As I considered what I could share under Faith, I was impressed to share with you what faith looks like in our large family. For sure it looks different in different areas of our life. Trusting Him with our family size is one. Another is trusting His provision and trusting that He will lead our children even in their own faith walk.
Just for fun, for today’s post I thought I’d share some large family comments we have received over the years. There are more I am sure but I can’t remember them all. Most times I am busy concentrating on biting my tongue so that rude words don’t come tumbling out of my mouth.
Grocery shopping for our large family is tiring. We have four, and soon-to-be-five teenagers. Yeah. Lots and lots of food to shop for and then lug back. We have changed and adapted how we grocery shop for our family over the years. From lugging all the children along to Henson doing it solo to now me doing it solo and occasionally with the youngest.
NOISE, lots and lots of it. Noise in a large family is most certainly par for the course. Most days I don’t mind the noise and actually love it. It shows that the children enjoy each other’s company and have loads to share with each other. Better noise than deathly silence in my opinion. So I developed ways to deal with sensory overload.
Homeschooling your first child can be so fun and exciting. But as the family expands, homeschooling in a large family can get complicated. How can anyone homeschool more than one child, I used to wonder. I also envied those with extra help. Let me share how choosing the right curriculum, and having the right systems and routines help.
Prevention is better than cure when it comes to managing health in our large family. Also, for us, I try to avoid medications as much as possible. But how? Sleep is critical. So is drinking lots of water. And then there are a few vitamins and supplements I automatically reach for when we fall sick. In this post, I share what we use.
Yes, a large family creates more mess than a small one… But, a large family also has more hands to help out. I learnt early on that life in a large family with no extra help, requires having systems in place. Systems make all the difference. They are what what makes or breaks the running of the household.
The Lord’s Day. A day to worship the Lord and be with God’s family. And yet, attending church with a large family can be often everything but that. But mom in the trenches, keep keeping on! Because soon you WILL get to sit and listen to the sermons. You WILL get to chat with other adults without being interrupted. Hang in there!
In order to live a purposeful life, we need to first know what the Lord has called us to and then to live our lives doing our best to fulfil our calling. Let us not waste our time here on earth with meaningless and fruitless activities. And in the process, descend into depression and a woe-is-me mentality.
Due to the allergies we face, we have been experimenting with various diets and generally do not eat like “normal” people. The most obvious difference is that we don’t do bread and spread, or cereal for breakfasts. (More on what we eat later.)