An about page all about us! How fun!  How thrilling you want to know all about us!

Family Photo, Fall 2017

I’ll try to keep this short but I tend to ramble on….you have been warned.

I began blogging in 2009 when Sue Cramer told me I should.  I told her I didn’t have anything to say.  I guess she was right on and I was mistaken.

The blog has always been about my life with four boys.  I wanted to show how much fun our life is!

Sue and I had a lot of fun putting that blog up and it was SO MUCH FUN.  You can still see that old blog here.  It’s a blast from the past.

In 2013, Becca Ludlum said, “Let’s make this blog look like you!” and she changed it to this beautiful site with this noticeable image you see here…

My life, summed up

This photo sums us up pretty well.  I have these insane adorable boys who call me Mama and my life is all the better for it.  I tell you all the funny stories we survive together and you can all be thankful you aren’t us.

In 2015, we sold the farm and moved to town.  Seriously.  It’s been a great move for us.

In 2018, I left my job at the library and began a new job…as a full time stay at home mom.  You can read about it here. And as you can imagine, those boys of mine, they have grown up a bit….

All this would not be possible without my handsome husband, Jake.  He drives a semi truck, I got him hooked on audio books (librarian in me!), he loves to garden and he may be a bit excitable at ALL home games of all kinds at our school.  You have been warned if you sit near us at a game.

We were married in 1997 and that is “way back before 2000’s, in the olden days” as my younger boys say.

 

The boys are…

S1, Andrew.

Andrew is making me old.  He GRADUATES in 2018 from High School and works for Greenmark equipment and he will soon be going far away to college to be certified in John Deere tractors.  He collects Wheel Horse tractors, he is an amazing wood worker and he is an old soul. (YES, alllllllll those tractors are his!)

State Champ!!!! (and also a photo of my parents)

2015 State Champ!!!!
(and also a photo of my parents)

S2, Isaac.

Isaac turns 16 in 2018 and he already has a pick up truck that he drives all around our back yard which I am sure our neighbors enjoy – haha! He is very into hunting, fishing, kayaking, and listening to old country music and classic rock.

S3, Eli.

Eli will be 14 in 2018 and has such a mix of hobbies!  He flies RC Airplanes, he lives for cross country, he enjoys track, he was wrestler who placed fourth in the region in his first year wrestling, he is on the Odyssey of the Mind team, he knits with me and will soon outpace me in knitting and is all around happy go lucky guy.

 

S4, Abraham.

Abe is our comedian.  He will take the world by storm and talk your ear off and sing a song over and over and over and over to the point of making you crazy.  He is all about football, painting a football field in our back yard and practicing football by throwing himself to the ground.  How does he turn 13 this year?

Also part of our family are my two nephews, Levi and Hunter.  They hang out with us after school and I can’t imagine our life without them! You are for sure going to be hearing about them!

I have a HUGE love of coffee, I only began knitting in 2018 and have to talk about it!, after spending seven years as a librarian I have a lot of thoughts on books, I have strong community togetherness passion, am currently addicted to podcasts and I love finding the joy in every day things.

That pretty much sums us all up very quickly!

 

Other things you may want to know…

In 2010, a local news station thought we were so interesting that they made me the Fox 17 Morning Mom.  They sent us on little trips around West Michigan and interviewed us regularly over Skype. Great fun times!  While you can no longer find these clips (this makes my heart so sad), you CAN watch a clip of other times we have been on Fox 17 HERE.

Sue Cramer and I worked together on Praise and Coffee the Magazine.  Sue was the brains and it is her baby, I’m  thankful I was the co-editor.  It’s was great blessing!  Now she is busy with her Mezzo coffee shop but the three of us on the P and C team get together and brain storm still.

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If you want to get to know us because you are new to the blog, here are some of my most popular posts….

 

The time Dave Ramsey promoted my blog because I said I didn’t like him. Really.  It’s had 80 plus thousand hits.  Apparently it sorta hit a nerve, who knew?

The time I went camping and was found naked…that’s a great one. Or at least, my friends think so. Me, not so much.

There was this time my husband had a colonoscopy.  Holy stinking cow, hilarious.

There are TONS of stories of the things my boys convince me to cook.  Like the time we had woodchuck for dinner.

How one of our sons stood up for his values, and later how we ended up pulling him out of school to homeschool him.

In 2015 I announced we were leaving the farm and how to not sell your farmhouse.  We began a whole new adventure living in town with the world’s cutest puppy Liberty (and how she and Jake may be the reason we didn’t have neighbors in town for awhile).  We thought living on the farm was an adventure.  Town life is a whole new fun.

In 2018, I left my job at the library to be a stay at home mom. One day I was washing dishes and went, hmmmm, I miss blogging and here we are today!

If you want to hear me on a podcast (how thrilling is that?!) you can HERE.  I am so thankful Speaking4Him invited me to come chat with him!

Thank you so much for stopping by, watching us grow up and making my boys think I am all kinds of famous!

2016 Family Photo in our back yard with Liberty our beagle pup by samanthanicolephoto.com

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