My name is Nikki and I am the mother of eight children. If you ask my husband how many of them were planned, he would say one. The joke here is, our one planned baby is a twin (we were only expecting one). We had talked about having our kids, but didn’t plan for them in a traditional sense. Our eighth child came 13 months after our seventh child and I truly wondered if I would be able to keep up. Well, I don’t keep up. I am not always the best, most patient, mild tempered, smiling mother; but I continue to be a good mother. My kids like me and love me everyday and I continue to be completely enamored with each and everyone of them. How can it be that my love has never been divided between all of these precious children? How can it continue to grow? I don’t have the answer to that question; I just know it is true. It amazes me everyday.
I was always one of those women who “just knew” I was supposed to be a mother. I never thought I would be running, or attempting to run a household with this many children, but it works. In a non-organized, usually loud, always cooking and cleaning and laundry-washing way, it works.
I have also helped to start and grow three businesses. I knew from a young age that I didn’t want to answer to a stereotypical boss. I wanted to work toward something that wouldn’t end at retirement. In my 20’s and early 30’s I had jobs that required certain attire, punch in by 8 am “or else” mentality. I know that this is how people live, it just was not for me. I was not good at it and it did not make me happy.
I look forward to bringing you a weekly blog focusing on all things in the world of mom, but through the lens of someone that wears many hats and plays various roles to make a home and livelihood work on a daily basis. Thank you for this opportunity.