Sunday, May 9, 2010


My precious babies!
Sandra, 3rd, Patrick, 1st, Michael, 2nd, (me) Erin, 5th, Daniel, 4th, Maryalice, 6th and baby Dawn, 7th.

A sweet blogger commented on my last post and said something I have heard many times before. She had read my profile and asked "HOW did you do it?" of raising the seven children. All I can say is that I had them one at a time..and being a mother was my priority in life. The first two were 13 months apart..I waited a year and the second were 14 months apart and so on. I suppose I could say they were I have heard it explained..but when you take all precautions and still get was meant to be. At least that is how I think. It is something in life I would do all over again.

I want to say this. I LOVED having babies. They were all breast fed to at least four months. I gave their little systems a good start..

I loved the smell of my babies and never tired of the smell of Johnson's baby powder and lotion. "Johnson's Baby Cream" was the only "makeup" I a lipstick. Living in Southern (dry) California it kept my skin so nice. I nearly bathed in it.
It came in a little glass jar with a pink lid. Now it comes in tube...and I don't feel the same way about it. I have it...but Vasiline does as good. I miss my old fashioned baby cream. Actually it was the only medicine in the house for skinned knee's.

When child fell down and skinned a was "Mommie, get the baby cream, get the baby cream!" and after a painful rinse and dry the baby cream was layered gently on the poor knee or? As I said...I miss it! Thank heavens I had it until my babes were grown past the skinned knee stage.

I remember I could sooth my babies from another room. They heard my voice and calmed. Even when tiny...

I picked them up when they began to cry. They couldn't talk, you see. That was their way of telling me they hurt, were lonely, uncomfortable, hungry, wet, or just wanted me close. I picked mine up! I don't believe you can spoil a child unless you allow them control as they get older before they are ready to control their lives. Lack of guidance to me is "spoiling" them.

Enough. Everyone has their way of doing things...I listened to my heart with mine. Not what others told me. Dr. Spock was a great guide for many things..but otherwise..I raised mine by heart.

Love and hugs to all of you..


  1. This is such a wonderful post, Mona. You remind me so much of my mother, who I wish was still here. i still have questions for her, still want to know things like...what did she put on our skinned knees? But I guess we have to learn some of these things on our own, then we pass them down to our children. And the best thing about big families is you never get lonely!

    Happy Mother's Day, sweet lady!


  2. When I read Johnson´s baby powder I could feel that smell :-) :-) I´ve changed many diapers on my sisters children You see :-) and that powder smells so nice:-)
    Happy Mothers day!

  3. There a some women who just have extra God-given talents to be a mom. That is you, Mona.
    Happy Mother's Day!
    Ladybug Creek

  4. Mona,
    I love your post. You are a special Mom. Happy Mother's Day to you.

  5. oh Mona, what a sweet sweet post! Love it!

  6. Oh, Dear Mona! I loved this post and love the photo of you and your babies! I agree with so many of the other comments - motherhood is a gift and some do it so well and Dear One, I do believe you did! Happy Mother's Day and you're beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Happy Mother's day Mona and I agree with you that I would do it all over again. We're very blessed being mother's!

  8. That's a wonderful picture Mona. You deserve to be happy after raising that large family. They are all lovely looking children.
    Happy Mother's Day to you :)
    Blessings, Star

  9. You are so much like my Mona, I swear you two are long lost sisters. My brother and I were only 13 months and it kept going kind of like that. A break, and then several close together. My Mom nursed all 8 of us during a time when it wasn't cool to nurse. Your children are all beautiful and so is their Mom.
    Happy Mothers Day to you!

  10. Happy Mother's day to you, sweet friend! I enjoyed having my sweet family....4 sons all really close together! Today really brings back all the good memories and makes me miss them. I need a hug...heehee! HUGS to YOU! ♥♥♥

  11. What a wonderful picutre of you and your babies. Happy Motherr's day times 7!

  12. Hello Mona, what a wonderful post. You have such lovely children...look at those eyes! I thought I did good having 5 children...but goodness you certainly had your hands full! I hope you had a WONDERFUL Mother's Day....Maura

  13. I hope you had a wonderful day!! I so wish that I had had more children!!

  14. This is such a lovely post~ and such a sweet photo of you and your children! Happy Mother's Day!

  15. What a special picture this is of you with your children! Happy Mother's Day to you!

  16. My mom did the same Mona, raised us by heart, not the book. We all turned out to be upstanding citizens!

    I love that photo. Gosh you were still so young even after 7 babies.

    It's been a busy few days. I'll get an email to you sometime tomorrow.
    Happy Mother's Day

  17. A wonderful, heartfelt post, Mona.
    O, I, too, miss the early smells of motherhood. There's just not much sweeter in this world than our baby, fresh out of the bathtub, smoothed with baby cream, baby powder..a fresh little soft gown..they lie there, kicking, baby talking and give you a smile that all the money in the whole wide world couldn't buy. ummmm....I am so thankful to God that HE sent me the two HE did...and then 10 little grands to follow. My heart is just about ready to burst wide open...
    Have a really good day..wish I could come over for a cup of coffee and sit in your swing on the patio with you for a few hours....:)
    xoxoxo bj

  18. Happy Mother's Day, my friend. It brought back memories of my life with my kids.HUGS..Balisha

  19. What a wonderful, loving mommy you are. You really enjoyed mommyhood. I totally agree with you. You can't spoil a little one by loving it, but by letting them take control when they don't have a clue. Oh, Mona, I just bought me a snowball bush last week, altho I didn't post it yet. They are very similar to hydrangeas, and just as beautiful.

  20. You were obviously born to be a mom lovely lady. You are blessed. I always said ya could spoil 'em good or spoil 'em bad and I spoiled my good! :o) I hope your Mother's Day was filled with love and laughter sweetie.

    God bless ya and have a glorious Monday!!!

  21. Hi Mona,
    What a beautiful family you have! Handsome sons and beautiful daughters! Life must have always been busy and wonderful during those years...lots of delightful memories!
    BTW, I love you hair in your photo on your pretty!

  22. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.... sounds likeyou are a great one!!

  23. What a sweet Mother's Day post! I admire you raising seven children!! My sister had five and I thought that was overwhelming! I only had two, and love every minute of motherhood!


  24. Motherhood wasn't in the cards for me, but I can experience some of the joys through wonderful moms like you. Thank you for sharing your life and your family with us, with me.♥


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