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Bonjour!

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!

2015-08-30 14-45-09I’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.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elizabeth October 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Ok, I’m asking you! What are the names you have in mind for future Rix kids???

2 marjorie June 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Hello Sierra,

Let me begin by introducing myself, my name is Marjorie Thomas and I am currently an intern for Tracy Davidson in the consumer department at NBC10.

NBC10 and Tracy love what you do, and in an effort to show our appreciation we would like to spread the word to other Philadelphia moms.

Currently Tracy runs a segment entitled “Mommy Bloggers”, which offers money saving tips to mothers from the more expensive prices to the frugal prices as well.

We really want you to be apart of this extraordinary experience and evolution of social media and motherhood.

Just send us a video that is 30 seconds or less,to the email address listed below.

In the beginning you should state your name as well as where you are from.

This video should include your money saving tip or any other motherly tip that you would like to provide us with.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact me via email at Marjorie.Thomas@nbcuni.com

Thank you, and we hope to see your video and money saving tips soon!

3 Dione October 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Hey Sierra,
Love your blog! I had been praying for you this fall. Losing a baby is hard. Praise God for His precious promises. Just started blogging myself. Would love to chat about it. Mom of six boys, homeschooler, don’t know when I will get time…a little bit nutty but I cannot wait to see what comes of it. For now it’s nice getting thoughts out of my head. 🙂

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