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Getting to know us... getting to know all about us...

Q: Are y'all Catholic? Penecostal?

My generic silly answer for years to this question was "Nope, just passionate Protestants!" with a big smile.  'Tis true Tony and I were both raised Southern Baptist but the Lord has since led us to a Mennonite church.  Our "church affiliation" has no bearing on our family size... we trust the Lord to provide us with children in His perfect timing! 

Q: Where do y'all go to church?

The Lord has led us to a wonderful "semi-conservative" Mennonite church, Red Oak Community Mennonite Church.

Q: Are y'all done having kids?

Oh!  I sure hope not!  I love everything about being pregnant and giving birth and I hope to keep on having babies until He closes my womb!  We are a "quiverfull" family.

 What is Quiverfull?

What do you mean you are "Quiver Full"?  What is that? 

The phrase "quiver full" comes from Psalms 127: 3-5:
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:  and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver FULL of them:  they shall not be ashamed but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Being 'quiver full' is just a way of saying that we trust the Lord to bless us with children as He wills.  Children are a Blessing!  If you were a warrior going into battle how many arrows would you want to take with you?  The amazing part is that we can greatly multiply our ability to reach people for the Lord if we have many arrows to prepare and then send out into the world!


For more information and encouragement in giving your "family planning" to our trustworthy and loving Lord, check out the Quiverfull website.


Q: Where do your kids go to school?

We homeschool and always have!  Read more about it on the Homeschooling tab.

Q: How old are your kids?

Well we had a thing going with even years for a while...

Caleb 92

Mollyl 94

Sam 96

Luke 98

MaryVance 00

Elijah 02

And then Isaac was born at the very end of 03

Joseph 06

Nehemiah 08

Q: What do y'all drive?!

Yes, we were recently asked this question at Walmart!  We drive a Dodge Sprinter and really enjoy it.

Q: How do you do it all?

I don't.  {smile}  I do what's important!  Our children are wonderful helpers and they each have chores they are responsible for.  I've found that having a very basic routine helps immensely.  If you'd like more information on our 'routine' and how we manage a 'larger-than-normal' household, click here.


Q: Why does your family dress the way it does?

The Bible teaches that we are all to dress modestly.  We apply this scripture by having our girls in dresses/jumpers/skirts and our boys don't go topless (the girls don't either!).  "Modest" can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people but these guidelines are what we have chosen for our family. Read more here.

We also practice the headcovering according to the scripture in 1 Corinthians 11.  We believe this is honoring to our Lord and we love doing this for Him.