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Hello! I’m Delia. Author of Semi-Domesticated Mama.


I’m a born & bred Sweet Tea drinkin’, self-confessed socially awkward Southern wife to 1 husband, mama to 5 kids, and servant to 3 dogs. I might occasionally have a potty mouth and a tendency to make inappropriate jokes but at least I do it with a smile on my face and a drawl in my voice. If that offends you…well, bless your heart.

I’m a glass half-full kind of gal. If life tosses me lemons I’m going to add a double shot of Tequila and make myself a Lemon Drop. I love to laugh and I strive to find the funny even in the midst of total chaos and anarchy. And let’s face it- with 5 kids there is going to be chaos and anarchy. I’m on a quest to never sweat the small stuff. I believe there is a purpose and a reason behind the things we go through in life. Sometimes you just have to be patient and trust that eventually it will all make sense. 

I’m a night owl who battles insomnia. I will never be a morning person. I love to cook and I really love to eat. I’m a French Fry connoisseur and I think cupcakes should be a food group. I’m a tomboy who is happiest in jeans and a graphic tee. I love sports- football, basketball, hockey, soccer…I will choose to watch sports over a chick flick any day. I’m a book nerd with an unnatural attachment to my Kindle and an equally unhealthy love of trashy romance stories. I’m an introvert who would rather be at home with my family than at a social event playing nice with others. I believe a hot bubble bath, a new book, and giant glass of wine can pretty much cure anything.

I’ve overcome some incredibly dark times in my life including infertility, multiple miscarriages, a medically fragile special needs child, and postpartum mood disorders (depression, anxiety, & psychosis. I’m an overachiever). Every battle I’ve fought has provided me the opportunity to grow as a person. I’ve learned to make peace with my weird phobias and neurosis’- like my irrational fear of bobbleheads and my hatred of driving in unfamiliar places. Oh and my dislike of talking on the phone, and intense fear of clowns, and….perhaps I should go back to therapy.

I’m a stay-at-home mom, although I think the title “Domestic Engineer” is a lot more accurate considering the amount of juggling I do to make everyone’s schedules work in our busy life. We live in a large city in central North Carolina and we love it here. We love our big, crazy, loud family and I feel so incredibly blessed.

I love being a mom and I think my kids are awesome. They’re more awesome now that none of them wear diapers, they all sleep through the night, and I don’t have to watch Caillou on repeat. I enjoy having a large family and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love DIY home projects and I’m obsessed with organizing every aspect of my life. I believe the days are long but the years are short and every moment should be treasured. We are abundantly blessed even through the hard times and I strive to teach my children to have faithful and giving hearts. I’m passionate about foster care and adoption after having been adopted myself from foster care and then adopting our oldest 2 sons from foster care. 

On my blog I try to always be real, to be honest, and to share the bad along with the good. I desire to be a source of inspiration and encouragement for other moms as well as providing some laughter for the rough days. Motherhood is hard but we’re all in it together. We should build each other up instead of tearing each other down. Perfection is unattainable goal and imperfection is a lot more interesting. I love to share recipes, meal planning tips, Sunday prep routines, organizational ideas, and book reviews. I don’t have a niche like the “good” bloggers are supposed to but who needs to be like everyone else?

If you want to know more about me, including why I failed my drivers test the first time, what makes me cry, and what I got pierced secretly. Intrigued? Find out all the answers on my If You Really Knew Me post.