Our New Family of 7

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Hello everyone,

We’re still in survival mode here — just taking care of the basics (food, love, sleep, laundry), but I wanted to pop in with some pictures to share with you.

Every once in a while, we get professional photos done. We’re so happy with the ways these ones turned out (taken by Katie Jett Walls) and know they will always be a part of our family archive.

Diana was eight days old here. She’s now five weeks. I know, it went by fast for me too.

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Life with a new baby, and therefore five children, has been both noisy and deeply quiet, crazy and calm, complex yet simple.  Devoting myself to a newborn forces me to slow down, put my to-do list on hold, and cuddle.  And yet when everyone is home, and Taylor Swift is blasting, plastic monster trucks are flying, dinner is burning, and the baby starts crying, I am one with the hub-bub.

And then of course there are the teeter-tottering emotions of the post-partum period.  Like most mothers of newborns, I feel at times triumphant and at times fragile, as if I were a crystal vase catching the light at the edge of the counter.

As I adjust to and absorb this new expanded life of ours, I am thankful to my contributing writers who have been carrying the blog along with great posts like:

How to Tame the Back to School Frenzy by Suz

7 Ways Pinterest Helps Me Simplify and Save by Jen

The Simple Cleaning Routine that Helps Me Save Money, Stay Trim, and Find Serenity by Rayna

How Technology is Making Reading Easier and Life Simpler by Samantha

Why Frugal is Not the Same as Cheap by Karen


How Our Family Budgets Money by Sara

More good stuff to come. For now, I’m signing off,

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  • Alison October 1, 2013, 11:49 pm

    Love the photos! Looking forward to reading about your adventures as a family of 7!

    • Amy October 2, 2013, 10:26 am

      Thank you, Alison. You’re right, it does feel like a new adventure. My husband and I came from families of 4, so we’re just making it up as we go.

      Take care,

  • Janae @ Bring-Joy September 27, 2013, 6:46 am

    Gorgeous! & congrats. I’m so happy for you & your family. These pictures are priceless. We’re gearing up to hit a family of 5 here in a few months; I’m totally bracing myself for impact. After the baby, it always takes a few months to really hit the ground again, & I’m not sure how taking care of 5 little ones will be. Busy, of course, but oh, having a deciciously sweet baby around is such a joy for everyone (despite the broken sleep).

    Anyway, hope you’re soaking all the new-baby goodness in–we both know it doesn’t last long!

    P.S. Are your older children loving the baby? That’s one thing I’m excited for–my kids are finally old enough to really enjoy a baby.

    • Amy September 27, 2013, 8:21 am

      I’m so happy for you, Janae! You are going to have so much fun. Of course, as you suspect, managing a big family is a big job, and half the time I feel like I’m forgetting something or someone. Hopefully my head will clear up after I start getting more sleep.

      And yes, my older daughters LOVE taking care of the baby and interacting with her. And they totally “get” how cute she is: every time the baby makes a gurgle or coo, they’re like, “Awww!”

      Surprisingly my wild 3-year-old is very interested in her, and talks to and about her in a high voice.

      I’m wishing you a wonderful rest of your pregnancy and birth. It’s going to be great.


  • Mary September 25, 2013, 1:19 am

    Congratulations Amy – 5 children and all so gorgeous!
    Thank you for replying to my question and I think you have answered it well.ox

  • Julie September 20, 2013, 12:18 am

    What beautiful pictures! This post brought an instant smile to my face and reminded me just how much joy there is in a growing family. Thank you for sharing these precious moments!


    • Amy September 20, 2013, 9:25 am

      Dear Julie,

      Thanks for your kind words. From one frugal mama to another, I’m sure you know how this growing family is going to challenge my frugality!

      Take care,

  • Candy September 19, 2013, 10:15 am

    Thank you for sharing the pictures. You really caught the happiness and warmth that I know is over flowing in that room. I especially like the picture of Diana in the basket!

    • Amy September 20, 2013, 9:23 am

      Hi Candy,

      Wow, I’m so touched that you could feel the happiness and warmth through the pictures. You are clearly a very sensitive person.

      All the best,

  • Sheila September 19, 2013, 10:06 am

    You have a BEAUTIFUL family – I love reading your blog and posts – I only have one daughter, but I love reading about your family – you are so sweet, your husband and children are blessed!! Praying for you and your family – Thank for sharing the pictures!


    • Amy September 19, 2013, 10:11 am

      Hi Sheila,

      You’re so sweet! I love hearing from new readers (or people who may not have commented before). It helps me feel like it’s all worth while.

      All my best to you and your daughter,

  • Daisy September 18, 2013, 10:41 pm

    What beautiful photos and what a beautiful family. I hope little Diana is fitting into your family well. Thanks for taking the time to share with us!

    • Amy September 19, 2013, 10:09 am

      Hi Daisy,

      And thank you for taking the time to write to me. Diana is adjusting quite well to our loud household — and getting passed around from one set of arms to another.

      Hope all is well with you,

      • Anonymous September 20, 2013, 2:46 am

        I’m very well, thanks Amy. My third baby is very used to noise and being woken up to do the school run and generally just fitting in with whatever is going on. My parenting changes so much with each baby, I really feel like I’m hitting my stride with my third, but I certainly relate to your vase analogy. It doesn’t take much for it to fall to pieces!

  • Andrea Jones Oberschlake September 18, 2013, 6:37 pm

    Amy, these are beautiful pictures of you and your family. I really like how the authenticity shines through.

    • Amy September 19, 2013, 10:08 am

      Hi Andrea,

      Thank you for saying so. I love the more candid shots too.

      Good to hear from you!

  • Jeanne stock September 18, 2013, 4:59 pm

    I can’t reach you!!! All this technology and I still can’t reach you!!! Need your new address and phone:) xoxo jeanne

  • Anonymous September 18, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful update with pictures! You are a beautiful family. I’ll show Wade!!!! Love to you!

  • Anna September 18, 2013, 1:31 pm

    What a beautiful family. Be proud of it! I have 5 sons and people would say the craziest things about having a big family. Children are a gift, not a disease . I wish there were more big families these days, but considering the economy , people have just one or two .
    When I was pregnant with my last two children, people would actually come up and say, ” you’re having more” , are you gonna get your tubes tied”, to which I would reply, children are a gift that I can afford”.
    So, enjoy your beautiful large family! They truly are a gift from God

    • Amy September 18, 2013, 2:09 pm

      Hi Anna,

      I know, people must look at us and think we’re crazy, right? (Maybe they’re not all wrong…)

      Thank you for your solidarity and encouragement,

      • Anonymous September 18, 2013, 2:40 pm

        Your welcome! Your family is truly beautiful., each and every one of them. Enjoy them. They grow up fast!

  • Candy Lyons September 18, 2013, 1:15 pm


    What beautiful pictures of your beautiful family! Looking forward to seeing you all at the block party.


    • Amy September 18, 2013, 2:08 pm

      Hi Candy,

      Wonderful — see you at the moonbounce!


  • Nancy Feyen September 18, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Thank you for these lovely photos of your family and for a beautiful piece of writing.

    • Amy September 18, 2013, 2:07 pm

      Hi Nancy,

      I wish I could be passing them around in our writing group! And God bless you for calling these few sentences a piece of writing.


  • Jen @ Jen Spends September 18, 2013, 11:16 am

    You have such a beautiful family! You make it look so easy, even though I know it’s not. I loved your crystal vase analogy–I can totally relate to that. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.

    • Amy September 18, 2013, 2:06 pm

      Hi Jen,

      Not easy for sure. It’s both fun and hard and everything in between, right?

      I’m glad the crystal vase analogy simile made sense to someone else too.

      Take care and enjoy that baby,

  • Gayle September 18, 2013, 11:07 am

    Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous family!

    • Amy September 18, 2013, 2:04 pm

      Thanks Gayle! It’s amazing what a difference an expensive camera can do…

  • Julie September 18, 2013, 10:47 am

    The pictures look beautiful, thank you for sharing!

    • Amy September 18, 2013, 10:53 am

      So glad you like them too, Julie!

      Take care,