4 moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage

From cleaning to laundry, homeschooling to cooking for a crowd, how domoms of many manage moms of many get it all done? Every Thursday 4 different moms of many will each share their perspective on managing the large family. From practical ideas and helpful tips to what not to do, you’ll get a glimpse into our homes, families and lives as we share our triumphs and struggles as well as the humorous side of life with lots of little ones.

On this page you’ll meet the moms of many, find an archive of our past posts organized by topic as well as a listing of our most recent posts. Click here to access the entire 4 Moms archive.

The fourth  Thursday of each month the 4 Moms answer reader questions. Feel free to submit your questions with “4 moms question” in the subject line here.

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Meet the 4 moms

KimC is a Christian, a wife, big sister to 13 sibs, and the slightly-crunchy homeschooling mom of 10 children: 9 on the outside and 1 on the inside. She lives with her very large family in a very small house in south Texas and finds peace in chocolate and blogging at Life in a Shoe: the methods and madness of one family of 12. Her family shares their little house on the hill with dogs, gerbils, snakes, and tarantulas, and a 10 year old cat named Tim. The chickens stay outside. Usually.

smockityfrocks.comConnie is a Christian homeschooling mom of 8 rowdy children, wife for 25 years of one hunky golf pro, wiper of noses, writer of stories. She blogs regularly at Smockity Frocks.

The Deputy Headmistress is shy and blogs behind a pseudonym which she intended to be amusing and somewhat self-deprecatory. She and the Headmaster locked eyes in a high school Sunday School class in 1979 when she was 17, and they have been merrily married since 1982, in spite of the fact that at 17 the DHM nearly got the HM beaten up by her other boyfriend, and at 20 she nearly got him arrested by a cop from church. Happily God helped her grow up, and He is gracious and forgiving, and so is the Headmaster. They have seven wonderful Progeny both by birth and adoption, two handsome sons-in-law, one adorable grandson, and two precious unofficial foster sons, ages 5 and 3, who live with them about half the time. They have been homeschooling since 1988. The DHM, and occasionally some of the Progeny, blog regularly about politics, family life, living in the country, books, music, cabbages, kings, and living the countercultural Christian life at The Common Room.

Kimberly blogs at Raising Olives (that’d be here) and is a second generation homeraising olives buttonschooling mom to 10 children. She is married to an amazingly patient husband, who also happens to be a magnificent father. Their family’s primary goal is to glorify God and to raise children who will do the same. For that reason they attempt to examine every decision that they make in the light of God’s word. Many of their decisions may seem strange to the world and they’re good with that.


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