welcome to joy of nine9

ba872b9223031dc1ea6f0b0eefdc8dea Written by a mother of nine

whose children formed her spirituality

The joy of mothering

This is my call

This is my vocation

This is my witness



St. Francis of Assisi: Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Naperville, Illinois, USA.



St. Francis of Assisi embodies  simple joy, freedom, a child-like spirit and self-deprecating humour. Just like Francis, I also discovered slowly how to let go of control and live in joyful simplicity.














59 thoughts on “Home

  1. Your last sentence is profound! Yes, surrender to God is the way to handle anything that happens to us. It’s the only way to know if we are in God’s will.
    This is the comment I couldn’t manage to leave on your Follow Frenzy.


  2. Just wanted to let you know, I nominated you for an award on today’s post! It is because I enjoy your blog so much! You can delete this and God Bless, SR


  3. I just discovered your blog…and I’m speechless! You speak so directly to my heart. I’m staying home to care for my eighty year old mother and my husband who has stroke related dementia. Just today some one told me that I was wasting my life, that I could be doing something important. I didn’t know how to explain so that she could understand. Right now, caring for my husband and mother is exactly what I am called to do. It is my vocation. It is my witness. Thank you so much for your openness and your loving heart.


  4. I found your blog through one of the LinkedIn groups! I am also a joyful mother of nine children. Mine are more spaced out then yours though. There’s 26 years between my first and last!


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  6. Hello there my friend! I would like to congratulate you…for I have nominated you for the “Superstar Blogger Award.” You can find the link to the page here; http://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/the-superstar-blogger-award/
    Thanks for creating such a tremendous blog. I thought that it would be a good idea to give recognition to your page and allow other people to view and enjoy your site!! Once again…well done and congratulations!


  7. I really appreciate you as a writer! I love the way the website looks too, what a great blog. I especially love the picture of St. Francis looking at the bird. What a tremendous blessing he is. I’m also blessed by the icon of Mother Mary, and her Immaculate Heart. Wow. I am more open to her than I used to be. I do ask her and St. Joseph to pray for me. I have not joined the Church yet but in many ways I think like a Catholic person does (at least from what I can tell). Your website is an encouragement to me in that way. Thanks.


    • thank-you..I just posted a comment asking if this static page works, if it communicates my spirituality or if I should just have pages listed up top but I think you just answered me..and I LOVE oth the image of St. Francis and the icon of Mary-thanks


  8. What a great blog, Melanie. I am a grandmother of nine and mother of four grown-up children. And I have returned to the Catholic Church following a horrendous divorce following 42 years of marriage. The priest helped me so much. He said I should get my marriage annulled because it never was a marriage. So glad I found your site. You will be used of God in many mighty ways. The best ways are the small ones. A gentle touch, a kind word, a smile when all else gone bizarre. Hugs and blessings are sent your way.


      • I am in Manitoba. The land of 6 long months of winter. LOL But I love it anyway. That way, when spring arrives, I enjoy to the fullest.
        I must babysit my 2 grandchildren for the afternoon as of 10 minutes. Talk later and so good to meet you, Melanie.


  9. The what Jesus did for me pic, Of Jesus reaching down pulling me out really spoke to me do you know where I can pay for a print of that amazing art?
    Thank you
    God Bless


  10. Good to see a mom that is able to handle 9 kids, mine couldn’t. I was the last of 8 (actually 9 but the one born before me died in the womb I was told) and got abandoned right from the start. I was lucky enough to get a great foster home though so I grew up with a loving family after all. However it still leaves a scarf on my soul. Following with interest :)


  11. Praise Jesus for your witness. I am a mother of five… under five and a half so I treasure your words of wisdom. God bless you Melanie Jean. My children are my salvation too. By the way the life of St. Gianna is a great model for mothers. I recite her prayer daily. We need strong women of the Gospel!!


  12. I can never figure out how to comment here (that being because I’m nearing 150 years old, give or take a few decades). I hope you see this, because I HAVE to tell you that I was at vigil Mass tonight when I had a “distraction.” It popped into my mind that it would be so nice if there were a nice, simple Catholic blog appreciation award, a no strings attached kind of thing. And then I came home and ta-daa! It has been done!! The timing takes my breath away! And what you have done is BEAUTIFUL! So we could just…. award it to someone if we want? ….Wonder if I could figure out how to do THAT. :) (I am quite computer challenged, especially in WordPress.. I am in awe of people who can navigate it!!)


    • TOO FUNNY… I wanted to ask you what you thought of my image and explanation but then just went ahead,
      yes please give it freely to anyone you want. You could make a post saying I gave the award to you and then list who you want to pass it on to
      Just left click on the picture, right click copy URL and then in your images fill in the URL with a simple right click and there you are
      let me know if you have a problem


  13. Did you paint that picture of Christ reaching into the water? Do you know who did if not you? I’d love to have this hanging in my home.


  14. Melanie,

    Hi miss and thank you for continuing to share the love of my hero and our savior in the ever expanding digital landscape.

    My question is do you know the artist who painted Jesus reaching down into the brilliant blue water? With His glory in Gold on the other side of the water?

    Thank you Melanie.


  15. Good Morning my friend, it is Monday and the beginning of a brand new week. Just stopped by to wish you a joyful, peaceful and blessed week as you walk into your Divine Destiny living FREE from the restraints of the world and doing the will of the Lord. Thank you for continuing to follow our ministry and bless my soul with your presence and knowing that I can come into your presence and always find refreshing words of wisdom and comfort. Enjoy your week in Jesus name…


  16. Thank you for blogging about the joy of large families. Too often, my students(college) who are parents want more children, but are – I think- are bullied into stopping. I’ve actually had students who have been told by their doctor they have to get their tubes tied because a fourth pregnancy would be dangerous.

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  17. Melanie,
    Was checking out your site again today. I have been following you for awhile. My ministry has been expanded to health and wellness, was looking for another revenue source to fund my ministry work. It has been very successful. Would love to share with you and perhaps you or someone in your network of followers would be interested. Thanks, Peggy

    Additionally I am still an owner of the OneParish Catholic app., which is still expanding around the country. Thank you for the support on that business, as well.

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