» Joy, Living Simply and a House FULL of kids: Chatting with Author Tricia Goyer

(above photo: January 11, 2016 – Tricia and her husband John are blessed to officially have four more kids in their family. Making them parents of 10 kids!)

I’m so excited to share some words of wisdom from the talented Trica Goyer today. I’ve reviewed a few of Tricia’s books and followed along with her bustling life for some time now. I have HUGE respect for what she accomplishes both as a mom and a professional. I love her transparency in doing so as well. Be sure to check in with my Facebook Page, I’ll be hosting a giveaway there and you might just be able to snag her newest books!

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Tricia, many of your books focus on the Amish lifestyle, you seem to be an expert! When did your love for Amish culture begin?

Growing up one of my favorite book series was the Little House on the Prairie books. I read them numerous times, and I’d lay in bed at night imaging living during the prairie days, riding in a covered wagon and going to school in a one-room schoolhouse. The simple life has always appealed to me. Then about ten years ago my daughter was on a homeschool basketball team with a young woman named Saretta. Saretta’s family had been Amish. When a publisher asked if I’d be interested in writing an Amish novel I immediately thought of that family. I interviewed them and dug into the Amish lifestyle. It reminded me so much of Little House of the Prairie! I love how the Amish focus on faith, family, and community, just like people did one hundred years ago.

What do you think we can learn from a simpler way of living?

Living simply has to do more about internal factors than external ones. It’s about focusing on people more than things. It’s about not getting caught up with the latest fads, fashions, and gizmos. We are a very tech-friendly family BUT we know our neighbors and we take time to serve. We attend an inner city church, which is completely opposite of a prairie church, yet we also reach out to help those in need. The Amish don’t have technology because they want to put people first, and though it may be harder for us to do, I think we can do the same.

You’ve recently grown your family through adoption. What have your biggest joys and struggles been?
The biggest joy is seeing the healing and the growth that has happened with our kids, and just doing life with them. The struggle is parenting kids with traumatic backgrounds. It’s. So. Hard. It’s hard figuring out what triggers them. It’s hard loving kids who act mean and ugly at times. It’s hard going to therapy appointments and figuring out new ways to parent. But it’s also so rewarding to see these kids blooming and transforming before our eyes.

How do you balance your work with motherhood? And what encouragement can you pass on to other moms?
The encouragement I have is know there is a season for everything. There are seasons when I have a lot of time to write and other seasons where I can barely get through a few emails in a day. I used to think that if I found the perfect daily schedule that I’d also find a good balance, but there is no perfect schedule. There is no perfect balance. Instead it’s all about following Jesus and doing the tasks He has for you in a day. Yes, I have 10 kids (and two grandkids!), and yes I’ve written 55+ books, but this has been a 25 year journey. My oldest son is 26-years-old, and I turned my life over to Jesus when I was pregnant with him. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Instead it happens with 30 minutes of writing mixed in with reading aloud, making dinner, giving baths, and everything in between!

I’ve written more about this in my book Balanced, which is only $3.99 on Kindle!

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Tricia has recently released Made with Love and Planted with Hope. Find them on Amazon or hop over to win them on my Facebook page. Either way, with these sweet books you’ll have your Summer reading in the bag!

About the author

Erica

Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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