We are the Mama Birds — 5 sisters and our mom. We are excited to share with you some adventures from our nests!
It all started with a photo. Jen took a photo of this nest a few years ago. It is the inspiration behind our blog. We see this as a symbol of what we feel is most important — raising, loving, teaching and preparing our children to fly. We are excited to share with you the things that enrich our lives in the nest.
We are one mama, 3 sisters and 2 sister-in-laws. We are Utah girls, with the exception of our adorable sister-in-law who traveled all the way from Siberia to join our family! We are all married to wonderful husbands and fathers who we will refer to as the Papa Birds! We have 19 kids between us!
Meet the Mama Birds
I’m Kendra! The crazy one that decided to convince all of my sisters that this would be so much fun! I truly think it’s going to be!! A little bit about me, I am the forth out of the five children. I loved my childhood! I looked up to my older siblings so much, and adored my little brother! I wanted to be just like my two older sisters. One was sporty, while the other one was a dancer! I wanted to be both, but found myself in high school running cross country and becoming my own person. I did dance, and I did play sports, but I also became me!
I went to BYU and graduated with a degree in Home and Family Life. My husband calls my degree, The Ultimate Housewife Degree! While in college I met my husband, ok actually I knew him as a teenager, but had no interest in him until after he got off his mission. He swooped me off my feet when he got home and we were married 9 months later! We have 5 children, one girl and four boys! Yes four, and like everyone says to me at the store, I have my hands full…But you should see my heart! I thought I would be a mom to all girls when I was young, so having four boys wasn’t what I expected, but I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I am very grateful to have my wonderful daughter also! She is amazing and keeps me sane when there is too much testosterone in our home!
Growing up my mom home schooled us through the elementary school days. I loved it. We learned a lot, but I some of the things I remember most were the poems and songs we learned. When we get together as family an old song or poem usually always gets brought up. I now do the same with my kids as I also homeschool my five children. One poem I remember learning as a child is the poem that says “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” When life is hard, which it is, this poem often comes into my mind and helps me remember all the things I love in this life, and to be grateful for them. Life is what you make of it. It’s hard, no doubt, but it is full of so many wonderful things that I love.
About 5 years ago I felt directed to start a blog. I wasn’t sure on a specific niche, so I decided to just blog about things I love; Family life, Cooking, Crafting, Fitness, Finances and more! I blog over at The Things I Love Most where I get to blog about any and everything I love in life! I was so excited when my sisters and mama agreed to blog with me on this new blog! I hope to share some fun stuff here as a mama bird in the middle of it all with my 5 cute kiddos that I can’t even image leaving the nest! I love being a mother, it is the greatest job in the world!
I’m Dasha and I’m the youngest of the mama birds. I’m the Foreign Bird! I’m originally from Russia but have lived in Utah for over eight years. It is my second home, so I consider myself a Utahn as well.
I love learning and discovering new things, that is why when I went to Brigham Young University (Go Cougars!!), I majored in so many different things. I can’t even remember what they all were. I majored in math, piano, music literature, biology, and probably more. I ended up receiving two degrees in English Language and Russian, and I loved it. I am fascinated with languages, their histories, origins, differences, and similarities. My dream is to someday get a PhD from Oxford university and teach either English as a second language or Russian as a second language.
At BYU I met my wonderful husband and we have been happily married for over five years. He is an amazing person, a remarkable father, and I’m grateful for all the support that he gives me in everything that I do.
I am also a mother of two beautiful girls. A cute little two year old and a precious little five month old. My family is what I live for, that’s why I absolutely love being a stay at home mom, as well as cooking, reading, scrapbooking, walking, playing piano, organizing, decorating, crafting, and anything else that has to do with my family. In my LDS ward I serve as a teacher in the Relief Society. I enjoy teaching, and I learn a lot from other wonderful women who are mothers, daughters, and sisters. I can’t say that time is something that I have in excess, however, as a woman with background in both Russia and America, I think it would be fun and, hopefully, helpful to bring a different perspective, fresh ideas, views, thoughts, experiences, recipes, and more to this blog.
I’m Jen and I’m the second oldest in our family, but everyone that dares take a guess thinks I am the oldest! My older sister Mandy and I swapped our birth-order roles. We like to joke around that I “stole” her bowl of pottage (like Jacob and Esau). I act like the oldest sibling in our family (party planner/organizer/never moved far from home), and she acts more like a typical second child (the more spontaneous one with a full passport)!
I grew up as “The Dancer” of the family with very “sporty” siblings. I did however help culture my family through endless performances and competitions which I’m sure some day they will thank me for.
I lived my childhood and teenage years in a magical place called Burning Tree Acres. I’m not even kidding. To me it was my Mayberry! I danced my way through my school years and quickly after high school figured out it was time to spread my wings and attend Utah Valley University to becoming a nurse; something I had always wanted to do.
During my second semester at UVU I agreed to go on a blind date with a tall handsome 23 year old named John and the rest is history! It turns out that both of us almost canceled the date! (I can’t imagine what would have happened if we did). We dated for close to a year and were married on a cold December morning 5 days before Christmas. It was perfect!
I have been married to John for close to 19 years. We have 5 awesome kids (2 girls and 3 boys) that keep us up till all hours of the night (darn teenagers), but they also keep us laughing, driving, smiling, shopping, sometimes crying, cooking, homeworking (if that’s even a word), and leaving us feeling extremely blessed. My sisters are the first to tell me how crazy it is that my kids are getting older and growing up (as if I haven’t noticed). John and I have left the bottles and diaper bag stage of parenting and are in the middle of teaching our youngest child to read while helping our oldest child prepare for AP exams. It’s a new part of life and I am loving it! I hope to add some good “raising older kids” insight to the blog. Not because I’m a professional at it, only because it’s what I’m in the middle of right now in my life!
I’m a Registered Nurse and I absolutely love working for a pediatric practice a few times a month when my hubby is home with our kids. I love continuing to date my husband, digital scrap booking, playing the guitar and piano, teaching two dance classes a week to little tutu-wearing 5 year olds, being with friends, singing, making the occasional wedding cake, camping in our family’s tent trailer, serving in our church and the community, home schooling our 3 younger kids, making and eating homemade caramels, and taking a space/item in our home I don’t totally love and turning it into something spectacular! Those are the things that bring me joy and that I’m excited to share them with you!