Hi there. I’m Tracy Davis, mom to The Dozen Davises, aka Momma Davis. My husband and I have a dozen children, seven boys and five girls, and we have always home schooled them. About half of our children are grown and mostly on their own. With our other half, we continue to learn and make mistakes. Maybe by number twelve we will have it figured out… but, probably not.
Early in our marriage, we were prompted to make two decisions. The first, based on the desire for contentment and freedom, was to stay out of debt except for appreciating items (houses). We have paid off two mortgages and are currently debt free. The second decision was to believe that children are a blessing, and to trust God to send us as many blessings as He liked. So far, He’s sent us twelve. I think we’re done, but anything can happen.
I learned to cook and especially to bake when I was young, and enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. I get lots of comments at the grocery store, either about the quantity or the quality of the food I am buying, or how full my hands are when only some of my children are with me. What we eat is in a state of flux depending on what my latest nutrition kick is. Right now I’m experimenting with gluten free for me and einkorn wheat for the family, but in general I eat as nutritionally dense as possible by example. Not everyone follows my lead. Imagine!
Not long after we had an even dozen, I found myself picking things up in one part of the house and moving them to another. Constantly. I’d probably been doing that for a long time, but suddenly it dawned on me. What was wrong with this picture? Why was I continuing in this insanity? I realized that at least in the toy category, we had way more than we needed. I slowly stopped replacing things. When my four youngest (boys) decided to smash their matchbox cars with hammers, I let them have at it and threw away the remnants. Every time the dog chewed up a stuffed animal, I gave him another, until they were all gone. About all that’s left now is wooden blocks, legos, math manipulatives, and a few nerf guns and toy soldiers. I am at the point with the rest of the house where it’s time to do a minimizing marathon. Whether we remodel, move, or stay put, I need the stuff out of the way, and I hope to blog about it as we go, and reminisce a little too.