Living Large

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Are these ALL yours?

This is probably the most common question I hear — from absolute strangers. Sometimes it bugs me, sometimes I answer with a smiling, “Yes.” My husband, however, answers, “No, I get to share them with my wife.”

And it’s true. My husband and I are honored to share six wonderful children and all the accompanying craziness. I don’t think I realize how very unusual we seem to the general public until I see a family photo. Then I catch a glimpse of what they see: a veritable crowd. Yes, there are quite a lot of us! But, life is so rich being the mom of many….

Check out the rest of the story in this month’s edition of San Diego Family Magazine.

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  1. Love it!

    People ask my husband ‘Don’t you know what causes this…’ referring to our children.

    He always says ‘Yes, love.’.

    Great article. Congrats!

  2. What a blessing from God! I am used to large families from my extended family and church, so it doesn’t surprise me much to see larger families. I was shocked the other day when we were walking around the state fair and people were looking at my family and smiling, and one man said, “What a blessing!” to us. We have 2 sons and are awaiting the birth of our third child. I certainly don’t think of 3 kids as a lot, but maybe because they are so young – 4, 22 months and -2 months! 🙂 Jessica, you are such an encouragement to me! Thank you!

  3. As the eldest of 8 children by one set of parents, I can tell you first hand that there are a lot of ignoant people who will say the first thing that comes to mind, without censoring themselves. By the time any of us hit 10 years old we could see it coming, and became artfull dodgers. We also were very good at knowing when we were being put on display (by others).

    Now, as a grown adult, I love to see large families. I quietly gain the parent’s eyes and just smile. We share something that smaller families will never know, and that’s the BEST thing about being in or from a large family.

  4. In a million years, I never thought I would be the mother of 6, but I am. And I love it! My husband and I both came from large (by the world’s standards) families. I love all the noise and activity. When we are all out together, I don’t think of us as a large group. Maybe 10 kids would seem like a lot, but I doubt it.

  5. I would LOVE a large family! Hubby on the other hand, thinks two is enough. 🙁 Your family is beautiful!! Great article.


    Thanks so much for sharing. I’m the oldest of 11 and can’t imagine life without any of my siblings either. Holidays and gatherings are an absolute blast and as they grow up and get older (my youngest brother is only 10; 5 years older than my oldest) it’s even MORE fun!

  7. What a great response! My most memorable snippet that came our way was “Wow, I would of stopped having kids” I wasn’t quite sure how to take it and instead of responding, just kept right on walking. Sometimes people just don’t stop and think. Have a blessed day!

  8. I heard that a lot, too, when I went out with my six children. I hated the sly references to our personal lives. I never would go up to a woman with only two kids and say, “Hey, do you know how to make more?” 🙂

    But, the Lord always gave me grace to answer politely. Now, I always try to say encouraging things to Moms with a lot of blessings when they are out in public.

  9. I so agree. You are so blessed. I really would love to have ONE more and make it an even six. My husband is not completely on board. But, I am praying hard. God is able to change his heart! Craziness but soooo worth it!!!!

  10. The kids have just started telling people we’re expecting #6. I’ve heard all the comments before from grownups, but this time I’ve been surprised by the responses of the 8 year old’s (our oldest) friends. One girl said, “Wow–that’s A LOT of kids. How old is your mom?” And another little boy said, “Seriously????? Wow………”

    It makes me sad when little people are already getting jaded by their parent’s attitudes about life and family. I cling to my 6 year old son’s response when we told him we were pregnant. He jumped out of his chair at the dinner table and with tears in his eyes he threw his arms around my neck and said, “Oh THANK YOU Mommy! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” Now that’s a kid who understands how precious life is.

  11. I love hearing about your family! I grew up with 3 younger sisters and people always acted like THAT was extreme 🙂
    Last week I was on a field trip with husband and our 2 toddlers AND his high school students. We were chaperoning 8 teens and someone asked if they were all ours :)!

  12. There is nothing better in this world than being a “Mom”! With 5 grown, I miss the days of little ones under foot, the spilled milk, the hugs, laughter, even the catastrophic bug in the house shreek.

    Nothing irritates me more than having people judge those of us with larger families. THEY are the ones missing the blessings of life.

    Thank you for sharing your world. You are a Blessing!

  13. I love this! It’s funny how seeing a picture of the family is such a different experience than looking at the kiddos, counting the blessings!

    Recently we found that our next door neighbors and neighbors across the street both have 4 kiddo families too. Wow! 12 kiddos to play with, all in 20 feet. The poor other neighbors 🙂

    Crystal should link up to the next page – hair cute coupons!

  14. We only have five. :0)… But, I’m with you in that we get alot of the astonished “are these ALL yours?”. I love having a big (medium-size by some standards) family. I’m more on the introvert side, so my kids bring out the laughter and playfulness in the house! And when our three oldest are gone, we hear how quiet it is when families only have two kids. It’s very quiet! Glad we have our five. :0)… Our kids are such a delight!

    Thanks for the pictures of your family! Blessings!

  15. What a precious family! Seven Kids SOUNDS like a lot, but to look at a picture it doesn’t seem so many! We’re working on #2- my 4yo desparetly wants a little brother or sister. I can only hope God blesses us with as many kiddos as you!

  16. I just recently came upon your blog. I wanted to let you know I really enjoy your blogs. Also I too have 6 children and they grow up way to fast. My oldest is now 22 years old, married with a little boy of her own. Enjoy each and every minute with your family. God has blessed you.