Parenting Books A Mom of 7 Reads

Before I had one or two kids I was sure that everything I needed to know could be learned in books.  By the time I had a couple kids I was pretty sure that books were utterly useless and I would learn everything I needed to know from my family.  Now as a mom of 7, my reality has settled somewhere in the middle.  Realizing that books have their limits, but acknowledging that sometimes we need a helping hand when our family presents us with a particularly challenging puzzle!  No book is perfectly aligned to my parenting philosophy or yours, but these are the copies I reach for when I run into a road block with my family.

2017-2018 Curriculum Choices


School year 2017-2018 is upon us!   I'm excited for fresh starts, clean notebooks and sharpened pencils, but I'm also a little in awe of just how much a "low-key" plan involves for us this year.

That Time I Spilled The Beans About My Marital Relationship to A Cardinal


Alternately titled... Why Heidi should only communicate in writing that can be edited before she hits send.

Do you remember Sarah Margaret's pregnancy announcement?

The short version for those who don't have time to read is that she was conceived in the window of time between when we visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and met St. Gianna's daughter and when Lucie was diagnosed with epilepsy.  Of all of my children, she is my greatest testimony between the beauty of NFP (Natural Family Planning).

How Much He Loves Her


Among my many doubts about the close spacing of these two youngest monkeys of mine, was how well Tomas at 19 months would respond to his new sister.   While it has not been a seamless transition (he's tired of extra people around the house and doesn't always want to share Mommy and Daddy, both completely understandable), overall he has taken his cues from big brothers and sisters and loves her as much as they do.

Here are some adorable moments from their first days together.

5th Times the Charm


When we first learned that little Miss Sarah Margaret would be joining our family, I had my doubts.

Ok, I had lot of doubts.

I said a lot of prayers of "I sure hope YOU know what you're doing God."

As the boring, uneventful weeks of pregnancy passed by I began to feel more and more comfortable hoping for a boring, uneventful birth and recovery period too.

I started to dream about a normal recovery period.   One where you hold a baby when he or she is born.  Where you nurse early and often, as much as you want.

See, I don't talk about it much but my history has stolen those early moments from me all to often.  The last time I delivered a baby who went straight to my chest was Kenna.  Ten years ago.

Oh yeah, and she was already dead.

So not exactly normal.

The Perfect Toddler Evening


Alternatively titled, Daddy found a toad and Tomas followed it...

On a rare activity-free night home as a family this week, Tim and a few of the kids headed out to finish planting the garden.  Tomas naturally followed and had quite the adventure of his own learning how to transplant a tomato.



That alone would have been a beautiful toddler evening, but then they found the toad....

What Others Are Saying

My new book has been out for almost a month now and every day I am hearing from people who have read it and have beautiful stories to tell.  They might not know yet that their stories are beautiful, but they are.

Here are a few thoughts from other bloggers.
(Note:  I will add to this list as needed!  Feel free to leave links in the comments to this post.)

Finding Mary in Miscarriage from Not So Formulaic

Book Review- Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb from Puzzled by the Pieces

Pregnancy loss, the rosary, and a book I wish I had years ago from Into Your Will.  Be sure to check out Jen's list of gifts for mom's experiencing pregnancy loss for some other great gift ideas as well!
There are also a handful of lovely reviews on Amazon.

At the end of the day, your stories of life, loss, and love were the impetus to taking a risk in writing this book.  I am so humbled and honored that you have chosen to share them with me.