About Me

My name is Terry.  I am a mother of 8, a wife of 30 years, a Registered Nurse – entrepreneur, and a parish nurse.

After my sixth child was born, I decided to leave my job as an RN and stay home full-time with my young family.  When my youngest child started kindergarten, I felt it was time to go back to work.  After taking courses to upgrade my nursing skills, I joined a team of community based nurses visiting patients in their homes.  I enjoyed my patients but not the demanding schedule.  Work commitments took too much time away from my family.  So I quit.

I realized that the only way I was going to have a career was to work for myself.  With much prayer, more courses and the support of my family, I became a nurse in independent practice.

This is my blog about how I try to balance the demands of raising a large family, the  needs of a small business, and most especially, my love for the Christian faith…. all by the grace of God.

I’m a contributing blogger  at Dynamic Women of Faith. I am also a monthly columnist and Gospel reflection contributor at CatholicMom.com

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119 Responses to About Me

  1. What a beautiful family! I’m from a large one myself, and hope to have one myself (God willing). Love the blog! Glad you stopped by mine!

  2. Thanks, Bridget. Welcome to my blog. I enjoy reading yours, too, infused not only with your faith, but what seems to be a quirky sense of humour. Love it!

  3. I LOVE THIS FAMILY .TO THE GLORY OF GOD ALMIGHTY .

  4. What impressed me about your postings is the sincerity and honesty thereof. English is not my first language and the people I write for, are from my country of birth (South Africa) and my international friends. For this reason I need to have a bilingual blog. In one of your postings you mentioned miracles. I have experienced so many, but I describe one of the more dramatic ones on my blog. If you hover over (on the left side) “I say, Old Chap”, then my English postings will open. Move the cursor to the right and click on “That’s Life!” If you scroll down, you will find “My Octopus”. It was a life-changing experience.

  5. Sean Durity says:

    Just wanted to honor you for loving and caring for your family.That’s a big job.

  6. SR says:

    I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award and you can pick it up! God Blsss, SR

  7. missjec says:

    Hi there🙂 You seem to really write a lot🙂 I enjoyed reading your posts. Continue to inspire others to write their thoughts and to stand firm in their faith. God bless you and your family!

  8. Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog! I tried to switch blogs last night to follow this one, but it keeps showing your other blog as the one I am following for some reason. I even un-followed and then followed this one instead, but alas – no cigar.😦 Hopefully it will get fixed at some point so I can officially follow this one. Have a good Sunday!🙂

  9. Well, that at least is right. I think wordpress just wants to mess with me🙂

  10. slapppshot says:

    You have wonderful looking family🙂 You are also very brave taking on a new business venture whilst raising your family. I commend you🙂

  11. HAPPY NEW MONTHS 8KIDS,MAY THIS MONTH BRING OPEN DOORS AND BLESSING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY,I PRAY THAT ALL YOUR PRAYERS IN THIS NEW MONTH MAY COME TO FULFILLMENT AMEN.WISHING YOU THE BEST IN LIFE.GREETINGS FROM THE LIVING LEGEND OSUJI .HAPPY SUNDAY .

  12. lovehaunt says:

    I feel like a micro-version of you. One child, three jobs, no partner. Maybe that will change soon? I look forward to checking in on your challenges!

  13. I had no idea you were a nurse! And in foot care as well. My cousin (who is against my new sleep experiment) is a chiropodist! What a coincidence.

    Owning a business is a huge deal in itself… but 8 kids on top of that?! You really are super woman🙂

  14. Matt says:

    Very nice blog! My wife and I have four kids, and she watches four other kids on the side for extra income, so it is almost like we have eight kids for eight hours a day… lol!🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more from you! 🙂

  15. ericapage says:

    Your family is beautiful!

  16. I agree with the predecessors…your family is beautiful. HOWEVER..I choked on my water when I first saw your blog as I was browsing…8! Not that there aren’t families with more out there. One of my favorite shows is 19 kids and counting…however..I guess it is just the fact that your children DOUBLE mine..and I find myself wanting to drive my head in the wall…sometimes. Anyhoooo…congrats..on it all!🙂

  17. Just found you and I am glad I did. I have no idea how you do it all. I raised my daughter as a single mom b/c hubby walked out. She is 18—I am 46. The Lord got me through it all. Bless you,

  18. Angela says:

    Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Lovely Blogger Award!! Thanks for sharing your journey!!
    (I wanted to include the award icon but I can’t figure out how to do so…)
    Blessings….

  19. Vivien says:

    I think I’m going to like this blog🙂 I like reading about Catholic nurses who balance their faith, family, and, work as that is what I hope to one day be able to do. Thanks for sharing your stories with us!

  20. Hi Terry, Would you like to guest post on my blog? I’m collecting a series of Catholic love stories (which include God and the heavenly inhabitants of course) and have a hunch your love story was orchestrated by the Divine Matchmaker. The page is here if you are curioushttp://anabellehazard.blogspot.com/p/real-life-catholic-love-stories.html Please email me bythefinger@yahoo.com if you are interested. Thanks.

    • Hi Annabelle, I remember visiting your blog earlier this summer. I feel so honoured and totally inadequate to guest blog as part of your collection of Catholic love stories. Thank you for asking. I’ll email you to sort out the details. Oh wow! Thanks.

  21. You are such an inspiration! I look forward to following your posts. God Bless you and your beautiful family.

  22. I have a special place in my heart for nurses and moms. God bless you! James

  23. Carey says:

    Beautiful family and great blog. I love the way you address these issues so biblically. God bless you in your endeavors!

  24. If I had your email, I would send you this message lol! In any event, thank you for your wonderful, insightful, and inspiring blog posts. I haven’t been on wordpress in a while, due to the pregnancy….lights usually go out for me around 7 pm. However, when I wake up in the middle of the night to check in on our beautiful baby, I always tune into your latest blog post via email. I look forward to reflecting on all that I have read the next day. Again, thank you!!! You are certainly one of my favorite bloggers on wordpress!! PS-after reading one of your posts, I realized that you were RIGHT! Our baby may only be 13 months, but I have already started to teach her how to make the Sign of the Cross. Adorable to watch as she tries….we are still working on the Holy Spirit part:) God bless!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m honoured to be able to keep you company in the middle of the night;) I wondered where you had gone to. Now I know. Your life is very busy right now. Good for you for teaching your 13 month old to make the Sign of the Cross! One of our kids, when he was a toddler like your baby, used to repeatedly hit his forehead as his way of making it.

  25. Kerri says:

    You have such a beautiful family. You must have great organizational skills to manage a large family and run a business at the same time.

  26. Nuala Bourke (née Rawson) says:

    Hello, I came across your blog after viewing the NDHS alumnae site. I hope I’m remembering correctly that you attended Rose of Lima parish in high school. Whether you did or not each time I pass the Church you are brought to my mind. I liked your suggestions in your article on euthanasia. Thank you.

  27. Sadeer Farjo says:

    My fiance and I enjoyed your A Thoroughly Modern Wedding blog article. We are wondering if we may use it for a magazine we are publishing. We can include and your web address. Please let me know. Thank you and God Bless.

    • Sadeer, can you tell me a little more about your magazine?

      • Sadeer Farjo says:

        Yes, absolutely. It’s going to be a wedding magazine targeted towards Eastern Catholics (in union with Rome), mostly Chaldean Catholics and Syriac of Antioch Catholics . We want to add secular and Catholic articles. This current issue will have articles ranging from finding a dress to natural family planning. The magazine will also include ads.

  28. Wow this is an exciting blog, because it is real life done victoriously in Jesus. Something which inspires me to keep my dream of raising a family one day under His wing. Thank -you.

  29. SaintlySages says:

    Wishing you great success in your blog, in your personal spiritual life, and in all your endeavours. You and your family are in our prayers daily. God bless!
    Dave

  30. dancrofts says:

    God bless you, Terry, for putting faith and family first! Congratulations on your success, and a Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    -Dan Crofts,
    “Into the Dance”

  31. You are quite a role model for families. I congratulate you on your choices.

  32. HI Terry,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and liking my post. After browsing through your blog a bit, it seems that we have much in common. I look forward to stopping by now and then to read your posts. May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family! Deo Gratias!

  33. Terry!
    Thank you for liking my very first blog post. I laughed out lout when i saw you too were a mom to many AND a nurse, because i am both as well! When i figure out how to like or like your blog on my WP blog i will do that!
    Thanks So Much,
    Diane

  34. Yahobahne says:

    Wow! What an amazing narrative. You’ve a beautiful family. God bless you, your family and ministry. Thank you for sharing.

  35. Jennifer says:

    This is a beautiful blog! I look forward to following your stories. Thank you so much for sharing, and thank you for stopping by my blog as well!

  36. SCL says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by our Lenten Retreat. Your blog is lovely and testifies to the joy, beauty and grace of Catholic womanhood and motherhood. May God bless all your work.

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  38. momsasaurus says:

    It’s a good thing you’re an RN – I bet working as a nurse prepared you well for the all the hard work and multitasking you must be doing every day! What is it about us nurses all adding so much to our already full plates? Cheers to you for all that you do! Great blog.

  39. Hi Terry,

    Thank you so much for following my blog. I certainly enjoy reading your blog as well. Your posts are right on:) May your wonderful words help bring souls to Christ!

    God bless you and your family!

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for your kind words re: my blog. I enjoy the pictures of your family….your kids look like mine🙂 For some reason, your posts aren’t coming through even though I’m following you. I hope that’s only temporary.

  40. finally took the time to check out your about page! You are a very interesting person indeed. Great posts here and I thoroughly enjoying reading them. Truth spoken here in love. You have given me much to ponder since I started reading along, and i’m thankful for that. God’s blessings

  41. Wonderful blog and beautiful family! How blessed you are. Wishing you a lovely week!

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  43. Biltrix says:

    Hello Terry,

    I’m looking for one of your post on the rosary, but I don’t see a search feature on your blog. I believe you posted on it twice and it was about a special devotional rosary — sorry if I cannot remember which one. If you know which one I am talking about, could you share the link with me in your reply? Thanks!

    God bless!

  44. Imelda says:

    Lovely family.🙂 God bless you all.

  45. Thank you for your interest in my blog!

  46. Great blog. New to blogging, do you have any suggestions?

  47. Biltrix says:

    Hi Terry. Merry Christmas! Here’s a little present for you and you’re blog: http://biltrix.com/2013/12/28/the-sunshine-award-thanks-friends/ God bless you!

  48. Michael says:

    Merry Christmas, you received an award, see http://toloveandtruth.net
    Best wishes from To Love and Truth/Michael

  49. Biltrix says:

    Awards are abounding again, Terry, and my Dear Friend, I’ve nominated you for yet another award. You can learn the details and pick it up here: http://biltrix.com/2014/01/02/semper-fi-a-good-way-to-start-the-new-year/ Congratulations and thank you for your blogging!

  50. 6 in a Pew says:

    What a beautiful family! How wonderful you used your nursing background to start your own business. I would imagine the demands to be high/business good…in such a specialized but VERY needed niche in the healthcare/elder communities.

  51. 6 in a Pew says:

    How wonderful to be able to use your nursing background in a highly sought after niche to start your own business. The elder communities/diabetic pts where I live would benefit greatly from a business like yours! Very beautiful family…busy busy mama!

  52. De says:

    Hi Terry, I just discovered your blog (better late than never!). Looking forward to reading your posts. Thank you for writing!
    In Christ, De Yarrison

  53. SR says:

    Hey 8 Kids,

    Did not want to post this on your post and you can delete this, as not to interfere with your writings. I went to check out the link on how to pray the Seven Sorrows of our Blessed Mother. What do I click on when I get there? I know it is operator difficulty but I can’t find it. Thanks so much for help. God Bless, SR

  54. SR says:

    Got it and thanks so much. God Bless, SR

  55. I just started blogging about a month or so ago with the idea of writting about thing that interested me…after a few post I realize that one way or another I keep writting about God and the church he founded…interesting isn’t it? Great blog!

  56. Helen Hoffner says:

    I read the Good Shepherd post today and it seems to have come just when I needed it. I have been dealing with a health issue and this post is giving me greater understanding.

  57. Naomi Fata says:

    Look forward to reading your blog. I have been looking for a blog about moms with kids and a business…we are expecting our third child and I have had my own business since before my first was born because I wanted to work from home and have kids. But there are definitely days I have wondered if it will always be possible…..of course only always with His strength.

  58. SR says:

    Hey 8 Kids,

    I really need your help on something and knowing you are still in the “kid business,” I decided to come to you. Of course you know I respect your advice so much, and I also wanted to make sure this is not just and “age thing” with me.

    I love our youth 8 kids, and we have a wonderful youth program in our Church, which only continues to grow from year to year. This first Saturday I went to Mass, and none of us knew it, but now they are going to have a “youth Mass,” every first Saturday.

    This is my problem with it. The guitar started, the songs reminded me of the Church I came out of. Terry, I could not even sing them, try I might. Not that they are not good songs, but I so left because of this “feel good feeling.” This teaching is very dangerous to me, as I know where it eventually leads.

    They had seats reserved and what really got me was. . . there were only a handful of kids there.

    I discussed this with my husband and these are my thoughts and fears:

    For over 2000 years children have gone to Mass with the same teachings on how to worship God, the reverence in said worship, the humility we must and need to have, respect, and everything else which is included in the Mass. For over 2000 years the Church still stands, without the guitars, the clapping and swaying, jumping up and down, and this “feel good feeling.” So why must all of this change for the “youth of today?” They are no different then any other “youth.”

    In saying that, they may have more available to them, but they are still kids, who still need correct teachings. Just because the “availability” of more “things” are in their lives, does not mean they need an entirely separate Mass, selected “just” for them. To me this is just going overboard.

    Terry, I know more than anyone the dangers of all of this. I mean, dangers!!!! You have no idea, of all I that I have seen, witnessed, was a part of, and where it all leads.

    Knowing all that I have stated here, and I can state a lot more, am I wrong, and is it just the age difference? All I know is there is such a fear in me, of what all of this is going to do to our youth, and the Catholic Church.

    Please delete this if you want to, and if you want to respond in private you should have my email in your comments. Thank you so much for your help, once again. God Bless, SR

    • Hi SR. Sorry for the very late reply! I agree with you 100% per cent. I think that having youth Masses, feel good music, and generally singling them out and separating them from the rest of the congregation is a bad idea. It gives a feeling of entitlement, of being different from the others in the congregation. They should be going to Mass with their families. There is already so much that separates family members from one another; Mass shouldn’t be one of them. Also, in my experience, youth Masses have the atmosphere of entertainment. That is not the proper attitude to have during Mass and takes away from the reverence of being in the presence of God. God and the Catholic Church shouldn’t have to entertain the youth with pseudo-rock music and a priest who entertains in order to keep them at Mass. Our youth are capable of so much more than being entertained for one hour on Sunday. Some of my older kids attended Masses like the one you described and didn’t like it. They thought the priests deliberately dumbed down Mass just to entertain. I thank you for your comment. It’s nice to know someone else feels the same way and isn’t afraid to voice concern.

  59. aliciainwonderlandblog says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thanks for posting so much inspiring content! http://aliciainwonderlandblog.com/2014/09/25/one-lovely-blog-award-alicia-in-wonderland-blog/

  60. SR says:

    Thank you so much Terry. I really needed some help with this, and now I think I will go and talk to the Priest, regarding my concerns, and if it does not change I will go somewhere else on the first Saturday. I just cannot do it Terry. I will also give the Priest some of your wonderful words of wisdom. I think coming from a mother of 8 children, that should suffice! 🙂 Again thanks and God Bless, SR

  61. dgcree says:

    Hi Terry,
    Nice family photographs. I wish you all The Peace and Joy of our Saviour’s birth and may He bless a you all abundantly in the coming year

    I wonder if i could ask a favour of you ? I am now 73 and have just been diagnosed with T2 Prostate Cancer, would you and any of your kind readers please keep me in prayer. But above and before all may God’s wiil be done – Bless you!

  62. Scott Warren says:

    Your story and family are such a strong witness to Gods Grace and love. Tremendous collection of quotes too. Bvm.1949.wordpress Scott

  63. Catherine M. J. Mary Evans says:

    May God bless you. Hope you have a nice Easter!

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