About Me

Hi there!

I'm Laura, the face behind this blog.

I created this blog because I felt that as a mother of 7 children (and potentially more) it was important I share our life with you all.  There is a misconception that mothers of many kids are saints, have tons of patience, or are supermoms.  There's a misconception in our culture that children are burdens, and that to have more than one or two is insanity.  This blog, I hope, will dispell some of those misconceptions and give people a glimpse into the life of a large family.

I am very passionate about homeschooling.  I am currently in my second year of homeschool, and I LOVE IT!

I was diagnosed with Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome in 2014.  I have been actively researching natural hormone replacement therapy and alternative ways to help with my PCOS.

I follow the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan found in the book, Trim Healthy Mama;  written by sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison.  I share recipes, recipe round ups, and reviews on my blog.

Join me as I explore the crazy, happy life God has blessed me with.


My husband, Bram, is 33 and works at our local nuclear plant.  He likes to workout and do mud run obstacle courses.  He is a 3x Tough Mudder legionnaire.  I am 25 and am a stay-at-home wife and mother.  I love to crochet (you can find me on Facebook here:  For the Luv of Yarn), workout, make deco-mesh wreaths, cheer for the Seattle Seahawks, and do mud run obstacle courses.  I did my first Dirty Girl Mud Run in August, and my first Tough Mudder in October with my husband.  We married in August of 2008. 

This is Fionna Grace.  She is 7 years old.  She loves Princesses, Ponies, and all things glitter.  (and Seahawks...you know where that comes from, lol)

This is Tiernan James.  He is 6 years old.  He is currently obsessed with LEGOs and Star Wars.  (and the Packers...hmm.)

This is Kayson Frederick.  He is 5 years old.  He loves Spiderman, LEGOs, and School!  (and the New York Giants...which is a disgrace, haha.)

This is Liam Martel.  He is 4 years old.  He loves Batman, Hulk, and anything green.  He has the prettiest blue eyes just like his Daddy.

This is Ronan Augustine.  He is 3 years old.  He loves Batman, food, and Dinosaurs.  He is a real sweetheart, too.

This is Winry Rose.  She is our 1-year-old.  She loves to toddle around the house, get into lots of trouble and pester our Boxer, Dixon.  She is obsessed with my crochet hooks. 

*In August of 2016, we found out we were expecting #7.  Sadly, on September 11, 2016, the Lord saw fit to bring our baby to Heaven.  Darcy "Bubbles" Sortwell was born into heaven at 10 weeks gestation.  We cannot wait to meet our child in heaven some day.

This is our Boxer puppy, Dixon.  He is so loved by everyone, and for the most part;  he is a great dog.

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