Sunday, January 1, 2017

We're Moving to a New Blog!

Exciting news! We've moved to a new website!

We will be keeping our focus on organization of the home, family, and time, as well as on practical how-to's from our experience as parents of 9 children. We will be including and updating some material from Large Families on Purpose, adding videos, and will move forward with new material as well. We will no longer be present at Large Families on Purpose or its Facebook or Twitter page but will be dedicating our time to the new venture and the new Family Living on Purpose Facebook and Twitter pages! Please join us by going to:

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Hope to see you there! Blessings! 
Bob & Erika Shupe

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Scheduling: What To Do With Weekends?

I've had many questions about whether or not I schedule weekends.  The answer to this is yes, and no.  *smile*. I'll share with you what our plan was like with mostly very young children since that is the season most of our readers are in; but these principles apply beautifully also to older children as well.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Scheduling for Fall - How I Create Our Schedules

Having a weekly schedule (click here for what that means and what it doesn't mean) for our family of 11 is crucial to fostering family life and healthy relationships.  With a schedule we have productivity, predictability, consistency, and on average - balance.  It helps to produce peace and eliminate chaos.  Not that we don't ever have stressful times with home and family - but they are brief and do not become a life style.

Monday, July 18, 2016

De-Cluttering: The First Steps to Organization

~ Strategies & methods for de-cluttering
~ De-cluttering principles to keep in mind
~ Where to begin
~ How to be careful with others family member's spaces

Friday, July 8, 2016

Large Family Practical How-To’s: Professional Photos, Meals, Errands, & Bathing Kids

We personally love to network with other large families for ideas that enable us to be more organized or more time efficient.  It’s encouraging, and it helps give vision for what large families can be like.  If some people are reading our blog only because they’re curious about what large families are like, then by sharing what our family is like we hope to dispense wrong assumptions, and give a beautiful inside view.  *smile*  Welcome to our family!

In “Large Family How-To’s, part 1, I shared how our family of 11 does five practical processes:  laundry, transportation, one-on-one time with kids, birthdays, and hair cuts.  In part 2, I’ll share how we do:

- Bathing kids
- Errands
- Meals
- Professional photos

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Large Family Practical How-To’s: Transportation, Birthdays, Hair cuts, 1-on-1's, & Laundry!

When people see our family of 11 people out and about doing life, they often tip their head to the side, get a puzzled look on their face, and ask, “…How do you do_____?”  This always makes us chuckle because we’re “just us”, and we’ve become the larger group of “just us” gradually, one person at a time, so we don’t often think about the every day things as being unusual these days... 

 (Eating lunch while we visited the Museum of Flight)

So these two posts just share some practical strategies for how we get stuff done with our 9 children.  I’ll share with you how we do:

- Laundry
- Transportation
- One-on-one time with the kids
- Birthdays
- Hair cuts

Friday, June 24, 2016

Scheduling & Routines: You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too. - Part 1 of 2

In this part 1 we will look at:
  • Why I began scheduling
  • How I began scheduling
  • My overall scheduling framework
  • Additional benefits to scheduling
In part 2 I will cover:
  • Winging it vs. planning it
  • The blessings of planning
  • Common road blocks
  • Additional benefits of scheduling


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