My Favorite Finds (Where I Look to the Larger Families)

Let me tell you a little secret.  If you truly want to find mothers who know how to organize life with children, look to the large families.  There’s nothing like having a gazillion little people under your feet that forces you to streamline, simplify, and become more efficient in the home and parenting departments.  Most of my own home management skills were learned from a book called Large Family Logistics, which I read and hugely benefited from when I was the mother of only one child.  I’d recommend it to everyone, from the mother of one to the mother of ten.

Today I’m going to share a few posts written by some of my favorite blogs.  All are mothers of more than 6 children and I can tell from their blogs that not only do they survive life with all those kids, but they get a lot of joy from their families too.

First up, a great post by Amy at Raising Arrows.net.  A great reminder and a lot of wisdom here.

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Next, a momma of seven on how she Loves her Kids and Likes Them Too (hint: consistency, discipline, and a lot of love!)

CatholicAllYearHead1And lastly, some encouragement from Lizzie at FeminaGirls.com on finding balance between keeping an orderly home and taking joy in the inevitable messes that come from a life with littles.  I found it an excellent reminder, especially as someone who is tempted to sometimes prioritize orderliness over the the precious souls God has entrusted me with.  After all, “where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” (Proverbs 14:4)

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12 thoughts on “My Favorite Finds (Where I Look to the Larger Families)

  1. Tricia says:

    I have that same tendency with my kids vs. orderliness, Kelsey. :-p Now to check out those other blogs… thanks for the heads up.

  2. Amy says:

    (my comment to LIzzie on the Oxen post – thought you’d enjoy!) I clicked through to your site from Organizing Life with Littles and boy was it perfect timing! I thought my 2yo was outside with daddy. When he said she wasn’t I went searching. She was on the changing table smearing Desitin and Lansinoh all over herself, the table, the wipe warmer and whatever else she could find along with “washing” our digital camera in the water from the wipe warmer and “soap” (ie: desitin). She also used a handful of wipes to clean up with. Oh boy. Thanks to your post I actually didn’t yell! I laughed and told her to go outside. Sigh.

  3. gailmasinda says:

    Hi Kelsey — I’m probably one of your oldest readers :), but I do so enjoy your blog and testimony. I nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can read all the details at this link: http://gailmasinda.com/category/stuff-other-than-music/

  4. Megan says:

    Yesterday in one of my church councils I was asked to read a scripture and relate what it meant to my work in the church ( I’m over almost 200 women in our congregation) I used proverbs 14:4 which you quoted in your blog post. But I felt for me it meant that if I just wanted to accomplish everything I could try and do it on my own. My “crib” or my life would be less messy. But I wouldn’t get very much accomplished. When I include using many other women to get things done life can get pretty messy and complicated and emotional sometimes, but we accomplish more when we all work together, and I include them in all the stages of planning.

  5. Valerie says:

    We can definitely learn a lot from mothers who have a large number of children!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    Hey, I want to invite you to join in on a new weekly link-up on my friend’s blog. She’s calling it Spiritual Sundays and you can share any encouraging/religious post, old or new. 🙂 http://www.brittanybullen.com/spiritual-sundays.html

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