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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



My life is so crazy, hectic, chaotic, that I have to laugh  to keep from losing my mind at times.  Yes, school is very, very consuming.  Teaching 4 children takes a lot out of me.  There is a bunch of other life issues going on that I never, ever would have imagined my life to be.  So, without further ado...the new Mr. and Mrs....

No big wedding.  Nothing.  Nada.  My first son, Seth, is married to Tia.  Let's just say I didn't see it coming so soon.  But, they've known each other since they were 3 years old.  They didn't need to spend months and months getting to "know each other".

We had just moved to Illinois in 1997 and were just attending a new church.  I spotted Tia's mom, Laurie, one Sunday with all 4 of her children.  I admired her for bringing all the kiddos to church without her husband.  Well, Laurie has an amazing testimony of God's mercy.  She is a single mom.  Long story short, we became fast friends during our 4.5 years in Illinois.  We have visited regularly and kept in touch.  So much so that our kiddos married each other.  When they were younger, they played together.  Seth was more friends with her older brother, Nickolas, because, well....girls had cudies.

Seth is easy to spot. He wasn't shy even back then!  See if you can spot Tia.  It is during our kids program at church.

When Seth and Tia were around age 15, they "liked each other" and talked on the phone a lot.  They only saw each other once a year.  After all, she lived in Illinois; we lived here in Virginia.  Eventually, they made other friends, liked other people.  They both went through some tough times, but never stopped being great friends.

Then things just happened.  She moved to our house; started a new job; talked to Seth a lot.

But, God is so good through all the craziness of it all.  He is always faithful...even when I am not.

13 kind words:


Your family is growing quickly! Congrats to the whole family!

Wendy in OH

Yeah! Hoping things even out my friend.


Yep, you have quite the growing family! And I beautiful one at that. I spotted Tia in the back on the left...big beautiful smile back then too. Congratulations!!!


Wow! Two really beatuiful couples. Now, I guess that things can slow down for you for awhile!


Wow! Congratulations! Beautiful son and daughter-in-love! May all the new couples be blessed with healthy long unions!


It's been a crazy year for you! Congratulations and many wishes that it won't be long before you all see each other.

Anne Krause

Congratualtions, Cheri, - what a precious couple! And the title of your blog "Unexpected Paths" certainly fits your family, doesn't it? Best wishes to all the newlyweds, and to you and Mike as you adjust to all of the changes!


Wow! That is a lot of BIG news. Enjoy your growing family.


What a lot of changes going on! I wish the very best for Jordan and Seth! Is Tia the one in the back left?


Incredible! Congratulations! Your family keeps growing.

Martha Berry

CONGRATULATIONS! Love the awesome photos and the happy smiles.

Learning Together at Home

Congratulations on both the new additions!


Love the new pics of Seth and Tia.


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