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Do it for your country

Do it for your country

January 10, 2007

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It is delurking week again, the brain child of Sheryl over at Paper Napkin.

So go ahead, delurk. Leave a comment. Tell me something about yourself that I don’t know, anything at all. And leave your url so I can return the visit. I promise I won’t bite, unless you are into that sort of thing.

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  1. jen says:

    How am I first? LOL I read here, almost never comment. Sorry. ; ) I have only two kids, and I simultaneously envy and am in awe of anyone with more. I’d love to have another but it won’t happen. Love reading here!

  2. Bethany says:

    Hi. I love your blog. Since you know nothing about me: my name is Beth, I have 2 daughters and I’ve been blogging for about 5 months. My older girl is almost 16 and for pretty much the same reasons you gave, I don’t blog about her much. Besides the three year old is so much goofier!

  3. Heather says:

    Hi! I comment occasionally and read every day here in the trenches. I secretly (or not since I’m now telling you) want to be like you. I only have two kids so far but would love nothing more than to have many more. I love reading how life is with your seven. Trust me, I’m envious! My husband even thinks the seven would be fun but I have a sneaky suspicion that it’s because he thinks that means he would get lots of sex in order to get those children. :) By the way, he had the same New Year’s resolution as your husband did. Are they related? :)

  4. Cheryl says:

    Hey Chris - I’ve been reading and loving your blog for some time now and I think we share the same birthday…..May 5th….;)

  5. zia says:

    I am a bigtime lurker — I howl with laughter every time I read your blog. No kids, but you make me think about maybe wanting one. Or seven. :-)

  6. Tal says:

    Hi Chris. I might be one of the only unmarried, childless reader you have, but you should know that I check in every day. I think you’re a fabulous writer, and frequestly you’ve had me laughing out loud or tearing up at my desk. Keep up the great work - please!

  7. suzanne says:

    i read your site daily, though i think i’ve only commented twice. i have 3 2/3 kiddos - 5 yrs, 3yrs, 20mos, and 10 weeks till debut. we thought we’d have many more, but decided this will be the last. i love your site because it confirms kids will be kids will be kids… and i really could use the laughs you never fail to supply.

  8. Tara says:


    I *think* I’ve commented before, but can’t be sure (ooh, that rhymes).

    I read too many blogs, but love doing it.

  9. Monique says:

    HI Chris,

    I’m 30, mother to 4 children ages 4 and under, wife of a Lutheran Pastor. I read your blog everyday, have never commented and found your blog by way of another Pastor’s wife. Thanks for writing. I thoroughly appreciate your humor and insight.

  10. Lauren says:

    Hi, I actually met you at BlogHer (along with several hundred of your other adoring fans). I was the friend that Danielle (Foodmomiac) brought out to the pool area one night and was very fangirl about meeting you. Sorry about that! But love the blog.

  11. Courtney says:

    Hello Chris!

    I don’t blog myself. I guess I’ve never felt that my days were much worth writing about, and I don’t have a gift for writing like you. I should though, I have lots of kid stories that I’m sure to forget in the years ahead. :( I do have a myspace so I put that for my URL, if that suites your fancy. :)

    I’m a working mom of 2, and a Girl Scout leader. I’m super busy, and totally in awe of anyone who can keep up with more than 2 kids, because my 7 and 2 year old girls are so very “spirited”. Love your blog, and just shake my head when you write about people criticizing things you say. They really need to get a life!

  12. Heth says:

    Hi Chris.

    I’ve commented maybe once or twice, but mostly I just lurk. I’m Heather, almost 30 with six kids and expecting number seven Juneish. I love your humor and I love your honesty.

    Back to lurking.

  13. Laura says:

    Hi! I’m Laura. I currently live in Taipei, Taiwan and teach English to little Taiwanese kids. I’ll be moving back to Boston in 2 months and will be pursuing my Master’s in Music Education. I’m recently married and have suffered from blog-lurking for about 2 years now. My friend who is also a professional blog-lurker sent me to your blog :)

  14. This Pastor's Wife says:

    This Pastor’s Wife here, aka the PW Monique speaks of in an earlier comment. I’m a biter, but you have nothing to fear.

    Thank you for sharing these snippets from your life. You make me laugh. That is a valuable and precious gift. Thank you for sharing it.

  15. Ann says:

    I found your site about a month ago and I just like the way you write. I’ve been married for a year and a half and we are trying to start our own family now (not much success yet…). I’ve always wanted lots of children (well, four would be alot for me) Since I am in my 30s and my husband is in his 40s I fear that we may not be able to have that many so I guess I’m kind of living my dream out through your blog.

  16. Heather says:

    Hi Chris!

    Lonnng time reader, once in a while commenter! LOL.. I read your blog daily. I will admit, Miles is my favorite. He is such a doll and I love reading your posts about him.

  17. amy says:

    You are a funny, honest writer. I came to you from Mom to the Screaming Masses who is also funny and honest. Thanks for sharing your life with us all.

  18. Annika says:

    I lurk more than I comment, I think. So hi! Something you don’t know about me…I lisped until I was thirteen. One day I decided not to lisp anymore, and just stopped. I have no idea how I managed it.

  19. Jennifer says:

    I have you Bloglined, so I read what you write every day. I comment only occasionally…just often enough to keep myself in trouble ;) Something you don’t know about me…I want a tattoo of a butterfly on my back, but my husband would die, so I’m not getting one ;)

  20. Karen Rani says:

    Something you don’t know about me? When no one is home but me, I sing. Really well, and REALLY LOUD while I’m working on graphics. The dog hides in our bedroom. :D Maybe one day I’ll videoblog it.

  21. Natalie says:

    Ah, very clever to get we lurkers out of the lurking closet! Found you from Kristie and Kendrie Escoe’s site. . .

  22. Marey says:

    I have 23 kids….3 biological and 20 five year olds…M-F from 8-12:45…yes, on loan from parents so I can teach them a thing of two. I have 1 dog, 4 cats and 1 rat….and one husband.

    I came to your site from Kristie’s…I know Kristie from ALL-KIDS because my daughter is also a cancer SURVIVOR! My mission in life is to help other families with children dx w/cancer… also to laugh a lot each day and to eat as much milk chocolate as possible…and to listen to the music full blast in my car and to park downhill in the grocery store parking lot so I can ride the cart all the way to my car.

    There…now you are welcome to come lurk/delurk at my site :)
    Happy Wednesday from CA,

  23. theotherbear says:

    I’ve commented before so I guess I’m not delurking. I am relieved to see I am not the only childless woman who reads your blog :)

  24. Ashley says:

    Hello. I have commented a few times. But, since it is de-lurking week I thought now would be a good time to ask my question. I am only a blog-reader. Not a blog-writer. I was just curious about comment etiquette. If you read everyday, how often are you suppose to comment? How much is too much?? How much is not enough???

  25. Sue says:

    HI. I love your stuff. Makes me feel like I’m not the only one who loves her kids and wants to kill them at the same time:). I’m a lesbian mom, my partner and have have 2 very active boys, 3 dogs, 4 cats and a couple of tanks of fish. my partner wants chickens. No way!!!!!

  26. Melissa says:

    I’ve been reading ever since the post about threatening to make Miles suckle at your husband’s hairy nipples.

  27. Jaclyn says:

    Hi Chris! I’ve been an avid reader for almost a year now and I absolutely love your blog. I don’t think I’ve ever commented though.

    I find that I am like you in many ways, my take on motherhood, my sense of humor, etc. I also absolutely adore your posts about your youngest son, because I have a little boy that is very close in age and sometimes I wonder if they are twins!

    Thank you for taking the time to blog, you are incredibly talented and I can’t imagine not checking in here daily!

  28. Navhelowife says:

    Your blog is the best one out there! I read your blog all the time, but don’t comment all that often…too busy laughing or reading all the other wonderful comments. I’m a mom of 3 boys, homeschooling, DH is in the Navy and we’re moving to Italy in about a month. That’s about it!

  29. Mary O says:

    I love your blog! Wish I had an url so you could look at it, but I don’t. =)

  30. stephanie says:

    i read u everyday and think you are the kind of mother every person wants for themselves

    lots of love and big dose of humor.

  31. Gabdusmommy says:

    hi there ,
    Sorry have never posted a comment here though I visit ur page tons of times during the week… I am in total awe of you - I have one kiddo and find it difficult to manage … hats off to you and your family
    Abt me .. well I am from India and I have a 17 month old and am now planning to be a SAHM to spend more time with my daughter

  32. Caren Story says:

    I’m Caren…yes we have a family blog, but I’m bored with it now. I wanna change it. We use WordPress…do you know how to change the themes on wordpress? :) I really enjoy your blog about all your kids. Great writing!

  33. Clare says:

    Hi Chris, I oficially de-lurked the other day, so does that count for today? lol

    After reading blogs for years I stepped into the soptlight and started my own a few days ago. I wanted a place to put all the hilarious things my kids say and do, as I forget them quickly.

    I’m sure you don’t know that I am TTC baby #5, is that too much info? lol

    Thanks for the laughs, it’s so nice to read your stories and nod my head with great understanding :)All while laughing and having DH say “What? What’s so funny”

  34. MamaSutra says:

    I may have left a comment once upon a time, but have lurked since then…anyway, I’m a Canadian mom of two girls. I just returned to work post mat leave a month ago and I’ve had hives (not the bee kind) ever since. That’s my weird fact. Love this blog!

  35. Rory says:

    My name is Rory. Hmmm, something you don’t know about me…

    …still thinking…

    Open up Google Earth and put in Sudbury, Suffolk, UK and it will take you to the little town I live in. I haven’t even been that explicit over at Hamelife. So there. Don’t tell anyone.

  36. Pamela says:

    Hi Chris…I love reading your blog everyday. I’ve probably been reading it for a year or so now. I don’t think I’ve ever commented before but I really enjoy your writing. I’m married (for 27 yrs.) and have 8 children…4 of each, ages 25 down to 11 months! Love reading about your family!

  37. owlhaven says:

    i don’t lurk….but here I am anyway. Again.


  38. kris says:

    I admit it. *sob* I’m a lurker!

    But I do read and love your blog.

  39. Becca says:

    Delurking! Blogs are one of the things that helped keep me sane during a very difficult period, but I generally lurk quietly. No children, but I have disowned my feet!

    Did that come across as funny or insane? I wasn’t going for psycho.

  40. margalit says:

    Delurking. I’m a regular reader but almost never comment. I’m trying to do better with the commenting this year.

  41. DDM says:

    Delurking from Washington State! I’m DDM (Sonia) and I have a 6 year old son. He’s a special needs kiddo. I’m a wife too, and head over heels in love with my husband of 10 years. Most of the time. I love reading here!

  42. Melissa says:

    Melissa, from Kansas. I have one son who lives with me, Joshua and one who doesn’t. My blogging has been hit or miss lately, and so has my reading.

    I’m a single mother, trying not to drown in drool and laundry.

  43. jen3 @ amazing triplets says:

    I’ve commented before, but here’s something you don’t know…

    My mother had six children in seven years, and then I was the seventh child, born four years after my brother.

    Our fourth child, will be born when our triplets are 2.5. So, now that we’ve got this infertility stuff apparently conquered, it seems that I might be on course for beating my mother’s impressive birthing record. I figure if we can have 4 children in 2.5 years, I might be able to swing 8 in just over 5.

    Darn this crazy competitive streak… they’d most definitely throw my Catholic arse right out of China. Oh, just kidding. But if I WERE to ever have that many children - I know I would love them all equally. And if not, I’d like to order some of your specialty t-shirts.

  44. Kata says:

    Hi Chris,
    this is Kata from Budapest, Hungary.

  45. Jennifer says:

    Hi there. I’ve been reading your blog(s) for about a month, and I’ve greatly enjoyed them. Some of the things you write are just hilarious, and others of them really make me think (like “Forgiveness is the new black”. That was a great post). I would like to have a big family someday (#3 due in September)and so I started reading because of all the discussions about your family life. Thanks for keeping me entertained!

  46. Marie says:

    delurking to say hello! I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and keep coming back because I love your attitude to life with children and the idea that they can’t be forced to eat or sleep or whatever it is they don’t want to do!

  47. Kaje says:

    I don’t blog, I just lurk and read everyone elses. Delurking from England to say hello! I’m married with one six year old daughter.
    Off back to Lurkdom I go.

  48. Katie W says:

    I’ve commented before I think! I think however I might be one of your youngest readers, at only 21, I’m don’t have any kids and I’m not even married, I do however love reading about everything your family gets up to. I’m also from the UK.

  49. Jane says:

    Hi, just a quick delurk to say how much I enjoy your blog - an insight into a completely different world (I’m single, English, 38, work fulltime, live alone with one small and well-behaved cat (who NEVER wipes her rear on clothing!))

  50. Novaks8 says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter.


    Yeah right!

  51. meredith says:

    Hi, I’ve commented here before, but one thing you don’t know is that you were my inspiration to start my own blog. Back when you were at blogger, I clicked on the “create your own blog” link on the top of your home page, and got myself started. Thanks for the inspiration, I still read and love your blog.

  52. Debbie says:

    Hi, I am have been reading for about two months. I admire you and your big family. It must be such fun! I am 40, a professional, in a relationship for 18 years, but no kids. You keep blogging, and I will try not to lurk by commenting more!

  53. Shawna says:

    OK, I admit I am guilty of lurking for a long time. I am a mother of five. The last three of my children are all the same age. Hint, hint; can you guess? Triplets! I would love to have more children. No , I never would have said that when I first started out. The option of having more just isn’t currently in the cards yet. Still plenty of time left, lol. I enjoy reading your blog. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon it. Or should I say from who’s site I jumped from to it. I read, lurk, at a lot of blogs. I only save the blogs I like the best and read those. You are on the keeper list!!! Hmmm, one other thing about my family. We homeschool. I stay home everyday with 5 children. Most people think I am crazy because of this! Nah!! Something about me. I have an enormous heart and I have lots to give. I don’t currently have a blog. I have been thinking of doing one. If and when I do I will unlurk and leave you my link. Keep blogging! I enjoy reading yours!

  54. Toni says:

    Love your site! I think you are SUPERWOMAN-I wouldn’t even be able to remember the names of 7 kids! I love your humor and the kids antics! Keep it up!

    I just starting blogging in late December, still figuring out my style and how to do it “all”- but you are on my blogroll!!

    Visit if you get the time- haha- http://www.guruofmyhome.blogspot.com

  55. Angela says:

    I’m not truly a lurker if I’ve commented once before in the year or two that I’ve been reading, am I???

    I have three girls and your blog makes me laugh out loud. It’s one of two blogs I read. :)

  56. Jamie says:

    I think I’ve commented once or twice before, but I check your blog every day. I have 4 kids, and it’s nice to know that it’s not me, it’s them.

  57. jodi says:

    Wish I could think of something that anyone didn’t know about me but it is 6:50 am and my cup of coffee has not hit yet. I do agree with you about posting about teenagers. They are funny but it is personal and a lot of times the jokes are inside ones that no one else would understand anyway.

  58. sarah says:

    I’ve commented before but not often. I’ve now got 4 kids aged 5 and under (my youngest is 3.5wks old, Matthew, giving me the shits with jaundice and attachment issues). I am most definetly not having any more than four. I readily and happily admit to physically having reached my limit but I kinda still envy you and your brood. That kinda family life doesn’t happen much these days, and more’s the pity. I check in every day for some wisdom and a laugh.

  59. Jen W. says:

    I am the youngest of 7 kids (only the youngest by a technicality, since I have a twin sister that was born 6 minutes before me). Anyway, I enjoy your writing, and love thinking back to our days around the dinner table, lined up on benches, and so much laughter. My brothers and sisters are the best friends I have, and now that I have my own 2 kids, my appreciation for my parents has quadrupled! Thanks for sharing with us!

  60. Cherie says:

    Love your blog, read it every day. Your take on life is inspiring, hilarious, and easy to relate to.

    I have two children, ages 15 and 11, although at times with all the ruckus around here it feels like we have many, many more.

  61. Brigitte says:

    Ha! As I’m a stranger, you know nothing about me, so this is easy:
    When alone, I’ll crank the volume and (badly) belt out tunes ranging from Buddy Holly to Linkin Park . . though I’m in my 40’s and have a wheeny, whiny, teensy little voice.

  62. Liz says:

    Hi there - I really enjoy reading about your family. You truly make it look so easy. I have 2 kids and can barely keep it together. This and your other blog keep me laughing and thinking how this motherhood gig makes us all so similar yet all so unique. Thanks for the smiles.

  63. Much More Than A Mom says:

    Hi Chris,

    I read in an RSS reader and rarely click over to comment (BAD blogger) because there are always so many that I figure you won’t miss me. See, I’m #62. You’d never know! I always comment anywhere when there’s less than 10.

    What don’t you know? Everything! (About me, I mean. You know a lot otherwise). I have an 8 month old son. He’s a prodigy. (Heh.) I am a fitness instructor, personal trainer and, in real life, a grade one teacher in western Canada.


  64. Inthefastlane says:

    I have been lurking, mostly for about a month now. I have really enjoyed your take on parenthood. I have three kids with a wide age range (12 yrs, 7 yrs, and 19 mo) so I can realate to a lot of what you talk about even thought I don’t have enough kids to fill in the gaps between ages :)

  65. Julie says:

    I discovered your blog through my friend Meg last year and have been reading ever since. Last August, my husband and I moved from Kentucky to the UP of Michigan with our 3-year-old daughter, two cats, and dog. I’m a writer and teach part-time. I live in a house that’s over 100 years old. I worked full-time before we moved and have realized over the past six months that I’m totally not cut out for staying at home. It’s driving me nuts.

  66. Lorena says:

    Hello there. I discovered your blog from “Life at 45 Degrees”, another mom blog. I’m a mother of 4, ages 8,6,4,2. Every time I lost my pregnancy weight I got pregnant. So I’m staying fat this time. Actually, I’d love to have more but Doc said too dangerous. I just started nursing school, because I don’t have enough to do. Actually, it’s been the best thing for me. It’s more stress than I anticipated, but I’m having fun. Love, love, love your blog. Check it everyday. You’re a great writer, thanks for making this such a great place to stop by.

  67. Melissa says:

    Delurking to provide the stop-the-presses news that I’m a writer mom of a 14-month old here. If I’d known it would be this fun, I would have started earlier and had more kids (although we are trying for another one or two at least).

    I slurp on my baby’s cheeks entirely too much and am addicted to dressing her in cute overalls. Nothing beats a toddler in overalls. I will continue to bear children just to have a toddler in overalls at all times.

  68. Alison says:

    Hi Chris! Been reading your blog (and thoroughly enjoying it) for about six months now. It’s so inspiring to read how you survive with your huge family and an old house in a constant state of repair. Keep up the good work!

  69. Kellie says:

    I read your blog EVERY day, check it several times a day (’cause I’m lame like that!!) and LOVE your posts. I have commented before so, not technically a true lurker :) One thing about me? Just ONE??? Hmmm…tough. I love Target. Entirely too much. It’s my “crackhouse” :)

  70. Sheila says:

    Hi! I can’t now remember how I found your blog in the first place - but I’ve visisted just about every day since. I’m married and the mom of 3 year-old boy-girl twins. I so often feel overwhelmed by just two, so you are an inspiration to me in the humor and tenderness you find in the chaos. Thanks! I also work full-time at government agency and fill my house with half-finished knitting projects. Now back to my regularly scheduled lurking…

  71. jennP says:

    delurking to say i enjoy your blog very much! and you have such a beautiful family :)

  72. Erin says:

    Greetings from the desert southwest. Still wondering if that was Miles on page 64 of the February issue of Parents magazine!?

  73. Amanda says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a little over a year now, I think I’ve commented once or twice. I’m totally addicted, I love your writing. You Rock! I’m the wife of a seabee and mom of three ages 6, 4, and 15 months.
    peace out

  74. Kristie says:

    Well, I’ve commented a few times on your site, so I don’t think it’s “officially” de-lurking, but I’ll sign in anyway.

    {crickets chirping}

    I swear, I’ve been sitting here for a full minute trying to come up with something interesting about myself, that you don’t know. The best I can do??? That I don’t like milk in my cereal.

    My gosh, I need to get a life. :)

  75. Rebecca says:

    Hi, I’m a daily reader and a never-commentor. Something about me you don’t know? I have three kids, and whenever I get that “you must have your hands full” line, I crack up. There’s only THREE of them!

  76. Melanie says:

    I read your blog every day, I am a working mom of two, ages 4 1/2 and 6. I especially enjoyed your views on picky eaters - when I was reading those posts, I realized that I felt the same way but never really articulated it. So I sent it to my husband, kind of like, “Yeah, what she said!” but of course he wouldn’t read it. Sigh. I have to confess that I still don’t *get* why people choose to home school, but I like to read about different parenting approaches and I try my very best to keep an open mind. It helps that you often make me LOL!

  77. Darren McLikeshimself says:

    Gah. What can I tell you that you don’t already know?

  78. lammyann says:

    I am like Rebecca–A daily reader, but a rare-commenter.I don’t comment much, because generally in your list of 534,098,345 commenters…someone is BOUND to utter the same words I wuldda said, only much better.
    So, Thanks for the stories, reality checks, and the down right hilarity each time I read.
    Something about myself that you won’t know:
    Mushy food grosses me out. As do man-feet, sniffer’s (those who have a cold, but won’t blow their nose), and dog licking.

  79. peggy says:

    Yes, I am addicted to coming here each morning. Love reading about the crazy funny things your darlings are up to. Something about me? Well, the reason I enjoy your blog: I am a mom to 3 grown daughters who between them have given me 9 grandchildren. 99% of the posts you write about something the kids have done mine or my grandchildren have done and I start laughing. Makes me feel good knowing my brood aren’t so strange afterall. :)

  80. Lisa says:

    Hi there,
    Delurking for you. I have no kids yet, so I just read to taked notes for the future. I hope to be as good of a mom as you are someday.

  81. Katie says:

    Hi hi! Um… I can roll my tongue and my husband can’t and only one of our children can so now he wonders if the post man* can roll his tongue.

    * At Kyle’s conception, we had a post woman delivering our mail. So it was really the milk man! ;)

  82. earthami says:

    Hi Chris, I think I’ve posted once before, but really that was months ago and no info on me so… I’m nearing 40, with one boy. It looks like that will be the only child I have. I enjoy reading your blog you make me laugh and think, sometimes at the same time.


  83. Amy S. says:

    I love your blog! It’s so funny and thought provoking - I may have even commented before… You are such a great writer and an amazing mom! I live in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I’m married to a younger guy (heh,heh,heh!) and I have three kids ages 13, 9,and 3. I homeschool the youngest.I totally get what you say about blogging about the older ones-love them to pieces but their stuff is sometimes just too personal. Thanks so much for sharing bits of your life with us, you’re an inspiration to so many!

  84. Karen says:

    Read and laugh (or somtimes cry) daily! I’m a homeschooling mother of three–7 year old boy, four year old girl and 4 month old boy. See myself or who I want to be in your blogS. LOVED the Christmas book ideas…perhaps because pre-”being a mom” I was a librarian….

  85. Ruth says:

    Oh, you totally busted me. I’ve been lurking for quite some time, but only because I love to read your blog and have absolutely nothing witty or worthwhile to contribute. Trust me, you don’t want my comments junking up the place. ;-) Thanks so much for your honesty and for sharing your life with us!

  86. Nicki says:

    I come here several times a day…just to make sure there is nothing new. I comment all the time. Love the blog, it’s an inspiration and a joy to read.

    I’m the mother of 2 kids, and two dogs. My husband found your site and forwarded it to me. I blog myself, but mine is more ranting and raving.

  87. sweethomealagirl says:

    Hey there! I read you all the time, but only occasionally comment. I figure you’ve got plenty to do reading all the other comments, what with, you know, keeping up with little people occasionally too ;)

  88. N. says:

    I have made the occasional random comment before, but I’ll make this the official de-lurk. (I’ll be impressed if you actually make it this far down your comments, though, to actually pop over and check my blog out. 72 comments - I think that is how many I have in total.)

    I just started blogging myself, because I noticed a sad lack of mommy blogs in the world and am doing my part to rectify that. ;-)

    I’m a mom of three, and also a writer and procrastinator, and blogging feeds into both those habits. I actually read very few blogs faithfully, but (to leap on the bandwagon) yours is truly great fun and I’m a faithful reader.

  89. Jackie says:

    Hi Chris-
    I like that, “delurking”! I’ve been reading for months now everyday, but only commented a couple of times. I’m a mom of 6 - 13 yr old twin boys, 9 yr old girl, 5 yr old boy-girl twins, and my 3 yr old baby boy. I don’t blog because I don’t have your gift of making our type stories into funny, loving posts. But I share similar stories, comments, rude questions, etc. - I don’t have funny comebacks though, usually I just laugh awkwardly! But I do love reading - you and I have alot in common. If you were my neighbor, I bet we’d be friends!!

  90. Michelle says:

    Hey there Chris! I feel like I know you since I read your blog regularly. Anyway, I don’t comment much but I will for the de-lurking week. Here is a link to my blog. I am a grandma, that is something you don’t know about me. Plus I am only 40!

  91. Robbin says:

    Love your blog. I am mom to six kids ten and under and we homeschool too! And I confess I was dying to take the decorations down Christmas day. It is hard ro roast chestnuts on an open fire when the kids are in shorts and short sleeve shirts.

  92. Susanne says:

    This is not actually delurking since I have commented once or twice. And I haven’t read all of the 86 comments before me. You want to get to know your readers? That’s nice. Do you really want to add 100 more blogs to your daily reading?

    Fine. I’m 39, I have a four year old son, I’m a music teacher and have been blogging for 11 months now.

    And that has been my next student ringing. Off I got.

    (Oh, and I read both your blogs. Love them.)

  93. Kim says:

    I like to pretend I know the people whose blogs I read but I am just a lurker.

  94. Jen says:

    I left you a comment once before, but here goes: I’m Jen, I’m 28 and the youngest of 9 kids. I don’t have any of my own yet, but I got married this year and can’t wait to start our family. I have a blog, but I’ll have to come back here and post it later because work blocks me from it. I love reading about you and your family.

  95. Danielle says:

    I’m delurking finally. I’m Dani, 28 and our first baby just turned one. I love your blog. You just have so much love and joy for your children. I’m trying my best to do the same for mine. Cheers!

  96. Jessica says:

    Delurking to tell you that I might never comment, but I always read.

    I first learned about your blog from some friends I met in a parentsplace.com expecting group and I’ve been hooked ever since. We even talk about you, your kids, and your knack for photography when we get together.

    I have one beautiful, bright 7 year-old boy, but I’m also a sociologist with an interest in motherhood (and childhood).

  97. Jane says:

    Hello, This is my first comment, not only on your blog but on any blog. It seems like interrupting a group of people who know each other and are chatting, without being introduced. Which is not something I would consider doing normally. Maybe I haven’t quite got the hang of internetiquette yet?
    I have been enjoying reading your blog for over a year and think your writing is excellent, very evocative and involving. I have 4 children from 10 months to 7, live in England, and would love to home educate but haven’t quite worked out how I would manage it yet, so you are a great inspiration to me.

  98. Tuesday says:

    I read all the time but I don’t think I have ever commented.

    You inspire me because you are a great mother, I have days where just having my twins may kill me at any second but then I think about you.
    Your family is great, you are doing a terrific job.

  99. Jess says:

    I am 34 WOHM to 2 boys ages 11 & 4 married for 7 yrs. I love your blog and reading about your family. You seem to have a lot of laughter and love in your household.

  100. Holli says:

    I read your blog all the time. Never comment though. I LOVE your sight and get a huge laugh daily. You write and express yourself so well.
    I am envious of your household. I have one child and desperately want another but the hubby says no (so far). :-)
    I don’t have the patience for 7 wonderful children but I sure wish I did! Keep up the writing and the funny stories!

  101. Rebecca says:

    Hi Chris,
    I love your blog and read it regularly. I’ve got one daughter and love noticing the differences and similarities in parenting one or seven.

    You’re also simply a very good writer and I would probably enjoy reading anything you wrote.

  102. girlymama says:

    i love your blog! i’ve been reading your blog since i started blogging last year - you always make me laugh!
    i’m a sahm of two girls, age 3 and 2, living in philly. we just bought our first house so i LOVE reading about how you manage home improvements with kids underfoot ;-)

  103. Hollie says:

    Hello, I’m de-lurking. I just started a blog (1 post) to chronicle my new marriage, house, instant step-motherhood, and journey of trying to get pregnant. I’m a big fan of your blog, and I’m fairly picky, so e-mail, or visit mine!

  104. peekay says:

    can you even imagine coming to meet you and your husband as a future in-law. i can’t wait to read about THOSE “meet the parents and 100 siblings” dinners! holy intimidating!!!

    love it.

  105. Jennifer says:

    Standard comment here. I love your blog. You are so funny. It is the same comment I always leave but it was true when I found you a year ago and is still true today. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  106. Woman with Kids says:

    Hi! I read your blog a lot, love your stories and writing. I don’t know if I’m officially “de-lurking” as I’ve commented before, but here goes. Ummm. Hi!

  107. Michele says:

    Hi. Faithful reader but lazy commenter since there are always a good 30 or so before me. You crack me up.

    Michele, mom of almost 2 yr old twins. Occasional shirker of responsibilties.

  108. dcrmom says:

    Hi! I’ve posted before, but rarely. I’m doing the delurking post this week too. It’s so much fun seeing where everyone is coming from. I’m a mom of 3 in Philly. I have been reading your blog since I started blogging, back in May.

  109. Paige says:

    Hello from Utah, where 7 kids wouldn’t seem like THAT big of a family. My sister has 8, and her oldest is almost 11. I on the other hand only have 5, and that’s enough for me. Thanks for sharing the great moments of your life with us.

  110. mbbored says:

    Hi Chris! I’m Mary Beth and I may have commented here once or twice before. I’m a single girl in her mid-20s, who grew up in a large family, and still lives down the street from her sister who has 2 kids.

  111. Caren says:

    Hi, I’m Caren.

    *Hi Caren!”

    I have been reading for awhile now. My comments are sporadic, at best. As soon as I began reading your blog I was hooked. I went back and read every. single. blog. from your archives. Sad, huh?

    Really though. I’m 24 with a 4 yr old stepson who is the light of my life. I hope to have many kids, but I am afraid I am starting too late.

  112. Cathy C says:

    I’ve also commented before, so I’m not a “true” delurker, but you wanted to know something about us that you didn’t know. We are a bilingual household. I speak to my children only in Italian (one of the dialects, actually), while my husband only speaks English. Except if I’m yelling. That only gets done in English. I love your blog and read daily. Have a great day.

  113. marta says:

    I read you everyday for the last couple of years. I don’t think I’ve commented though. You are my favourite blogger, my role model of a mother, you are an excellent writer and I love your sense of humour. I am Portuguese, live in Portugal, sahm with 3 kids (6, 4 and almost 2) and would love one or two more. I don’t blog because everytime I think I might I remember how you do it and you are so perfect. Yes, I am that lame.


  114. Karly says:

    Hi, Chris. I read here obsessively. In fact, in honor of de-lurking week I asked everyone on my blog to leave a comment and tell me their fav blog…you were mine. Don’t be scared, but I heart you.

    Ok, I’m leaving before you think I’m crazy.

  115. Christine says:

    I’ve posted once or twice–but…
    I’m expecting #8 in July and just gave haircuts to my 4 boys and 3 girls–well, actually one girl only got a bangs trim because she gave herself a haircut a year ago and it has to be long enough for a bun for ballet recital in a few months…
    My dh won’t let me touch his hair–but I figure we save a pretty penny anyway!!

    I noticed one of your boys has hair that looks like it has highlights dyed in–is that from all the hours of baseball sun or do your kids have a good hairdresser?

  116. tthib says:

    Hi there,
    Like many others, I have commented a time or two, and don’t blog. I do however have a long list of bloggers that I check at least 2 or 3 times a week, and you are one of them. I have 2 sons, both in their 20’s now, and I get a real kick out of your posts. Thanks for sharing!

  117. Meg says:

    I hardly qualify as a lurker, but you know…

  118. MotherReader says:

    I’ve commented before, but not all the time. I have a kids books blog - oh, and two kids besides. Girls, ages 7 and 10.

    I link to a few, select Mommy/Daddy blogs - ones with good writing and a humorous perspective - and you are one of them. I come here every day to see what’s going on in your world, and more importantly, how you find the funny side of so much of it.

  119. Tammy says:

    I’m not sure if I have commented here in the past or not. I’ve been reading for about 6 months and love your blog.

    About me? As much as I hate not being a stay-at-home mom, I don’t think I could actually do it. I would like the opportunity to try though.

  120. Becky says:

    I read your blog every day. I don’t have any kids myself but I grew up in a large, chaotic family. I love your blog, thanks for letting me lurk.

  121. fancythis says:

    Hi there, can’t remember whether or not I’ve commented before, so here goes.
    I’m not a mom, (yet) but I am 1 of 5 kids and so reading your blog is like re-living my childhood. I think you’re super-funny and entirely [in]appropriate, and that’s what makes you such a fabulous recorder of thoughts!

  122. Ryann says:

    Hi Chris–

    Found your blog from a friend…. and I love reading it and have been for some time now. We have a 2-year-old and one due in June, and you truly encourage me in this motherhood journey.

  123. Debbi says:

    Just here to de-lurk… I love your blog!

    My husband is in the Army, and one day he caught me reading your site, and he read the heading and got all excited thinking I found a military blog. lol.

  124. Rachelle says:

    I read on occassion, but have never left a comment. I don’t know why not.

  125. elizabeth says:

    I’ve been reading for over a year now, may have commented a time or two…blogs are my guilty pleasure, yours being the guiltiest!

    I live in the mid-south, have three children that I’m semi-homeschooling. We want to have four, and will probably be homeschooling all for a period of time. Don’t know how you possibly do seven! Good thing, as you say, you’re never tired!

  126. wifey615 says:

    I read everyday that you post…and if I miss a few, I MUST CATCH UP!

    Delurking here…you wanna know something about me hmm, how about I love brussel sprouts!

  127. paisley says:

    Hi! I comment from time to time, but am not consistent about it. I think all your comments freak me out. :)

    I love your blog and have been reading it for over a year. I’m a faithful and rarely miss a post.

    I just started my family in September so I’m a new mom.

  128. J says:

    Hi -

    Regular reader - can’t remember how I stumbled upon your site in the first place. I might have commented once before. Can’t remember. Early onset Alzhemeimers or too many months of interrupted sleep?

    I’ve lived in Connecticut twice. New Haven and along the shore with a crazy landlady downstairs with Great Danes.

  129. josy says:

    delurking. i like your blog. thankyou for blogging.

  130. katherine says:

    Chris, You’re amazing. The only other time I’ve ever commented was to talk about grocery shopping/listing. You, MetroDad, Laid Off Dad and dooce are the blogs I read every day, checking back multiple times in hopes that there would be multiple posts. I have two sons, 4 and 2 (Miles and my youngest are only a month apart and remind me so much of one another). I live in Birmingham, Ala., and have read every post on your site. At some point in early 2005, I went back and read the entire archves. Keep it up. You’re a great mom with a wonderful sense of humor!

  131. Blair says:

    I have commented before, a long time ago… I read you because I always wanted 7 children and live that dream vicariously through your posts. Also, Miles was born close to when my son was born, so I used you as a guide during his first year… think milestones.
    I was saddened when you said you could not read one hundred years of solitude, but got over that as I had to admit to myself that it took me a while to be able to read it.

  132. Evelyn says:

    De-lurking is scary :)

    We have nothing in common, but I still enjoy my visits over here.

    Have a lovely day.

  133. Megan says:

    Not sure how I found your blog, but you are one of my regular reads these days.

    I like beer, my dogs, and my spouse, not in that order. :)

  134. surcie says:

    You’re on my blogroll so I read often but comment only sometimes. I love the wicked side of your sense of humor.

  135. Pave.Gurl says:

    Hi, Chris. I’m with Tal way up there in the top: unmarried and no kids (tho I do have eight critters who keep me on my toes). I’ve been reading for a while - since I first saw you on Darren McLikeshimself’s list of links, I reckon, but I rarely comment. Not much else to say, other than I’ve lived in the South my whole life and your posts about weather make me very glad of that fact.

  136. Sarah G. says:

    I’ve been reading your site for a while and I love it. I have four kids and even I get the odd look and comments.

  137. sarcastic journalist says:

    Hello! You already know me but I shall you something you don’t know/

    I just got a DVR and I just don’t trust pausing live TV.

  138. Valeta says:

    Hello! I love blogs. I really like yours. I have a husband, a 3 year old boy and a baby on the way. I have always wanted a big family but my husband has other ideas, so I guess I have to live vicariously through reading your blog.

  139. Natalie says:

    I’ve sort of delurked and left comments a couple times, but mostly I just stop by and enjoy what you’ve written. Many times I laugh because I know just what you mean. I have two girls and I think it’s so funny how some people thing that at most I would want to have ONE more and probably just so I could try for that boy. Ha! Then when they ask how many we want, I just tell them, “We take it one at a time.”

  140. Laurie says:

    Hi! I read every day but almost never comment. So Happy De-Lurking Day!

    Something you don’t know about me is that I’m an accountant, so I have to get back to work now!

    Have a good day :o)

  141. Anna says:

    I have posted a few times. I’m Anna, married, mom to three girls, 4, 2 (just two months ahead of Miles) and 2mo. We live in Florida, but our hearts are in Colorado. Neat trick, huh?

    I love your blog for your honesty and humor. I think your parenting style is great.

    I dabble in Mormon and Catholic theology (sometimes at the same time!), I listen to Glenn Beck, and have too many hobbies that I never find time to do.

    I have a blog, but I rarely post. I’m too busy reading yours!

  142. Lori says:

    Like many of the others, I guess I live vicariously through your posts. I always wanted a huge family and it just wasn’t to be. I love my son and I’m thankful I have him. I enjoy your writing and love your outlook on childrearing.

    Not really de-lurking, as I’ve posted before. But want to tell you once again how much I love reading this blog.

  143. Cansu says:

    I guess I am also one of your few unmarried and childless daily readers.I am from and live in Turkey.I really do not know how I found your blog but I’ve been reading it since your daughter has turned fwee :) and loving it.I hope that someday(it’s good to still hope,isn’t it?)I will be a mother and thank you everyday for the example you have set for me.All the best for all 9 of you!

  144. Heather T. says:

    I don’t blog and don’t usually comment, but I have been checking in with you every day since you were featured in BabyTalk. I have one son, 11 months, who is hopefully the first of many.

  145. Stevie says:

    144th comment

  146. candace says:

    Love your blog(s). I’m a homeschooling mom, too, currently teaching 3 and pg (at 41) with the next one.

    I love reading about the neat stuff you do with your kids.

  147. 1girl2boys says:

    Wow, you have a lot of lurkers. Add me to your list of lurkers, although I’m not that interesting.

  148. Kate says:

    I can’t remember if I’ve ever commented, but if I have, it’s been infrequent. I love your blog, though! I always wanted a big family - I was one of four - but I’m pregant with my first now, and I have to say, I’m starting to think I should maybe just start small and see how it goes :). Anyway, your blog sort of keeps the big family dream alive for me.

  149. Trivial Mom says:

    Hey! I’ve commented here before now and then. But I just thought I’d let you know I love your blog and read it almost everyday. You’re and inspiration to me, and I love reading simply because you make me laugh.

  150. Maggie says:

    I might have commented once. I don’t blog but adore your blog! It is both sweet and edgy, thank goodness since sainthood is so terribly hard to read about every day! I have three children: twins age 6 and a 12 year old. You are a gifted writer as well as mother and, apparently teacher too!! Keep up the charming work!!

  151. R says:

    Well, I’ve de-lurked a few times, but I don’t know if that is enough to keep the terrorists from winning.

    So here goes.

    I love your writing style and what impresses me the most about all that you do (or at least what you write about) is how much you cook with your kids and let them help. Especially since you’re a self-described non-cook. I love to cook and I hate to cook with my kids. I always thought I would love it and I want them to like cooking, but I just really don’t like it. So you inspire me that way.

    I’ll tell you one more thing you don’t know about me: I’ll buy any book you write. Seriously. Just let me know. (Especially if it’s your memoir. Don’t laugh.)

    Back to lurkdom.

  152. 9yrs&counting says:

    Hi Chris!
    I recently found your blog and have been on a mission to read every entry. So far I’m only to Jan 2006. I LOVE reading about your family and all the joys and challenges. I came from a large family myself but have no children of my own yet. I’ve been married almost 10 yrs and am anxious to start my family. Reading your blog helps me live vicariously through you! Thank you!

    I feel like you’re my new best friend… I hope that’s not too creepy! :)

  153. Ellery says:

    I have never commented but I read your blog daily. We are about the same age and I love your sense of humor toward parenting and life in general. I work full time and have a 17-month-son. I am too much of a weakling to stay home or have any more kids. You are my hero:) I love your descriptions of daily life and chaos. (One kid or seven, they come pre-programmed for chaos.) Keep writing!

  154. Abby says:

    Hi Chris -

    I have been a faithful reader for about 6 months and I love your blog. You hav the greatest stories and I can totally relate to your family’s adventures ( I only have 2 children - age 4 and 7).

    Thanks for the entertainment!

  155. dcfullest says:

    Thank you for your calm and loving parenting example!

  156. Kendra says:

    There are a lot of lurkers out there! Myself included. I’m sure I’ve commented before I just can’t remember when. So I’m sure I’ll get lost in the 152 comments here. I love your blog! I have 2 children of my own (3 years old and 4 months old) and 1 foster child (2 months old). It’s a lot like having twins! You are so tough to have 7. But I think it’s great! My hubby comes from a family of 6 and his brother is having his 7th. But no we won’t be trying to keep up. We’re thinking 1 would be nice since they always say you have 1 more kid than you say you want. Great blog!

  157. Stjernesol says:

    I’m a regular visitor of your site, I’m Norwegian and a tea’oholic ;)

  158. Wendy says:

    Good God! That is a lot of comments. I have been living through you, because there is no way I could have 7 kids. You are my hero.

    No I am not psycho.


  159. Penny says:

    Hey Chris!!
    Been a reader for quite some time, love the way write about the large family aspect and how you keep it real!! I just had my sixth babe in November, oldest just turned 10 in November as well. Keep up the fabulous writing!!
    God bless you and your family!!

  160. Kris says:

    Hello! I enjoy your blog. Happy delurking week …

  161. hannah says:

    Hi, you have been on my list of fave blogs for some time, I visit when I can, as I have found so many to read, and I have my own blittle blog too. I have 3 kids, but round here that is considered a lot. you are great for inspiration!!

  162. Marci says:

    Hi Chris,

    Another lurker here. I read you daily but never comment, so you don’t know anything about me! I have thought about blogging but don’t know what I would say. Your writing is great. Loved the after Christmas post about forgiveness and grace. I needed to hear it. I have three great kids and a great hubby! Thanks for writing!

  163. joannmski says:

    Hey there! Well, I am pretty much of a lurker. I think I have commented once. Anyway, I read both of your blogs and think you are a pretty cool chick. I think you have a nice balance between appreciating and making fun of your kids.

    I am a pastor’s wife, full time headhunter, and generally overtired mother of four, who has hit 40 and now is noticing the Louis Vuittons under my eyes and the gray hair. But in my heart I am still 15.

  164. Jessica says:

    Just delurking to tell you something about me….I can turn my bellybutton inside out.

  165. Chris says:

    I love to read. Favorite book of 2006- The Case of the Missing Marquess. A YA mystery. Story of Enola Holmes, sister to Sherlock and Mycroft. Sort of a “Beekeeper’s Apprentice” for teens.

  166. Rebekah says:

    Don’t have kids, don’t even particularly like them….but. I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now. You just keep me coming back for more. It’s always interesting and funny. I just cain’t quit you, Chris. Snort. :D

  167. LadywithaLatte says:

    Hi Chris,
    I can’t remember how I found you, but I’ve been reading your blog ever since you found the critter in your mudroom. What was it? A weasel? You’re a daily stop for me, and I’m constantly amazed at your clarity, cleverness, humor, patience and sanity. I have four wonderful kiddos of my own, and have completely lost my mind. :)

  168. Married Jen says:

    Hey Chris! I think I’ve commented before, but now I actually have a blog. I’m a friend of Darren’s from Indy…

    Something you don’t know about me? I mostly listen to boy band music on my IPOD.

  169. Debbi says:

    Hi there! I read every day - I have 2 stepkids and 4 kids of my own and sometimes your day gets me through MY day. Thanks for all the survival stories, even if you didn’t know at the time that that’s what they were!

  170. Kirsten says:

    Hello! Another lurker de-lurking. I’m a 36 year old (relatively new) SAHM. I have two boys, ages 6 and 3, and am enjoying being home with them very much. Having worked nearly non-stop since the age of 15, it’s weird to be fully in charge of my day (it’s debatable how “fully” I’m in charge, I suppose) and sometimes I think I’m not very good at it, but I wouldn’t change things right now for anything. I know how lucky I am.

    Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I enjoy the topics you cover, your writing style, and admire your ability to fit it all in.

    I wish you and your family continued happiness and joy.


  171. jodi says:

    Hmmm…something about me that is unknown…I love to eat cold, Betty Crocker chocolate frosting straight from the fridge with a spoon. Yum!

    Love your site. Your honesty and humor are such a great combo!

  172. Jane says:

    Confessed lurker coming out of the lurking closet! I’m a Catholic mom and grandmom. I love my faith and I enjoy your blog! God bless you and your family.

  173. Chris says:

    171 comments?!? I will understand if you don’t get around to seeing me. Holy buckets! You must be proud!

  174. Kate says:

    I don’t comment too much, or have a blog, but I’ve been reading for a while now. I have an 11 month old son. Something you don’t know…I am a local food activist (and I live in a state with winter!).

  175. Mary says:

    I don’t comment much, but I do love your writing. Something about me. I have a nice little mole under my right eye. If I were Julie Andrews in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” I would call it my beauty spot.

  176. Debbie says:

    Good grief, what *have* you done, Chris. It’ll take you a week past your death to read all these…

    Hi I’m Debbie and I’m from the UK. I homeschool blah blah two kids blah blah blah LOVE YOU blah blah *bites Miles* love that guy…

  177. Bri says:

    I’m canadian, so there’s less worry about terrorists but I’ll delurk (just this once!) to say hello!

    I’m a 24 year old teacher from a family with 5 kids and want to start a large family of my own in the next few years. We’re all grown now, and it’s still chaos every time we’re all together!

    Thanks for the wonderful reading Chris - I visit every day

  178. Shotgun says:

    Wow! #171 and a day late, but I felt guilty if I visited and didn’t leave a comment during delurking week. I think I’ve commented a couple of times here before. I enjoy reading and try to a few times a week (OK, sometimes every day). I am a mother of 2, a 2 and a half year old daughter and a 2 month old son. Probably having more since it hurts to think of giving away my maternity wear.

  179. Y says:

    You totally copied me!

    (And that’s supposed to be funny because it’s “delurking week” and everyone is doing it.)

    I miss you. Call or IM me sometime, woman.

  180. kari says:


    Long time reader.

    I think of you as a big sister, even though I already have three of those!

    You give such great advice and share very candid, beautiful stories.

    I can’t wait to try out all of your great tips for our first Disney vacation.

    Thank you for writing - it really makes a great start to my day.


  181. Mary W says:

    visit me visit me - oh wait that means I have to write something

  182. vanessa says:

    I read all the time. I love hearing about your kids, they sound so funny.
    Thanks for having such a great blog!

  183. Bryanne Mayhew says:

    Hey Chris - not really a lurker, but I don’t comment too often either! I love love love your writing tho! I’ve left my blog address, but I’m woefully negligent at keeping mine updated.

  184. Stacy says:

    Hi, I’m Stacy and I am a lurker. I read your blog religously every day. I laugh so hard most times. My DH even knows who you are because I share funny moments with him when he looks interested (well, ok, he never LOOKS interested, but I know he is….I know it!)
    I have 2 children (8 years old and 5 months) and I sit in awe of your 7 and how you remain sane.
    Thanks for sharing your life.

  185. Julie says:

    I read this daily,laugh daily,smile at your thoughts and admire you daily!

    I pass you on to any one who will listen.
    I think we have the same sense of humor .
    Thanks for keeping us all reading.
    Your amazing!

  186. MamatoBrownheads says:

    Been reading since legal pads were Christmas presents…

  187. Heidi says:

    I don’t blog myself–but love reading yours. I am 32 with 2 1/2 kids. I feel like I’m starting over now with 11 and 8 year old boys and one more boy on the way!
    I think I’ve left a comment once before

  188. kasey says:

    Chris ROCKS, and terrorist DON’T! I so love reading your blog and I’ve only commented a very few times, once telling you to come to Texas where it’s always hot and once telling you I love your renovation photos (they really are so fun, I shared them with my boss who was like “who’s house it this and why are you sending pictures of it to me”! I’m Kasey, a 26 year old graphic designer with no children, envious of your awesome bunch, and I’m a total nerd who thanks you very much for sharing you and your family. You make me love your kids and want to have 7 too! My life would suck more if you didn’t blog, thanks for making me laugh/smile, think, want to renovate and have kids! :)

  189. Mrs. Speckperson says:

    A friend put me onto your blog and I have been following your blog for a couple months. I love hearing your stories and it gives me hope that I can do likewise. I am just starting my journey with a daughter who is 11 months. I look forward to your stories and advice this next year!

  190. Kelly says:

    Hi my name is Kelly and I read here everyday though this is the first comment. I love your writing. I’ve recently started blogging a little but I’m not very good!

  191. Joy H says:

    188 comments — how am I going to read them all :)

    You help me to be a better Mom; you bring laughter to many of my days; you make me think; you are an amazing woman!

    Keep on, keeping on!

  192. Kellie says:

    Hi, i’m a first time commenter, long time lurker. I love the terrorist thing at the top! Can I steal it? Chris, you inspire me to be a better mother with your blog. Thanks for sharing your life and family with us all. Okay, this isn’t so intimidating, I can do this commenting thing more often.

  193. Kristen says:

    I’ve commented before, and have been reading for over a year. I have to admit I sometimes still think of this site as The Big Yellow House…yours was one of the first I ever found and read regularly, because I loved the tone and feel, loved hearing the stories about your family and seeing the re-model projects shape up over time.

  194. Kathleen says:

    Yes, I’ll admit it I am a lurker. I’ve been checking in on you every day for some time now. I love your writing. I have three kids and homeschooled for 2 years. 2 are now in school so I have more time to read your blog :) I still have one at home who naps…that’s my secret pleasure…nap time/computer time. Keep the awesome posts comming!!

  195. Sherri says:

    Urless here, I have been reading for a while and crying and laughing and always coming back! My name is Sherri, I have 2 sons 11 and 8 and 2 cats, a dog, fish and a rabbit (courtesy of children mentioned above). You make me long for a bigger family - I am an only child as well and I always want activity all around me, so I’m living vicariously through your blog :)

  196. Jessica says:

    Where, oh where, did you get that nifty button? I just talked about delurking week over at my own blog, but had no graphic to go with it!

    Delurking, here, because I have a terrible habit of reading a blog I like for literally YEARS without ever commenting.

    Something about me? I’m a very popular vocalist….at least on the funeral circuit (long, long story) There’s lots of other boring stuff, too…that was what just sprang to mind.

  197. Karen says:

    I’ve left at least one comment before, but mostly I read. I’m a mother of eight.(oldest 20 next month down to baby one year old.) I love the large family angle of your blog, because I can relate to it. When I read what you write it’s like yes! That is how it is! But you write it so much better than I can. You have a great gift, you make me laugh (and sometimes cry) Thanks for sharing!

  198. Beverly says:

    I’ve been lurking since Christmas vacation - sorry!

    You make me laugh with each new post.

    But, since you want to know one thing about me…I have amazing children.

    (But only three.)

    Thank you for your stories!

  199. jaime says:

    Your posts crack me up whenever I can get over here. I think I’ve commented a few times before– I’m not really sure.

    I’m the mother of an 8 month old. We’re hoping to have a family about the size of yours, but we’ll see how it all goes.

  200. C says:

    Doing my duty and de-lurking. I love your blog! I’m mom to 5 and relate so much to your blog. Thanks for keeping smiling and crying and all the other emotions. Ps for Christmas I made my friend, a mom of 6, a shirt that says Breeder on it. Only I screwed up and the two middle “E”s are backwards. Also made her youngest a shirt that says PITA pocket. Love you!

  201. Sue says:

    Ok, finally delurking. I don’t remember how I found you, but I love your stories about your family!

  202. Amyjane says:

    Holy readers, Batman! Apparently I am not alone in lurking around your site! Love it!

  203. Bridget says:

    I just started reading you a couple of months ago. I’m 26, and I enjoy reading your blog b/c it lets me indulge my fantasies of having a large family! I never comment, because I feel like I don’t have very much to contribute since I don’t have any kids yet. I love your wit and your sense of humor…keep on writin’!

  204. Gail Martin says:

    Hi, Chris! I have commented a time or two. I came to you from Chuck and Lauren Pierce’s. I read almost every day because you make me smile. All my kids are grown and I am a grandmother to a 3-year-old, 9-month-old, and a 4-month-old.

  205. bombaygirl says:

    Hi Chris,

    I love your site, love what you write, and love the pics of your kids. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog. It’s pretty pathetic right now…just one post!

  206. peepnroosmom says:

    Hey Chris,
    It is going to take you a week just to read all these comments. I have been reading your blog for almost a year and I LOVE it.
    Thank you for sharing your family with all of us.

  207. Frema says:

    I pop in every once and a while. Happy De-Lurking Week!

  208. Beth says:

    I check your site every day and love it!! You really crack me up sometimes!!

    Oh, and you have beautiful children :)

  209. maria says:

    In honor of de-lurking week… I have 3 kids 7 and under. I love your blog and think about how you might handle things when the noise is about to push me over the edge. I’ve probably been guilty of saying some of the stupid big family things you’ve mentioned (not the how can you love that many tho!) but mostly because - esp in my pre-kid days I just didn’t think I could manage. (I’d like to think I don’t say dumb things any more but let’s just say I try not to…) So - if someone clueless but innocent says 7 kids - wow - take it as a compliment and not the oafish thing it sounds like;)

    And - in response to your other post - I’d been sort of wondering about the older kids - not that you love them less, just curious about them.

    Thanks for sharing - you brighten my day and often make me think.

  210. Corinne says:

    Hello from Pasadena, CA!

    Love your blog!

    Something about me…I’m halfway to a Master’s degree in Library Science. But I hate sensible shoes and cardigans.

  211. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for several months now…I love it! You always make me smile, or think, or laugh. While my home isn’t as busy as yours, with only two children, I can definitely relate to your adventures in motherhood!! Keep writing!

  212. Flamenco Mom says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now. I’ve commented a couple of times, but mostly I just read and laugh. Love your blog!

  213. Becky says:

    I’ve been lurking for, oh well, a year or so. I’m using your site to convince my husband that we must reproduce a few more times, for the laugh quotient.

    Thanks for making me laugh.

  214. Valerie says:

    Hi Chris,
    I think I have commented maybe twice. Lame. I have 5 kids. You make me laugh out loud all the time and I come to your blog for comfort, humor and support. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  215. Laura K. says:

    I’ve posted before but not as much as I should! Your blog is #1 in my list of 50 right now and no, I don’t tell everyone the same thing!

    I’m 27 next month.. I’m an American living in the Netherlands with my Dutch hubbie and our son, Sebastian who is 3 and a half.

    Hugs and kisses

  216. Jeni says:

    K, first of all we are totally friends in my head. I am 36, mother of four. Thank you for your dreamy little blog. Your writing is fresh and honest. I tryed that gorgeus blueberry, white nectarine thingy… I tryed to figure out who pissed you off at BLOGHER cause I am nosy. There I just told the world something embarassing… Happy? So anyway, thank you for being my fake friend.

  217. Brandy says:

    I, too, admit to lurking. I like your blog because of the honesty you portray in dealing with your life and family.

  218. Angie says:

    wow! 213 comments! Sadly, if I posted this on my site, I’d probably get like 2. But,I think I do have a lot of lurkers, if the people I talk to are any indication. I made the transition from website to blog this past year, so I guess I have technically not been doing this very long, but since I moved all my articles over to the blog site, it looks like I have. I am totally dying that you promised to go over to my site! i better go and clean it up a bit. . .

  219. dani says:

    Oooh… I’m so far down on the list. I first found you during the NaBloShoeMo. I’m a 36yo mom of 1 little girl. Love your blog. Made me start my own. Mostly because I missed the shoe blogging. And now that I have my own, I know how important comments are and have become a better commenter.

  220. robiewankenobie says:

    i’m a horrible updater of my own blog, but am a devoted reader.

    anything in particular you’d like to know? i’ve really been craving pie, i just bought three fabulous vintage hats, and i need to clean my house.

  221. The Wooden Porch says:

    Hello there! I read you daily, and I comment now and then.

    I am witty and fun to be around. 27wf; 5′7″, light brown hair. I enjoy biking, blogging, bubble baths, and sneaking chocolate. I’m looking for cheap babysitting, my missing hairbrush, and the remote control. I’m a non-smoker.

    (And I think I may have called you a “turd” in one of my previous comments. Maybe even “big turd”. I hope that’s ok, forgive me if you don’t care for the label much. I understand. Girl, you know how to make me laugh!)

  222. Mandi says:

    Wow, you are very popular Chris!

    I read often but don’t comment as much.

    Something about me: I am envious of your endless reserve of patience. I have 4 kids and spending time with them makes me uptight and stressed out. I don’t know your secret for enjoying motherhood so much, you need to share.

  223. mar says:

    I am an everyday lurker. Today? My socks don’t match. Oops. Shouldn’t get dressed in the dark I guess.

  224. Maine Mom says:

    I LOVE your blog! Is it really that bad to lurk?…Okay, I pledge to comment more on blogs this year. I do enjoy reading comments on my own blog, so I’m sure everyone else does, too.

  225. Kelly says:

    I comment every now and then, but not nearly as often as I read your blog (every day).

    I don’t have any children unfortunately, but I feel I can live vicariously through your motherhood since you’ve had enough kids for the both of us!

    Your family is beautiful. I really can feel the love through your words and images.

  226. Kelly says:

    I think it would be interesting to see where all of your lurkers are from.

    Kansas City here.

  227. Mocha says:

    Are you shittin’ me? You post a paragraph and get 224 comments? I post an entire set of embarrassing pictures and get 30. The hell…?

    That’s it. No more prom pictures. I give.

    Crap. I just made it 225, didn’t I?

  228. Heather says:

    Dear Chris, Thank you so much for your site, I am a long time lurker and a daily visitor to you blog.

  229. Joan says:

    I’m Joan. I live in Paris and I miss my garden in England.
    Yes, I know… Paris … but even the Parisians head for the hills at every opportunity and then get caught in hellish macho kamikaze speed trials trying to get back into the city.

    You make me laugh out loud and I stand back in admiration at your success in bringing up such lovely, funny, caring children.
    The world needs more people like you and yours so keep on breeding.

  230. maggie says:

    i’m maggie. i’ve commented before but i’ll say it again- i think you’re neato. i really admire your writing.

  231. Linds says:

    I can’t remember if I have commented already. I think I have. Maybe? I must have.Hi anyway! I live in the middle of England, and I have been reading your blog for quite a while. I love it. Keep posting!

  232. Robyn says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now, I don’t comment often but from the looks of it I’m in good company! I am not surprised you have so many ‘lurkers’, your blog is fantastic, and inspiring because I often think if Chris can do it with seven, then I have no excuse! Sometimes my three feel like seven. Many times I’ll say something to my dh about your blog and I’ll say, “You know, the lady with seven kids blog” and then he knows who I’m talking about! Keep up the good work.

  233. Anne says:

    I don’t comment very often (like…never), but I love your blog. I have one daughter, and hope to have a large family someday. I read your blog because (1) it makes me laugh out loud and (2) your grace, humor and writing skill constantly impress me. Not to mention I agree with you on many issues. I hope you continue writing long after all your kids are old enough to need their privacy. I’ll continue reading!

  234. Erin says:

    Enjoy reading your posts, even though I dont’ comment.

    My fav. season is Spring.

  235. jamie says:

    Jamie here! Delurking to say hi!

    Something you don’t know about me? I just had my third kid and am completely overwhelmed! Yikes!

  236. Michael, Shelby and Charlotte says:

    Something you don’t know about us:

    Michael - once did a Run-DMC skit in elementary school

    Shelby - loves leaving dirty tissues all over the house

    Charlotte - loves to eat frozen cherries

    We love your site. Keep up the great blogging.

  237. Lana says:

    Love your blog, especially your posts to & about your youngest…my oldest boy’s the same age, so I revel in the cuteness, and laugh at your descriptions of his ‘toddlerness’. Can’t wait for the book!

  238. Layla says:

    Delurking :0) You one of my favorites. I am from Sydney , Australia. Have 2 boys aged 12 and 9….3 including my better half :0). I have been reading for a couple of years.

  239. Gwen says:

    Gwen here, I am sure you won’t get to me. I have a hard enough time with my bloglines reading all the blogs. :) My husband got me into your blog and I wish I could be as organized as you are. I guess other than all that 1 thing you won’t know about me is that I hate cooking everyday dinners but I love cooking the big holiday meals.

  240. kate says:

    I love coming here and reading about you and your awesome family!

    I dont know what I can tell you I guess I admire you and your family, wanting a big family in the future I enjoy reading about yours.

  241. Heather says:

    Hi there-
    Love reading your blog- I can really relate & that gives me some much needed inspiration sometimes.
    Thanks for writing!

  242. Peggyp says:

    Hi another lurker. Don’t remember how I found you but I love your writing.
    I have identical twin boys who are 26

  243. Amy says:

    I don’t have a blog, just a friend of a blogger. I read hers and about 3 others, that includes yours. I have 3 boys and work from home as an admin assistant. I really enjoy your writing. My youngest is 29 months, so I really enjoy seeing what Miles is up to.

  244. Momtourage says:

    Actually, stumbling upon your blog inspired me to create my own. I have just 3 kids and we’re done, but Miles and my youngest’s birthdays are just 2 days apart, so it always fascinates me how much they do similar behaviors. Like chewing on toothbrushes.

    I rarely miss a day of checking your blog. You’re that good.

  245. Kate says:

    I’ve never commented before. I live in Australia and only have once child (and another one the way). But I figure that once upon a time, you only had one child too.
    I’m fascinated by your kids, time management skills, and that you have any time in your day to blog.

  246. J says:

    Your blog is so funny that I think you should either write a book or go on the stand up comedy circut. Since I am infertile I alway like to read/know about families with lots of children (I”m in awe you even find time to comb your hair) and keep reading in the hope that the ‘ultrafertile’ will send baby vibes my way.

    I really enjoy your blog!

    Jennifer 33 in Michigan

  247. Mary Anne Kormos says:

    I’ve been lurking for about a year. I’m the eldest of eight (12 year gap), and Mother of four (13 - 24) and I enjoy your excellently written blog. You approach life with dry wit flavoured with sarcasm and I find your entries refreshing.
    Your children are lovely, enjoy their childhoods and believe people when they say it goes by so fast. It really does.

  248. Laura D. says:

    I’ve been lurking for a while… I don’t have kids, nor do I plan to. But I enjoy good writing!

  249. Deb says:

    I comment when I can think of something clever or cute, otherwise you intimidate the hell outta me :)

    I have only 4 kids and barely can keep my head above water, much less half the fun things you do. But I love reading you, both blogs as we unschool too.

  250. Zana says:

    Hey, I enjoy your site.

  251. Saerah says:

    Delurking to say that I really enjoy your writing. I don’t have kids, but I do have an old house with a zillion projects to do. Would you consider renting Rob out?

  252. Amy says:

    I have commented a few times before, and I read it EVERY SINGLE DAY. If I have time to only read one blog, it is yours that I check in on…As a teenager, I babysat for a family of seven children who were (and some still are) homeschooled. That family amazed me, and your family amazes me. We have 2 kids with a 3rd on the way, and I am hopeful to keep adding to our clan. We are in our first real year of homeschooling. Keep writing, and I’ll keep reading. Thanks!

  253. Rebel says:

    I rarely comment, but read daily. I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum with only one child.

  254. Jennifer says:

    Hey All! I’m a homemaker, married for 17 years, mother of 3, adopting from China, and sadly…a lurker. I started out reading blogs of others adopting internationally and happily found some excellent writers along the way-most not involved in adoption at all. I’ve laughed, cried and peed my pants more than once reading this one. It’s one of my very favorite! Thanks Chris, for sharing with us.

  255. Tricia says:

    Well…I found your site through largerfamilies.blogspot.com a few months ago. I have eight kids under the age of ten and get many of the same comments as you. And similar moments with my brood, although I don’t have nearly the knack of getting it written down. It didn’t stop me from starting my own blog, however.

    Thanks for sharing!

  256. kate says:

    Hi. I’m Kate. I’m actually a knitblogger, though the world of momblogging looks pretty appealing sometimes. I have one very spunky 14 month old girl and for the time being, that’s plenty. I design knitwear once I (miraculously) get my daughter to sleep. I’m tired… and not terribly articulate at the moment. Thanks for your blog and thanks for that Mexican dip recipe. It was the hit of my baby’s first birthday party.

  257. Genie says:

    I have no kids but love reading about yours (and many other parenting themed web sites - perhaps I’m practicing to know what I might be in for one day). I enjoy reading about your kids and reminding myself that whether a family has no kids or tons, they’ve all done what is right for them and there seems to be plenty of love to go around in your house.

  258. Tina says:

    Hi! I’m Tina!

    LOVE your blog, both of them!

    About me? Hmm……I like to scrapbook, I like disco music, along with just about everything else inbetween….I love the fact that I have most of the heritage photos of my family.

    Kudos to you for staying sane with your children. I’m barely hanging on with two….

  259. cole says:

    I hope your husbands resolutions are working out for the both of you. ha.

    I hate mushrooms, I often don’t shower everyday, I love cake, my nose is pierced, I read everyday (some of a book..), I have laughed so hard that I have peed my pants more than once, sometimes I hate my children but I always love them (lucky for them..), I am a great cook, I type really fast, I love a good dirty joke, I make the worlds best martini and margarita, I can not spell, I have been married for 15 years this june, I love that having children has brought me girlfriends–again, whiskey makes me throw up, I love the groccery store, I use to sail and I miss my thinner body that I had B.C.

    I read you often and laugh a lot. I feel better about having just 2 children reading your blogs. Sometimes I think I had too many but then I read you and think, wait…I only have 2, and it is not so bad.

  260. rebecca says:

    this is the 257th comment, so i have a feeling you will never, ever get to me, but i’m delurking anyway. i think i may have commented once or twice before; i’ve been reading for a lot of months now and while i never plan to have kids, your blog allows me to glimpse a life different from the one i will have, and it’s interesting. and you’re damn funny. and from what little you’ve said about politics, i take it we think alike and that is cool. that is all. :)

  261. annette says:

    Read your blog and one other every day. It makes me feel not so abnormal! I have 6 children. Two are adopted from Russia. Oldest will be 13 in a couple of weeks, youngest will be 3 in a couple of weeks. I would love to have more, God willing. I have been married 20 years. I will be 40 in July. Where does time fly? Our life , too, is always an adventure. I admire your ability to do all that you do. I am most envious of your ability to be so conscientious about documenting your kids lives. Most of the time I feel like an air traffic controller, making sure everyone gets to their destination safely and no one crashes and burns:)! Thanks for making me smile and recognize the joy in all of it:)!

  262. GaftGirl says:

    I love your blogs. I read you everyday and am always sadden when you haven’t blogged.

    Let’s see. I am a 25 year old blogging mother of two babies (one furry and one human). I work for a security company by day and write by night. Keep up the amazing work!

  263. Jordan says:

    Hey Chris - found your blog through Susan at Friday Playdate and think it’s a lot of fun. I only have one kid right now, and reading your blog makes me both jealous (I totally want seven!) and terrified (no more! I will have no more!) Something about me: there are more animals in my house than there are people.

  264. mommyHAM says:

    Uhm…hmm, well, down here, very far in the comments section of the trenches, is me. I pop in just about every day, but don’t always comment. Actually, scratch that, I rarely comment.

    Nevertheless, I read, b/c while we are VERY different (age - I’m 27, kids - only got two here, career - I can’t do SAHM-hood well, but my kids get a great mommy while I’m working, et cet era), we are very, very similar (former black dress of anger wearers, love our children deeply, witty, writers, even when we’re not trying, etc.)

    So - I’d be honored if you came by and read my ramblings, but if not - understand - it’s uh, not like you don’t have other things to do, right?

  265. Lesley says:

    Oooh, I’m delurking. I really enjoy your site.

  266. Melessa says:

    I’m sure I’ve commented once or twice at some point, but here I am again.

  267. Beckik says:

    wow, with this many comments, I don’t see how you will be able to respond to them all! good luck! I love your writing!

  268. J. Fergie says:

    Hi there!!

    Not sure if I’ve ever commented before but I visit you almost daily and even link to you from my blog. I am a full-time working mom (which one of us isn’t?) of 2 girls under 2 years old. Thanks for forcing us lurkers out of the closet and I do hope you come by and visit sometime!

  269. Beth F. says:

    I LOVE your blog, you are hiliarious and an excellent writer! Thanks for bloggin’!

  270. Vivian says:

    You are one popular girl! Couldn’t resist to add to your list of fans. Keep bringing on the laughter!


  271. Colleen says:

    Stopping by to delurk and say hi. Found you back during the Weblog awards. Great site!

  272. Debbie H says:

    Adding my comments from the midwest, Missouri. Husband and I have been married 21 years, we have four children and have fun watching them grow. The oldest is in college, first year-daughter, the next three boys range in ages…14, 10 and 7. I’m still learning what makes these boys tick, coming from a family of all girls..those testerone creatures can be complicated at times. Thanks for sharing your stories.

  273. deanna says:

    Love, love, love your blog. I’ve been reading you for well over a year and have commented maybe twice, likely during this sort of thing before. You’ve a great talent for taking the everyday moments of motherhood and making them everything from touching to sheer entertainment. My favorite post? When you had a bear in your yard…it’s the one I always refer to if I am telling someone in the “real world” about you. You are a normal everyday amazing mom. Thank you for letting us have a glimpse into your world.

  274. Louise says:

    Delurking as requested.

    Just started blogging myself after lurking for 9 months or so- rather addictive this blogging thing is….

    Since you don’t know anything about me, I love artichokes, raspberries and dark chocolate, my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in June and we have 3 little monsters of the human variety that keep us busy; plus a number of other creatures to add to the excitement.

    Love your blog, thank you for sharing.

  275. Deanna says:

    I get such a kick out of your blog and your children are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  276. cates says:

    Mother of one with one on the way. Thanks for sharing your life and your family.

  277. Heather says:

    I love your blog and read it every day. It always puts me in a good mood. Thanks so much for writing it.

    I am the mother of one. Where I am from, everyone has huge families. So I am the odd one out. I guess you get comments no matter what you do. LOL

  278. kathy says:

    Crap on a cracker, Chris. Do you need 275? :) I won’t tell you something you don’t know about me, but I’ll out my BIL who LOVES your blog and reads it daily. Hi Chet!!! :)

  279. kathy says:

    Oh, and te escribo desde la tranquila ciudad de Cuidad Valles, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Tada!

  280. daring one says:

    Chris I’ve been lurking for like totally ever and I think I love you and thanks for the earrings. They were the best Christmas present ever. I was hoping for a lock of your hair but the jewelry will have to do.

  281. paige says:

    I love your writing. You are witty and tender without being sentimental. You are also a very talented photographer and I love your photo posts, especially your studies of your youngest.

    Something about me…hmm. I have a husband, three kids, three big dogs, I’m a kindergarten teacher and my dream and wish and hope is to be a full time mom instead.

    It won’t happen, but I enjoy the fantasy from time to time.

  282. Dot says:

    Delurking here, a little late. I comment occasionally. What you may not know about me (or remember) is that I used to be in the TOK chat with you a long time ago. I think I ‘only’ had 4 kids then.

  283. Julie says:

    I’m 42, mostly a full time mom. I work about 12 hours per week as a computer trainer and consultant - mostly for law firms. I’ve got three kids: a husband, 40, a son, 11 and a daughter, 6. We have two black cats: Boo and Bob and a saltwater fish tank that slowly drains our bank account while providing hours of mesmerizing entertainment. I read about 10 to 20 books at a time and have them laying all over the house - but I only read fiction on vacation. And I spend most of my days wishing sleep could come in pill form so I could get more done.

    I’ve been reading for over a year because:

    1. You make me laugh so hard that coffee comes out my nose.

    2. The photos of your children remind me that I’m doing the most important work of my life right now.

    3. You see your children as indiviuals and they know that you are interested in their thoughts and emotions and respect their opinions. I strive to do that with my kids every hour of every day.

    4. I get great ideas on activities to do with MY family.

    5. I can identify with your relationship with your mother.

    Thanks for sharing your life.

  284. Marianne says:

    Hi Chris. I think I’ve commented once. I’m 31, newly married, no children, but have two black-and-white cats that are making great progress in sending me to the asylum.

    Your children are so adorable, I experience baby madness everytime I visit! I agree with the commenter from above (Julie): You seem to recognize your children’s unique, individual personalities and relish in them. I feel very privileged that you and other blogging moms share your (and your children’s) lives with us. Being that I hope and pray to start a family soon, I love learning about your life experiences.

    Thanks again.

  285. Jordana (the non-Curmudgeonry one) says:

    Well, I can’t remember if I’ve commented here before, but, um, hi! I enjoy your kidlet and husband stories very much … thanks for being willing to share them.

  286. middleamerican mom says:

    Chris -
    I’ve only commented once during delurking week last year. I read your blog every day and have since your kids spotted that bear in your yard! You are a wonderful writer and I love your sense of humor. I always get caught reading your blog at work because I laugh and laugh (which is not acceptable behavior in the cubeland of the corporate world.)

  287. Kim says:

    Hi Chris… I’m not so much of a lurker as a reader with an occasional comment and email about your kids. I can’t get enough of your writing as I find it both funny and inspiring. So thank you for that.

  288. Personal Chef to 2 says:

    I’ve commented before but certainly not regularly … I’m a married working mom of 2 boys, ages (almost) 5 and 2. My little one and Miles have MUCH in common!

    I’m currently completely and utterly torn about adding a 3rd child to our family - as is the hubby. I’m worried we’ll regret it one day if we just don’t go for it!

    I used to have a blog but recently shut it down for personal reasons … maybe one day I’ll start again. I keep coming back to your blog b/c of your ability to make me laugh!

  289. Lucy says:

    Hi, I’m not a blogger either but read yours most days and really enjoy it. I have been married forever but have and will have no children.

    I am however, number 5 of 6 children, mostly boys and your writing gives me insight to what my mother’s life must have been like coping with all of us. A generation apart of course; but some similarities are striking.

  290. Lisa says:

    Hey Chris! I’ve never commented before but the other 289 delurkers have guilted me into it! I came to your site after a referral from Meg (A Drawer Full of Papers), we’re on another message board together.
    I read every day (sometimes several times) and love your humour and your serious posts. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
    PS I don’t have a blog because I (obviously) SUCK at writing. I live vicariously through you!

  291. Georgia says:

    Chris! Love your blog. Proud to be 291! (even if a day late). I have been reading for quite a long time. Have a daugther (3) and son (1) and waiting on more! Thanks for making us all laugh, think and cry!

  292. Brandi says:

    Hi Chris,

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year (maybe more I don’t remember). I might’ve commented once or twice, but that’s about it. I have a daughter, Abby, who’s just a few days younger than Miles. I’m the crazy lady who left a comment on one of his most recent flickr pictures about Abby having a crush on him. Seriously, she’s sitting next to me right now saying “Boy. Boy. Boy. Boy” until I show her that picture again.

  293. Susan says:

    Hi Chris,

    I’ve been reading forever. I comment every so often. I have two girls, ages 7 and 3. I live in CT, and am such a dork that I sometimes wonder if I will run into you at the bookstore. I love your blog!

  294. Amy W says:

    Delurking here, sorry to be late in my response…read you all the time…

  295. Keri says:

    Chris - i am not really delurking b/c I have commented once in awhile. I always felt like commenting when people have nasty things to say. It really honks me off. Anyway, I am a wife, mom of 2 little girls. I LOVE your blog. Seriously I am usually laughing out loud. My youngest is 16 months & I secretly hope she will meet & marry miles. He’s so so cute. I started a blog for a few days, but oftentimes after reading both you & Carme, I think I should start again. You have such a gift of writing.

  296. Kim says:

    My dh and I wanted a big family, as in maybe 5 kids. We told everyone when we got married that we’d like a big family, and everyone thought we were nuts. We just had our third daughter last year. Now everyone keeps asking if we’re going to try for a boy. Go figure.

    I love reading your blog. I’ve been reading about a year now. Usually after I read, I have a smile on my face because you’ve made me feel like I’m not alone in whatever it is I’m going through. And that maybe I’m not sucking at this whole parent thing after all. Thank you.

  297. Mary says:

    Hi Chris, I’ve commented a couple of times and I sent you an email a while ago. I’m surprised asking people to delurk has worked so well for you; I’ve been blogging for over 3 years, yet the only way I know I have readers is by checking my blog stats.

  298. debbie says:

    i love to read your blog. you make me lol everytime i read. since you do not know me i have 3 sons ages 4, 2 and 1. life gets to be a bit crazy but i enjoy it. i cannot believe all the comments you have, i am impressed!

  299. Elizabeth says:

    A day or two late and a dollar short. Oh well.

    I have a dual personality. In my head, I am a stay-at-home mother homeschooling my kids (which I was for several years), and cooking lovely meals from organic produce and hormone-free, locally raised meat. This colors a lot of my thinking.

    In reality, I am working full-time to pay tuition bills for college. I like my job most of the time, but there’s this whole issue of cognitive dissonance. It’s not what I thought I’d be doing, it’s not what I want to be doing, and I’m sort of disappointed in myself because honestly, they are paying me way too much to quit. And, at the same time, according to every salary survey I’ve seen, they are not paying me what I’m worth.

    I only have three kids (you get comments on how many you have, but see how when on your blog I’m apologetic about “only” three). One daughter is in college, one daughter is in high school, and when I decided I wasn’t ready to have my kids all grown in just a few short years we adopted one more - he was 4 months when we adopted him and is in kindergarten now. MY favorite odd comment is that he speaks English really well. (Note - he started living around all English speakers at 4 MONTHS! Yes, he’s really lost that Korean accent.) Oh, and the neighbor who heard we were adopting from Korea, and after a dazed moment said “Well, I hear they are really good at math.” (Note - he was 4 MONTHS old, so we held off on the advanced calculus for a bit.) And the neighbor’s grandson who said “No offense, but he looks like a Chinaman.” None taken, but who TALKS that way any more?

    Gosh, I really hope you read your new comments on old days or I just wasted some room on the Internet for no reason.

  300. Dailycastle says:

    You crack me up! My favorite story is the Old Navy shopping bag stuffing adventure. Keep up the great writing and write a book already!

  301. Polly says:

    I was going to lurk, but I just really wanted to be the one to send your comments over 300! What an audience you have.
    Keep up the good writing.

  302. Sarah says:

    Hi Chris! I have been lurking for many months now. I found your blog through Danielle Bean’s site. I live in Iowa and have 3 children ages 4years, 2years and 3 months. I have to admit I check your blog several times a day… just in case you have updated-certainly wouldn’t want to miss anything. Photography is something I really enjoy with my kids being my favorite subjects. LOve reading your blog it makes me laugh and causes me to think too (novel idea huh?). Thanks for writing!!

  303. taffi says:

    Add me to the list clamoring for a book. Love your blog.

  304. Aileen says:

    My name is Aileen and I am a lurker. I am deaf and was born and raised in the Bronx, NYC (now living in SC but soon moving to CT - we’re a Navy family). I have two precious little miracles… a 3 year old girl and a 19 month old baby boy who had heart surgery at 9 months to repair a birth defect. I enjoy reading your blog when I get a chance… please feel free to stop by and say “hi” any time. :)

  305. emily says:

    I think I have delurked once before and not commented since. You are one of the two bolgs I read. I don’t have my own blog so I feel awkward commenting (?). I admire you as a mother and I enjoy your writing mainly because no matter what you say, your love is present in your words (and you are hilarious). Thank you for writing! One thinh about me - I have a daughter 13 months and the center of my universe.

  306. FishyGirl says:

    You have more comments on this post than I do at all, ever, but I will delurk because I am doing that all over! I check for new posts every day. I have 4 kids under the age of 8 and feel like I’m drowning most of the time, and your blog helps remind me what blessings I have, and that I’m not the only one that loves them and is driven nuts by them simultaneously. Will try to comment more from here on out.

  307. Pamela says:

    Chris -

    Please do come by for a visit! I’m a new blogger and would love some feedback.

    Only two posts so far, but you were an inspiration to get my writing.

    Thanks for writing and sharing.

  308. cristen says:

    I have commented before, so I guess I’m not a total lurker, which I guess implies one never comments. I read your blog every day and found you via Catherine Newman of “Ben & Birdy.” I had never read a blog till about 4 months ago. I love being so involved in your life–it (your life and you) are very interesting and entertaining, and I would love to know you in real life.

    I have 3 kids under 5, own my own business, and have a home office in our house built in 1868 (in north Mississippi). I have a masters in Southern Studies, specializing in So. Lit., but sell ads for 4 magazines for a very good living.

    I almost married my first boyfriend (we dated for 9 yrs), and he called it off on me 6 wks before the wedding, thank goodness. You and I have that in common. Thankfully I instead am married to a Englishman who came into the bookstore where I was working to buy a map of Alabama, as he was riding his bike across the country. He’s the best man I can imagine.

    I was abducted and raped by two angry black teenagers on a crime spree (angry at me because I was a privileged white person, they more or less said) when I was 20, and shot twice as I escaped. And I am totally okay! People who don’t know that about me are shocked when I tell them. As I am sure are people who *don’t* know me.

    I obviously need to get my own blog, since I wrote way too much…

    I wish I had time to go back and read everything you’ve written previous to my starting reading you, so I could catch up!

  309. Gina says:

    I’ve commented once or twice so not truly a newbie. I adored your posts on baseball. From one sports momma to another.

    My favorite post was about finding your own people in other ball parents. Very funny.

    My favorite picture (which was hard to choose) was the one of your princess w/her hands on her hips while her brother was in her castle. LOL Made me laugh out loud.

    Keep up the great living!

  310. Nikki says:

    Hi Chris,

    I’ve commented once or twice but am mainly a long-time lurker, since the Big Yellow House days (I think it’s been at least a year?). Yours was the first blog I started reading on a regular basis. I don’t have any kids (or even a husband) yet, but I very much enjoy your writing and am stocking up on parenting tips for future use. :o)

  311. Erika says:

    I read daily, post often :) One thing noone knows about me? I do want another baby. I have two gorgeous daughters (29months and 8 months) and wouldnt mind having TWINS!!!
    we’ll see….
    I started blogging but have stopped for a while, too much to do, so little time. I am starting my own buisness here in CT http://www.nurslingsllc.com
    I hope to be open soon (feb/march) Im scared to death!

    I love reading your blog. you make me laugh, and cry with you.

  312. rachel says:

    I think I forgot to comment on this! I went over to make myself an entry and got distracted.

    something about myself you might not know- I can touch my tongue to my nose. So can BG. The only other person I knew who could do that was a counselor in sailing camp, who was probably a bit weird, as he showed us he could pick his nose like that AND he let preteen/early teen girls braid his underarm hair. now that sounds creepy, but at the time we thought he was wonderful.

  313. Genevieve says:

    Yay, now I HAVE to post! :) I come to your site almost every day — it’s one of my few daily favorites. I just love your sense of humor — it brightens up my days, especially when I’m having a day like today. (ugh) So I guess I’m classified as a lurker — I feel weird posting comments on blogs of people I don’t know too well. I almost feel like I’m eavesdropping on someone’s life. (Does that mean I shouldn’t be reading?) :)
    Well, so we aren’t strangers any more, I’m a 29 (again) :) mother of 5 — well, technically, 2 daughters (ages 4 and 2), 2 angel babies, and one in the oven. I’d love to have a large family like yours, but I’m not sure my mental health can handle it! I don’t have enough of a sense of humor, for one. :) Well, we’ll just take them one at a time, I guess.
    Thank you for sharing some of your life with us semi-anonymous lurkers/eavesdroppers. :) Your site, for me, is a little ray of joy & laughter, as well as comfort in the idea that I’m not the only one who feels/thinks/does X! :)

  314. Holly says:

    I am a just about everyday lurker, mom of 2 and nurse. Your blog puts a real smile on my face, especially after a particularly trying day. You have great insight. I admire your sanity! I am from PA and just really learning about blogs. Keep up the good work. My favorite dessert is ice cream, Moose Tracks flavor!

  315. Pastormac's Ann says:

    I stop by daily but don’t comment too often. I found you when you were The Big Yellow House. I love your blog. You make me laugh out loud with the way you write about your family. I appreciate the ways you address the “you have too many kids” issues. I love the way that you write about how you love your kids even though they drive you nuts somedays. You have a real talent for writing.


  316. Grim Reality Girl says:

    Sometimes I comment, but often I lurk. I’m late to the party again, but I’m a mom of two (9 and 10). I loved the name of your blog and graphic, and then the writing lived up to the expectation!

    I love stopping by to read your words. You are a great writer, keep it up! It is a relief to visit your home on the web when I have a down day. Laughter lifts the weariness. THANK YOU!

  317. Esther says:

    I have commented before, maybe once or twice. I read here almost all the time. When I first found your blog, I even went and read all the back posts. That was back in the “Big Yellow House.” Loved that name, by the way. I have 5 kids age 11, 10, 6, 4, and 5months. And I happen to only have 1 girl, the 4 year old. So I find your post really interesting.

  318. Fold My Laundry Please says:

    #318 here, just stopping by to say hi. Long time reader, infrequent poster.

  319. Jolie says:

    I am delurking (although I think I left one other comment a long LONG time ago). My older sister sent me your blog as a way for her to try and cheer me up. I had just gone through my 4th m/c. Your posts were about your husband at the time and they REALLY REALLY made me laugh! Now I have my own 10 month old daughter and I love reading about what’s next as she grows and has brothers and sisters! Thanks for sharing your talents, insights, thoughts and stories!

  320. Danielle says:

    Hey Chris,

    I’ve been reading your blog for the last few months. I found you the same day that I started my blog.

    I have three kids. #1 son who is five and Little girl and Middle child who are twins that are just a little older than Miles.

    I love your blog and I talk to other people about you like you are a close friend.

  321. Melanie says:

    Hi Chris!

    I love reading your blog and often read your entries to my DH. I’ve been reading your blog for probably close to a year. I have 5 kids and can relate to many of the things you post. :)

  322. Leslie says:

    Chris, LOVE your blog. I often look thru it for advice. I could use some right now re: potty training…LOL! I have five, 4 wonderful sons then my beautiful baby girl. Keep up the inspiring work!

  323. Peg says:

    Hi! Something you don’t know…
    We have a mutual friend. We know the Travelogue family and met them in person in Albuquerque. Jamie and Kathy are wonderful. Now I think of you, and of them whenever I see Talavera pottery.
    I love your blog, thanks for your humor!

  324. Arianne says:

    I have 2 boys (4 and 2) and a third boy on the way. I started to think I would have to just keep having baby after baby to get just one girl, and I thought of you. I was sitting there in the ultrasound, and actually thought of you, a blogger I regularly read, but don’t know from Adam!

  325. Yolanda says:

    I have 2 boys and started reading your blog when I was pregnant with my youngest (who is just a couple of weeks younger than Miles). Your relationship with your children truely inspires me to be a better mother.

  326. Becky says:

    I’m a lurker and I don’t blog…what does that say about me? Oh, and I like Asparagus colored crayons the best.

  327. Paula says:

    Ugh. I lurk more than comment. I landed here off the houseblogs ring. As the oldest of seven, I had to keep reading ;-) I am 30, married and have 2 wonderful little boys. Thank you for all the great entries and for sharing your life!

  328. Kari says:

    I have six kids similar in ages to yours - my oldest will be 12 in May and my youngest is 11 months. I love your blog - I relate. Except to the being really thin part - that I just resent. I hope that you don’t mind that I have stolen one of your trademarks and now I write letters to my kids on their birthdays (and other random days). Thanks for letting me lurk!

  329. ThursdayNext says:

    I don’t comment but I read daily. You make me laugh and look forward to when my husband and I have kids. Thank you for writing.

  330. Mons Flumen says:

    Late to the party, but *here*, dammit.

  331. Jessica says:

    Have been lurking forever. My favorite post of yours is 40 before 40, I am working on my list!

  332. Maddy says:

    OH dear, after visiting over 330 web sites I am sure you are over it.

    I’m a mum, and Aussie, a bank clerk and I just love the net. I make leadlight windows, mirrors and lamps. I will give anything crafty a go.

  333. drjeniferj says:

    I have posted a few times, but read faithfully every day, and have forwarded your blog to everyone I know. I have only two children so far (working on DH for a third…), and am in awe of you as a person, a woman, a mom, and a writer. Please keep it up (all of it!!).

  334. Carola says:

    Hi Chris, I keep a blog for my daughter and since I found yours I’ve been reading it almost daily and having fun with it. You and Antique Mommy are the only two links I keep at my baby’s blog. I always find excellent tips reading your posts, but most of all, I find inspiration…yes, because I would LOVE to have a big family, but I just don’t think I am as talented as you are to be a mom to many. I am jealous (in a good way, if there is a good way) of you being able to do have 7 kids, and of the energy you have…for example, to take 6 of them to disneyworld while pregnant of #7. THAT just blew me away, and I keep telling that story to my friends, and to myself…maybe some day I’ll have the energy to go there with my only child! I live in Santiago, Chile, so just let me know when you plan to visit…not that I have room for all of you at my apartment (sorry) but I would be happy to recommend places where to stay, eat and visit. Please keep writing, and posting pictures…and oh, I almost forgot, I would love to see one of your paintings.

  335. Becky says:

    Hi Chris, I read your blog almost every day. I am from a family of 7 children, I am the only girl with six brothers. but I am 3rd to the oldest instead of next to youngest like your little girl. I have a brother named Chris, and his birthday is the same as Miles’..only he is 27. And I am always impressed by little things that I have in common with people, such as the above stated pointless, random facts about my family that I have in common with you. Oh and my mom reads your blog too, that is how I found it. We will howl with laughter, because on a lot of things we know exactly what you are talking about.
    Anyways, I love your blog.
    Oh yeah, and we were all homeschooled too, and I’m married and pregnant with my first. Okay, thats all.

  336. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    We’ve been having a great time on our first big-ship cruise, so I’m number three hundred something. My husband and I both check in on you, Chris, almost daily and we both love your sense of humor, and are mighty proud of your mothering advice. You truly hit the nail on the head in our book. Our daughters are about your age - one is 42 and the other 36 so we watch you raise your kids like we enjoy watching our own daughters. Keep up the good work.

  337. becky(misspriss) says:

    i comment occasionally, but don’t have a lot of time when school’s in session. i met you at BlogHer, through Stacy & Kris.i love your writing as well.

    no kids for now (of my own) but we’re talking about it after i graduate in may.

  338. zookeeper says:

    I comment periodically. I can’t recall how I found your blog…I think it was a “I read these blogs” link on an online friend’s webpage…I just know I bookmarked it because being a mom to 5, I can relate to a lot of what you do.

  339. samibear says:

    Wow!! It took a while to get to the bottom. You probably don’t need one more comment, but: I am a 50+ year old mother of 3, grandmother of 7. Married to the love of my life for almost 40 years. I am a Christian. I live in Tennessee but am from Alabama. Those are states in the Southeast United States. I like to craft, sew, cook, eat, nature, walk, photography, writing, reading, etc. I read your blog often, it is one of my favorites. I’ve never commented before.

  340. Adrienne says:

    Reading all the time, leaving comments not so often. You always make me laugh!

  341. M Galvan says:

    Now that I am delurking myself, my name is Melanie, and I’m in the trenches with you. I enjoy everything you post. You are blessed with a gift for writing, that’s for sure! You should write a book if you haven’t already. You could be the next Erma Bombeck. Why limit it to blogging? You easily have enough here! :)

  342. Rachel May says:

    Hi! I’ve been reading for awhile but never commented. Delurking to say that I *finally* just started my own blog this past weekend! Yay! Thanks for writing — you’re very inspirational!

  343. Allie says:

    delurking late… i was on vacation… yay me… anyhow no kids but two miscarriages into trying read about it at my blog if you like. i’ve been reading here for um…forever…over a year…maybe closer to two… anyhow… love it…keep up the good work!!

  344. Shannon says:

    Honestly, I can’t remember how I found your blog(s), but I’m so glad I did. I have 3 boys 4 and under, and they drive me 16 kinds of crazy on a daily basis. It’s nice to read your blog and see that you can keep it together with 7, AND that you go through the same things I do.
    And you make me laugh so hard I almost pee myself.

  345. Shanna says:

    I’m impressed - you have a lot of readers. I’m just visiting for the first time today. I found your blog by reading an article in the Raleigh newspaper and then going from link to link on other blogs. Your little boy is cute. I have a 9 month old and have been blogging since we found out we were pregnant. I’m looking forward to reading your archives to see what I can learn from your experiences…

  346. min says:

    I love your blog! I’m a new mom with one daughter and am always impressed by how you handle 7 kids! Keep up the good work!

  347. Pam says:

    Delurking finally. I have been reading your blog daily for about a year. I found you after searching for homeschool blogs. Your posts are guaranteed to provide a smile and a chuckle. Thanks for documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly and not a sugar coated life as many blogs do. I am the mom of two children whom I homeschool in NH.

  348. Jen says:

    Better late than never I guess! Much like the 340+ commenters before me, I too love reading your blog. I check in here often but have commented only a couple of times. A couple of random things about me: I’m a stay at home mom of two(daughter almost 3, son almost 2), they keep me busy and make me crazy. Before having children I worked on movie sets as a scenic artist, now I’m not so cool.

  349. KathyB says:

    Not that you have any idea who I am but this is typical me…always late to the party and hardly ever really invited! But I just wanted you to know that I really your blog…you are hilarious and even though we have never met, you sound like you could be hangin’ out with me and mine. I only have two kids (thinking about more) but the fact the faceless bloggers are some of my funniest friends and I relate to them the best, well that would be what most people don’t know about me. oh and that I respond well to violence ;)

  350. Jael says:

    I lurk and I guess I’m so jealous of your giant house and remodeling projects that I have nothing good to say.

    You have seven, I have six. I used to homeschool, but will be working in the next few months so I had to put my kids in school. We live in a small town and I’m okay with that.

    Other than that, I think you pretty much know who I am and what I’m about.

  351. Random Tom says:

    Delurking to say I love reading your posts. I orginally got here by a friend-of-a-friend-of-my-sister and I’m glad I did.

    About me: 32, married father of 2 and in the Air Force. In Utah now but consider Washington State my home.

    I have to admit I skimmed the posts above, but I agree that it’s one of the funniest blogs around, if only because I can relate to so much, like probably every parent out there.

    Keep up the good work!

  352. Jaime says:

    I know I’m delurking really late…but I read in your post today that you are replying to the delurkers…and that gave me the initiative to post…I meant to reply earlier but…I got busy living life!! I love your blog, your humor, your take on life… and I really empathize…I’m a mommy of six (#7 on the way)

  353. khristalee says:

    Accidentally came across you when trying to find more info on potty training under 2. I am a 26 yo Can. mom, with a 20 mo daughter named Landis Emerald Ivy, (I love her name, she’s born in May too, but she’s Gemini) and am working on the 2nd child (17wks along), which I hope will be another girl because I never had a sister. I have never read anyones blog until yours, and I am hooked. You are truly fantastic, and real! I was actually adopted on your b-day in 1980, so May 5th has always been a special day for me, but I am a pisces (Mar. 5th)!! (Way into Astrology…) Thank you for doing what you do, def inspiring!!

  354. Vicky McGee says:

    Found your blog last year from a link on a fellow quilter’s blog. Now I spend my lunch breaks at work eating some fast-food junk and LMAO at your family antics. No kids here, so I can’t relate to much, but your wit and enthusiam are refreshing, and your kidlets are adorable. And you’re a chef after my own heart!

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