I always wanted a dozen kids growing up.
I was the oldest of 7 and I babysat everyone's kids.
When I met my husband and he said in all seriousness that he would have as many children as the Lord saw fit to send his family I knew he was the one for me (it didn't hurt that I was in love with everything else about him too!!)
We were married in June 1994.
A month later I was crying because I thought something was wrong with me - I wasn't pregnant (or so I thought). I think my husband realized then that I wasn't kidding about having 12 kids!
Our first daughter was born about 8 months after that!
10 minutes after she was born I was ready for another baby.
Our next daughter was born 15 months later.
Long story short......
We now have 7 daughters and 1 son.
Life can be crazy but I can honestly say I am living my dream and loving it!
I recently had a miscarriage - my very first.
It broke my heart, but I know that if the Lord allows it we will have at least one more baby.
Maybe not the 12 that I always hoped for, but that feels really right. I just hope the baby "hunger" goes away. I've heard many say the itch is gone when they hold their last baby so they know they are done.
My oldest daughter is turning 16 this (school) year. I may have a long wait for grand babies.....
Being a mother is the most difficult but fulfilling and even rewarding thing I've ever done.
Favorite things about being a mom:
hearing my kids play
soothing heartache & owies
experiencing the world around us together
8 more best friends
making beautiful music together
learning about the Savior
hugs and butterfly kisses
my own mom
my 8 amazing kids
falling in love the second you see them for the first time