Michelle Kemper Brownlow: I have enjoyed the new "Kate Plus 8," and Sunday's episode left me wanting more. I am a big Kate Gosselin fan -- not because she is famous, but because I admire her strength, her commitment to her kids and her resilience. I know I may get backlash for this post. I always cause a ruckus when I go pro-Kate, but when I watch the show, I see a mom doing a bang-up job raising some awesome kids!
I think I have enjoyed the new "Kate Plus 8" because of the almost audible sigh of relief you can see on her face and hear in her voice. Sure, she still gets annoyed at the kids or circumstances, but I don't sense that deep agitation she had in prior seasons in the big brown chair with the "loud breather" next to her.
Episode two highlighted the Gosselin's newest adventure: chickens! Kate's got a coop. For many episodes, we have watched Kate be conscious of what she feeds her brood -- all while saving her hard-earned pennies -- so it only makes sense that she would invest in a tiny farm (especially since the family can devour three dozen eggs a day). But the farm will only be inhabited by chickens. When Mady asked when they could get a cow, Kate responded, "When pigs fly!"
I felt there was an underlying theme in this past episode: work ethic. I watched as the little mini barn/coop raising was in progress and how the eight children pitched in and carried pieces of the structure off the truck. One of the boys started by simply grabbing the piece closest to the edge, and, like little army ants, the rest of the kids followed suit!
Not only did Kate help start construction on their new coop, she met with contractors about improving their privacy, learned about water softeners, had the house power-washed, corralled and fed eight kids, hosed down the picnic area after lunch, raced and giggled with the little ones as they romped through their back pasture and then proceeded to write "The Gosselin Household's Systems Ð°nd Maintenance Manual: Everything a Single Mom Needs tÎ¿ Know tÎ¿ RÏ…n OÏ…r LÑ–ttlÐµ Piece Î¿f thÐµ World." Her energy is astounding!
"Done RIGHT, Done WELL, Done EFFICIENTLY and Done ONCE" ... that seems to be Kate's motto. And if you watched the show, you saw her children following closely in her footsteps.
So I applaud Kate -- a mom who doesn't put all her eggs in one basket!