The day I got married, one of my closest friends looked me in the eye and said "God has many wild and wonderful things ahead for you and Jeremy."

Being called mom by 7 kids is definitely wild. Each day I look for the wonder in it all...and give thanks.

Partnering with my husband in life, parenting, work and serving is definitely wonderful. He is my favorite.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Merry Christmas y'all!
Christmas cards are about to go out and all I did this year was put a little poem on the card and my blog address.  So I figured I better give a little update here.
When we came home in September, our plan was to stay home with the kids through this semester and decide in December what we would do for school.
We have decided!
And 5 out of 7 are going to school on MONDAY.
This past week, we met with the different campuses where they will all be and I am really pleased with each one.  Leading up to this decision, all I prayed was for complete affirmation and peace in our decision, whatever it may be.
I have COMPLETE AFFIRMATION AND PEACE with the decision we have made for each one. 
God is good.
And I will be real honest and tell you that my first phone calls to the schools were made solely for my sanity.  I feel like I have been sinking.  Sinking in clutter, work, lessons, parenting, personal Bible study (the lack thereof), and I am so tired.
I knew I would be exhausted, but now I am feeling that exhaustion. 
The second reason for those calls is the need for ENGLISH.  I am so thankful that my husband and I can communicate with each of our kids in their language and understand (most) of what they say to us,
but my brain hurts.
And I am thankful my old kids are learning Spanish and doing pretty good with the language.
My hope is that all of us will become bilingual.  The problem is my new kids are not forced to speak English at home.
So we're headed to school. 
And I'm hoping to work through the clutter, work, better parenting, studying my Bible, helping with homework,
without my brain hurting so much.
We have yet to be successful in getting a nice family picture made with nice clothes and everyone smiling.  The pj pictures I'm sharing here were the best ones and that's only because I popped popcorn and Jeremy and I kissed each other on the lips in front of the kids.
And in case you don't get a Christmas card from us, here is our poem....
One, Two….guess what’s new
Three, Four….we got four more!
Five, Six…..we’re quite a mix
Seven, Eight…God is great!
Nine………….That’s all—Merry Christmas!
Jeremy, Vanessa, Katerin, Emily, Marian,
Wesley, Omar, Saimon & Savannah


  1. I am just now catching up on blogs from the past few months! Wow--big decisions at your house! And I loved your Christmas card, by the way. :O)

  2. Vanessa,
    Thanks for taking the time out to chime in on our laundry post! I enjoyed checking out your blog. It's fun to take a peak into another family with as much chaos as I feel!