Primarily written by Adrienne, a homeschooling mother of seven, ages 10 and under. She chronicles life, laughs, struggles, and lessons learned as she raises a larger-than-most sized family and tries to figure out what she's doing day by day.

With occasional posts, Alexandra, Adrienne's older sister, writes of her ranch life in Nevada and raising four sons, ages 5 and under. Life is never dull and her boys have given her some pretty awesome stories to tell.

Stick around awhile, and you're sure to laugh, nod, smile, be encouraged, and see what life is like with a big (little) family.


Our dishwasher is complaining. It has been for a while. It runs great, cleans the dishes great, but it has buttons. Oft-pushed buttons. So now, when pushed, they typically ignore you all together. No go, not gonna do it. It’s become a game to see who can get the dishwasher to start. If we all lose, we have to wash the dishes by hand, so it’s a vested interest on all sides to conquer the tired electrical mechanism and get it to go.

Add to this that two of the buttons have started speaking back in the form of electrical shock to any who dare to push them, and things get quite exciting. Visitor beware, “Spray” and “Rinse” will bite back.

Lately, Blaine’s even gotten into the thick of things. Last night, even he couldn’t get it. I stared at the overcrowded drawers of dishes that had been rotting in the spring heat for a day and did what any good woman would do.

I closed the door and decided to try again in the morning.

This morning, after fiddling for several minutes while the thing mutely sat there and ignored me, I offered up the job to Eden. The alternative being wash them all herself, she jumped in with ten fingers, ready to push buttons with vigor until something decided to go.

She got it. It’s washing. It’s also dinging. One ding per second kind of dinging. Perfect. Two hours of this and our ears will all be dinging for a week. So long as I don’t have to wash them by hand.

Dishwasher recommendations, anyone?


Anonymous said...

It doesn't sound good Adrienne. Mom

Jennifer said...

Freecycle! Ours is going strong 4 years later.

Anonymous said...

So not what you want to hear, I know, but the cheap end of dishwahshers are NOT worth the money. (Unless you want to wash them by hand too...) Spend the money and get a good one.I guess, you might have to wash them by hand while you save up a little more, but I would say it would be worth it. -We spent about $350 on a Hotpoint (GE) and it's crap.

lcarp51 said...

Try Craigslist for a used one. We just got a Bosch and like it. Less capacity than our old one but Brian likes the motor. Or something. Anyway. Still better to wash 2 loads by machine than an hour by hand.

Kayla Heeren said...

I was going to recommend Craigslist or Freecycle too!

Alysia said...

Shoot! My in-laws just donated theirs. Although, I would have had to rent a u-haul to get it to you with all the other things I'll be bringing next time I come. ;)