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

Friday, June 17, 2016

Naps & Play-Alone Times

  • Our sleep principles 
  • Older children who need less sleep
  • A young child who needs unusually little sleep
  • 2 or 3-year-old's who "quit" napping
  • Enabling naps, not forcing them
  • Napping alone
  • Napping twins
  • Sleeping in on Saturdays
  • My "play-alone time" strategy


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Large Families On Budgets - Making More Out Of Less, Part 2 of 2

In part one I began addressing the topic of how a family can do life well on a small income.  
Large family - small income - can they co-exist?   The answer: absolutely.   I would love to share with you what we have learned from the Lord on this topic. * smile* There are two parts to this post; Here is the first part if you'd like to be thorough.

Part 1:   Principles for making a smaller income stretch further.
Part 2:  A list of practical ideas that we implement to make an income stretch further. And a link to the conference video of my presentation of this material.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Large Family Matters: Parenting Young Children While Successfully Managing Your Home

 Here is the question I will be answering this time:
"I was wondering if you had any insight to those hard years when you have a lot of littles [only] but still need to teach the foundational subjects.  I'm looking for practical helps.  I'm really struggling right now.  My children are 11 mo., 3 yrs, 5 yrs, 7 yrs, and 9 yrs. old  No matter what I use as far as [homeschool] curriculum, it's the day to day management of home, cleaning, school, training, nursing, putting out 'fires', etc. that I can't seem to get a handle on."  ~ A Mom

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Green Smoothies for Energy and Clarity!

When I first posted about green smoothies that we have with our breakfast we were thoroughly enjoying them and how they were making us all feel so energetic, clear in our thinking, satisfied and full until lunch time.  But we had no idea of the WORLD of green smoothies and whole foods out there!  A reader on my first post told me about Robyn Openshaw's GreenSmoothieGirl.com website and all of her resources about whole food eating - and it has so blessed our health!  Here's a photo of the breakfast smoothie recipe we add to our breakfasts daily. 


Friday, May 27, 2016

Large Family Laundry Strategies - More Tips & Practical How-To's

Laundry is a very popular subject for people to ask me about.  *smile*  I've posted about it a couple of times ("Large Family Laundry Strategies:  How I Keep 9 Kids Clean, and Why That's Valuable", and "Large Family Practical How-To's"), but I'm always learning and improving my own strategies!  So I'll share some more great tips I've learned for making our laundry sparkly clean and smelling fresh, how I do it time efficiently, and how we get it out and put it away again efficiently in our home (a specific question from a reader recently).  I love it!  Let's look at:
  • More laundry tips for you!
  • Putting it away... and getting it out again!  

Friday, May 20, 2016

Potty Training Children... In Less Than a Day?

When our oldest daughter was 2-years-old I asked a dear friend how in the world one goes about potty training a child?!  She put a book in to my hands called, Toilet Training In Less Than A Day by Dr. Nathan H. Azrin.  I thought, Praise the Lord and hallelujah!  *laugh!*  Effective, successful, time efficient, ON PURPOSE potty training!  *smile*  I was all over that!  And since then we've used the principles from that book to train our 9 children with great success.  Most of what I will share with you regarding the actual potty strategies we use come strait from this great little book.
  • What are some signs of readiness for potty training?
  • When is a good age?
  • The One Day objective
  • What do I do exactly?
  • Some extra tips

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Recipe Organization

  • How I create and organize my binders
  • Organization on my recipes themselves
  • Resources I use for finding new recipes

Favorite Recipes: Daily Delicious Whole Wheat Bread


We absolutely devour this delicious recipe from HomeWithPurpose.blogspot.com and after trying a few different bread recipes that I found elsewhere prior to this one, this recipe instantly became a family favorite - we LOVE it!  We make this recipe to have with our Green Smoothies in the mornings for breakfast.  Oh...my...goodness - YUM.  (Have I said that already? *laugh!*) These rolls don't even need butter!  And they're so good for us!  100% whole wheat, yet still chewy and yummy!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Scheduling: Just a Few Kids

I have many readers who have growing families and are interested in scheduling, and who have asked me what my schedule looked like when we had fewer children. How did I get things done, and what about when there aren't any "helpers" really yet.  So in this post I'll share with you ten of my past schedules when we had 2 children, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 children, to give you a window as to what those days were like for us.  And the additional schedules may give growing families a window in to what having a larger family of varying sizes can look like.  *smile*

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Professional Parenting, Part 2 of 2

One of those comments that we get fairly often is, "Wow, you guys are professional parents."  And my answer is No, and Yes!  I am not professional parents in the sense that those people mean, that I have it all together and I've "arrived" as a parent and "have it all down".  Not at all.  I am learning and growing every day in learning to parent our children and in developing my own character as well as theirs.  Parenting is not something that people can have all the answers to or do well at all of the time ~ we can only do our very best.

However the answer to the professional parents comment is also a Yes!  Because I pursue it as my "profession".  When I think of the aspects of having a career - what that looks like, how people pursue it, how they view it, how they respond to it - then parenting to me is much the same thing.  


This post is part 2 of 2. Here is Part 1.  


In this post I continue exploring what it means to be a professional parent and will cover:

               8. Budget our finances

               9. Study to improve skills and knowledge
               10. Requires our whole person
               11. Practice team unity
               12. Don't just survive it but embrace it to achieve success


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"Raising Real Men" - A book review

The title of this book grabbed my attention instantly when I found Hal & Melanie Young's web site, RaisingRealMen.com.  It was exactly what I have been seeking wisdom on- how to raise real men - and in the process survive our 4 boys, teach them, and appreciate them. And from what I hear from our friends, family, and our blog readers, this could be a very encouraging and insightful book for you as well.  I've already recommended it to just about every mom I have had a conversation with since beginning the book, not because I'm seeking the opportunity to do so but because this topic of boys seems to naturally arise in every conversation as soon as one of us asks, "So...how are you doing?"  *chuckle*

by Hal & Melanie Young


Family Bible Time & Hymn Singing

  • Our simple time in the Word together
  • Family worship
  • In the beginning

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Family Participation: Chores for Kids

  • What does God's Word say about teaching children to help?
  • Do chores have to be a chore?
  • Surrender and blessing
  • What kinds of jobs can kids do at what ages? - A LIST OF IDEAS
  • Letting it go...and trying to leave it there
  • When in the day do we have kids do their jobs?
  • How long do our children do those assigned jobs?
  • Required jobs and jobs for money

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Siblings Sharing Bedrooms - "You have *how* many per room?!"

  • Why is sharing bedrooms valuable?
  • Setting up the bedrooms
  • What about all their stuff?
  • Going to sleep
  • Nap times
  • Ages of children and how that plays in 
  • Do we have boys and girls together in rooms?
  • Who should clean the room?
  • Handling sickness
  • Different personalities?


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mom Tips: For Around the House, #6

I so enjoy the little "mom tips" that I've come across in life - those little things that I've learned from my mom, or a mom friend, that just make life a little nicer.  Things that make the "daily-daily" just a little easier, or make me smile a little more, or maybe will be a time saver for me.   

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Making Sweatshirt Capes!

Summer is nearly here and our boys love to fly around outside playing the hero! Strong, victorious and mighty!  *smile*  Here's how I facilitate this for them. *smile*

Friday, March 25, 2016

Mom Tips - For Prettying-Up Mom

I so enjoy the little "mom tips" that I've come across in life - those little things that I've learned from my mom, or a mom friend, that just make life a little nicer.  Things that make the "daily-daily" just a little easier, or make me smile a little more, or maybe will be a time saver for me.  I'm not referring to the bigger projects like de-cluttering or re-organizing, (although those definitely make me smile)!  But just the small things - the "mom tips" that aren't in the self-help books, they're just life-experience things that I've gotten from a mom with experience under her belt.  Well I'll share with you some of my Mom Tips for Prettying-Up Mom; I hope they bring a simple breath of fresh air to your regular every day patterns!  *smile*


Favorite Recipes: Cobb Salad

Since writing about how I create our weekly schedule and mentioning that we have cobb salads every day with lunch, I've had several requests for the recipe.  *smile*  We have so enjoyed developing our salad lunches! And this has also been a good way to cut back on our grocery bill, compared to serving pre-prepared foods like we used to most days.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Incentives & Rewards for Children's Behavior, Part 1 of 2

I strive to bring as much delight as I can into all of the children's character and behavior training.  So I look for the little things to praise for and try to jump at those with affirmation.


  • Mini sticker charts
  • Scratch-n-Sniff stickers
  • Honey on their tongue
  • "Ice cubes"
  • Jelly Bellies
  • Competing with themselves
  • "Smackeroo kiss" or a squeeze hug
  • A little more of a movie or documentary
  • Crackers for 5 minute success
  • Earning Money

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Favorite Recipes: Southwestern Egg Rolls With Avocado Ranch Dip, Vegetarian dish

Makes 21 Egg rolls, or 48 Won tons

This tasty dinner is absolutely delicious; our family eats every single one every time I double the recipe and serve them; and I've received nothing but the highest praise for the recipe from friends I've shared the recipe with.

Interview: "Staying Well-Rested with Nine Children" - with Malia Jacobson of The Well Rested Family


I was interviewed by Malia Jacobson, the author of The Well Rested Family , entitled, "Staying Well-Rested with Nine Children". We thought you might enjoy learning little more about how to accomplish great sleep with a family of any size! *smile*



Monday, March 7, 2016

Mom Tips - For Around the House, #2

I so enjoy the little "mom tips" that I've come across in life - those little things that I've learned learned from my mom, or a mom friend, that just make life a little nicer.  Things that make the "daily-daily" just a little easier, or make me smile a little more, or maybe will be a time saver for me.  I'm not referring to the bigger projects like de-cluttering or re-organizing, (although those definitely make me smile)!  But just the small things - the "mom tips" that aren't in the self-help books, they're just life-experience things that I've gotten from a mom with experience under her belt.  Well I'll share with you some of my Mom Tips for Around the House, #2 (here is #1); I hope they bring a simple breath of fresh air to your regular every day patterns!  *smile*


Monday, February 8, 2016

Favorite Recipes: Vegetable Cheese Soup

As always, one of our family's very favorites.  *smile*  This recipe tastes amazing, and is so good for you!  It is chocked full of veggies but it is pureed so it's creamy, and is a vegetarian recipe outside of chicken broth.  I serve it with bread, and sour cream as an optional condiment.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Mom Tips - For Around the House, #1

What are "Mom Tips"? ~ I so enjoy the little "mom tips" that I've come across in life - those little things that I've learned from my mom, or a mom friend, that just make life a little nicer.  Things that make the daily-daily just a little easier, or make me smile a little more, or maybe will be a time saver for me.  I'm not referring to the bigger projects like de-cluttering or re-organizing, although summer is the ideal time for those things (and they definitely make me smile)!  But just the small things - the "mom tips" that aren't in the self-help books, they're just life-experience things that I've gotten from a mom with experience under her belt.  Well I'll share with you some of my Mom Tips for around the house, #1; I hope they bring a simple breath of fresh air to your regular every day patterns. *smile*


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Large Family Laundry Strategies – How I Keep 9 Kids Clean and Why That’s Valuable

  • About our laundry facility
  • The frequency that I do laundry
  • Stain/soil removing strategies
  • Time-saving strategies
  • A Mistake-saving strategy
  • Our strategy for last minute cleaning in public
  • The value of overall cleanliness for kids

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