Category: large families

The $4.50 Secret to My Clean House (Also, An Easy Way to Teach Your Children Diligence)

  I really loathe the nagging me. The me that craves a bit of order and beauty, despite the reality of a large family, and just believes everyone else should be a part of keeping that order and they should long for the beauty too, except when they don't and I'm left nagging about chores half-done and a ...

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How to do the “Hard” in Your Mission Field

There are few ministries or pursuits more noble than the mission field. Any parent is proud to say of his adult child, "My son or daughter is a missionary in _____." The mission field is one of those places where the harder the conditions, the scarcer the resources, the more seemingly noble the mission. We admire ...

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Do You Feel Sorry For Children Helping Their Siblings?

It was when Kyla, my 8 year-old literally whisked her 2 year-old brother up, after he had a potty accident (which I was cleaning up) to change him, that something profound occurred to me. I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say something like "those poor older children who have to help care ...

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My Big Take-Away From Motherhood

  About this time last year I wrote raw words about what it's like having 10 children with the possibility of more. You made it close to your favorite post, sharing it over 10,000 times on facebook alone. "I simply look at each of my children with more love than I can believe my heart will hold, ...

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Worldview of Children: Our View Does Change the World

Fertility is a tricky thing...most consider it a private issue with little consequence except how it will affect their family vacations. Unless you encounter a family with more than three children, and then you're allowed to prod into their sex lives; but I digress. However, it is my particular opinion that NOTHING changed our culture and the face ...

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Practical Money Saving & Making Ideas for Living on One Income

If you are a mom trying to figure out how to stay home but are concerned about your family's finances, I want to offer some practical help and suggestions. I used to be one of those women. But guess what? YOU CAN DO IT! I believe three factors are involved in the process of converting to a ...

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Why My (10) Children Disagree With You About Getting Enough Attention

Why My 10 Children Disagree With You About Getting Enough Attention

Why My (10) Children Disagree With You About Getting Enough Attention Big families are a bit of a freak show, and I've come to accept that. When we go out in public, we prepare ourselves for the onslaught of stares and awkward questions from strangers about our fertility even though we don't return the probing questions in ...

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Why I Agreed to Do a National Interview About (Not) Being Quiverfull

Why I Agreed to Do a National Interview About (Not) Being Quiverfull

They wanted to tell my perspective, in light of the Duggar's recent presence in the news, of what it means to be "Quiverfull." It was a radio show that airs on NPR. My first thought was to decline. Publicity typically doesn't go well for people and the farther we can stay away from it, probably, the ...

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I’m Not Raising a Family (The Problem With Short-Sighted Living)

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People are tired, frustrated, bored or discouraged. You can see it, hear it, feel it. What's more, you might be one of those people. We all are at some point. And I think I know why: Because we measure our contentment by today's work. We live short-sighted lives--living for today or maybe next week, (until our kids are ...

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Children Are a Handful So Let a Mom Be Tired

Children Are a Handful So Let a Mom Be Tired

Last week we visited with an older lady whom we don't see very often (not even every year). Not long after we greeted each other, she looked at me and said, "You're too busy." I smiled, and jokingly said, "how do you know"? And she pointed to my children and said, "Oh, I know." Later in ...

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