments below.

I look forward to helping one another navigate this crazy thing called parenthood.

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