A Big Family’s 12 Days of Christmas Video

December 12, 2011

Embracing Life

What is it like having a large family? Susan and Ken Von say that every time they go grocery shopping, they can’t get very far without someone making a comment about their family’s size.

Everything they sing about in this video is what my husband and I (We have nine children) get asked many times over…often from strangers! I’m so impressed that the Vons were able to get their kids to sing this song without the little ones fighting! I need to take some parenting lessons from them!

The comments from strangers that frustrate me the most:

  • “You must be Catholic.”
  • “Are you having more?”

A personal question that my husband and I hear a lot that the Vons didn’t mention (We think it’s kind of funny):

  • “Did you have all these kids with the same husband/wife?”

Some of the nice things that strangers say to us in public (which make my day!):

  • “You are one lucky mom!”
  • “You kids are so lucky to have each other!”
  • “What a great family you have! You’re doing a super job!”
  • “Children are a blessing!”

Take a moment from the hustle and bustle of Advent, and enjoy this video:

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About Kathy Schneeman

After graduating from The College of St. Thomas, I taught at Nativity in St. Paul until our oldest was just about born in the classroom (What a great lesson on life that would have been for my students!) I then became a stay-at-home-mom while teaching religious education classes and working very part time at UST. Recently, I served as the Archdiocese's Life Coordinator in the Office for Marriage, Family and Life until twins arrived (I was almost 43!) When I have a few minutes of quiet time, I like to run, eat chocolates, scones and Mexican food (that's why I run), read, and have a beverage with my husband at night. We have a whopping nine kids (yes...same husband and same wife; we get that question a lot!) and we attend St. Joseph's in West St. Paul--where we first met when we were in grade school.

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