Hi, I’m Tricia. I am the mother of 9 children. If that alarms you or you feel that our family size is irresponsible please read on.
We have raised chidren who are honest, hard working, generous and caring. The have been raised to work hard and contribute. Unlike many children in this days society, they have not been raised to feel that they deserve everything and know that in life they must work hard to reach their goals. They know what a hard days work feels like and they also know the pleasure and pride in a job well completed. They have been raised to respect authority while still knowing the right questions to ask. They understand the concept of community and the importance of sharing not only their resources but also their kindness.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, a few days ago I received an anonymous comment (which I chose not to publish) and which I have decided not to answer the sender directly but instead address some issues right here in my own space.
The emailer read my post about how excited we are in welcoming a 9th child into our family. She accused me of over populating the world, not walking the walk and using a “green” agenda to make myself look better or profit from other people who are trying to live a more responsible life through this blog. I have taken a couple of days to write this and believe me it was way better written in my head but I digress. In the past I have seen other blogger momma’s whom I care about get bullied by a comment poster. Because they are nice caring people those comments probably upset them. If this was the intent of the person who sent me an email, let me assure her. I am not upset by your comments, but as any mother of a large “brood” would do, I am going to take this opportunity to teach a little : )
So…lets take this step by step.
Firstly, We do walk the walk. Everyday. We buy most things used because they have already made their impact on materials and resources. I make alot of my childrens clothing, gifts and the things we need. We recycle almost everything we can. No paper products (well, few paper products) rags for cleaning, un-needed papers are shred an added to chicken nest boxes and once soiled thrown in the compost. We do not need to use anymore resources than a “normal” family of 4 might use because we watch our consumption and are happy with what we have.
Secondly, I have never made a dime on this blog so any opinions or postings are my own ideas and not meant to profit from any “unsuspecting” reader who might visit here. I have purposely not set my blog to monitze and share my ideas freely here because I like to share and believe that building community is important. That does not mean that I would never take sponsors in the future but even in that event what you see here is what you get. This is our life and we are sharing it with you.
Thirdly, Regarding my “overpopulating” the world. I believe that we do not have enough people on this planet who care about others, who are good stewards and good citizens. If you have a problem with children who will grow up to serve others and their community and be good, decent, God fearing people then my advise to you is have some children because you are going to be outnumbered. Here is a little clip on demographics.
In this country we are on the borderline.
So next time you decided to anonymously bully a mom online, pick one that won’t fight for her family, her rights, her faith and her freedom.
To everyone else who reads my blog and loves our family, stick around!! The best is yet to come.