Filed Under (bloggity, day to day, Linky Linky) by Rachel on 09-03-2008
Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Welcome one and all to the Gaggle of Girls stop on the Ultimate Blog Party tour from 5 minutes for mom!

We are a family of 5 humans, and 3 fuzzy ones. Mom (Rachel), Dad (B), 9 1/2 year old Big Girl (BG), 7 1/2 year old Middle Girl (MG), and 4 1/2 year old Little Girl (LG). Our pets are 7 year old calico cat Yuki, 15 year old Australian Cattle Dog mix Harley, and our lone boyo 10 year old Australian Cattle Dog Jack.

Jack, Feb 08

Our family enjoys playing games together, reading, computer games, and cooking. We are coping with a few medical issues, so the cooking is necessary – it’s way too expensive to eat packaged food when you have Celiac disease and are living gluten-free, dairy-free, and berry-free! Rachel has some added medical fun, the big one being 2 1/2 years of Chronic Lyme Disease presenting like Fibromyalgia, plus osteo-arthritis and small fiber peripheral neuropathy (all of which translates into chronic moderate to severe pain). Rachel’s issues have meant that she hasn’t been as active as usual, which isn’t always fun for anyone.

Our girls are homeschooled, and we are a part of a local homeschool coop, which is a lot of fun for everyone. We live up the hill from a beach on the North Shore of Massachusetts, on a peninsula which can turn into an island when the rain and tides are just right. The girls have 2 sets of grandparents in Massachusetts, and one set in Texas, plus great-grandparents in Connecticut and Texas. They are lucky enough to have cousins all over the place, too!

Feel free to take a look around the neighborhood and leave a comment. You might want to also explore our 3 other main blogs, too – Rachel’s Recipe Box: the gluten free family, A Gaggle of Book Reviews, and Spotlight product reviews.

Enjoy this week’s Ultimate Blog Party!

    • A Gaggle of Girls

      About Me: I'm a Mom living a busy life with 3 girls (11, 9, 6) who have just started school for the first time, Celiac Disease, , Chronic Lyme Disease which acts like Fibromyalgia, job-hunting, 1 cat, 1 puppy in exile, and a lot of books as we stay with family in New England. We eat great, homecooked, allergy safe food due to our food allergies & sensitivities.

    • Current Reading

      Book and product reviews are on hold until the New Year. The book I am writing, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dairy Free Eating, will be finished on 12/15/08, so reviews will resume after the holiday season.
    • Check out our other book reviews
    • Instant Book Gratification

    • Other Writing
    • Official NaNoWriMo 2007 Winner
    • Check out my Novel Excerpt Page
    • Wow, Awards!

    • IBS Tales Hope Award