July 23, 2014

5 Things to Consider Before Fostering a Child

Paper chain family

    Quite a few of the large families we meet through this site have expanded through adoption or fostering. There is no doubt that fostering provides a valuable service to those who need it most, offering support and practical help to families in need of both short and long-term help. A loving, secure environment […]

6 Reasons Why I Decided to Study for my Degree as a Thirty-Something Mum-of-13

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    It was about a year ago that Mike and I stopped off for a rare coffee together while running errands, and it was during this quick rendezvous that I decided to run my thoughts by him. Ever my sounding board, his opinion is the only one which matters to me. He knows me […]

What Summer Means To Us…

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              What does summer mean to you and your family?         Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on faves Buzz it up Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Buzz […]

The quest for self-sufficiency, freedom and financial independence: The 3 reasons why we’ve always bitten off more than we thought we could chew

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    It was only a few weeks ago when the figurative mountain seemed impossibly high to climb. ‘I can’t do this any more!’ was all I could say to Mike as we had one of our rare but vocal arguments. The house was a tip with rooms being ripped out and redecorated, with boxes […]

Planning a Wedding Abroad? Things You Must Not Forget To Do

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    If you’re planning a wedding abroad, there will be a million things going through your head per second. Because there’s so much going through your head, it can be very easy to forget important things. This guide is designed to help you organise all of the essentials, so you don’t have to stress […]

The truth about sisters…

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The difference between boys and girls

Anna and Ollie

    As the argument over blue or pink toys should exist and whether children of both sexes should wear the same clothes continues, the difference between boys and girls became quite apparent this morning at the breakfast table. As Mike and I shared a quick kiss and hug in the kitchen as we were […]

Can you help find the Little Face of Venture?

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      Every parent knows that their child is the most beautiful in the world but Venture Photography have their work cut out in finding the next most beautiful child in the world – after yours, of course – and they need your help! Budding stars from each of Venture Photography’s geographical areas are […]

Answering questions on risking my life, how our family plans to integrate into society and ‘home university’

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    Last night Channel 4 re-ran the first of our two episodes of ’16 Kids and Counting’. Once more we’ve had several lovely emails and messages, but one person in particular voiced their somewhat anxious – perhaps even angry – concerns in the comments over on this post on our site here. As Gill […]

A little (noisy) large family fun

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    Three little sisters can easily get their seven older brothers wrapped around their little fingers. Here they convince two of them to play Ring o’ Roses, resulting in some (noisy) family fun.                                           […]

The redecorating chaos continues…

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    Work on the house has continued this week and, as you might expect, stress levels have been ever-so-slightly increased. The problem is that the house is only a certain size, possessing a certain amount of space and where storage and room to move is limited. When two rooms are out of action and […]

Girls & Education: How You Can Help Build A Gender Balanced Future

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    It would be churlish, and disrespectful, to suggest that in the West we’ve achieved some kind of gender neutral utopia where people are judged on their personalities, actions, skills and abilities and not their gender. The fact is that even in developed nations women still face glass ceilings and closed doors all around […]

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