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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


Twenty Two Years of Being Mom

It is funny how time changes people.  When I first married, I cleaned our house every Saturday without fail.  Now I'm lucky to get one Saturday of cleaning in a month.  My first child never left the house dirty.  Ever.  My second child never left the house dirty or unkempt or even mismatched.  Neither did my third. Their hair was always brushed and their faces were always cleaned.   The same applied for me.  Until.

I'm just not sure when it all happened.  When did I stop caring that Seth and Jack only combed their hair on Sundays before church?

When did I stop caring that my children's clothes did not match anymore?

Or even if they wore clothes at all?

Or that they wear their sweatpants backwards because there is a whole in knee?

I think the fifth child was the magic number.  I gave up trying to be all things.  I gave in.  I now let them wear whatever they want.  Look however they want.  I don't even check them before we leave the house.

Eva has worn these same clothes for 3 days straight (although she has bathed in between).

I actually let her wear this out in public today.  I didn't care.  We went to Wally World.  We fit right in.

If you look closely, Joy has left over-spaghetti on her face. 

I'm not quite sure what to make of Ivy's attire?  A couple of sweatshirts?  Why not just wear a coat?  And white ankle socks with Mary Janes and pants too short? 

Even I looked a little rough.  I've been sick since March 8th.  Puffy, itchy, red eyes, a cough, and I have a deep, raspy voice.  It is hard to see in the photo, but even a friend saw me in the store and told me I looked sick.  

But, at least my clothes were clean and they matched.

But, I can get my act together when it counts.  I can get these kiddos looking good and clean.

All hope is not lost after the 5th child.

6 kind words:


Amen. I so agree and have BTDT.
Love this post!


That's pretty good news! I figure my kids are just fortunate to have clean clothes, much less ones that match or are without holes. :P Number five has spent the last two days running around in just a diaper...because I can totally identify with being sick! Maybe I'm more normal than substandard. :P


Beautiful kiddos! Some things just aren't as important as the family grows! :) Loved the "Wally World" comment!

The Mac Fam

Loved this post. I feel ya on the clothes thing, although I will still insist for church on Sunday and if they are in public they take pride in their appearance. But even for the out in public thing I get weary. I've even been letting it slide on Sundays when the middle kid wears his bulls shirts to church...sigh...whatever. Glad you're dressed. Don't wanna fight. :0)
You look gorgeous by the way. Talk to you soon!


Thank goodness!!! I'm very relieved to read this! We are paperchasing for #5, and I'm starting to worry a bit! Your family is gorgeous no matter what they wear! I hope we pull if off as well as you all do!


Ha! I love this, although I think that it was actually the 4th child that did it for me!

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