I'm very happily married to William (the love of my life and
husband of my youth!) and we've been blessed with seven precious
children. Our oldest four are grown, our middle two are practically
and our youngest is an adorable "mid-life bonus blessing"
and the inspiration for the SheLaughed.com website.
Caitlin Rose was born March 29, 2002 --she was born after we
became grandparents so she actually has a niece older than herself.
She has turned our lives upside down and we are enjoying every
minute of it. <grin>
Believe it or not, I know what it is to want children desperately
and not be able to conceive. God graciously answered the prayer of
this barren woman and made me "the joyful mother of
When He opened my womb, He blessed us with four children very close
together, then He allowed a gap of quite a few years before He
blessed with our second "batch", the next two. Since it
had been more than ten years and we were now grandparents, we didn't
dream that He would be so abundantly gracious to allow us to have
yet another baby --but He desires to bless us abundantly above all
that we are able to ask or think and we are eternally grateful for
So all of our children are the result of much prayer and we pray
that they will all glorify the Lord with all their lives and fulfill
the unique plans and purposes He has for each of them.
I've been blessed to experience pregnancies now in
four decades --in the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, and 2001-2002.
I've also had seven homebirths --at least one baby born in every
house we've ever lived in so far! I prefer to think of myself
as experienced rather than old. ;-)
As for other members of our household --we also have four dogs, five
cats and an ever-changing number of tropical fish .
We've been involved in ministry and homeschooling now for over
twenty years and love encouraging others in the Lord. (Check out our
homeschooling site for more information and help on homeschooling
and other areas of interest to Christian families:
Christian Homeschool Fellowship on the Web, as well as our Deeper
Life Family Ministries website. )
My husband and I both love big and little people, books,
writing, computers, music, teaching, studying and discussing
Biblical Theology and Christian Ethics, being lifetime learners, and
spending time with our family. I also enjoy quilting,
cross-stitch, crocheting, sewing, and baking in my
"spare" time. (Since Caitlin has been born I spend most of
my spare time doing things like brush my teeth though. But oh is she
worth it all! I love entertaining and being entertained by her!)
all else, we love the Lord with all our hearts! We desire to walk in
a way that glorifies Him and we want to continually point
others to Him and let them see that He is worthy to be trusted. His
Word endures forever and it is still relevant for EVERY area of our
In His Love,
(Matthew 6:33, Isaiah 54:13
Tamara with newborn Caitlin
We believe the Bible to be the only infallible authoritative Word of
God. (II Tim. 3:16)
We believe God is one divine Spirit eternally manifested as Father,
Son and Holy Spirit. (Jn 10:29f; Jn 10:30 ; Jn 15:26)
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin
birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and
atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in
His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His visible
and physical return to earth.
We believe all have sinned and as a result are alienated from God
(Rom. 3:23, 5:12), and that eternal redemption is only brought about
by faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:
9-10; Eph. 2:8-9).
We believe that if one rejects the finished work of the Lord Jesus
Christ, he subjects himself to eternal damnation and separation from
God the Father and will spend eternity in a literal place called
hell (Rev. 21:8).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose
indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (Rom.
8:13-14; I Cor. 3:16, 6:19-20; Eph. 4:30, 5:18).
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus