April 17, 2014

Sew, a needle pulling thread… the large family way!

Libby concentrates...

    Eddie is our resident crafter. He always has several projects on the go and his creativity and imagination knows no bounds. This morning he set about making himself an eye mask.     As with pretty much anything in this house, curious siblings quickly gathered to see what was going on and whether […]

It’s time to go…

New chapter

    Those of you who are long-time readers or who watched us on ’16 Kids and Counting’ last year might remember us talking about our desire to move away with a view to becoming a little more self-sufficient. This has been a dream of ours for many years. A dream of a bigger house, […]

What 10 children under 11 looks like


      This is what a family with ten children under 11-years-old looks like. (Well, if you ignore Caitlin over there on the left). Wonder if they’ll look as cute when they’re teens?                                           […]

How children in large families suffer when a new baby is born

Libby and 9-day-old Tim

  If you heed the oft-quoted concerns about children in large families you would be hard pressed to decide on what is worse for them. Is it the resentment older kids have when a new sibling is born, or is it the lack of attention a younger child with so many older siblings receives? Jealousy occurs, […]

How we’re celebrating Baby 13′s birth by making a difference

wicker pram

    We’re the first to admit that it’s somewhat unusual for a family to be celebrating the impending birth of their 13th child, especially in this day and age. Yet, the novelty never wears off. Never. We still wonder what whether it will be a boy or a girl, what (or who) it will […]

Space-saving ideas for children’s bedrooms

high sleeper with storage

  Large families in small houses often need to be creative in their use of space. Moving or expanding isn’t always an option to learning to be creative with the space available is often a learned and valuable skill. Practical use of space in children’s rooms is hugely important, whether it’s to accommodate one child […]

Mixing vintage and modern clothing

vintage fashion

    Vintage clothing is experience resurgence at the moment as many of us flock to embrace the style of by-gone eras. It’s not just the thrill of creating a new style with old clothing and seeing how it looks which has us captivated, it’s the fun of shopping for vintage items which allow us […]

Video special: How they’ve grown! Twins Libby and Anna’s 2nd year antics

Libby and Anna Sullivan

      They were born in front of a television camera and haven’t stopped performing since. Libby and Anna are now two-years-old and we’ve seen them grow from tiny little pink bundles of shock (I thought I was destined to continue my run of boys), to two bigger bundles of cheekiness and character. See […]

The Best Family Cars

children in car

    Practical, affordable and reliable – that was pretty much all that used to be needed in a typical family car. In recent years, manufacturers have started to much improve this area of the UK car market, blending great performance and sporty looks with reliable, solid cars that will last for many years. This […]

Fun & Frugal Family Celebration Ideas For Valentine’s Day 2014


    I simply love how little things in life can add up to make us feel so special. Just like Christmas and birthdays, Valentine’s Day also lets you share these little joys with your most beloved people. And limiting Valentine’s Day celebration to couples shouldn’t be a necessity–the day becomes more joyful when it […]

You know you have a large family when…

gemeinsam sind wir stark

    Very few of us are thrown into the situation where we gain a large family overnight. It grows gradually, and we adapt and change as it does so. We don’t look at our family as big or small. It’s just our family. We don’t notice it until something happens which makes you stop […]

And all he wanted was a spatula

kitchenware in a white background

    Christmas came and went and already seems a distant memory. This year we managed to keep to a tighter than usual budget, and Mike and I agreed that we would focus on the children’s gifts rather than each other. We had a few token gifts for the children to hand to us but […]

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