Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Large Family Dynamics--A Look Inside

I love the fact that we have a large family. Since I was an only child, it is almost like I have another chance to relive my youth in a family of many siblings (except now I am in charge!). It has truly been an adventure, a joyous adventure in having 8 children and getting to live each moment with them--the fun, the exciting, the good and the bad.

There has been so much I have had to learn in how to raise a brood this size so I appreciate when I see lists like the following that bring a smile.

Large Families..

-Accept donations of restaurant-size cookware!!!

-are CHAOTIC and NOISY and FUN

-have no matching socks...but 58 white non- mates

-always have someone to play with... never bored or lonely

-lots of babysitters, readers, and rockers

-never have a dull meal

-are never picky eaters! there's someone to eat it!!!

-have an ever ready sports team

-never have moldy leftovers (ha!)

-and yes the parents DO know what causes them...

-and no, moms are not supermoms or super organized

-do not have overabundance of patience, just lots of opportunities to cultivate patience!

 (Source-A Christian Home)

Large families are a blessing in so many ways and children are a joy to raise. Money might be tighter but the riches of having a large family are priceless!

A great resource about large families would be the Duggars who have have 18 children--read how they do it here:


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Rhonda Devine said...

I liked this honest post, June!
Your big family is a blessing:)

Huskerbabe said...

My husband comes from a large family and it's always fun to go back and spend time with the big crowd. Chaotic and beautiful!

I love the picture you put with your post, wouldn't that be fun to have mounted in a family room?

Pioneer Beauty said...

I came from a house of 4 children including me...and had always wanted the same size and for a time the Lord did grant that..but thankfully He had a different size in mind..we currently have 5..even with having had my tubes tied..God is in the Business of Creating Families...and Praise Him...that He is...for we have been Blessed from it...

Blessings to you this day June..

In Christ

Julie Jabbers said...

What a blessed family you have indeed!
I was the youngest and only girl, with 2 older brothers.
Now, I have 2 boys and God spaced them 5 years apart.
I always dreamed of a big family and a few sisters.
Holding onto a granddaughter one day!
What a fun time you must have daily:)

Amy ♥ DailyPleasures said...

I've read that list before. I loved it then and I love it now.

My three-year-old saw the picture and said, "Mommy, who is that?"
"I don't know."
"I think it our friends!" she responded.

Yes, always someone to play with - never bored. :)

LivingByDailyGrace said...

I love this. Thank you for posting. As a child, I grew up with one brother who is 5 years younger than. Only by God's grace do I have a family with 7 children. My dh and I have both been a bit overwhelmed with our large family simply because we didn't know what to expect. I laughed when I read the sock comment. That was reassuring. LOL!!!! And how true about the picky eaters. Someone else is always finishing the plate of my picky eater.

Anonymous said...

As usual I love your post! June, if I may refer to you by your first name, I have just started my own blog. It's really a place to right my thoughts and beliefs. But I was wondering if you wouldn't mind taking a look at it? Possibly offer tips or advice? This is my very first blog, I've only written for myself in the past. I realize you are a very busy wife & mother, but any advice would be a wonderful blessing. It's named Peaceful Dove- www.peacelovewisdome.blogspot.com
Thank you so much for just taking the time.
God Bless
In Christ
Dana Renda

Summer said...

Yes, children are a blessing from God. :)

Valerie said...

Mom was the youngest of 6 (technically 7 as my grandmother's first-born died in childbirth)...5 older brothers!

I loved being one of 19 grandchildren. It was so much fun and such a blessing to be part of such a large extended family.

Even with infertility, my husband and I have been blessed with 3. Three beautiful miracles that God chose for me to mother.


LaughterThoughts said...

a friend shared this post with me- love the list! i will have to wear the last three on a sign around my neck.;)

mom to 7, ages 9mo to 10yr

Beth said...

I am the mother of eight as well, having just welcomed in the newest child six weeks ago. I love this post, as well as your entire site. Thank you so much for sharing your God-driven writings with us. I just discovered your blog a couple of months ago, and have truly been blessed.


Suzanne said...

I have five and three grandbabes now--gosh, I can't think of what it would be like without all these people around that I love...LOL!

mamajil said...

I love your post! As the mom to ten I had to chuckle through your list especially about the socks....never having a match is an endless problem over here! Large families do bring so much love and joy and laughter to a home!

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

I love the illustration you chose for this post. Until recently we had a tree house just like that but it had become a bit too ramshackle and not wanting to be making any trips to hospital it had to come down. Since that time I have noticed various shelters and tee pee type structures made from branches and palm leaves appearing under trees in our forest. They have been constructed by my ten year old son and he is more than happy to allow his twin sisters to help build his 'fort'. They beg to differ and call it their house and race to fetch dolls and tea sets for impromptu camping trips. He doesn't mind as long as they are prepared to have the occasional sword fight! These are the dynamics of life in my large family - with seven children. Just watching them play together is a delight and that lovely artwork has captured it beautifully.

Sarah Smith said...

great post! i to was an only child, and i always new that i was going to have a large family. we have 3 children now, and because of medical complications, i am unable to give birth to any more myself. that aside, my husband an i are both open to adding to our family in other ways if and when the Lord guides us to it.

Mrs.C said...

Wonderful post, that picture brings back a lot of memories of playing in our old tree-houses. I too came from a large family, and have so many wonderful memories. My mother's family was even larger, and what a grand time we all have when family reunion time comes around, tons of people, tons of food and lots of love.

We have two daughters, by the grace of God. And these two have promised that if they marry, we will have tons of grandbabies, if the Lord wills that for them.

Joy R3FitShow said...

I have never heard anyone express the positives of a large family. Thanks for sharing.

Hippie4ever said...

Wow! What an awesome family :) I have only been blessed with one super special baby. I'd love to have more, if the Lord wills. What a lot of love must dwell in your home :)

SQ said...

Your site is so lovely! :)


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