About Us

Our family, July 2013

Hello! We are an LDS (Mormon) homeschooling family with twelve children-- seven girls and five boys-- ages 19 down to 1 year old. (You can find my Mormon.org profile here.) My husband and I have always wanted a large family, but our definition of "large" changes all the time...

My husband and I met in a community production of the musical "My Fair Lady" right after his return from serving an LDS mission. I was a senior in high school. We've now been married for 21 years.

Our Family's interests include:
  • Homeschooling and attending homeschool conferences and events; 
  • Reading classic books out loud together; 
  • Singing together; 
  • Discussing books, politics, Gospel doctrines, and movies; 
  • Watching inspiring and intriguing shows online like LDS Conference Talks and movies, Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm, Merlin, Larkrise to Candleford, Costume Dramas, and family-friendly Hayao Miyazaki movies; 
  • Enjoying Monday Night Family Home Evenings; 
  • Performing in plays together (This year we'll be participating in "Fiddler on the Roof" together!); 
  • Traveling to see family and friends, as well as going on fieldtrips; 
  • Going to the library!!! 
My personal interests are:
  • Flirting, laughing, and talking with my wonderful husband, Russell. (Our dates are the highlight of my week!); 
  • Reading to my little ones, giggling with my middle ones, and discussing important ideas and thoughts with my big ones; 
  • Writing about and encouraging mothers to find joy and purpose in Motherhood; 
  • Getting lost reading classic English literature; 
  • Studying, teaching, and directing SHAKESPEARE plays; 
  • Costume design and construction; 
  • Singing and listening to inspiring music! 
We love our Savior, the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, our family life and culture, learning, homeschooling, dancing, music, our wonderful extended family, and making new friends.

Welcome to our hearthside!

Love, Mama Rachel