About Me

Hi there! As you may have already surmised, my name is Lisa Douglas. I’m a proud Army wife, thankfully lucky enough to be married to the man of my dreams. (I know, sickening, but so very true.) I’m a happy-go-lucky ‘attached’ mom to SEVEN children. (I made “SEVEN” big so that you didn’t misread it. Yes, SEVEN.

new family portrait I’m originally from New York, born and raised. It was the aforementioned dream man who caused me to leave the hustle and bustle of New York living to accustom to the slow, sweet-tea lovin’ pace of the South. First stationed in North Carolina, then Fort Polk, Louisiana, and now San Antonio, TX, where we’ve become first-time homeowners.

first-house Unfortunately, the irony of finding the man of my dreams, is that he is part of the military; the chance is always there that the Army will take my beautiful husband away from me and our family, and put him in harm’s way, letting the “bad guys” use him as target practice for a while. He is a proud soldier, and I am very proud to be his wife, but that doesn’t make separations any easier. With that fear always looming, I spend each day being blissfully in love since we’ll never know if the next one will arrive. We live for each day as though it’s our last. It hasn’t failed our family yet.

promotion to master sergeant I love to work out, having lost 30+ lbs I have found a love of running; we love traveling, live naturally, using natural cleaners, eating organic 95% of the time (with the exception of ranch dressing, mayo and some other cruxes we can’t seem to get rid of.. yet) and love being outdoors, to include gardening and playing sports. If it weren’t for the spiders and bugs, I’d probably live outdoors. Maybe.

son's soccer game I’m a huge ‘foodie’ as they say. I love to bake, create, make the house smell like a bakery. I love to make things from scratch, craft, knit, sew, crochet. I’m old-fashioned but technology fascinates me.

strawberry glazed doughnuts I’m a blogging addict. A writer by nature all my life, I am now writing for a living (super-sweet)! The internet enhances our lives so much, and combining my love of writing with the internet seems like a match made in heaven. That is, when I’m not fighting with one of my kids for it, changing diapers, cooking… you get the idea.

kissy face with Baby V Here’s some pictures of my family – the “Crazy Eight Nine”

My husband, nicknamed “Captain Awesome”
Crazy Adventures in Parenting Our seven kids’ ages range from seventeen to toddler, with our youngest boy being born September 27th 2008 and youngest girl born February 29th 2012, on leap day.
Three boys, four girls. This last pregnancy was the “tie-breaker” child.
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My 30+lb Weight Loss
Remember, it takes a special kind of crazy to raise six seven children in the military. And a lot of coffee.
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  • Anonymous

    Lisa, this is great! I am so proud of you and yes it does take a strong person to have six children!! You go girl. I have one and I think I am running nutts. Love ya girl! Jaime

  • Anonymous

    Lisa, this is great! I am so proud of you and yes it does take a strong person to have six children!! You go girl. I have one and I think I am running nutts. Love ya girl! Jaime

  • Anonymous

    Greetings!I hope this email finds you well.I am writing on behalf of Star Bright Books, an independent children’s book publisher that creates high-quality books in seventeen languages.I was referred to you by Katie Pedersen of Seattle-based Metrosupial Designs. Katie suggested that I contact you because we will be releasing a new board book, “Carry Me”, and she thought that the local babywearing groups would enjoy this title. It is a lovely photographic book about the ways babies are carried around the world, and one of Katie’s photographs is featured in the book.The book has already received a lot of praise at trade and literacy shows, and will be featured at Book Expo America in late spring. Might you be interested in writing a blog entry about the book, or including it in an article about the growing popularity of babywearing? If you’d like, I can send you our press release for the book, a sample print-out for review, and web-ready images. I would also consider a give-away option for your readers depending on interest and availability.Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing from you.Fondly,Rena D. Grossman, Editor

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03970868552275401677 Noelle

    Hi Lisa,
    I stumbled across your blog from a comment you left on dooce.com and I’m so glad I did…I’m loving it! I’m a military spouse, too, although mom to just one. Not quite sure how you do it but definately looking forward to reading more about how you do!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06677773353477169432 Lucy postpartumillness.com

    Just dropped in to say hello from the Blog Link A Thon. I bow down to you six kids and a blog, wow.

    Lucy
    postpartumillness.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10822058426751039502 esofthub

    Hi Lisa,

    This is a great blog! I, too, was an Army guy and stationed at Fort Bragg in 1998. I know military life can be both demanding and rewarding at the same time. Keep up the good work!

    Roy
    p.s. I gladly accepted your blog into my top directory. http://www.topbloglists.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09106116060609815894 PAPATV

    Lisa,
    Six kids!! Wowazaloo!!
    And a blog on top of that, AWESOME!
    Thanks for stopping by CHEERUPNATION. Your reasons to subscribe fit the spirit of my site competely. Joining in the fun!!
    Brian Papa

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17021526379136899314 Lorie Shewbridge

    Hi…. just hopping over to congratulate you on your Say it Forward award from 5 Minute for Mom. I also want to thank your husband, you and your whole family for your service to our country. It takes a special person to be an Army wife, and one with 6 kids is not only special, she is exceptional. Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us. God bless you and your family and God bless America!!

  • therextras

    Hi, Lisa – I'm visiting for the first time from Another Piece of the Puzzle. I am bookmarking your blog for regular reading. I feel like we have a lot in common even though I have only two children and I'm older.

    I am wife to a former-military guy and our two were born while he was active duty. Our oldest is about to move into the 20's and the teen parenting experience is fresh and daily for me. I've spent some time in the south and the northeast and the northwest. And I love blogging. See ya around cyberspace! Barbara

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11869344543866120004 Sharee

    Lisa,

    I never looked at your pix before! You have a b-e-a-utiful family! your b4 and after pictures are amazing.. go girl! <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15803400702660313290 Shelley

    Referred to you by Lisa at All That & a Box of Rocks!! Awesome blog! New follower :)

    I'd love for you to come visit/follow me at my new blog!

    http://www.shelleysswag.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17021526379136899314 Lorie Shewbridge

    I saw you featured on Sweet & Sassy Girls. Thank you and your family for your service to our country. I am amazed that you can raise six children at all, let alone a lot of the time on your own. I know the Army can be very demanding on families, and I give you lots of credit for your positive attitude I've seen others who do it, but not with the smile that seems to be on your face all the time. I hope that you are all together for good sometime soon. I am very proud of your husband and extend my deepest gratitude to him and to you and all of your children, especially at this time of year.
    God bless you all, and God bless America. Lorie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08203569523642877269 Shelley

    We appreciate what you and your husband do for our country.

    Thank you so much and best wishes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02858121344702829529 Lily @Militaryfamof8

    omg @ your before and after pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    you look awesome!!!!

    my hubs is going to have to get out because of his weight, can u pls tell me how you did it??

    you rock!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12963153282575535121 Kat @ www.TodaysCliche.com

    Hey! I need to know.. were you the girl (oops, lady!!) at Bloggy Boot Camp who said she was a Twitter “whore”? If not, I'm MORTIFIED and SOOO embarrassed! If so, I'm pumped I found you!!

    Cheers, Kat

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12963153282575535121 Kat @ www.TodaysCliche.com

    Hey! I need to know.. were you the girl (oops, lady!!) at Bloggy Boot Camp who said she was a Twitter “whore”? If not, I'm MORTIFIED and SOOO embarrassed! If so, I'm pumped I found you!!

    Cheers, Kat

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16120462052363379640 The Household 6 Diva

    Love the new header! And where did you find that awesome “apeture” application that pops up on the same screen? Very cool!

  • http://www.doughraisingmom.com Grace

    I just found your blog from a comment you left. I love your story, thanks for the service to our country, and all the sacrifices involved in that. I can relate to the big family experience, I have twelve kids, the youngest is thirteen. It is a crazy existence, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. More fun than a barrel of monkeys (don't quite know what one would do with a barrel of monkeys). Thanks again. Grace

  • Anonymous

    You sound like my younger twin if I had one.!! I , too, had six children – three boys and then three girls/. Married the man of my dreams and still the man of my dreams after almost 40 years. My military connection though, is my dad who was a military officer in the Navy. I can't imagine NOT having a big family and with the upcoming holidays we all look forward to being all together at some point even though we are spread out all over the U.S. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00925002921459417880 KM RIEBESEHL/RIEBESEHL FAMILY LAW OFFICES/MOMMYKOGGIBOO/CACTUSKOGGI

    I love your blog and your family!!! :o) You are an amazing mommy & I love reading about all of your wacky adventures and neat ideas and links! What an inspiration!!! Take care and may your family be safe and have a great new year!!!
    KMR http://thecozycactus.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    I am inspired by your blog. I have 4 children of my own and struggle to find me time while working full time. I love that you made yourself a priority and lost weight. I am just starting my weight loss journey and find strength in your stories.

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