Hey, thanks for visiting! Just in case you are wondering who we are…
I’ve been on this amazing adventure called motherhood for almost 19 years now yet somehow I am still in Kindergarten. Yep, that’s my story. Amy- mom of seven kids spanning from college to kindergarten. 6 sons and as you may have guessed by our page name- one little princess of a daughter.
So the princess part is easy by why “The Pains”?? Isn’t that a negative way to talk about your children?? Well, Ok maybe it is… if you’re a glass half empty kind of person. But rest assured its not a slight toward my handsome, intelligent, creative, energetic boy crew. There’s a story there 😊 Many moons ago when we were in our 5 kid season we were watching Jon & Kate Plus 8 on TLC. My oldest son (you will come to know him as Benny the Jet) dreamed of us creating our own show. He named it “Amy & Shane Plus 5 Pains”. It became an ongoing joke and when our daughter was born we edited our title to be “Amy, Shane, The Princess and The Pains”
I grew up with a passion for writing from a very early age and I had many teachers tell me to make a career out of it. Somehow in the course of becoming a mother and wife I put my pen down. I’m honestly not really sure why. But times are changing and I’m ready to let the words out again.
Life has brought us so many seasons, experiences, joys and challenges and its time to share this with the world.
As the seasons have changed the passions have evolved but many are still dear to my heart; breastfeeding, childbirth & homebirth, cloth diapering, babyfood making, infant & toddler life, homeschooling and may other seasons have come and gone. Navigating school life, learning challenges, managing sports and activities, being an active volunteer, middle school hormones and teenage drama have replaced the seasons of burping babies. Riding this rollercoaster has also given me many lessons about self-love, parenting with anxiety and making marriage a priority.
If you decide to hang out here for a little while you will see that regardless of the phase of life I have maintained a passion for organization and order in a large family, seeking calm over chaos and finding the joy in every season of motherhood and marriage.
About My Family…
Shane aka My Steadfast, aka Dad, aka my amazing husband and partner in this crazy beautiful life. It just isn’t possible to do him justice in this little tiny description. Motivating, positive, encouraging and unwavering- he has always been my rock. He is also my live-in tech support.
Benny the Jet (18)- oldest son, big brother, college kid, star athlete. This is the kid who takes credit for giving me so much ‘experience’ as a mom. You name it, he’s put us through it! Giving me gray hair daily but also lighting up my world with his beautiful smile every time he walks in a room. (More on that beautiful smile later)
Mr. Incredible (13)- our second born son who has marched to his own drummer since birth. Imaginative, stubborn, dog lover, avid reader, fiercely passionate. Determined to challenge and test everything I think I know about parenting. The most beautiful baby ever born.
Thing 1 (12)- Baby A of our dynamic duo. Being a twin mom still fascinates me even after all these years. They re so similar but so different all at the same time. Thing 1 is caring, obsessed with justice, the most dependable of our bunch, and still a tiny but feisty fellow. He will fall on his sword for those he loves and is very close to his mama.
Thing 2 (12)– He’s the younger of the pair but considerably bigger which allows us to tell them apart. Thing 2 is outgoing, charming and determined to forge his own path full steam ahead. I predict he will keep us on our toes through the teen years but I have no doubt about his future success. This kid is unstoppable.
The Hulk (9)- Our sweet 5th son, quintessential middle child, best baby ever born. He is the biggest love bug, loves to help others, is a wonderful big brother to his younger siblings. He has his share of learning challenges and he takes them on like a Rockstar. His heart is huge…and he has a temper to match, hence his name, The Hulk!
Princess (8)- Our only daughter, sprinkling our home with sugar and spice since she came into the world- born here at home with the loudest scream ever heard from a newborn baby. She’s made her mark ever since. Smart, compassionate, loyal, ultra-girly and bossy- she fills our world with joy and beauty every day. Except on the days she is channeling her inner Veruca Salt.
Bub (6)- The baby. Lucky number seven, Our Grand Finale. This kid is everything you imagine the baby of a big family would be. He’s spoiled rotten, extremely adorable and has a vocabulary and music taste well beyond his years. He still lets me carry and cuddle him and I will soak that up as long as I possibly can!
That’s our family! I’d love to hear about you and where you are on your motherhood journey. Drop me an email so we can connect… firstname.lastname@example.org I can’t wait to hear from you!