things have been a bit quiet on the blog

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been a bit slow with the blog posts lately. Life at home has been going so fast with so much on and the last thing on my mind has been my little blog. That’s probably because the first thing on my mind has been making sure I’m up at 5.30 am, that everyone has lunch made and in their bag, a clean uniform, their homework done, is it library, piano, sports or swimming day and just getting out the door on time. Three at school is definitely keeping me on my toes. Some of you are probably laughing because you are getting 5 or 6 out the door but I tell you that 3 is killing me. But we are doing it and we are getting there but man it is taking up all of my time. This is what it looks like at 5.30am when I’m making lunches.

I sit and try to do a bit of knitting in the car line or at home when I can. I’ve managed to finish the body and one sleeve and will aim to power through the second sleeve this weekend motivated by knowing that once I get onto the yoke that I’m in the home stretch. I really love working with Spring Cotton. It can be a bit splitty but has a lovely drape to it and is going to make the sweetest cardigan to donate to Dandelion this winter.

A new camera lens arrived in the mail for my birthday this month and I can’t wait to share a review with you. It is my first pro lens and is so big compared to the little 45mm I’ve been using and has been taking some great photos at home….I’m yet to take it outside as I just haven’t had the time. I’m loving the wide angle on it and the fact that it captures almost all of my whole kitchen in one shot!

After mucking up the days for a meeting I ordered myself an erin condren diary and it arrived this week and I am loving it. I’m so grateful to my readers for letting me know about them because I was like Erin who? But you can personalise it however you like and I kind of like having my diary now with all of my favourite people on the cover.

And another reason why things have been a bit quiet is that behind the scenes we’ve been selling our house and growing a baby. You know just a few little life events that have been going on here. I chose not to share the house because unfortunately someone had an alert set up for my suburb and the night it went on the internet they shared the address on my hate thread for everyone to see. It was very upsetting and you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been sharing less of the personal stuff after that all happened. But I’ve got more important things to worry about. Like finding a new home and maybe building our own, and of course the wonderful excitement of welcoming our 6th baby into our family. We just feel blessed beyond words.

And that my lovely readers is why things have been a bit quiet around here……………………I’m actually a little sad that we’ve sold our house but relieved at the same time. I wanted to stay a lot longer and love the views and space. But we made a decision to change schools for everyone and that is the reason for our move. Our kids love their new school, we have more choices with special schools when the time comes and we’re making some wonderful friends but will be so sad to leave friends here.

Comments

  1. Congratulations to you and retro daddy, I’m so pleased for you!!! Hope all your wishes & plans come your way. Lovely news for a lovely family xx

  2. Fantastic news about the baby and the search for a new home.

  3. Wow! Congratulations to you and Retro Daddy :) Another bundle of joy. xxx

  4. Susan leach says:

    Congratulations, hope all goes well with the new baby and the move. We have just sold our home and are moving to a semi rural location, 1.2 acres and natural bush surrounds, so know how hard it is to let go of your own home. Hope the weekend is a relaxing one.

  5. Samantha Marshall says:

    Wow Corrie so much going on! Good luck with the sale and congratulations on baby number 6! You guys are just amazing. Don’t let the haters get you down, your blog brings a little light into our lives and I love your beautiful photos.

  6. Congratulations on your new baby!

  7. Yahhh the news of the year for the baby lovers
    out there! So so happy for your family & the lucky baby coming;
    Corrie you are so brave & calm & generous sharing your
    Inspiring ideas & life here. Take all you need to keep the calm space around you. Big decisions & yes! to the 5:30am wakeup here too!!!!! Glad you have a cuppa amidst the ham & lunch boxes!!

  8. Congratulations!!! Such happy news. Good luck with the new house. Building is daunting but so exciting to choose exactly what you want and what works best for your family. We built our new house and moved in just before Christmas.

  9. Wow, busy, busy. Congratulations!!

  10. liveseygirl says:

    Oh my goodness a huge congratulations. Sorry to hear that people tried to ruin your special time. Looking forward to hearing about all your new adventures x

  11. Congratulations on baby number 6! x

    PS. I have major kitchen envy.

  12. Charlotte E says:

    Wow life has been busy! You put the rest of us mortal folk to shame

  13. Charlotte E says:

    Hmm not sure why half my comment didn’t show up, maybe something to do with the tablet I’m typing on. It was meant to read that I can’t believe you’ve done up another house to sell it soon after again. You should rename your blog ‘Renomummy’. Huge congrats on the new baby to be. When are you due? I’m currently cooking number two (due late May) and can’t yet contemplate the change in family dynamics, but six, yikes… oh and since when have you had a hate thread and why would people bother???

  14. deborah neill says:

    woohoo Congratulations on your new baby and selling your house, very happy for you!

  15. Tarryn Plant says:

    A huge congratulations on all your wonderful news. Another little bubba to cherish and a new house. X

  16. Massive congratulations Corrie, a new baby and a new home! Nothing like living life at neck breaking speed but welcome to the club! I’m a mum of 7 children (eldest is nearly 20 and youngest is nearly 4) and you continue to inspire me in so many ways. You’re such a giving and generous soul, busy, creative, organised, busy, busy and how you manage to do all that you do is simply amazing! You’re a beautiful mother, something no one can take from you, you shine too bright for many. We love you, love your blog and following your triumphs. Congratulations again!! I’m so thrilled for you and your beautiful little/big family! xxxx

  17. Congratulations! I love reading your blog & Facebook posts. I am only a Mum of 2 but sometimes can find just getting us out the door on time for preschool is challenging, not sure how you do it! All the best for your move.

  18. never say never should be your motto Corrie ! All the best with your new move and sometimes things happen for a reason. Wow baby no 6. good on you , good to see you have kept up the knitting congratulations and all the best

  19. Wonderful news! I have one that goes to school and I find that hard, take my hat off to you with three and one at kindy. Please don’t let those haters stop you from writing this blog. I love reading about your little family. You give great info.

  20. Huge congratulations ! This will be a very exciting year for your family then :)

  21. It’s official – you truely are superwoman! All the best with the bub & the new home. Home though is always where your family is:)

  22. Toni Huggins says:

    Amazing news! Congratulations.

  23. Natalie Heymans says:

    Congratulations! You are truly the queen of multitasking! I hope you find the perfect place to live with your family. Don’t let the haters get you down. It’s so sad that people have nothing better to do with their time than try to make life miserable for others. Good luck with it all xx

  24. Oh your post gave me goosebumps! Congratulations to you and your gorgeous family! Xx

  25. Congratulations on the pregnancy, such wonderful news! :)
    Good luck with it all, finding or building a new house, such exciting times ahead x

  26. Wow! Fantastic baby news. Congratulations all round and I hope you now easily find your next dream home project.
    We also had a very special occasion this last week when my grandson no 3 decided to stall his arrival until my 60th birthday. First baby for my eldest daughter, same age as you, and here you are about to embrace your no 6 baby.
    I wish you all the very best. This is going to be one big exciting year for you and I will look forward to your posts as usual even if they aren’t as frequent. Bless you all.

    • oh wow what a present!!! how lovely Lesley! actually last year my brother had his first child on my dad’s birthday, just makes it so special. I haven’t managed to co-ordinate it that well but this baby’s due date is retro daddy’s birthday but I think I c/section date will change that.
      thank you for your kind words as always!
      corrie:)

  27. A huge congratulations to you and your beautiful family. x

  28. Congratulations! This is lovely news. I hope you find a lovely new home too. The property market is nuts. We’ve just bought and wow, it’s pretty intense. Xx

    • oh I know! we had an auction which I said I would never have but actually it was fun and we got what we wanted so it worked out in the end…….except when you have to buy too:) :) hope you enjoy your home

  29. Congratulations!!! Exciting year ahead!

  30. Corrie, as I read sporadically I had been blissfully unaware that you have been targeted in this way. So I googled around, read what they had to say (a surprising amount given how much they seem to dislike your blog), and I’m back to (rather offensively) say a hearty “f*ck ‘em” to you. I am not a devoted reader – I read your posts on craft and renovating, sometimes I think your kids look cute, but as I am childless, for the life of me, I can’t imagine having so many! But you do, you are excited to have another and I say good for you! Congratulations on the new bub and good luck with the house-hunting.

  31. Congratulations Retrofamily! What an exciting year ahead. All the very best

  32. Yay to you! You’ll have six like me! I love six kids! It is the magic number I feel. Congratulations! Good luck with it all! X

    • thank you! I’m excited, evening things up except that most people are telling me I should have a boy and I’m like well I’ll just take what we get:) :)

  33. Aaah! YOU ROCK CORRIE!!!!
    Congratulations x2 – such exciting news, but you’re gonna have to stop having babies because I’m telling myself I’m done but you might change my mind…
    Hope you are feeling okay.
    xxx

  34. Post of the year so far, Corrie! So much joy here. I’m so delighted for you, my friend. J x

  35. Amazing news! Congratulations! We are in the process of buying our second house and ready to start on the renovating train too!

    Bettina
    http://www.littleoldsouls.com

  36. Roksalanna says:

    Corrie, So happy for you and Retrodaddy and your kids that you’re going to be welcoming a new baby into your family. Lovely news!

  37. I am awe struck. To think that some horrid so&so had to bring you down in such a busy, yet what should still be happy, time in your life. Absurd! Congratulations & power on with the the 5.30am wake ups. What a great Retromummy you are :-) xo

  38. Corrie
    Well done you – it will be an exciting year for us all as we follow you and your gorgeous family.
    Take care and all the very best to your and retrodaddy
    Wendy x

  39. Congratulations to you both, what a special time for you all. I just don’t know how you fit in so much I have enough getting one off to school!! Your children have some very special parents. The haters musn’t have much of a life if that is all they have to do all day.

  40. oh wow, congratulations super mum! I hope everything goes well with both of your very exciting life changes :)

  41. Congratulations Retro Family!! I am so happy for you. Every child is a blessing and you must be feeling very, very blessed. I would find it very hard to say good-bye to your beautiful kitchen Corrie, but just think, now you get to design a new one. Those early morning starts must be hard, I struggle with getting up at 6am and I’m not pregnant. The funny thing when you are packing multiple lunch boxes is that if one child has a day off school and you are packing one less lunch box it seems so much easier and quicker (which makes no sense at all!) I wish you all the best in your search for a new home and hope you have an easy breezy pregnancy. I look forward to updates. Take care.

  42. That is wonderful news Corrie! Another baby and a new home to look forward to, 2014 really is going to be an amazing year for your not so little family xx

  43. Huge congrats Corrie!!! We are expecting our second in June and doing a renovation at the same time, so it is exhausting!! I completely admire you and your ability to get three kids out the door each day! I struggle with one! Hoping you keep your chin up and know that there are hundreds, no thousands of readers who love reading your blog each day xxx

  44. Goodness you don’t do things by halves Corrie! A new baby and a move! You deserve a medal! What lovely news for a lovely person! Hope you find another house to put the Corrie stamp on soon!! Xx

  45. Baby number 6! That teeny body of yours is amazing! And a new house search. You have a busy and exciting year ahead. Much love to you and your family xo

  46. Belinda Catt says:

    Oh Corrie I’m so thrilled and excited for you. Another beautiful member of the family. What wonderful news. A new home is such a big and exciting change and great things lay ahead for you.
    Be kind to yourself about the school life. It takes time to adjust as every new little one starts and after a while you will be all settled and in the swing of it.
    The very best wishes to your family from mine.
    I’m so very sorry about the awful people, they are the minority,
    Belinda.

  47. I’m super excited to hear about another tot of yours! I hope you get to take it easy with all the busyness of the move! x

  48. Congrats on the baby news and all the best on the house front.

  49. Such lovely news to read! Congratulations!!! I hope you can find your perfect nest for your growing family. You are a very inspirational women. Xx

  50. Congratulations Corrie on both the new baby and house news!

    I have 3 at school and to make my mornings easier, I do lunches (sandwiches etc) at night. That way, in the morning, we do breakfast, teeth and uniforms. Then we assemble lunchboxes with morning tea things and then the kids just have to pop in their sandwich boxes. This works for me. It is silly, because lunches only take 10mins at night, but seem to take 30mins in the morning when we are all rushing around.

  51. Woe nelly…you sure know how to do things and not by halves! Congratulations on your new bubba in belly :) you do babies so very well and make it all seem effortless you obviously both enjoy family and all it brings :) Good on you for having the foresight to make some bigger picture decisions regarding future planning and schools such a big deal with special little ones and all that it entails shouldn’t be underestimated. If you you then what you know now of course we would all do things differently but sometimes isn’t the motivation but family well being is. Lots of big transitions ahead for you guys…..breathe and enjoy….exciting things are ahead of you all :)

  52. You are truly blessed Corrie. Love and congratulations on this wonderful news.
    The family is everything…

  53. Beautiful news Corrie! Take care of yourself Corrie, you’re always thinking of everyone else. Maybe you’re having another double delight?! Imagine 7 :-) !! Look forward to seeing another gorgeous retrobubba :-) Big hug Jetts :-)

  54. jeanette tranberg says:

    How exciting….I just love baby news I was sitting on the edge of my seat as I was reading and just hoping there would be baby news…..woooohooooo! And well done on the move I think that you and I have moved just about as many times! We have just moved to our dream home so we would be closer to schools and in an area that we love. I have 3 at school also and babes at home it is certainly a challenge but you will definitely find your mojo and it will work! Sending big hugs xxx

  55. Hi Corrie just wanted to add my congradulations to everyone else both on you new baby news and on you new (soon to be home) I hope you find the perfect home for you all or that if you build it will be just as you want it and where you want to be. A fresh start for everyone, just like a big spring clean, makes you feel hopeful and looking forward. Tomorrow my youngest child of 5 leaves home to Uni 600km away and as everyone keeps telling me we have phone, skype, emails and on top of all that he is living with his sister and her partener who is a police officer so he couldnt be safer or living in a nicer place. I think I am just feeling sorry for myself and every time I think of it the tears keep coming.

  56. jeanette tranberg says:

    I almost forgot we have a local family which are soon to welcome their 16 baby and become Australia’s largest family!

  57. Congratulations on your joyous baby news. Hope the house selling is going smoothly. I am appalled to hear you have a hate thread. You are a very lovely, kind, sharing person. Where do these jealous negative people come from?! They should go awa and leave this positive space. Wishing you and your family the best of luck with finding a new home. And please don’t forget to take care of yourself! Kind regards.

  58. Congratulations! How exciting! I’m so envious of your gorgeous, big family – hard work, but worth every second I imagine. I must say I cannot fathom how anyone could not like you – some people are so weird! Anyway, I’m glad to see you getting oodles of positivity here.

  59. Congratulations on the baby and lucky someone buying a beautiful family home

  60. Kerryn Flood says:

    Congratulations Corrie. How exciting another baby.

  61. Supporter of Chloe's Law says:

    I think to make a family fearful of their safety by posting and making their home address public is deplorable! I can’t understand the behaviour behind such bullying but found the reference to snarking very telling of all those involved.

    snark
    noun
    1.Combination of “snide” and “remark”. Sarcastic comment(s).
    Also snarky (adj.) and snarkily (adv.)
    snark
    2.Use of sarcasm or malice in speech. Commonly found in the LiveJournal community. also snarky, snarkiness.

    3. Biting, cruel humor or wit, commonly used to verbally attack someone or something.

    4. verbal ingenuineness that is brief, subtle, yet quite stabbing. snark is often marked by deep creativity & use of psychological attack. It employs coldbloodedness and is best served unprovoked. Snark can contain hidden complimentary meaning under a mean face, but it hurts more than it strengthens.

    Shameful isn’t it

    https://www.facebook.com/ChloesLawAust

  62. Congratulations Corrie! Wonderful news for you and your family. Hope you are feeling great – even more knitting excuses.

    BTW – I have been using your easy lasagne recipe and my hubby just loves it. He’s never been a fan of the lasagnes I’ve made in the past but he LOVES this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  63. Woo hoo! I get to live vicariously through another of your pregnancies (just a little bit jealous!) Congrats and good luck with the house hunt.

  64. I get four kids ready for school some days and my biggest tip is to get their gear (music, sport etc) done the night before, as well as their snacks and waters. Then in the morning it is just the sandwiches/main course of their lunch. I don’t like getting up before 7am so this is how I make that work. Congratulations and all the best -I have 5 kids and would love a 6th but hubby is not in agreement….my kids are very much farther spread apart – 14 years down to one year, but it is great reading another blog about larger families. http://www.kirrileeheartman@wordpress.com.

  65. Congratulations Corrie on your pregnancy. What a crazy time you’ve had with three in school, selling your house and dealing with haters!! Praying you have energy to do all you need to do as well as some rest while you carry another baby. Im expecting another baby this year too, in July. Sending love, hugs and prayers your way. Do you get morning sickness? X I hope for your sake that you don’t because I have and it can be debilitating!

  66. Number 6!!! Wow congrats on your wonderful news of another beautiful bub on the way and also on the sale of your house :-)

  67. Oh Corrie! I am so terribly sorry that there are people that are treating you this way. I just cannot understand these types of people. I love your blog and your Facebook page and I hope you can continue sharing with us. A massive congratulations on #6! How very very exciting. 6 are Awesome! I would adore #7!

  68. Yay! Congratulations corrie and retro daddy! It’s always so exciting ( but exhausting) to welcome a new bundle of joy to the family :) that is so sad that someone has a hate site. As others have said, if you don’t like the blog, just don’t read it.

  69. Louise Baker says:

    Dearest Corrie,
    What a joyous time for you all albeit somewhat exhausting. I was crying with happiness as I read your lovely news.
    Take good care and time for yourself and yours.
    Louise xx

  70. Wow great news…….I dont understand, why would anyone hate you…..how silly! You sold your house……but what about your new kitchen? Hope your new house is just as good

  71. Crazy woman! And I say that with deep affection for the 8 cherubs in my family and all the chaos that it brings!! May your pregnancy run smoothly and may you find the perfect house to nest in xx

  72. Beverley Priest says:

    Oh Corrie I am a bit slow in getting to your blogs due to packing and putting our apartment on the market, but goodness me…..HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you and Retro Daddy on expecting a new addition, and on the sale of your lovely home…awww that kitchen which is just fabulous, but I am sure that wherever you end up you will have the same or even better!!! Big hugs and prayers to you and your beautiful family xx

  73. Congratulations on the new baby and well done on selling your housw.

  74. Tracey Mayhew says:

    Yay – that news just made my day – Yay – Im inspired once again – thank you – shall try to stop whinging about how hard having one baby is – ha ha – congratulations to the retro mummy family – fantastic xx

  75. oh wow. New house , new baby, congrats to you all. How exciting !! You do what feels right for your family on what you share , the net can be a dicey place. Loving the updates though. Hope you are feeling well too xxxx

  76. Congratulations! You must have been sooo tired though. Selling the house, all the kids at home through the holidays and your first trimester. Awesome effort. I need a rest just thinking about it. Hope you find the house or land of your dreams with a nice large block for the kids to enjoy.

  77. A new baby…such lovely news for you & your family! :)

    Happy house hunting.

  78. Oh Golly big news!! I hope your move goes well and Im presuming another house reno? sort of hoping so lol so I can see how wonderful you create a home,Congradulations on No 6!!! Too!!

  79. congrats hon! Love my eric coden diary too i got mine last year and i use it all the time LOVE LOVE IT!!! Awesome more babies lol cute Happy house hunting cool pics too love this kitchen. Shame about the nasty people wish they would just grow up and get a life :-) xxxxx

  80. Congratulations on your growing family! What an adventure it’ll be moving and decorating. I can’t wait to see what your new place will look like.

  81. Such beautiful news it makes my heart rejoice with baby no 6 on its way! Such exciting days ahead for you all and thank you for sharing your journey with us! x

  82. I am really happy to hear that you have another child on the way, but I am also sorry to hear you have a hate club. I read the hate blog and all I can say is they are jealous. You have a great marriage, great children, you run a beautiful home and you are very clever. Do not let these morons bring you down. I personally love your blog. Good luck with everything. I look forward to future posts.

  83. Congratulations on the new baby and selling the house!

  84. Congratulations Corrie and retrofamily! How exciting for you all :)

  85. Ah … that new baby smell. So sweet. Just wondering re the c section. A girlfriend had her 4th c section & was told no more babies as there could be complications with a 5th. This was, however, 14 years ago so maybe protocols have changed? How will you go?

  86. Corrie I absolutely love your blog… Congrats on the news of baby number 6 on its way, I’m sure this will be child’s play for you, you really are a super mum!!!

  87. No wonder you have been quiet! I’m sorry someone has been so nasty as to post your address on a hate site. They must have such a sad life.
    Huge congratulations on your pregnancy. I hope that the rest of your tie growing baby number six is uneventful and text book.

  88. Julie Grill says:

    Congratulations to you & all the family! Your news has made my day! I had four C sections over 30 years ago & wished I could’ve had even more children. We now have five beautiful grandchildren & they bring us so much love & joy. You & your husband do an amazing job as parents & the children will be so thrilled with a little sibling. Buying a new home is also wonderful. You’ve put a smile on my face!

  89. Congratulations on another little one on the way! How exciting! Good luck with the move, too. It’s a shame because it feels like you’ve only just moved into this house and you haven’t had very long to enjoy your new kitchen and floors! Hope your new home is every bit as wonderful.
    I’m so sorry you have to put up with these idiots. I cannot imagine how stupid someone must be to publish your residential address. You don’t deserve such nastiness.
    Big hugs to you
    xx

  90. Emma Adma Weda says:

    Congratulations you and your family are amazing. I can’t wait to see the next kitchen Reno. I am driving 30 mins to school and 30 mins back and same again in the afternoon because its the school I want to send my kids to this is the first term I have so we may start looking closer after I have been doing it more than a term lol. Just wondering if you mind sharing about how many c-sections you have had. I have had 3 and was told to really consider a 4th carefully. I would really like to know if its drs being over cautious just in case I am brave enough to have 4 lol xx

  91. Congratulations Corrie on selling your house and growing baby number 6. Truly exciting news!!! And I cant wait to see what your next kitchen will be like since I have loved watching your renovations take place on this last home. Am also horrified to hear that people could be so vindictive as to publish your address for all to see!!! Its unfortunate that morons like this exist to make people more guarded in life. All the best with the move and baby #6, cant wait to hear how it all goes

  92. Congratulations, so much more excitement ahead for you all. Looking forward to seeing it all unfold. You are such an inspiration with how much you manage to achieve in your busy life so thank you for sharing your beautiful family and inspiring us all xxx

  93. Wow corrie congratulations on the baby news. 6 children wow i have my hands full on 2. Great for you on selling the house already. I’m so curious what kind of house you are going for. Love your renovations

  94. Oh what great news.. Big congratulations Wishing you and your lovely family all the best.

    Just searched for net and literally gobsmacked that that site exists let alone how many comments and type of comments on there. So disappointing that people can write snarkiness.

  95. After 5 minutes of being gobsmacked i’ve never laughed so hard! oh the irony of those writing on GOMI and yet still taking the time to read/follow your blog…. Bahahaha

  96. Oh Corrie
    What wonderful news !!! A gorgeous new cherub. I have 5 all grown now and one son has 6. Each excitedly anticipated. What a blessing to be born into your wonderful family to be loved and cherished.
    And moving ??? I always try to remember it’s just ‘things’ but you put so much effort into it all I would hardly be able to leave just when you’ve got it just right.
    Love and blessings to you all
    Ps. Can’t believe how some people can be so nasty … Guess it’s jealousy !!

  97. Congratulations! What wonderful news for you and the family. Although I love reading what you have been up to I understand totally why you are holding back personal family things. Your family are the most precious thing you have and you need to protect them and yourself from the very unfortunate negativity some people choose to put on here. It is just such a shame it has to be that way though. I’m so happy for you.

  98. After reading through the other comments I had to check out the ‘hate thread’ and oh my goodness – who are the freaks that post comments on there!? They are jealous, plain and simple. What a bunch of weirdo’s!!!

  99. Congratulations on baby number six and the house sale! Couldn’t help but sneak a look on gomi and was in shock! There are some very jealous and quite frankly downright weird people out there!

  100. Congratulations to you and your family on your little baby and your house. No wonder you’re up so early trying to get three people off to school plus everything else. I can’t believe that some people put so much energy into being nasty and it must be very hard for you to not personalise it but please try not to. You seem to be a very warm and generous person who lives her Christian values and those people must simply be jealous of how successful you are at being a genuine person. Good luck with house shopping and try to get some rest with all of the energy you’re putting into your new person and your other little ones.

  101. Congratulations to you Retro Mummy, Retro Daddy and the Retro Kids!

    What a wonderful adventure awaits you and your family with the arrival of another child and sibling…so pleased to hear the news.

    You children will have such rich and fond memories of their childhood growing up with an abundance of love from being part of such an amazing and dynamic family!

    All the best to you all (and congratulations on the sale of your home too) x

  102. Hi Corrie, As a mum of 6 myself, I just wanted to add my congratulations as well! God has richly blessed you. Can I offer advice of getting the chore charts up and running if you are not already doing so, and gradually increasing the responsibilities of the older ones…this makes life so much more easier as you don’t have to do everything yourself. It has payed off big time in our family, as my older boys can cook dinner for us now, and clean up the kitchen too! We also have ’10 minute tidy-ups’ where we set the timer and all work to put things away when the mess gets too much…lots of fun with a hot chocolate or something at the end of it for everyone. xx

  103. Lyn Lindsay says:

    Wow Corrie, 2 bombshells both very exciting, life is full and going to get fuller, hope all goes well with the move and the ongoing pregnancy, sad about peoples misbehavior but we rise above it all and get on with the life ben given us and enjoy each moment.
    Lyn

  104. Congratulations to all of you! I have been hoping that you would have another little one as I love your baby updates. I hope everything goes well with the houses selling and the new school. Good luck with it all.

  105. Jude McIntyre says:

    Congratulations! I’m sure you will make a new house a wonderful new home just as you have in this one. A new baby! Love babies, enjoy. Think of all those lovely baby cuddles and the beautiful smell of a bathed baby. As for the haters, they must be very bitter, small minded types. Sorry to hear they bothered you. I think people forget they can choose what they read on the net and don’t need to follow something they don’t like. I really don’t understand it.

  106. Hi Corrie, huge congratulations on your baby news and also on selling your house!! You don’t do things by halves do you! :) I love reading your blog and FB page, and was dumbstruck when I read the comments on both about your haters. I honestly, for the life of me, cannot understand why people would waste their energy on doing something like that?? I feel awful on your behalf and I’m amazed (and happy) that it doesn’t make you stop doing what you do. I love the pics of your kids, your house and a glimpse in to your day – please don’t stop. Happy packing!

  107. Congratulations to you on your wonderful baby news. I love reading your blog and it sickens me to hear about the haters. I don’t understand that people have chosen to do this in their life – I want to do as much good as I can and enjoy as much time I can with my family and friends. Good luck on your new adventures you will be having this year.
    I hope you continue to blog.

  108. Congratulations Corrie, I am so excited for you!!!
    I have six children and they are all such a blessing.
    Praying everything will go well for you and your family.
    Love Karen xx

  109. Congrats Corrie. You are a wonder woman! God bless you and your family. Hope things will go well for you regarding the move and of course the growing bub.

  110. Hi Corrie – CONGRATULATIONS on baby number 6, that is wonderful news.

    Good luck with selling your house, just take a breath and take it all in your stride, you’ll be just fine. It is a busy and exciting time trying to decide whether to buy a new home or to build. Lots of decisions to make.

    Your kitchen looks just wonderful Corrie, you did a great job.

  111. Hello! You’re pregnant and moving? You know, moving to give your kids better choices in life is part of being a Parent. It’s not easy but it’s worth it. Best Wishes for you all. Don’t worry about the Haters. There are always miserable people around – they need to feed off cheery blogs like yours and we (your readers) can’t help but coming back because we actually like you Corrie.

  112. Congratulations to the Retro family. I am impressed with your ability to sell your home with 5 little ones underfoot. I only had 3 and had things to a science (basically hid the mess in a multitude of rough totes). I think you are wise to use the school districts as the decision point for where you live. We are on house number #6 plus at least 2 rentals (my husband is Canadian military). We always bought/built according to the best schools. Hope your pregnancy goes well. We will all be excited to see the next baby… Oh and have you started another Baby Kina??

  113. Wow congratulations on all the exciting news!
    Meanwhile mum of one here is in awe of your ability to get those 3 schoolies out the door on time every morning because yes I struggle with just one!
    And whilst I loathe to give the haters any of my times or words I have to say how much it shocks and digusts me that someone would do that to you- I just don’t get it!

  114. Congratulations on your exciting news. I have just finished writing a catching up post on my own blog, but my excuse is not as exciting as yours. I struggle with getting my two kids out of the door each day, but thankfully I don’t have to be up at 5:30 to do it! Good luck with your exciting move/build.

  115. Congratulations Corrie to you and your beautiful family! What wonderful news you must be so overwhelmed with joy! All the best with your new home adventure I look forward to reading all about it! I never get tired of seeing your beautiful kitchen what a dream it is :-) I love your blog and look forward to every post! All the best, exciting times ahead :-)

  116. Congratulations Corrie!!! Babies are such exciting news!!! My little one is now 15 months old and I love motherhood. It’s been a long time since I dropped by and I’m soooo amazed at how much your blog has grown!! I think last time I visited your blog was when you were still using blogger account!! Anyway, ignore the haters…think they have too much time on their hands and we can’t really please everyone in the whole wide world. Just continue to do what you love :)

  117. Wow, so much news. I am so suprised by the home move, I mean I understand it, but I don’t know if I could leave that kitchen if I were you. lol. You’re a brave woman, Six!!!

  118. Congratulations!!!!!

  119. Such wonderful news about your sweet babe-to-be Corrie! Hope you are staying well. So disappointing to hear about someone sharing your personal details in regards to the house, but so glad you have sold and ready for your next house adventure. May it be a smooth journey! It’s lovely to hear that the kids have settled into school. It is always a bit stressful, I think more so for us as parents. xx

  120. You have a hate thread? Seriously? What are they offended by, yarn? That’s it, isn’t it? It’s yarn. Freakin’ yarn haters!

  121. Corrie I’m so thrilled that you are pregnant with baby #6. Congratulations dear heart, I hope you are well. As a Mum of 1, one little Miss who will be an only child I get so excited to hear news of a large happy family, growing! And I’m completely in awe, Miss 4.5 has me stretched to the max! Its so beautiful to read someone doing it the way I dreamed as a little girl. I’m so sorry and terrified that someone publicly shared your address. Its sad, scary and such an invasion. Bloggers share so much of themselves and family, and I too do so freely. With a child, sometimes I have wondered it I should. I’m trusting, and I like to think that if you are kind, trusting and generous that will come back. But this post has me questioning everything. Take care lovely, please know I’m thinking of you – and hope to see you at PBEVENT in a few months {or maybe you will be busy pushing/growing a baby or something?}

  122. Trudy Mansfield says:

    Hooray for you Corrie- as the mother of six myself, I send you every blessing. I’m sure you know hits not expendential living- what’s cooking for 8 when you already cook for 7, it’s just another little person to love. Our sixth child Miss Harriet has started a 3 year old preschool class this year and Miss Scarlett kindergarten. I actually went out for the first time in 13 years without a child in tow last week. It’s taking a little getting used to. Congrats and the best of health to you both. You’re in the best hands with your Dr. Trudyxxxx

  123. I am so sad to hear that your still having problems with the terrible person. Who would do that to you, I think it goes to show this person has a problem. Congratulations on selling the house, and living nearer the school the kids might be able to have after school play dates. Another baby, you amaze me Corrie, you will have your own little school class soon, lol!

  124. Congrats on getting ready for another baby, how exciting! I love your blog, it’s so pretty. I hope you find somewhere great to live.. will have to be fairly room I would have thought!

  125. Congratulations on your new baby, so exciting!!! I’m shocked and so sorry to hear about the horrible people who have set up a ‘hate thread’ and shared your personal details. I can’t understand it, what is wrong with people???

    I love reading about your family and house/crafts and everything else going on. It’s sad that you have to monitor so much, but I totally understand.

    I look forward to following your journeys as they unfold and wish you the best of luck :)

  126. Congratulations on both your big news events. I can’t wait to see your new bubba and follow your next house build or Reno.

  127. oh my goodness Carrie, congratulations! on both bits of news! remember you have lots of lovely readers here supporting you too :)

  128. Congratulations Corrie and Retrofamily! What wonderful news about your precious new bubba. I am due to have my forth little one in 4 weeks and we too are building a new house this year on 5 acres to start our ‘little bit country’ dream. So happy for you all! I’ll be praying that you find the perfect place that fits in with your dreams and hopes for your beautiful family’s future. Looking forward to sharing more of your family’s adventures and especially delicious new baby pics when the time comes :-). Blessings to you all xxx

  129. What amazing news about your pregnancy, your must all be thrilled. And to sell a house at the same time as looking after all your little ones – congratulations.

  130. Congratulations to you and your beautiful family. I take my hat of to you six bubs. Wishing you all the best for a wonderful and very busy year.

  131. Hi Corrie. Cognratulations on your pregnancy and good luck finding a new home. So sorry to hear about the horrid hate stuff. It really shouldn’t happen but you have much more important things to think about so please try and remain your positive self and ignore it! Jen x

  132. Sarah Best says:

    Looks like I am the last to Catch your Wonderful News! Congratulations I hope it is all smooth sailing for the rest of the year!

  133. Congratulations! So happy to hear of your new little life on the way! And your kitchen, just wow. I love all the white. Even with lunch mess, the huge amount of white makes it pale into insignificance. Love love love it. Hope you get to have something similar in your new place, I bet you wish you could just box the whole thing up and take it with you! Good luck with house hunting and the move x

  134. Congratulations Corrie and Retrodaddy !!!! So happy for you all, love the the Retro family, now there is even more to love. All the best with your house hunting, so exciting. Your blog has kept me going through some tough times, and your always a source of inspiration and something bright to look forward to, much love. xxxx

  135. Christine Ross says:

    Congratulations Corrie and family! Such fabulous news!!

  136. Congratulations on baby #6, that is wonderful news!!
    I think you are amazing with all that you manage to do.
    I have four and I find that really busy, especially this year now that all four are at fulltime school. It seems to involve a lot more running and around and planning for after school activities.
    We toyed with the idea of just one more last year, but decided not to.
    I shall live vicariously through you instead.
    I hope it is a happy, healthy pregnancy.

  137. Congratulations, Corrie!

  138. I think it is great that you are limiting the information about your home, address, children etc. I worry how much you reveal knowing there are all kinds of kooks online.

    Good luck with finding or building a new house – you will do that with as much aplomb as everything else – even when pregnant. Such lovely news!

    Carol

  139. Congratulations on baby number 6! I follow you on pinterest and when I saw you posting maternity clothes I had to come back to the blog and check. You are such an awesome inspiration to so many people (and I only have 3). Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy :)

  140. Hi Corrie, I have been reading your blog for many years now and just love the inspiration and good feeling I get after reading your blog (over a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning). I haven’t posted anything before as its not really my thing, but I have to say what wonderful news!!! I want to wish you a fantastic pregnancy and thank you for sharing your many talents with us all. It helps sometimes to feel I am on the right track with my little ones, juggling lego playtime, work and housework etc etc.
    Let 2014 be the year of happy healthy beautiful babies!!! (I am trying to fall pregnant again, cross fingers).

  141. Deb Jackson says:

    Congratulations to you all! I’ve been away on holiday and was catching up on your blog. how things change in just a week! I am so pleased for you and your growing) family.
    I plan to knit (or crochet) some hats too.

  142. Congratulations, Corrie! What delightful news to hear you’re having another beautiful baby! Your babies are so gorgeous! We have 5 lovely children (from 13 years old down to 3) and despite it being busy and tiring, it’s just marvellous watching them all grow and learn together. God is good to give us such gifts!

  143. As a long time reader I just wanted to say congrats Corrie. Such fabulous news about no 6 and good luck with the move. ;)

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