I am Robbi, a thirty-something, Christ following, wife and stay at home mama to four young children.
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I do not know where my life would be without Him. I am striving hard to follow Him on this long road of life. My desire is to be His hands and feet to the world and to be a good stewardess of the blessings He has entrusted me with.
I have been blessed with the opportunity of being part of some wonderful ministries and short term missions trips. I have a heart for youth and children’s ministries, as well as missions. I just realized as I type this that I have been involved with children’s ministries in one form or another for more than half my life now! Please see my Statement of Faith for more on what I believe.
The Lord has seen fit to bless us with four sweet littles.
Though we planned to have our first at home, he was born without pain medication in the hospital (I would by no means call his birth natural, not the way that hospital does it). Because of the way I had to labor, our son ended up in NICU for the first five days of his life. Thankfully we had a short stay, and he is a strong healthy boy (and we had no trouble breastfeeding). Our daughter was born at home with a lovely midwife. Her birth was a wonderful, healing experience. I have since had our two other sons at home in wonderful homebirths.
Even though it is challenging, I thoroughly enjoy staying home with them and we are homeschooling our children.
Words that describe my parenting include: attached, gentle, natural minded, crunchy, breastfeeding, tandem nursing, baby wearing, home birthing, natural birthing, cosleeping, bed sharing, chiropractic loving, natural remedy using, baby food making, homeschooling, and cloth diapering (to list a few). I will likely be posting on these topics over time, so please keep an eye out.
I fancy myself natural-minded. Some call that being ‘crunchy’, but please do not use the term ‘hippy’ to describe me. We as a family are working on becoming healthier, and ridding our home of chemical ladened cleaners, hygiene products, and medicines, opting for natural products whenever possible.
I enjoy soap making, cooking, preserving our garden grown foods (dehydrating, canning and freezing) and making the products and foods that I can. We are not exclusively organic and grass fed, but we are trying to get there.
I do still enjoy a vanilla soda on occasion, but it is a process, right? I am trying to make some of our favorite recipes into healthier, real food recipes.
Not that there is much time for such things, but some of my hobbies/past times/interests include: reading, pen pal letter writing, movie watching, traveling, history, web design, photography, crocheting, collecting autographs, crafting, sewing, drawing, and painting.
Some interests I have that, since they are more practical, I can work in to our schedule are: gardening, jam making, canning, and cooking.
At times I feel like I could live in eras past. I really am just an old soul, and painfully old fashioned.
I long for the days when swearing was considered vulgar, people connected and helped out their neighbors, women were ladies and men gentlemen, small courtesies were common, people had consciences and no sense of entitlement, people had a sense of patriotism, and life was just simpler.
I hope some of this rubs off on the kiddos. I want to train our children up that way.
My favorite authors include: Deeane Gist, Lawana Blackwell, Cathy Marie Hake, Jane Austin, C.S. Lewis, LMM Montgomery, Agatha Christie, Sally Clarkson, Samuel Martin, and JRR Tolkien.
Random favorites…I love sky blue, aprons (the one I am wearing in the picture at the top of the page was my great-grandmother’s), recipes, gardenias, sunflowers, Charlie Brown, bubbles, getting mail, pear decor, and sleep.
Some of my favorite movies are Singing in the Rain, Rebecca, Vertigo, Gone with the Wind, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, The Ambassador’s Daughter, The Greatest Show on Earth, Elf, Charlie Brown Christmas, Holiday Inn, White Christmas, The Long Long Trailer, The Egg and I, The King and I, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Philadelphia Story, Harvey, Christmas in Connecticut, Deck the Halls, Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken, Anne of Green Gables, pretty much any Esther Williams or Audrey Hepburn or Cary Grant or James Steward movie, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Murder She Wrote is not a movie, but I do like to watch it.
I hope this blog will inspire, teach, encourage and help you, if nothing else than to know that you are not alone.
So, grab a snack and a cup of tea (or beverage of your choice) and join me as I try to figure out these things called life, motherhood and housekeeping.
I have also contributed to the following posts on various sites.
- Woman of Noble Character: The Titus 2 Woman Part 2
- The Stay-At-Home-Mom Survivial Guide: How To Make Grocery Shopping Easier
- The Family Road Map: Your Mission Field Mama
- Defying Shadows: Fearless 365 Psalm 56:4
- LoTanner.com A Parenting Bucket List For Christian Moms
- 15 Anchor Verses for Sanity in Motherhood (Blurb)
- 5 Time-Tested Tips On Wedding Planning (Blurb)