It's time for the Ultimate Blog Party 2010 hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom and, true to form, I'm doing the last minute thing. I feel like I have a good excuse for being so late to join in though. (Ya think?)
For those who don't know me, here's a brief introduction that will include far more info than you ever wanted to know about my life.
I'm Heather and I have an amazing husband, Jason, who has spent most of our married life serving in the Army. Together we have 6 sweet children, all born in less than 6 years. Our oldest son is Matthew (7) and he's incredibly smart and also incredibly challenging. He's on the autism spectrum and he is quite a character. Joshua (5) is the peacemaker in our house and would give the shirt off his back for anyone. He's a budding artist. Leila and Sarah (3) are our identical twin daughters. They were born at home and have been little miracles from the very beginning. Leila is super sensitive and truly believes she is a princess. Sarah is a tomboy in a tutu. Nathan and Ryan (19 months) are our identical twin sons. They were a (HUGE) surprise! Seriously, who thinks they'll have 2 sets of identical twins? I was in shock. These blonde boys are terrors. They look like angels but they are into anything and everything and they work together for evil. Needless to say, I'm a busy mom. I blog a lot about poop.
On top of all that, my life gets even crazier. My husband left in January 2009 for an extended TDY followed by a deployment to Iraq. Right now he's across the globe while I hold down the fort here at home. And home for us? I'm not sure where that is, actually. Two weeks ago we lived in Virginia but now we're in Georgia. In a few months we'll be headed to Washington. It's a long, long story.
I'm not your "typical" mom. I do all sorts of "strange" things. I homeschool our children. I prefer to give birth in my home too. And I breastfeed beyond what some would consider acceptable. (Yes, I nursed 4 children at once for over a year. Can you say freak?) I use cloth diapers and always have, since my oldest was a baby. We cosleep. We eat organic, locally grown food almost exclusively. So while my own family thinks I've gone off the deep end, I can just remind myself that I'm trusting my instincts, doing what I feel is best, and I've got strong convictions. (Did I mention I'm stubborn as heck?)
I love to read and write and I've always wanted lots of children. I love Jesus and I know that somehow He'll use my life to reach others for Him. I'm a Starbucks addict and use my espresso machine every morning. I take my half dozen kids into Target at least once a week because it's my favorite store and I can treat myself to an iced dark cherry mocha from the Starbucks on my way out. I take my crew grocery shopping too... because I really am crazy. I love to sew, knit and paint although I can't remember the last time I had time to do any of those things. Such is life right now.
A random fact... I've live through a major hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, and far too many blizzards in the last 5 years. Don't stand next to me in a lightning storm.
That's pretty much me in a nutshell... It's Twinsanity!