THAT Family Tree Society Issue 62

I’m going to be taking a break from THAT Family Tree Society for awhile. If your blog hasn’t been featured yet, I will try pick up where I left off. But for now, I’ve got some new features in the works!
Introduction: 

1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):


I blog at Adventures of a Somewhat Crunchy Mama.  I originally began blogging for two reasons.  One, I wanted to chronicle our days as a homeschooling family and, two, I was hoping to find a way to make some extra money with the blog.  However I quickly found that making money with a brand new blog is more difficult than it sounds and that the friendships I was forging were much more real and fun than I ever expected.  Blogging has become an outlet and an obsession.

2.    How long have you blogging?


I have been blogging since September 1, 2008.  What began as an experiment has evolved into a wonderful hobby/obsession/lifestyle.

3.    How would you define THAT family? 

Although I think most of us have a little of THAT in us, I think THAT family is the one the people whisper about behind closed doors, the one many find to be slightly odd, a bit outside mainstream or just plain weird.  THAT family is the one who is deemed abject by the world and it’s standards.  But THAT family is also the one who can walk with an inner peace because they know they are seeking His acceptance, not that of the world.

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?


Without a doubt, when I started to homeschool my oldest son.  I was always the “weird one” in my family.  But this pushed me beyond the point of hope.  Thankfully, my family and friends have been able to see that while we may not be mainstream, we have a close family full of love. The path we have chosen is what works for our family and we will support whatever path they deem best for their families.
 
5.    Where can we find your blog?
You can find me at Adventures of a Somewhat Crunchy Mama



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Picture of the Week:



The Week in Review: The princess and her light saber. I think that says it all.


Introduction into The Society: One of the few bloggers I’ve met in real-life! Help me welcome Just Frugalicious  (www.justfrugalicious.com) She’s a sweetheart!

 

1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):   

 

 The name of my blog is Just Frugalicious!  My name is Kimberly, and I began documenting my savings in everyday spending to help others save, too!  With a background in retail (a bachelors degree and nearly 12 years in the field)  I knew how to sell someone on anything!  I also knew how to spend!  So, I have now become a ‘spender just trying to adjust’!  I coupon at an extreme level, to save as much as possible.  I love to document it, because, truly it is hard work to accomplish the savings!  I try to make it a little easier for others, as they see how I do it!   

 

2.    How long have you blogging?

 

Since February 2009

 

3.    How would you define THAT family?

 

THAT family – I think it might be easier to say what THAT family IS NOT!  It isn’t:  perfect.  clean.  calm.  easy.   quiet.  sane. 

 

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?   

 

We are THAT family.  I think we actually verbalized it when we go into our ‘sports attire’ and headed to Chick fil A for a free sandwich one Saturday afternoon.  While preparing, we had to force our oldest (6) to put her sports T-shirt on.  My husband and I looked at each other and said, “Yep, we are THAT family – the ones that don’t turn away free food – especially Chick fil A!!”  

 

5.    Where can we find your blog?  

 

My blog is at http://www.justfrugalicious.com   Come by to see how you can add savings into your life!

 

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Pictures of the Week:


The Week in Review: We learned that rotten pumpkins stink.

Introduction into The Society: Steps for Brady
Ours is a story of triplets, surprise baby 18 months later, practically cracking every day under the pressure of 4 kids 2 and under, my son’s devastating diagnosis with cancer in January, trusting God as we battled to save our son’s life, proclaiming victory over cancer, and now learning that that even though mishaps happen daily around here…we are being refined as we travel through this crazy life!
Here are my answers to your questions…
1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):

My blog is called Steps for Brady and my blog began as a place to tell the story of my son Brady and his battle with Neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. It has evolved into a family journal that documents our family as we travel through life, the 6 of us. We have 2 1/2 year old triplets and a 1 year old, the craziness never ends around here.
2.    How long have you blogging?

I started blogging in January of 2009. The first few weeks of my blog include the day we found out that the reason my 20 month old son wasn’t walking was because he had a huge tumor encasing his spinal cord and in his chest. In the months that followed, I documented our battle to save his life which included two life threatening operations and chemotherapy.
3.    How would you define THAT family? 

THAT family is the one that people like to look at from the outside, kind of in the “can’t help but watch a train wreck” sort of way. No really, I think THAT family has their fare share of chaos, calamity, drama, and misfortune. But THAT family pulls itself up, dusts itself off, and keeps going. THAT family realizes that the “junk of life” is just a means for them to become refined and to grow closer to the One that gives them the grace to endure it all:)
4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?
I always had an inkling that I was raised in THAT family, but I realized that I was giving birth to the 3rd generation, when I was pregnant with triplets and on bed rest with triplets. Meanwhile, 5 floors above me in the hospital was my mother, who was fighting for her life battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the 2nd time. She had a life saving stem cell transplant and struggled to survive so that she could meet my babies, and I held off contractions and pre-eclampsia in order to stay pregnant so that she could be there for my delivery. This was the stuff of Lifetime movies people. Once a day someone would wheel me up to her floor so that I could encourage her and she could encourage me! Little did I know that less than 2 years later, one of my triplets would be diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer…and THAT family had to pull together once again.
 
5.    Where can we find your blog?
Stop by and meet my family, read Brady’s story, and be inspired. stepsforbrady.blogspot.com

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Picture of the Week:

at the zoo

The Week in Review: We actually broke out the long sleeves in Texas this week. Of course, now we’re back in tank tops. Oh wait, it’s cool again. And now it’s hot. See? how we suffer??

Introduction into The Society: 

1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):   


 I started our blog to keep a record of our growing children and it truley is an adveture everyday. I also blog to share photos that I have taken.   

2.    How long have you blogging?

Since February 2009. 

3.    How would you define THAT family?

THAT family is the one that is always hearing things like “it could only happen to you” or the family who is always having to duck out of Sunday Morning Service at church because their children are throwing tantrums. 

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?   

I discovered we were part of THAT family when my almost five year old threw a temper tanrturm for almost three hours straight. I also knew we were part of THAT family when my one year old started dancing and swinging to the music just like Elvis.
 
5.    Where can we find your blog?  

My family blog is McFadden Family Adventures. It can be found at http://mcfaddenfamilyadventures.blogspot.com, stop by we just got a face lift and love comments!

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Picture of the Week:



The Week in Review: Sibling rivalry, who us?


Introduction into The Society:The Miller Mix!



1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):

When I first started blogging, I was a single mom with an adopted, toddler son. Then my boyfriend (now husband) entered the picture. And then a cat, and then a dog, and then a baby. Most people think of their families as a unit. I see mine as a mix — of personalities, of DNA, of needs and wants. Thus, the Miller Mix was born.
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2.    How long have you blogging?

 At the Miller Mix since 2005, before that at Diaryland since 2001.  

3.    How would you define THAT family?  

For me, THAT family is the one that breaks the mold, that stands out in a crowd (often for all the wrong reasons). Around here, we are THAT family because our son is biologically my nephew and my husband’s cousin — making us related in a very hillbilly way. THAT family is the one strangers come up to in public saying “bless your heart” about something — for example, when my son is vibrating in his seat and my daughter is channeling the evil within, or when my husband insists on wearing his Volunteer orange from head to foot because it’s game day and who cares that we live in Tarheel and Wolfack country, or when I try to avoid the judgemental glances when my daughter pulls out all of her hairbows and kicks off her shoes in the middle of the grocery store while whining for gummy snacks. You know THAT family — they just don’t behave like “normal” people do.
4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?

  I think I was born into THAT family, but I knew starting my own branch was inevitable when I was in grad school and decided to return to the south to raise my sister’s child while she recovered from a serious substance addiction. Then I fell for the best friend of my ex (and cousin to my sister’s ex/the father of my newly adopted baby) when he returned from living on the side of a mountain in east Tennessee. I really had no hope for a family other than THAT one, did I? Some might call us Jerry Springer, but we’re just THAT family. 


5.    Where can we find your blog? 
Come visit us at http://www.themillermix.com