Introducing Large Family Life: Video Conversations with a Mom of 15

Blogging has changed a lot since I started in 2005. Back then you could write about what you had for dinner and who got sick that week and everyone loved it! Today there is so much out there, so many choices, so many other things to do other than reading a silly post about how many loads of laundry were done during the day.

The current thought is that posts must be “evergreen.” This means a reader can actually gain something lasting and useful from your post; more like an article in a magazine than a log of regular life.

Turns out, I love writing posts that are more like articles. In fact, I wanted to be a journalist when I grew up (but hated how you had to be feisty and pushy and gave it up). I even know how to make really, really, really, really long ones.

I didn’t realize it until one dear reader mentioned she was printing one of my posts out and it took seven pages (when I looked at the post I found it was over 3000 words, enough for a small book!).

One thing about those long articles: They take loads and loads of time! First, there is the idea. Then there is the writing. Then there is the research (oh, how I love the research 🙂 ). Then there is the other stuff bloggers must do (such as formatting, graphics, SEO, categories, promotion, etc.).

Well, the Lord gave me a creative idea; why not start a vlog? Instead of the written word only (which is important for many reasons), my readers could hear directly from me about large family life.

Right away I went to a very active, sweet group on Facebook that is full of Christian moms with large families who homeschool, and I asked them what they would like to ask an older mom with lots of children about large family life. I know this is important because it’s what I sought out back when I only had four of my own. I ached to ask older moms questions, but I was afraid they would either think I was silly or a bother.

The response was phenomenal! The questions were real, and I actually knew a little bit about most of what they wanted to know (although there are always subjects I am still growing in).

Since then, I have been able to record two videos, one an introduction, and the other one dealing with the giants in a large family mom’s life.

My goal is to try and include the practical, nitty-gritty, down-in-the-trenches advice (or examples) along with some spiritual encouragement. I believe I have hit a nice balance with these two, and I hope to continue the same in the future.

So, here are the links. I hope you enjoy!

Now don’t you to worry! I know there are many who don’t do Facebook or find that reading my blog is more convenient. I will continue to blog conventionally because I do dearly love it so 🙂 However, by having these videos at the ready I can alternate so that I can take two weeks to produce something amazing instead of trying to rush something mediocre.

Next up, I will be publishing the post I promised on “Customer Service.” Meanwhile, I will also be producing some video chats that I hope you find helpful.

By the way, if you have any burning questions you would like to ask me, just drop a line in the comments below.

22 thoughts on “Introducing Large Family Life: Video Conversations with a Mom of 15

  1. I’d like to know more about teens gaining independence, meeting members of the opposite sex, courting/dating, etc. My oldest is nearly 16.

    • What a subject! I could spend days on that one–but I know it is probably one of the shakiest subjects for those of us who homeschool. I’ll pray and try that one, too.

  2. Wow, I love this! I have loved your videos in the past on the McGuffeys and such. And your voice is very soothing! Hee hee!
    I am looking forward to more vlogs. You are a wonderful Titus2 woman of the Lord!
    Blessings!
    Gigi

  3. I loved watching these videos, can’t wait for more.
    I’m in the early phases of motherhood, with a 3 year old, 1 year old and one on the way. I am looking to experienced mothers.

  4. Sherry,
    I want to get away from traditional Abeka, but I am afraid ( giant) that it will take more time and I won’t be good at using the McGuffey readers and Notebooking. Also, what about finances? My husband is a factory worker. His pay increases are always eaten up by ever-increasing healthcare premiums. He hasn’t had a “cost of living raise” in 10 years. How do you make ends meet and not become discouraged with always watching your pennies?

  5. How about the subject of the ever decreasing family size as children marry and how to regroup as a family. And as a Mom also could you address how to adjust to less help as those darling daughters take their acquired skills and begin their new families? thanks

  6. How do you get outside as much as possible (as many days as possible)? With your children. And when the weather isn’t nice for days in a row. And in winter… How do you manage your day/week to achieve this? With a baby, I can send the other 6 children outside, but the baby and I mostly stay inside. Which I know, isn’t good at all.

  7. Thank you Sherry, I’m glad you are doing vlogs. It is nice to see your smile and hear your gentle voice. I loved the introduction video – and no, I don’t think you’re weird for not making your life too busy with sports and other out-of-the-home activities.

  8. I love these videos so far! Please keep posting as you can. My new favorite pastime this year is to “stalk” large family blogs and gleen as much wisdom as possible from women who have figured a few things out lol;)
    I really enjoy your humor (yes, even when you’re writing you are quite funny!!)
    We have an Army connection, since I also joined the army young (17 1/2) in 2005 . I’m sure the Army has changed a bit since the time when you were in.
    I got married in the Army when I was almost 19, and then also had my first at 20.
    I’ve had 5 beautiful kids total now, although one is kept safe by the Most Loving Arms in heaven. Looking forward to adopting from foster care in the future and love the wisdom you offer about how to homeschool and get things done! I figure if I can get things more organized and somewhat under control now with 4, adding more in will be easier. I’m also learning how to not overcommit so that I can be a happy, fun, peace filled mom and not crazy mom.
    Your relationship with Jesus is amazing, and refreshing and I want to be just like you when I grow up!

    Thank you again!
    Chrystal

    • Thank you for sharing a bit about your life, Chrystal. I think you are right, if you can keep things “somewhat” under control now, adding more should be easier. Learning how not to overcommit is truly a bit of wisdom! You have made me smile!

  9. The “defeating your giants” video was timely encouragement for me today. The Lord used this to help me pull myself up by my bootstraps and press on. Thank you.

  10. Thank you so much for these videos! I don’t usually watch videos (because I can’t speed-read them, LOL!), but I will watch yours!! I’m so glad that you will keep blogging, though, because I love your posts and love being able to print them off to read over again. Many of your posts are currently residing in my parenting notebook!! 🙂

    Looking forward to learning from all you have to teach!!
    Diana

    P.S. Can you elaborate on something you mentioned in your video – praying in the Spirit? I’m a little at a loss with that one. Thanks!!

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