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Am I Crazy?

Some people think I’m crazy. I see it in their questioning glances. I hear it in their “just to be polite” comments. Why else would I make the choices I make? Getting married young (before finishing college), having children young, having more children, choosing to stay home with my babies, homeschooling, homeschooling through high school, traveling in an RV for months at a time with six children and a 90 lb. dog, the list could go on and on! I get it, my choices are different. But, different is so wonderful!!!

Knowing that we are packing up and heading out in our RV in the very near future is so exciting to me! We don’t know exactly where we are going, and that in itself is exhilarating. The freedom to be. Freedom from schedules, freedom from commitments, freedom from the predisposed ideas of what we should be doing; pure freedom!

Sure, life in 350 square feet with 8 bodies and a big puppy can be crazy. But, it’s our crazy, and we all love it! Being able to show my children that life is different than what they see in our community is priceless. People dress different, act different, talk different, live different, and being different is awesome. What a difficult life we make for ourselves when we are constantly trying to be like someone else. I want my children to truly know who they are. I want my children to accept their differences, embrace their own craziness, and to have peace in being the individuals God made them to be.

If being crazy is living my life the way I want and not the way society says I should, then yes, I guess I am crazy! Have you embraced your craziness lately?

Hawaii!!

We love Hawaii and have been many times.  The first time we went as a family our oldest child was about 7 months old.  Now we have been countless number of times and all of our children have enjoyed the sandy beaches of Hawaii.

In 2008 we went to the Big Island for the first time.  We stayed at Paniolo Greens in Waikola, HI.  This was a perfect place for our growing family.  It was a three bedroom condo with a pool and playground on site.  We needed a car to get around the island but it was well worth it.  The Big Island was very low-key compared to Oahu.  We went to the beach everyday and had it to ourselves on more than one occasion.

Looking back at these pictures, I cant believe how much our children have grown!  I’m so glad we have made the effort to get out and explore with them! Such wonderful memories!

#2 and #3 in Hawaii 2008

#2 and #3 in Hawaii 2008

Grandma Maria in Hawaii 2008

Grandma Maria in Hawaii 2008

#1 and #4 in Hawaii 2008

#1 and #4 in Hawaii 2008

Dad and Mom Hawaii 2008.  I was pregnant with #5 and feeling a little sickly!

Dad and Mom Hawaii 2008. I was pregnant with #5 and feeling a little sickly!