About Nicole & her Blog
Nicole is a winner of Top 25 Moms with Big Families - 2012
Did you always want a big family? If not, when did you change your mind?
After our first two children (boy & girl) we thought we were done having children. We enjoyed our life as a family of four. Then when our children were 13 and 10, God called us to be foster parents. Overnight we went from having two children to four children, and within 2 months we added another. We didn't know the journey we were about to embark on, but we were committed. We eventually adopted all three boys. Even though many people thought we were crazy, we knew we had room in our home and hearts for one more. We brought our daughter home from the hospital when she was 2 days old, and eventually went on to adopt her as well.
What's a common misconception about big families?
I sometimes forget that our "normal" is a "novelty" to others, and there are families with way more children than us. We recently went to an amusement park to celebrate one of our children's birthdays. At lunchtime I ordered 8 hot dogs, along with a few other items. I shocked the concession stand worker so bad that he was speechless. I would say that a common misconception about big families is that they are not able to do as much because of the expense. While I will admit that it is more expensive when we go places, we manage to make it work. We look for deals like kids eat free and opting to go to the drive-in instead of the movie theater. There are also places that offer a family deal and those are more cost effective. It just takes a little extra planning and researching, but it is possible.
How many children do you have? What's the age difference between the oldest and youngest?
We are now a family of 8 (6 children) and are very close. Our children range in age from 3 to 20 years old.
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