Hi, I’m Christina and I’m so happy to meet you.
I’ve been married for 33 years, to the greatest, most selfless husband there is. He’s been there through all the trials we’ve had and all my health issues.
We have 10 wonderful children that not only keep me on my toes but also keep me young. We have 7 daughters and 3 sons ages 36 to 14. We have a high schooler at a middle schooler yet at home. We have 3 beautiful grandchildren ages 13 to 3. I believe our family keeps life so worthwhile. It also causes me to grow, even in areas I’m not sure I want to, like patience. If 10 children don’t teach patience, I’m not sure what would.
I am a typical type A oldest child. I love organization but I think I would have been more OCD if y home wasn’t as busy. I’m also an introvert who needs time to myself to recharge. I love one on one times more than being in groups. Which is kind of funny considering our family could be classified as a group.
My Favorite Quote
Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.
Even though I love my life I have had a lot of trials that and my life is far from perfect. But it doesn’t have to be, and that’s still ok.
I’ve had a lot of turning points in my life including 2 house fires, many hospital stays, 30 surgeries, and an amputation. Many health scares in the last few years that has made life a little more challenging. We had our 2nd house fire in March 2005 and I was inside and had lung damage and have battled with asthma ever since. We also found out in 2014 that we had mold in the walls that hadn’t been properly treated when redoing the house that caused many other problems. I’ve had many hospital stays, surgeries, sepsis twice, and a host of other problems including fibromyalgia, that make me physically inactive. So this is a great way of reaching out when I can’t leave my home.
I frequently have other moms ask for advice on parenting and saving money. They have commented about me starting a blog so I finally listened. I love being able to help share the experiences that I’ve had mothering many children. I have teased my older children that they were “practice” and now I finally know what I’m doing. Of course, then another child has differences and I’m right back at square one. I think my youngest daughter will require all I learned with her 6 older sisters and more. I have talked about life lessons, toddlers, and uniqueness in your child,
Saving money is a passion I developed when I came home and we became a one-income family. I have had to learn to squeeze a penny until it squeaks. I use coupons, a price book, stockpiling. I save big at the grocery store and have become very creative in making our income stretch. I‘ve learned how to do laundry in the most affordable way.
It’s actually fun to see how much I can save. I have become more creative in my home management. Looking to save money and still create a beautiful, welcoming home with little money is a challenge I love. Showing hospitality while being a gracious hostess has stretched my creativity.
I’ve had a lot of health scares in the last few years that has made life a little more challenging. We had our 2nd house fire in March 2005 and I was inside and had lung damage and have battled with asthma ever since. We also found out in 2014 that we had mold in the walls that hadn’t been properly treated when redoing the house that caused many other problems. I’ve had many hospital stays, surgeries, sepsis twice, and a host of other problems that make me physically inactive. So this is a great way of reaching out when I can’t leave my home. I would love to encourage other moms that you can still be great as a mom even when you feel inadequate. There have been so many times I have felt I have short-changed my kiddos by not bring able to do as much, go as much, or that I need more help than most moms. I believe God still has planned this perfectly for me and my family no matter the circumstances.
We now live in an apartment and I really love it. I especially love the fact we don’t have to shovel snow or mow. I’ve been learning how to decorate and organize and an apartment is a little different than a house. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Thanks for visiting. I’d love to hear from you…