Hi! I'm just now coming on board to blog here, so I thought I'd introduce myself.
I'm Melanie. My DH and I have been married for 10 years. We've been blessed with 5 munchkins (GBBGB) ranging in age from 9 down to 1 year old. This past October we were heartbroken to learn at a routine prenatal appt that our 6th baby, who we were expecting to be born in February 2008, had died. I was induced, and our baby girl was stillborn at the hospital on October 5th.
I'm a SAHM, but in my former, pre-mom life I was a Christian elementary school teacher. I also currently provide childcare in our home for a 1 yr. old girl and 3 1/2 mo. old boy. In addition to that, during the football/volleyball and basketball season, I work part-time as a concessions manager at the Christian high school where my DH teaches. DH teaches computer classes and is the technology director there. Our 3 school-age children attend our church's elementary school.
Even before DH and I were married, we knew we wanted a large family. We didn't really have a set number other than "more than 3." I'm the oldest of 3, but my mom was the oldest of 7, and I always loved getting together with her family. When I was little I always wanted more siblings. DH only has a younger brother, but when he was in high school, he attended a school too far from his home to go back and forth everyday, so during the week he lived with a family that had 5 kids. He loved the large family dynamic! I'm sure our childhood experiences played a part in us both wanting a larger than average family of our own. Are we done yet? Who knows?!
I've been a member of LOK since way back in 2003 when I only had 3 children and didn't "qualify" as having lots of kids. Neverthless, Mirz and the others at LOK welcomed me with open arms! Even today when I'm here I often feel like my family is small because so many members have quite a few more children than I do!