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A very special birthday indeed! 
My [not so] little family brings me so much joy. My heart is happy πŸ’—
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When people ask me how many kids I have...I always get a crazy response🀣
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“OMG!! How do you do it with 6 kids?” Honestly, if I didn’t have such a supportive husband...I probably would lose my mind!πŸ˜‚
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And this guy here, Mr. Dominic, is always ready to help where needed!
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I hope they all stay very close and continue lending a hand when needed❀️❀️
When people ask me how many kids I have...I always get a crazy response🀣 . β€œOMG!! How do you do it with 6 kids?” Honestly, if I didn’t have such a supportive husband...I probably would lose my mind!πŸ˜‚ . And this guy here, Mr. Dominic, is always ready to help where needed! . I hope they all stay very close and continue lending a hand when needed❀️❀️
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There is something incredibly beautiful and powerful about watching a father protect his children. Not everyone experiences this kind of love and commitment. What a world we would live in if this was the norm!!
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. { PROTECTOR } There is something incredibly beautiful and powerful about watching a father protect his children. Not everyone experiences this kind of love and commitment. What a world we would live in if this was the norm!! . . . . . #fatherofsix #protectors #dadlifebalance #parenttalk #australia #mydaughterismyworld #parenting #largefamilies #dadlife #dadsrock #dadlifeaustralia #parentlife #fatherhood #parenthood #daddyanddaughter #australianfamily #keepingitreal #ourfamily #aussiedads #dadofteens #parentingtips #tribelife8 #dadlife101 #dads #dadlifestyle #tribelife
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Charlie Grace 6 months old today and has her Christmas outfit all sorted...! 😍

Guys if this doesn't make you feel at least a wee bit Christmassy then I don't know what will!

She seems to be rocketing through her first year at lightening speed....slow down already. I can't imagine life without her as she has just slotted on in like shes always been here. She is very well loved by everyone that she meets....her squishy-ness quite possibly has a lot to do with that. 
Charlie Grace
Lover of snuggles and nighttime drinks, food and sitting with her toys, bath time and her jolly jumper. Loves to give sloppy kisses and one-toothed grins.
Dislikes being in the car too much, sweet food and sudden loud noises. 
Full of joyful faces, da-da-da, chunky rolls, and quiet and contemplative chilled moments.
Growing out of size 1 clothes and into 1 1/2s.😜 These 6 months has been full of huge changes for us as a family and for me personally. Our family looks different now and certainly feels different. I am slowly getting my head around having the kids in school and kindy and all that encompasses....mufti days, homework, class trip and book character days. 😜

I am sensing that God is really working in me at the moment as I am processing these momentous events, working through physical and mental remnants of a very difficult birth and adjusting to the changing seasons of roles, responsibilities and relationships. I see that God is removing and scaling things back....but at the same time amping things up in other areas. I am spending a lot of time alone and in conversations with Him....so much so I am beginning to wonder if He ever gets sick of my voice. I don't think the process is over yet.πŸ™„ But I do know that if God is in it...then it can only be good. God is good. So good. All the time.

#beautifulcrazyfaith #lifebyfaith #walkingforward #largefamilies #charliegrace #babynumber8 #bonusbaby #ministry #newseasons #ministrylife #faith  #christmas
Charlie Grace 6 months old today and has her Christmas outfit all sorted...! 😍 Guys if this doesn't make you feel at least a wee bit Christmassy then I don't know what will! She seems to be rocketing through her first year at lightening speed....slow down already. I can't imagine life without her as she has just slotted on in like shes always been here. She is very well loved by everyone that she meets....her squishy-ness quite possibly has a lot to do with that. Charlie Grace Lover of snuggles and nighttime drinks, food and sitting with her toys, bath time and her jolly jumper. Loves to give sloppy kisses and one-toothed grins. Dislikes being in the car too much, sweet food and sudden loud noises. Full of joyful faces, da-da-da, chunky rolls, and quiet and contemplative chilled moments. Growing out of size 1 clothes and into 1 1/2s.😜 These 6 months has been full of huge changes for us as a family and for me personally. Our family looks different now and certainly feels different. I am slowly getting my head around having the kids in school and kindy and all that encompasses....mufti days, homework, class trip and book character days. 😜 I am sensing that God is really working in me at the moment as I am processing these momentous events, working through physical and mental remnants of a very difficult birth and adjusting to the changing seasons of roles, responsibilities and relationships. I see that God is removing and scaling things back....but at the same time amping things up in other areas. I am spending a lot of time alone and in conversations with Him....so much so I am beginning to wonder if He ever gets sick of my voice. I don't think the process is over yet.πŸ™„ But I do know that if God is in it...then it can only be good. God is good. So good. All the time. #ministrylife #walkingforward #charliegrace #beautifulcrazyfaith #newseasons #largefamilies #babynumber8 #lifebyfaith #ministry #christmas #faith #bonusbaby
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Today we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Margaret of Scotland.

Patron Saint of death of children, large families, learning, queens, Scotland and widows.

St. Margaret (c. 1045-1093) was the great-niece of St. Edward the Confessor. She was a Saxon princess, raised in Hungary in exile. 
Returning to England, she had to flee once again after the Battle of Hastings, to the court of Malcolm, the King of Scotland, whom she married shortly thereafter. 
She proved to be a model mother and exemplary queen who brought up her eight children in an atmosphere of great devotion and worked hard to improve the morality of her subjects. (more information about Saint Margaret of Scotland https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2018-11-16)

Saint Margaret of Scotland, pray for us!

Saint Peter Chanel, pray for us!

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Today we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Margaret of Scotland. Patron Saint of death of children, large families, learning, queens, Scotland and widows. St. Margaret (c. 1045-1093) was the great-niece of St. Edward the Confessor. She was a Saxon princess, raised in Hungary in exile. Returning to England, she had to flee once again after the Battle of Hastings, to the court of Malcolm, the King of Scotland, whom she married shortly thereafter. She proved to be a model mother and exemplary queen who brought up her eight children in an atmosphere of great devotion and worked hard to improve the morality of her subjects. (more information about Saint Margaret of Scotland https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2018-11-16) Saint Margaret of Scotland, pray for us! Saint Peter Chanel, pray for us! #hope #families #oceaniafaithjourney #holy #learning #catholic #queens #largefamilies #saintmargaretofscotland #hungary #death #children #christian #widows #prayforoceania #oceania #prayer #love #saintmargaret #feastday #scotland #faith
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Our kiddos are scanning and circling wish items from the Rainbow Resource catalog. 🌈  I can personally say that I know this Christian company puts into action what they say they believe. Rainbow Resource has homeschool supplies, Christian book titles, toys, and other supplies for all ages. Support them this holiday season! (No commission for us, just giving them a shout out for what they do!) #homeschool #homeschooling #rainbowresource #toddlers #christmascatalogs #largefamilies #thankfulforchristiancompanies #cherishingthesememories
Our kiddos are scanning and circling wish items from the Rainbow Resource catalog. 🌈 I can personally say that I know this Christian company puts into action what they say they believe. Rainbow Resource has homeschool supplies, Christian book titles, toys, and other supplies for all ages. Support them this holiday season! (No commission for us, just giving them a shout out for what they do!) #rainbowresource #cherishingthesememories #toddlers #homeschooling #christmascatalogs #thankfulforchristiancompanies #largefamilies #homeschool
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The Kasperson family! I’m sure they can attest that big families are completely full of busy days of driving here and running there but, they are also absolutely full of sweet tender moments and the occasional dog pile wrestling match... well at least in my family. 🀣
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#pretty #heavenly #desertsunset
The Kasperson family! I’m sure they can attest that big families are completely full of busy days of driving here and running there but, they are also absolutely full of sweet tender moments and the occasional dog pile wrestling match... well at least in my family. 🀣 . . . #heavenly #seniorphotographer #westvalleyphotographer #gilbertphotographer #eastvalleyphotographer #tempephotographer #largefamilies #childphotographer #familyphotographer #familyphotos #family #pretty #mesaphotographer #arizona #siblings #westvalley #travelingphotographer #desertphotographer #litchfieldparkphotographer #phoenixphotographer #newborns #love #foreverfamilies #childrenphotographer #desertsunset #azphotographer #tfl
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Apparently I can’t say ‘when’ in either situation...😬😬😬 Multiple ventures in both scenarios are destined to leave you exhausted, overwhelmed, and wondering just what the heck you were thinking. 
Oh well, I fail! 🀣🀣🀣
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Apparently I can’t say β€˜when’ in either situation...😬😬😬 Multiple ventures in both scenarios are destined to leave you exhausted, overwhelmed, and wondering just what the heck you were thinking. Oh well, I fail! 🀣🀣🀣 / / / / / #blogger #buffet #pblogger #mija #mommeme #meme #parenting #dadwisdom #momprobs #likefatherlikedaughter #dadprobs #largefamilies #toddler #dadlife #memes #manykids #siblings #parentingmeme #blog #boymom #parentingmemes #toddlersofinstagram #dadquotes #familylife #multiplekids #momlife #momproblems #kids #familyblog #bloglife
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I struggle with our morning routine -- not the getting up and breakfast part -- but after that when they all scatter to get dressed, showers, morning chores -- how do I get them all back to start our group school stuff in a timely manner without screaming? Without micromanaging? Without walking the halls, huffing, nagging, prodding? -- cause all those make the kids dependent on ME to make sure the tasks are complete.
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We're working hard on personal responsibility this year and laying the responsibility on the kids shoulders. Because as an adult they will have to manage their own time and make choices on their own.
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I found this tip from @simplycharlottemason -- create a playlist of your favorite songs (that will last about 10-15min). Use the playlist as your "timer" -- play the music for the entirety of the playlist -- letting the kids know (like musical chairs) that when the music stops they need to be ready for lessons to start (or in bed ready for a story, or by the door with their backpacks on -- with their shoes on, ready to go). It will only take the kids a day or two to figure out which is the last song or two -- and hurry along to finish. Then I will only have to worry about the consequence(s) for the children who took their sweet a$$ time and didn't get "to school" on time -- no screaming, no getting annoyed, and I can focus on playing with the little two so their "love cup" is full and I can focus on the bigs for a bit.
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I really think this is going to be amazing. I love listening to music to get me motivated and energized. So I'm jazzed to try this. I think the kids will really love it too. And I can change the playlist every month, quarter, to spice it up... altho, I think for added McLaughlin fun I would hit shuffle one day for my pure pleasure. 🀣
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#strugglebus #herdingcats #homeschoolers #largefamilies #mommaof6 #wearetheMcLaughlins #askSheena #routine #music
I struggle with our morning routine -- not the getting up and breakfast part -- but after that when they all scatter to get dressed, showers, morning chores -- how do I get them all back to start our group school stuff in a timely manner without screaming? Without micromanaging? Without walking the halls, huffing, nagging, prodding? -- cause all those make the kids dependent on ME to make sure the tasks are complete. . We're working hard on personal responsibility this year and laying the responsibility on the kids shoulders. Because as an adult they will have to manage their own time and make choices on their own. . I found this tip from @simplycharlottemason -- create a playlist of your favorite songs (that will last about 10-15min). Use the playlist as your "timer" -- play the music for the entirety of the playlist -- letting the kids know (like musical chairs) that when the music stops they need to be ready for lessons to start (or in bed ready for a story, or by the door with their backpacks on -- with their shoes on, ready to go). It will only take the kids a day or two to figure out which is the last song or two -- and hurry along to finish. Then I will only have to worry about the consequence(s) for the children who took their sweet a$$ time and didn't get "to school" on time -- no screaming, no getting annoyed, and I can focus on playing with the little two so their "love cup" is full and I can focus on the bigs for a bit. . I really think this is going to be amazing. I love listening to music to get me motivated and energized. So I'm jazzed to try this. I think the kids will really love it too. And I can change the playlist every month, quarter, to spice it up... altho, I think for added McLaughlin fun I would hit shuffle one day for my pure pleasure. 🀣 . #asksheena #homeschoolers #mommaof6 #music #herdingcats #routine #largefamilies #strugglebus #wearethemclaughlins
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Just a typical morning. Little’s colouring, Lucca drawing and max is taking pictures with his iPad of the heavy equipment he wants for Christmas πŸ˜‚ #largefamilies #homeschooling #unschooling
Just a typical morning. Little’s colouring, Lucca drawing and max is taking pictures with his iPad of the heavy equipment he wants for Christmas πŸ˜‚ #unschooling #largefamilies #homeschooling
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This little dude is supposed to be laying down with daddy to sleep while I snuck in a few work hours.
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I'm seriously grateful for the ability to work from home, homeschool & be here for the snuggles and crazy moments that don't go as planned. 😍😘
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#ithinksomeoneescaped #cantbeatthesnuggles #mommaof6 #daddymightbesleeping #largefamilies #wearetheMcLaughlins #askSheena
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I cannot remember when I was last outdoors beyond our local park. Getting out to  the beach, the country or national park is definitely on the agenda these school holidays! How about you?  How do you get outdoors with the kids?
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. { OUTDOORS } I cannot remember when I was last outdoors beyond our local park. Getting out to the beach, the country or national park is definitely on the agenda these school holidays! How about you? How do you get outdoors with the kids? . . . . . #mummybloggerau #mumlifeaustralia #momlifekeepingitreal #parenttalk #australia #aussiemums #mommylife #parenting #momlifebalance #largefamilies #mom #motherhood #mummybloggers #parentlife #mum #parenthood #australianfamily #mummylife #mumlifestyle #ourfamily #parentingtips #mumofteens #momlife101 #mumlifeblog #tribelife8 #momlifeblog #tribelife #mumlifebalance
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I’ve been formally homeschooling for 15 1/2 years now and I still am thankful for every year! πŸ’• This year I have a few different curriculum pieces that I used to cover the Thanksgiving story. I read the story to all of my kiddos then later did a craft with the preschoolers while older students worked independently. Juggling many grades with a group of toddlers is an amazing calling in life, I couldn’t get through one day without the Lord’s direction! (I found these Abeka craft and activity sets at a consignment sale.) #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolwithmultiplegrades #sonlight #lovetolearn #abeka #rainbowresource #creativeideasforhomeschool #homeschoolonabudget #motherhood #teachingtoddlers #thanksgiving #thanksgivingstudy #ilovemykids #largefamilies #doyourtoddlersplaywithmathuseeblocks
I’ve been formally homeschooling for 15 1/2 years now and I still am thankful for every year! πŸ’• This year I have a few different curriculum pieces that I used to cover the Thanksgiving story. I read the story to all of my kiddos then later did a craft with the preschoolers while older students worked independently. Juggling many grades with a group of toddlers is an amazing calling in life, I couldn’t get through one day without the Lord’s direction! (I found these Abeka craft and activity sets at a consignment sale.) #lovetolearn #homeschoolonabudget #homeschooling #teachingtoddlers #largefamilies #motherhood #homeschool #rainbowresource #thanksgiving #creativeideasforhomeschool #sonlight #ilovemykids #doyourtoddlersplaywithmathuseeblocks #abeka #homeschoolwithmultiplegrades #thanksgivingstudy
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For a split second, I thought I had too much to do to have time for my planner. But then my brain ran in doggie circles trying to plan the best way to get it all done. 🀯 after I filled this in, I felt so much better! And see how simple it is? πŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…
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@the_happy_planner #happyplanner #iamahappyplanner #mambiquoteoftheweek #beforethepen #planneraddict #plannerbabe #paperlove #embracethediscs #prettyplanning #functionalplanning  #listmaker #errands #craftymom #largefamilies #organization #sothankful
For a split second, I thought I had too much to do to have time for my planner. But then my brain ran in doggie circles trying to plan the best way to get it all done. 🀯 after I filled this in, I felt so much better! And see how simple it is? πŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… . . . . . . @the_happy_planner #organization #listmaker #craftymom #embracethediscs #largefamilies #yespapermate #functionalplanning #iamahappyplanner #plannerbabe #happyplanner #prettyplanning #mambiquoteoftheweek #paperlove #errands #beforethepen #planneraddict #sothankful
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