Living in a large family means that everything else that you do or have is generally large too. Whether that is your vehicle or your washing pile, it is bound to be big!
As our family has grown over the years, so has just about all the other aspects of everyday living. I thought it would be fun to show you what it means to live on a large scale!
Talk about washing piles! We do about 2-3 loads a day, and that is not on the days we wash the bedding. Then it is an average of 4-5 loads. The washing machine goes non-stop on those days. I think most fairly large families will agree that doing the washing becomes a large part of ones life every day.
Our washing line is longer then the average persons! In fact, we have two washing lines, one of which is under cover to cope with all the washing in rainy weather.
And then there is the shopping….. My dad generally does the shopping for the family. He shops twice a week and fills two shopping trolleys each time! One of the shopping trolleys is usually dedicated to the bread alone. We go through about 24 loaves of bread a week! My dad buys the bread uncut and cuts it at the bread machine himself. It is altogether interesting when there is a queue at the bread machine and it’s my dad’s turn to cut. The looks and comments from other people are quite hilarious! This is a picture of an average shop. It varies what we buy but this is an example of the amount we purchase at any given time.
Look at all those apples!
All that bread will only last us half the week!
If we eat pizza, we will eat 6 large pizzas in a sitting. We consume 32 – 35 liters of milk a week. Yup, that is a lot of milk! What about toilet rolls? Well that is just unmentionable! Countless….yes, countless amount of toilet rolls my friends!
On a side note, have you ever noticed those salesladies that offer free tasters in order to sell their products at the supermarket? Well my dad loves tasting their products. He has been known to line up his children to sample the free tasters! It is a little embarrassing when we empty the plate of tasters and then go our way. I always walk in the other direction if I see one! Awkward…. 😀
We have outgrown the average toothbrush holder. This is my dad’s adaption to accommodate all those toothbrushes.
We also had a problem trying to find enough space to hang all our bath towels. The following picture is our solution. For some reason, many people are quite fascinated by our long row of towels. We just take it as every day life!
This is a picture of our hat hanger that my dad made when our family was a little smaller. Almost two hats to a hook now! Those cowboy hats were actually purchased for my 21st barn dance that we had a few years back. Now they sit by the front door for when we need them.
What about the supper table? Well, my dad made a nice long table that fits us nicely when we sit down to eat! Our table is over three meters long! I’m sure you have picked up by now that our dad is quite the handyman. 😉
Talking about supper time, we eat a lot of meals that can be cooked in large pots. We consume lots of pastas, stews, curries, rice and potatoes – anything that can be cooked in large amounts. My brothers often work hard on the farm and so they eat quite a bit! Boys are always hungry. It’s like cooking and serving for a function! Here is a picture of a typical supper served and ready to eat. Guys, this is 3 meters of plates! 😀
Large family living also means lots of hugs and laughter! There is always a buddy to talk to and laugh with. Although it can be hard work doing everything in big amounts, the benefits out weigh the drawbacks for sure!
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. – Psalm 127 vs 3
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