It is so difficult to get all of my 8 children together at once, but past Thanksgiving was one of those rare times when we almost pulled it off. This is a photo that I just found on one of my daughters blogs, that I had not seen before. I didn't even know they took this, even though I was there.
These wonderful young women are our four beautiful, loving and very nice daughters. Last year at Christmas time the three of them holding their babies were all pregnant, but the short daughter on the right was not. She is the oldest, believe it or not, and she is the smallest little thing. She doesn't quite reach 5 feet tall, and although she will turn 30 in Feb. she is often mistaken for an 11-14 year old, when not with her children and not wearing make-up. But she is an amazing person in her small little frame. All of them are amazing and wonderful, and I am fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with all of them! They are talented, Smart, kind, and all very good mommies. The blonde on the far left, Kendra is a twin to the dark haired one holding the 3rd baby. (Believe it or not the two in the middle are not the twins) We don't have any natural blondes in our family, but I think she looks great as a blonde, she has a fantastic little Etsy shop called adorn me girl, where she makes and sells darling accessories for women girls and babies, and has a degree in broadcast journalism. The second one is my baby girl Kylee, and she is an artist and is so creative and crafty, and loves to decorate. The third daughter Tara, is a wonderful photographer and helps her family's income with her photography business. The sweet little pregnant one Elliah (pronounced Alee) is a very gifted and talented poet and writer. She is working on getting some books published. Together they will have 7 children between all of them by March, and I as their mother am very very proud of them!
I am a Mother of 8, grandmother of almost 27 wonderful little people. Married to a wonderful man for 38 years. I am a published scrapbooker, have decorated wedding cakes, made wedding dresses, had a wedding business, taught baton twirling lessons to girls for almost 40 years, and love to decorate my home inexpensively. I have always been a 'make-due' sort of person. I love dishes, teacups, teapots, and have to be creating something everyday. I love to listen to beautiful uplifting music and watch Masterpiece Theatre and Jane Austen movies while I scrap, craft or sew. I have become addicted to quilting, and dream about quilt blocks now. I am still working on getting better at this art form. I believe that Creating things with your hands is a good outlet and keeps your mind alert, and has a way of helping one lose all the cares of the day and world, right in my own little studio. Therefore I will never become a digital scrapbooker. I think that those who do digital turn out some beautiful pieces of art and lovely layouts, but for me I need to cut and paste by hand!