Introductions, please!

Hello and welcome to Yes, They Are All Mine!

We are a southern family, and introductions are a must.  There will be a quiz at the end of this, so make sure you take notes!

Hi!  I’m Rhen.

I am a 36 year young WAHM of eight children and one grown man who I claim as a ninth child.  Hey, when you do just as much or more for the grown one as you do the little ones, you can claim him as anything you want.  *grin*  Just kidding, of course!   I make and sell Handmade Goat Milk Soap, and I work hand-in-hand with an online company helping people to live healthier, toxin-free lives.   I enjoy reading, writing, learning new things, trying new foods, working out, and getting my hands dirty in the garden.  I have a passion for God, my family, photography, heirlooms seeds, archery, and I have a knack for sarcasm (it is a gift).

My fantastic hubs is Mark (39), aka. Mr. Muscles.

He is the love of my life, my rock, and the other half of me.  I thank God every day for him.  We have been married for over 18 years now.  Wow!  Time flies when you are crazy in love.  He is dedicated to God, a magnificent daddy, a hard worker, and the inspiration for my 101 Reasons I Love My Husband posts.  He loves to work out and is my personal trainer.  Isn’t he wonderful?!

DD1 is Renee (15), aka. Ms. Serious.

She is our budding designer and fledgling writer.  She has designed her own jewelry line, and enjoys writing on her own blog and short stories.  She is a dedicated pen pal, a novice guitarist, and is our first child with a driver’s permit!

DS1 is Noah (13), aka. Young Man

Noah is our inquisitive child.  He enjoys taking things apart and figuring them out, as well as inventing gadgets, building things, creating interesting characters out of paper (Origami), being outside, taking risks, and getting dirty in the garden with his momma.

DD2 is Emily Grace (11), aka. Ms. Firecracker.

Emily Grace is our competitive gymnast.  She is a level 8 Optional.  Gymnastics is not what she does, it is who God created her to be.  She is very good at what she does.  She also enjoys reading, bike riding, writing her pen pals, and serving others.

DD3 is Hannah (9), aka. Ms. Lovebug.

She is our artist.  She loves to paint, shape with clay, draw with pastels and charcoal.  If it is an artistic medium, she loves to have her hands in it.  She also enjoys reading (Junie B. Jones is her favorite), writing her pen pals, riding her bike, swinging, and playing with her little sisters.

DD4 is Olivia (7), aka. Ms. Independent.

She is our most stubborn, pushiest, loudest, and talkative child.  She in only outdone in these areas by her mother.  She is definitely a people person.  She enjoys meeting new people, playing games, being outside, and she is always singing.

DD5 is Susannah (5), aka. Ms. Giggles.

Susannah is funny, creative, giggly, happy, loud, curious, and has a great imagination.  She likes to spend her days doing her schoolwork, coloring, playing with Play-Doh, riding her bike, and snuggling with her Daddy.

DD6 is Layla (3), aka Ms. Dimples.

Of our eight children, she was the first one born with her Daddy’s dimples.  She is a mischevious little thing who is constantly getting into something.  She loves to color… on herself.  She enjoys making a mess… with everyone else’s things.  She loves to wear pretty clothes… that belong to Susannah or Olivia.  She is a whirlwind, but who can be upset with those dimples?

DS2 is Israel (16 mo), aka. Little Man.

Our Little Man is really developing quite a personality.  He is a little chatterbox and knows he is funny.  He always wants to be in the middle of what everyone is doing, or raiding the cabinets!

We are a God-loving, Jesus-focused family who embraces the homesteading spirit,enjoys gardening together, camping, hiking, serving, exploring, and  homeschooling.  Currently, we call northern-ish Alabama home.  Most everything we do, we do as a family, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Mark and I realize just how how quickly our kids are growing up, and we are enjoying every moment of every stage of their lives that we can.  It is not always easy, it is usually crazy, but it is always entertaining and always OUR FAMILY!

You can find me on Facebook at Yes, They Are All Mine

…on Twitter as ContentedRhen

…on Pinterest as Rhen @Yes, they are all mine

You can email me at yestheyareallmineblog@yahoo.com

45 responses to “Introductions, please!

  1. I can tell who my favorite is! : )

    By ~Rhen OMW! Look you at Ms. “I rarely go on the computer”! Commenting on my blog. Woo Hoo!!! Gee, now I feel so special and loved. 🙂

  2. Wow, I’m impressed. You’re only 31 with 6 kids! I feel so old! I turned 39 this year. From all your post I would have thought you were older. You are very mature for your age. I hope you take all that as a compliment, because that’s how I intended it! Your kids all sound great and seems like you really enjoy being a Mom. Do you guys plan on having more kids? I get asked that question all the time, I’m just curious about you.

  3. I have a shirt on my cafepress store that would be perfect for you. It says “Yes they are all mine. Yes, my hands are full. My heart is full as well.”

    http://www.cafepress.com/grandparentgift.70743459

  4. I refer to my family as The Tribe, too. Partly because there are so many of us (we have five children and my husband says we are just warming up) and partly because my husband is Mongolian and that’s a real tribal culture.

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  6. What a joy to read about your kiddos!

  7. What a fun little family! We have a lot in common. I can’t remember how I got here, but I saw your comment on someone else’s blog and wanted to say hi!

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  9. I’ve got four, three boys and the skinny version of your happy little baby girl! Anyway, tell me more about your chickens guineas. We have about a dozen. What do I do with them during the winter??? We live in MN, so it gets really cold. We also borrowed some goats after we moved here so they could mow out some of the pasture. They’re really fun, and I would totally recommend getting more than one since they like their “friends”. I’m about to bookmark your site! Thanks!

  10. I am pea green with envy. I wish I had a bunch of kids but I am ridiculously blessed with the 3 I do have. In SA it is unusual to have more than 3. I am a Christian SAHM but not a Nazi one. I have huge respect for working moms, moms in general actually.

  11. Awesome! I love when families choose to go beyond the norm and have more than 2.5 kids. It forces you into vetoing the American have to have it life!

    Proud mom of 3 and soon to be 4!
    Billie

  12. I’m so glad to see another Mom with kids so close in age. It gives me hope that I will survive. (I have ages: 6, 4, 3, 1 and a 4 month old niece living with me.)

  13. Wow, your kids actually sound a lot like my kids! My oldest daughter is also the bossy, artsy, social butterfly. My #3 and #4 are boys — but they still sound like your girls. Fun!

  14. Love that :”God wants spiritual fruit not religious nuts**”
    I just got back from a joyve Meyers conference and had a similar saying..I think she used the term fruit loops 🙂

  15. Being a pastors wife…
    **God wants spiritual fruit not religious nuts**
    I LOVE IT!!

  16. You guys sound like an awesome family and your sense of humor is very similar to mine!!! Love your blog!

  17. I am just a tad envious…of the kids (I always wanted 5 or 6, but God has blessed me with three) and the awesome land and animals, a future dream of ours; hopefully sooner rather than later.

    I’m thinking I need to put you on my blogroll, you’re an interesting read:)

  18. My husband and I are asked that question (Are they all yours?) all the time. Both of us have been watching the kids when we’re out and about pondering why six kids doesn’t look like that many. We have four girls (13, 11 2/3, 9, and 8) and two boys (5 and 3).

  19. Realistically Real Me

    Thanks for sharing through your blog. I have enjoyed glancing through it & like your writing style.

  20. I wanted to thank you again for the Burt’s Bees and organic chocolate. This was such a fun giveaway and I was so thrilled to win.

  21. Rhen, I can totally relate!!! We have 5 kids ages 6 and under (nope, no twins in there!), and we are constantly getting asked, “Are they all yours?” When I say that they are, inevitably we get, “You know what causes that, don’t you?” I like to reply, “Yep, and I’d say we’re pretty darn good at it!”

    Tara
    Deal Seeking Mom

  22. boy, oh, boy, does that question ring true “Are they all yours?” So how do you answer… sarcastically, happily, impatiently, or patiently with a patient smile on your face and patient eyes asking them to please observe the similar faces in a row that make it CLEAR that they are siblings so yes they are all mine… okay, been there, and totally have done that. I have been known to say that sometimes i feel like a circus attraction when we go out as a family. 🙂 I am blessed. and I thank God for it.!!!

  23. Good morning! I had read this before but visited it again to reacquaint myself with the tribe! Love all your descriptions!

    Blessings!

  24. I just found my way back here. I read the comment I wrote and realized that the age of one of my daughters came out as a smiley face, strange. Since three of my children have had birthdays, I’ll list their ages again. I have four daughters (13,12, 10, and 8) and two sons (6 and 3.75).

  25. Beautiful!

    This why I love the mama blog world..getting a glimpse into wonderful big families! I can only pray to be blessed in the same way!

    I really enjoy your blog.

    Blessings!

  26. You are so blessed! Your family sounds so wonderful. I

  27. Nice to meet you. I love large families. I got started a little late, so we’re done, but so fun to see others who can keep on goin’. You go girl! God bless you all!

  28. I was surfing MPM, and I came across your blog. You are a woman after my own heart, as I would love to have 6 or 7 kiddos.

    Do ppl ask you if you are crazy? Pretty much everyone I know thinks I’m slightly nutty for having 3 girls (ages 4, 2.5, and 4 months) so close together. I personally feel that children are a blessing. We are also a visitation family for an 18-yr-old girl in a children’s home, and she has become our daughter. She calls me Momma.

    Anyway, I think you are awesome! I hope to one day have a tribe of my own 🙂

  29. Hi, You look great! I only have five children. I am now a grandmother. My youngest child is 3 and oldest is 25. 🙂 We homeschool too.

  30. Just found your blog. Look forward to reading more.

    We are a Jesus-lovin’, homeschoolin’, wish we were homesteadin’ kind of family. (We used to own a blueberry farm.)

    I had my first 6 kids by the time I was 28, and then slowed down the pace a bit.

    My older 6 are now 24, 23, 22, 20, 20, 18. You may want to check out my blog to get inspired for the days when your kids are older. The Lord has done amazing things in their lives, and 3 of them are currently living overseas in full-time missions work.

    I have 1 “middle child” at age 15 … and then my younger 6 are 13, 12, 10, 8, 7, 7,. So, I’m still right there in the mama trenches with you.

    Many blessings,

    Laurel
    mama of 13

  31. I love your blog! I’m a 31 year old SAHM with 5 kids number 6 on the way! So fun to read and relate to someone with so much in common! Thanks for the fun reading!

  32. enjoyed reading about your tribe!! Sounds like a lot of fun over at your house! I look forward to reading more of your blog! BTW, I like the name!! check out mine!!

  33. It’s great hearing about your family and your interests. We are a homeschooling family as well. We are expecting a baby boy, which will make number three.

  34. I just send a friend an email stating that I would like to start my own blog and call it “yestheyareallmine” I should have checked first to see if it was taken! I read a few entries of your blog and love it! I can not believe we are the same age and you are expecting…your 7th, I believe! Ahhh…How that sounds wonderful and crazy!

    I only have 4 (have to throw the only in their since you have me almost doubled! ) Ever since I had my 4th 7 months ago, everytime we are out in public (pretty much every day) I get asked ” are they all yours?” I find this funny, since 4 does not seem a high number…why must everyone ask? But I am starting to get humored by it!

    Thank you for sharing your stories…guess I will have to come up with a new blog name… especially since the name fits you so much better!

  35. Need to update this one, hun, before littlest one starts gymnastics! 😛 Hee hee!

  36. An afternoon in the post office, in line with my five homeschooled, children, I hear, “Are they all yours?” I answer, “No, I enjoy picking up the neighborhood children to go and run some errands.” People simply have no filter!

  37. Thanks for commenting on my blog. It is great to hear and connect with other Alabamians. Helps me not miss home so much. Love your intro. Can’t wait to see what else you capture in AL.

  38. Thanks for the visit and comment on my blog. You have an adorable family. Must be so much fun to have that many kids. 😀 I know I’m enjoying my three precious ones. Nice to have found another homeschooling family. My second daughter and I are new to homeschooling so I’m really looking forward to learning some tips from you. 😀

  39. Beautiful family!! Just wanted to say “hi” to a like-minded believer 🙂

  40. what a lovely family. 🙂

  41. Roll Tide! How have I missed that y’all are in N. Alabama? While we are currently stationed in Hawaii, we still call Town Creek; ( in N.W. ) AL.,Our Home. I love keeping up with your Family 🙂 since we just crossed into the larger family realm, with our 4th, we hope to have more but , are also looking to adopt. We Homeschool and run a natural baby products business. Maybe at some junction will run into one another, Alabama is really just one small town 🙂 if you are ever interested in baby products for a Give-Away , please E-mail me.

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