I'm the kind of person who skips to the conversation when reading a book.


As a mother of eight, my children populate these pages.  My husband (their father) and I named them leaving open the possibility that God could choose to bless us upwards of 26 times.

Andrew, our first born, is married and has a delightful son, our first grandchild.  When we named him Andrew, it was with the understanding that we would call him Andrew, not Andy, not Drew.  And so he is called within our family.  Andrew successfully started his own business at the lowest of lows in this recession.  He is fun, witty, and handsome.  His beautiful wife keeps him in line.

Brandon, our second son, arrived three years later.  His first name is my father’s middle name, a strong name, and not one easily shortened.  Of course, my mother-in-law wanted to call him Brandy for short.  “Are you kidding?” I asked.  “Absolutely not,” my husband told her.  Brandon’s wife is the perfect match for him

Charles came next.  We fully intended another no-nickname child, and yet, he has become Charlie.  He hikes and climbs and skis and does all sorts of outdoorsy things, none of which he learned from me. He married a lovely young woman who enjoys the outdoors alongside him.

For Deirdre, our first daughter, we chose a strong but old-fashioned name.  Deirdre is beautiful and caring.  She is working her first real job as an RN for a nearby hospital, working on the psychiatric floor.

Elliot, boy number four, child number five, works for Andrew.  He likes to make friends and influence people, and has aspirations of traveling the world.

Finley, our youngest son, is freshman in college.  I often ask myself why we chose a name so easily misspelled, and yet I understand.  When writing out the name, all of the sudden the question becomes “is it -ay or -ey?” Inevitably, a guess is made, and it’s often wrong (about half the time).  .

Grace is our fifteen year old bookworm.  Whenever I can’t find her, I peek in her room, and there she is, in bed with a book.  Someday she wants to own her own bookstore.

Hannah is our youngest.  At twelve, she is already taller than Grace and I. An avid swimmer, she loves being at the pool as much as I do, maybe even more.


15 comments on “About

  1. lala1966
    December 20, 2012

    I saw that you have visiied my blog so I thought I would have a look at yours. Looks very interesting and I have decided to follow your posts so that I can continue to enjoy them 😉

  2. sarahneeve
    January 3, 2013

    Ha! I’m the youngest of eight children. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by and liking my post, much appreciated. 🙂

    • sarahlangdon
      January 7, 2013

      Aren’t large families fun?

      • sarahneeve
        January 7, 2013

        Erm, yes and no. It hasn’t been much fun being the youngest, that I’m sure of. 🙂

      • sarahlangdon
        January 7, 2013

        My youngest daughter was just saying to me this morning that it’s no fun being the youngest. Everyone has it better than she does. Or so she thinks.

      • sarahneeve
        January 7, 2013

        I understand where she’s coming from, although I knew my parents loved me just as much as the others. It was always my brothers and one sister that were the problem. I was either too young to follow them around, or too annoying. But it never stopped me. 🙂

  3. rosefsp
    January 7, 2013

    Thanks for visiting and liking my post. Congratulations for being one of the few courageous women to welcome 8 children. May your ‘tribe’ increase. God bless.

    • sarahlangdon
      January 7, 2013

      Hi, Rose —
      I’m not sure how courageous I am. I think it’s a cross between stupid and blessed. 🙂

  4. Judith (Guion) Hardy
    January 20, 2013

    Thank you, sarahlangdon, for visiting my blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the letters and stories. Come back anytime and visit again, as I will to this site. Good luck.

  5. Viva Violet
    January 21, 2013

    Hey! I’ve nominated your for the Liebster Blog Award. Check it here:

    Cheers 😀 x

  6. Judith (Guion) Hardy
    January 23, 2013

    Hey! I’ve nominated your for the Liebster Blog Award. Check it here:

    Cheers 😀 x

  7. Stephanie Rische
    February 14, 2013

    I love the names of your kids!

  8. Robert Sylvester
    March 8, 2013

    I can feel the love in your words. What a blessing to have this family. God bless you and thanks for living as you do.

    Brother Robert of Notre Dame

  9. nothingbythebook
    March 15, 2013

    Thanks for visiting UndogmaticUnschoolers. Keep on writing, living, weaving. Jane

  10. mithriluna
    September 27, 2013

    Hello Sarah! What a beautiful family! God bless you! I’m the oldest of eight and I have nine children. My youngest four: a senior (girl), a junior (boy), 13 year old 8th grader (boy) and my youngest (girl) is also nine like yours. 🙂

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