I am lucky enough to call this family a neighbor of ours. My boys love going to their house to play and jump on the trampoline, and I have seen Axton just sit and stare and watch the two oldest boys, in complete awe of their “coolness.” And really, I can’t think of better young men for my boys to look up to. This family is the real deal. They homeschool, too, so when I first thinking that this is the route we would take, I had so many questions and Michelle was always so willing to chat with me about it all! We had quite a few Sunday conversations in the nursing lounge with our two baby girls!
In fact, every time I talk with Michelle I learn a lot more than just homeschooling tips. I learn how to love my children more uniquely, how to inspire them to discover and live their personal missions in life, and how to consult with my husband in all matters. She always provides such an eye-opening view on things, such a different perspective than I could ever come up with on my own. She is brave in her mothering, never stopping to wonder or care what others might think, and only doing what she knows, at the core of her heart, to be right and true for her kids and her family. I have felt blessed to know all 8 of these wonderful people!
It was even more fun to spend time with them without my own kids around, to get to know each of the siblings on a more individual basis. I could sense each of their quirks, and felt that much more accomplished when I got genuine smiles from them. And of course I had to take Mom and Dad alone for a few minutes, and I just loved seeing them laugh and genuinely invested in each other. You could tell they just had fun with one another – that together, they were happy. Together they were far better than they ever would be apart. I love this family, these photos, and the fact that I get to have them in my small sphere of the world for this time in our lives!