Category Archives: Large Family

Read the Bible in 90 Days: Go

If you’re following our Bible reading plan for the year (our 2012 plan worked so well that we’re doing the same in 2013) you just finished reading through the Bible, if not, now is a perfect time to jump in and read the Bible in 90 days (or in 6 months or in a year). Today’s…

Laziness and Arrogance – Helping Our Children Work Hard with a Happy Attitude: Part 2

At the beginning of yesterday’s post I mentioned how difficult it is for me to answer this type of question to those who do not know me and my family personally and based on several of the responses to that post I did not overcome that difficulty and failed to present a balanced answer. Yesterday’s…

Helping Our Children Work Hard with a Happy Attitude: 4 Moms

“How do you teach your children to work hard with a happy attitude?” That’s the question that the 4 Moms are answering today and it’s a hard one. Edited to add: Obviously I didn’t handle this topic well, so please read Part 2: Laziness and Arrogance for a more balanced picture. First of all, we…

Valor at 5 Months

Valor was born 5 months ago. Can you believe that, 5 months?? Valor continues to be a remarkably happy and content baby. He smiles easily and hasn’t met a stranger.  Quite a contrast to little princess Bella who really wanted things exactly the way she wanted them. Valor laughs through diaper changes, baths, nursing and…

Writing Notes

A simple notebook can become something special. Each child has a notebook. In it they write notes to me then leave it on my dresser. I write them back and leave it on their bed or at their place at the table. Sometimes the notes are asking questions, “May I have a cup of tea…

Supporting a Large Family on One Income and Sonlight: 4 Moms Q & A

Welcome to another 4 Moms Q & A.  I’m just tackling two questions today, one about being able to afford a large family on one income and the other about homeschooling and Sonlight. Lisa said, (I) came across a review you wrote in 2009 with mostly positive feedback on (Sonlight). I am curious if you…

The Week of Chocolate Milk and Other Miscellany

The week of chocolate milk, I’m pretty sure that is what this week will be called in our family’s history. Amber (16) and Kaitlin (14)  left early Saturday morning for a week long cruise in the Caribbean with my parents and later that day we headed to the farmer’s market to pick up our raw…

Q & A: Toddlers in Worship, Sick Friends, Homeschooling with Baby, and Fermenting

I’m answering more of your FB questions today. Kelsey wondered, How do you teach your young toddlers (one year olds) to behave during family worship time? Any pointers? I love these questions because the work is already done. You may read about this in my posts Keeping Little Ones in Worship and Teaching Little Ones…

Managing Traditional Cooking, Squabbles, Tantrums, Mother’s Helpers and Wills: 4 Moms Q & A

Today the 4 Moms of 35+ Kids (the official total is currently 37) are answering reader questions, plus I’m adding some random photos. Sara asked, “I know you have taken some of the GNOWFGLINS ecourses, and was wondering if you might like to share how traditional cooking looks in your home. “ We’ve always leaned…

Doing Less

Since Valor (or Nate, we’re still in talks about what we’re calling him) was born I’ve been re-learning the lesson of priorities. With Valor’s birth, our family took a break from our regular hosting responsibilities (6 gatherings each month), we cut back on other hospitality and we had no outside-of-the-house activities going on. Things were…

Risky Pregnancies, Sibling Relationships, Postpartum, Laziness in Homeschooling and More: 4 Moms Q & A

It’s time for the 4 Moms to answer some of our reader’s questions. I got a good batch of questions from my Facebook readers this week, thanks ya’ll! Elizabeth wondered, how we homeschool with a new baby in the house. Our specific school schedule depends upon the baby and his/her personality and needs. We’ve been…

Marine Mud Run Large Family Style

Last month Mark and the six oldest children ran the Marine Mud Run. It’s a 5K with lots of mud and water obstacles. Our oldest daughter, Amber (16), ran it last year and at that point we knew that we wanted to be involved again this year. Since it was only 4 weeks after my…