That would be the extent of my French. It makes my French-Canadian mother cry.
My name is Sierra, but most people around here call me “Mom.” A perfect day for me would start with (very) sweet coffee, end with ice cream and involve a fair amount of cooking, reading and chatting with friends. The other days involve looming deadlines, stomach viruses and radishes.
I have a husband named Edward, called Eddy by everyone – myself included, but whom I refer to as Ed here; can’t explain why.
He is long suffering; remembers everything he’s ever heard and read and is smart enough not to remind me of either. We married in 2001; I was 23 and he was 30. He is Canadian (just became Americanized this past summer) and and an Anglican priest working in an Episcopalian parish. They are different, trust me.
He dragged me into the world of social media after I mocked his love of Facebook; I think he has stopped kicking himself but I can’t be sure. Ed is my best friend.
Here he is with a tie; take a long look, he normally wears his white collar. We were in southern France. It was 2008. I was a size 6. You can’t turn back time or dress sizes. Just saying.
We are up to
five six kids. Gwyneth, Henry, Benjamin, Jane, Maisie, and Peter, who joined us in March ’15. We want more and guess what – I have names ready. Ask me and I’ll tell you what they are.
Our kids are wonderful; they play nice, fight fair and love hard. I can’t imagine anyone I could love as much as these six…at least until the next one comes along. Yes, four red heads. It is freaky. Ed & I thank our mothers’ for their carroty genes. Henry is thrilled his little brother is a brunette – he finally has a match!
I’ve had a variety of jobs including conference planning, librarian, bakery assistant and stay at home mom. In September of 2012 I was laid off from a job I loved and a company I’ve been with since 2006. C’est la vie (look at me throwing the French around). It was a shock and a disappointment; but for the best – we are now homeschooling our kids. I like it, a lot. They like it most days.
The five bigs are using a classical curriculum via Classical Conversations. If you are considering homeschooling, I highly recommend looking into CC.
In 2009, I started blogging to make up for the baby books that sit untouched in our hall bookshelf. Our kids were growing so quickly and I wanted to remember the kaleidoscope of moments that make up their childhood. Blogging and bloggers created an unanticipated opportunity to connect with interesting people – make friends.
I’m still learning. There aren’t a lot of hard and fast rules – as long as you aren’t hawking products/services. I like that about blogging. This new frontier can be a lot like the Wild West, except it is primarily being “settled” by women wielding laptops, cookbooks with a child on their hip and a cell phone in their “free” hand. I happen to love all those things too.
Thank you for coming by. I am looking forward to getting to know you!
Drop me a line at Sierra@actualmom.com.