Mother’s Day Photos Because With 5 Boys, Every Day is Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

What is life really like in a house of five boys?

It can be a lot of work, but it’s a LOT of fun too – This is just part of why I wouldn’t trade my life for anything!

Sonogram Picture - Baby waving hello

Conception = purpose – From the beginning, each child has a purpose ~ This is my son.

Unplanned pregnancy - newborn photo

Conception = possibility!  A day old – This little one was specially planned!

Pride in serving God through altar serving

Family = teaching. Children to serve the Lord.


all of us

…or not!


Noah (at 2? years old)

Time = Chubby cheeked kid…


Troy & Matt - shocked faces

…this! (Troy and Matt, Wind Cave – Summer 2007)

Geroge goofy face

Time = This turned into…

George 2014

…this! Yeah – George hasn’t changed!








Kaleb, Me, Noah, and George - Halloween 2013


Boys in the car

Love looking back to these faces!

I would do anything for..."my Mom"

Other kids wrote things like pizza and x-box; Noah came up with this on his own.

A note from George "Left food out in case you guys wanted some"

When I work late and everyone is asleep before I get home, I find little surprises. So thoughtful…

five boys with haircuts

In age order – Troy, Matt, George, Noah, Kaleb – after haircuts – Kaleb’s 1st! (Summer 2013)

Kaleb covered in marker.

Yep, it was permanent – His face says it all!

"Hey Mom. I have mint chocolate chip ice cream I have been saving since Wednesday so to celebrate the end of classes so enjoy (if you in the can, if not, you can have it tomorrow"

George saved his ice cream for two days so I could celebrate the ending of my late night class!

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Budding entrepreneurs – when you can’t find a job, you make one!


Cut out paper hearts and handrawn cards

Valentine’s Day 2013

Party hats and dark sunglasses

Party after family Memorial Mass – George & Noah – best buds!

Matt making a face - looking sophisticated - or just weird.

Matt – hoping to be a future Clemson graduate; he’s thinking pre-law.

All 6 of us dressed up for a wedding

All dressed up – A rare moment! – August 2012

Kaleb and Noah making Twnkies. All 6 of us posing on rocks by a lake

Kaleb & Noah – Making homemade Twinkies and all of us figuring out the self-timer on my camera!

Me, George, Matt

This is one of my favorites – Christmas tree chopping, December 2012 (I think!)

Me sitting on Kaleb

I’ll be sitting at the gun club every Monday night for the next 14 years – oy vey!

Noah - Hands fodled as he is made an altar server for the first time.

Don’t let the angelic look fool you – Noah both tests me and provides me with Hope! 😉

All of us - Easter 2014

This is my crew – Easter 2014

Happy Mother’s Day

from all of us to all of you!

May God Bless You!

PS I may have gone overboard on the photos! Thanks for bearing with me! 🙂


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  2. Susan Kane on May 13, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I truly enjoy your posts and the photos of your boys! Your challenges are many, as are your joys.

    • Strahlen on May 14, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thank you so much for your beautifully said (and truthful!) words, Susan – many challenges and MANY joys!

  3. Cheesemeister on May 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    My hat’s off to you. I have one child, a son. Because of my chronic pain and mental health issues, raising more than one child would have been overwhelming for me. He turned out well in spite of having a mother like me.
    I’m visiting from the A to Z challenge list. My team’s poetry blog is at Poetry of the Netherworld.

    • Strahlen on May 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Hi Cheesemeister – love the name btw. I am sorry to hear about your pain and mental health issues. There are so many challenges to this life, so many things to be overwhelmed about. I have been through some very bad experiences too. I see your blog is so full of darkness. I am sorry to see that. I know how the pull of darkness lures people in. It is like the warm comfort of the womb, familiar, enveloping, present. LIGHT is so much more glaring, so much more frightening in so many ways because when we move into the Light our flaws are made visible and we risk others seeing us as we truly are; we risk seeing ourselves as we truly are, but the Light is also healing and peaceful and genuine and Love. The darkness always threatens the Light, but darkness never extinguishes Light.
      I have a friend who says it takes 66 days to form a habit. What if you made the Light a habit (I’m not asking you to believe yet, although I openly admit hoping your “habit” becomes so much more than that!)? What if you read the Bible or prayed the Rosary, researching and contemplating its Mysteries, every day for 66 days for about 20 minutes a day? Even if you think it won’t make a difference – it’s only 20 minutes. What have you got to lose?
      In the meantime, I probably sound like I’m beating you over the head with my faith, and that’s not what I am trying to do. I am trying to reach out and extend my hand because I know you can rise with a strength that is not your own! I will shut up now and just add you to my prayers, hoping you too will be feeling the Light shine on your heart and in your mind soon.

      God Bless You, Cheesemeister!

  4. Sandy on May 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Holly Cow, 5 boys…that makes me tired just thinking about it. Don’t know how you keep your sanity. Awesome pictures. Road tripping through a-z, as I continue to blog a-z in May.

    • Strahlen on May 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks Sandy – Who said I kept my sanity? Who said I ever had any in the first place??? 😉
      Thanks for stopping by. I’ll run by Traveling Suitcase and check your site out too!

  5. zoanna on May 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Such thoughtful boys. “I’d do anything for…my mom.” Melt my heart! And saving ice cream for the end of YOUR class–aw, how sweet. How blessed you are.

  6. Amanda Rose on May 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Just want to thank you for writing this blog and wish you a Happy Mothers’ Day! Hope you will keep on writing.

    • Strahlen on May 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you Amanda. Life can be hard, but that doesn’t have to define us. I hope this helps someone. 🙂

  7. Ceil on May 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Nothing, and I mean nothing, means love more than saving ice cream for me. Wow! Your kids are amazing. And so are you 🙂

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