The Mother of Nine

Once upon a time, I was only the mother of the sweetest baby girl. We were inseparable.

We traveled the country for her Irish dancing competitions, spent hours at the kitchen table homeschooling, and even more time curled up on the couch watching mindless TV and chick-flicks and just “being” together.

We talked about boys and life, and we joked about the guys she knew. We especially laughed about this one.

Her best friend and the son of a friend of mine. She laughed when we called him her future husband, because he was “just Jack,” and she didn’t think about him that way at all.

He was the guy she took to homecoming dances because she wasn’t allowed a date, but we would let her go with her friend.

He made her laugh. Always.

Then came the day he stopped by the house on his way home from college. He’d lost a bet to her, and she got to color his hair blue.

Their eyes met as she walked down the stairs, and I knew that he suddenly wasn’t “just Jack” any more.

This weekend they announced to the world the words we’ve known were coming, and “just Jack” became her fiance.

Their smiles say it all.

It’s not every woman who gets to be the mother of a newborn and the Mother of the Bride at the same time. Our family is leaping from seven children to nine, and we are incredibly blessed and excited to see what the future holds.

Welcome to the family, Jack! I hope you’re ready for us!

About Rebecca Frech

Rebecca Frech is a Catholic author, speaker, CrossFit coach, and the Managing Editor of The Catholic Conspiracy website. She is the author of the best-selling books Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us and Can We Be Friends? She is a co-host of the popular podcast The Visitation Project, and is a columnist for The National Catholic Register. She and her husband live just outside Dallas with their eight children, a German Shepherd named Dave, and an ever-multiplying family of dust-bunnies.
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3 Responses to The Mother of Nine

  1. Tara says:

    I LOVED this!!! How blessed you are to have been able to witness when their eyes met coming down the stairs, that’s a blessing I would love to some day get to witness with my children, God Bless your daughter and your entire family, this blog post just made my day ?

  2. Vanessa says:

    Congratulations on the newest addition to the family! What wonderful blessings!

    Congratulations to your daughter, also! I bet she’s over the moon. 🙂

  3. Dan Lane says:

    That is wonderful news. Congratulations to you both!

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