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.


Feline conversations and other delusions.

Ruby: “Mom, what do horseflies make?”

“Um, they bite. I don’t really know what else they do.”

“Oh. I thought maybe they made horseradish.”

For what it’s worth, horseradish is on Ruby’s top ten list for favorite things. It’s right up there with broccoli, cauliflower, salad, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, and anything containing sugar that isn’t cake.

The (wild) barn cat got into the house today. I’ve come to conclude I will never know how at this point. At any rate, after many attempts to shoo it outside, all ending in the cat squeezing through the hole in the laundry room that leads to the crawlspace… one final attempt succeeded and the outdoor skittish cat is once again outdoors. It’s always something.

Seeing said scaredy cat in the yard later in the day, Ruby says, “Hello Callie. We will have to call you ‘Calico Cat that Came in the House’ now. How do you like that name? No? Then you shouldn’t have come in. So there.”

The whole one sided (in my head, anyhow) conversation was more than I could take. My stomach got a better workout from laughing than anything else I threw at it today. I can see it now. “Ten days with Ruby to Tighter Abs”. We can all see how well it’s worked for me. Or not. Just picture those envied abs we all want… and close your eyes if you run into me. You know, to brace yourself for the bouncing you’ll be doing.

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