Hello, our online family! Yes, all of you reading this. Though we don’t know you personally, and will most likely never meet most of you, you’re still are our online family. 🙂
So, as with all family, you share what you are going through and we’d like to share our latest news with you. We are so excited to announce, we are EXPECTING!! Yup, you heard that right. Baby number seven will be joining our family.
your questions answered!
So, we get a ton of questions from you guys. From family questions to blogging to everything in between. I’d like to take this post to answer some of those. If I miss something, ask away in the comments below and we’ll answer them.
why so many kids?!
With our announcement of baby number seven, here are some of the comments we’ve gotten:
- You guys are crazy.
- Why so many kids?
- How in the world do you support them?
- You guys should have five more, your kids are wonderful.
- Whatever the Lord gives, you have to accept them as his gift.
- And the list goes on.
I’d love to take a minute to discuss these questions. I come from a family of 11, my husband is an only child.
When we had our 5th child, we thought we were done having children. When she turned four, we got rid of the baby things. Little miracle Elijah was unexpected (his story HERE).
Initially, I was closed to the idea of more children. But, even before we delivered I can just sense God stirring my heart. Something only God alone can do (because we take children very seriously). And here we are, sharing in the joy of another gift from above.
And this is the part that I really speak from the heart. It’s one thing to get pregnant (though I know there are many women who cannot conceive and my heart goes out to you), it’s another story to raise the child. Children need a Godly Father figure actively in their lives. The role of a dad in the home is unreplaceable. He will be the first image of a child’s perception of a Heavenly Father. He will be the example of how to love, respect and cherish a wife (something that the children will come to view as standard).
We so often discuss the importance of a Godly and active mother in a child’s life, and yes, don’t get me wrong, I strongly agree. We as mothers (and wives) can many a substantial impact on the lives of our children. However, there are some roles and responsibilities that can only be filled by the Father and Husband.
And that is why adding one more child means one more life we will be accountable for before God. We are incapable of being “perfect” parents, no matter how hard we try. We are very human and very flawed and will continuously make mistakes. However, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are able to achieve far greater results.
So, last year when we were doing our fall photo shoot, we announced we were expecting Elijah (post HERE). When we found out this year we were expecting again, we decided to tell the children and record their reactions just like the previous year.
We got to the part where we were taking our pictures and my sisters were lining the kids up to take a picture of them. My husband and I turned around with baby Elijah holding a sign, “promoted to Big Brother”.The kiddos were shocked, HA! They thought we were joking. Elizabeth was shocked the most. Our oldest, Benjamin, figured out we were expecting a few months ago, I have been so ill. Without going into the details, this pregnancy is a difficult one. (On a side note, if you’re going to make a sign that says “promoted”, be sure all the children know the word, lol.)
how do you run a blog?
A frequent question we get is how in the world we run a blog with all the kids? I like being transparent and open with you, so:
I don’t run this blog alone! This year, my husband went part-time with his business (he owns a roofing company) and he now works part-time alongside me. The many questions that answer evokes though, right? I’ll attempt to answer. His English isn’t the greatest so what he helps me with is the household things that I can’t handle alone while running a blog (and we all know things around the home never end). He helps with setting up all the equipment for videos and taking them down. He does a lot of the kids’ duties that I managed before (helps with appointments, school events, taking them to and from school) and the list goes on. Whatever he can do around the house to release me of work, that’s kind of what he does.
We love balancing life together, and NO, this is not for every family. Some couples just cannot work together. But, I am so grateful it works for us and we absolutely LOVE it.
We also have someone on our team that is almost full time as well. Her name is Victoria and she handles all the backend things for us. I consider her more of a partner than an employee though. She is local so she comes into the home and does the recipe testing with me, she helps me shoot the videos and completely manages our social media. (All the platforms, except Instagram. Though it’s our smallest platform, it’s my favorite and I manage that myself. I also answer all the comments on our blog.)
So grateful Victoria is a part of our life. She is such a huge blessing to our family.
Without her and my husband, we would not have a running blog. There’s way too much that goes into it and with six kiddos (almost seven), I would not be able to manage it (or our children would be lacking mom in their life and that’s not an option).
Lastly, the question we get most often is how we balance everything?
I may dedicate a whole post to this answer one day, it’s a loaded question. I’m all about being organized (OCD overload). I like to know what we are doing and how we are going to do it.
We try to have everything completely finished (workwise) before our children come home from school so we can dedicate our evenings to them and their events. Elizabeth is taking violin lessons, Nathan does chess club and engineering and the boys do basketball, and they are involved in church events. So, ye, they keep us busy.
No matter how hard I work, I can work harder with greater results. However, what helps me keep things balanced most is knowing we have a greater calling in life than our blog.
As a wife, my top priority is God, then my husband, then our children and everything else after that. Keeping that in perspective really helps with keeping a balanced life.
exciting happenings on blog-
Well, that was a larger post than expected. Now that the questions are out of the way, I’d like to share that we are finishing up our first EBOOK!
I need your input for our next EBOOK. Would you be interested in something that has all Ukrainian classic recipes, or one-pan meals, or the most popular recipes on the site now but in electronic book form? I’d love to hear what you want to see next. As soon as this one gets published, we will start on the next one.
I hope you enjoyed our 2019 Fall Family Pictures, our family updates and the answers to your questions.
Thanks for visiting, friends.
We so appreciate all of you. Without you, this blog would not exist. 🙂