Meet the Family

Who exactly are we? Well, in a nutshell... Crazy. 6 kids in a 19th century farmhouse in Virginia, toddler twins, homeschooling, homesteading... This blog is a whole lot of everything and nothing all at the same time, and I'm so excited that you're here to share that with us!

Here's an introduction to the main cast of characters:



John Paul, born July 2009 (birth story Part I, Part II, and Part III - it's a doozy!).  Expert chicken wrangler. Math whiz, cursive master, history buff, board game lover, and scooter fiend.

Current life goals:  Receiving his First Communion, winning at Solitaire without cheating, cooking entire meals for the family from scratch.



Cecilia, born January 2011. Voracious reader, creative artist, incredibly imaginative, nurturing but feisty.

Current life goals:  Taking care of Edith, embroidering something beautiful enough to win a prize at the county fair, learning to do all the same things John Paul can do (particularly writing in cursive).

Oh, and did you know we have twins?  Their birth story is here.


 This is Elizabeth, the elder of the twins.  Born in November 2012, she's also the (very slightly) smaller of the two.  Her megawatt smile never fails to get a chuckle from us, and her dance moves are unsurpassed.  Seriously loves pink, but is venturing out in her color choices lately. 
 
Current life goals:  Learning to read, petting the chickens without getting pecked, climbing up onto the kitchen counter without getting caught.


This is Mary Claire, the younger of the twins (by 11 minutes). Slightly larger than Elizabeth, slightly longer hair, slightly more whiney.  Loves the color purple, and can't believe you would DARE suggest she choose another color. Creates elaborate play scenarios with various stuffed animals, baby dolls, legos, plastic animals, dollhouse people, etc. and freaks out if anybody messes things up.

Current life goals: Hugging Edith constantly, fighting with Peter constantly, reading everything she can get her hands on, finding every edible plant in the yard and tasting it.



Peter (November 2014) is the most toddler-ish toddler you've ever met.  Loves any and all food, cars and trucks, and being outside. 

Current life goals:  Catching the cat, eating all the fruit growing in the yard, not making it through a single Mass without being taken out (goal accomplished).


Edith (November 2016) is sweet, smiley, sleepy, and quickly developing preferences for exactly how much mayhem she'll tolerate from her older siblings!

Current life goals: Rolling over, cramming both fists into her mouth, spitting up on every surface of the house.


And these are the parents!  Rosie (me) and Andrew (him) met in high school choir.  I thought I would never date him because he was a Baptist, and yet I found myself becoming more and more enamored of him during our long car rides home and hours of Instant Messaging (remember AIM?).  After a few months of dating, Andrew decided to convert to Catholicism and we realized that this relationship might work out in the long run!

6 years later (4 of which were long-distance), we were married!


Here we are on that fateful day in 2008

Now we're living in the DC area (an hour west of DC - want to hear the story of that time we bought a farm?) with our 5 kids.  Andrew's an attorney, and I'm a former music teacher, now staying home full-time with the kids as we try to navigate homeschooling and homesteading.

(If you're curious about our amazingly awkward love story, it's laid out in Part I, Part II, and Part III)

I started this blog so that my mom would stop bothering me for updates on the kids, but it has become a way to chronicle our craziness for myself as well.  And let's face it, it's fun to show the world how stinking cute these kids are!








23 comments :

  1. Wow, so glad I just found your blog through Jamie. what a beautiful family! We've had babies at very similar times, but you got an extra one the third time, you lucky girl!! I'm definitely following along with you now.

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    1. Ditto here - I'm loving your blog now that I found it through Jamie!

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  2. Hi Rosie! Greetings from Mary (nee Seale) Couch at CouchofRed.blogspot.com... a former St. Mark-ian! :) It's fun to see how you and your family are! Congrats on such a lovely bunch!

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    1. Crazy, it's been years! Through blog stalking I see that you're in South Bend - you should totally hang out with my sister, she's there right now!

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    2. Oops! I missed your reply. :) I'll reach out to Meg- I hope she's still in town! Happy Friday to you and your family!

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  3. So glad to have found your blog through Jamie! My family just moved up to Northern VA this fall :)

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  4. My girls have my Care Bear blankie from when I was little too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Hi, I just discovered your blog and wanted to say that your family is beautiful!! I'm jealous of your twin baby girls...I've always wanted twin girls.
    -Amelia

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  6. Hi Rosie,
    I have a boy born July 4, 2009, a girl born November 2010 and twin girls born May 2012. I saw your blog and thought you would understand the crazy days we have. The looks I get when I go to the store. Will be following you.

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    1. No way, we are totally living the same lives! It's good to know we're not the only ones :)

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    2. We also have a boy (Jan 2009) a girl (Aug 2010) and twin girls (May 2013). Life is certainly crazy and full!

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  7. I just found your blog and I love it! Turns out I know Meg from ND ;)
    I have a boy born June 2009 who begs to be a Priest and chants in Latin on a daily basis- we get screams if he misses the Asperges Me at Mass and he has already requested an aspergillium! I also have a boy born March 2012 and another August 2013. So fun to have kids so close in age!

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    1. Small world! I'm so glad to hear that John Paul's not the only one his age who has these obsessions :) Raising future priests is tough work!

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  8. I found your blog through Kendra at Catholic All Year. I have a son born in jan 2009 (but he's my #4) and he loves to read. I'm afraid he is much more into becoming the best Jedi in the whole galaxy than with becoming a priest, but it takes all kinds, right?

    I love this introduction to your family. So great. will add you to my list.

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  9. I've only just hopped over and am already loving this blog - so sweet - and I started my blog this year for my mom, too! Well for the grandparents! I'll have to quote you on that, for sure!

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    1. The only problem is if I go too long without posting, she starts to get cranky :P I've created a monster!

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  10. beautiful family :) Found your blog through Christine!

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  11. I am happy to have found your blog though Bonnie! I am currently waiting on #6 to arrive and our oldest is 5...no twins. :)

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  12. Came back to learn more about you after meeting through the meal link-up this weekend.... What a beautiful family you have! {And rockstar mama for your delivery of your twins!!!} I went to school at Christendom so I have a feeling we might have some real-life mutual friends. :) Our family blog is actually at http://muffindome.com {did the link-up through my food blog}. Stop by and say hi sometime! :)

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  13. Didn't realize you live in the DC area! I was a tour guide in DC for a few months back in 2009 and have visited the district many times over the years. Also, my husband is Baptist and I originally had concerns about dating him but he has been nothing but supportive (and participatory) along the way so it works for us.

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  14. Why do all the coolest moms live on the east coast?!?! I'm sure we would be friends. Love everything you wrote! Keep on keepin' on mama. I'll add you to my prayer list of homeschooling moms!

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