Large Scale Living in Large Families!

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…. ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 andย 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!ย Here is a picture of a typical supper served and ready to eat. Guys, this is 3 meters of plates! ๐Ÿ˜€

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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  1. Thank you for sharing what one of your days looks like!


    1. Glad you enjoyed! xx

  2. Whoa. And I thought my 9 kid family was huge!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    But thank you so much for sharing all of this!! I noticed so many similarities to our family! We have a huge table as well, several hooks for all of the millions of towels in our bathroom, several different toothbrush holders on the counter, 4 clotheslines (long ones too!!), and fill up at least two shopping carts per shopping trip! Big families are so wonderful, aren’t they? Someone’s ALWAYS there for you!!! <3


    1. Haha, well 9 is still rather large! We were 9 until three years ago so I know all about it! Yes big families are the best! Awesome to hear about your family too! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  3. This was so fun to read! We have a pretty big family by American standards, but five kids is nothing compared to you guys. XD Ha ha, some of that stuff still applies to us too – especially the washing and the lots of food. ๐Ÿ˜› Oh my goodness, that IS a lot of bread!

    1. Haha yes, my brothers go through most of the bread! They are all growing teenagers and are super hungry all the time! ๐Ÿ˜€ Nice to hear about your family. Five kids is awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi Roxanne.
    I came across your blog looking for a Mulberry Pie recipe. I was intrigued that you had taken it from the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder as we love “Little House on the Prairie”.
    I am 46 and a mother of 4; the oldest being 17 and the youngest 8 months old.
    I spent alot of time on my Uncles farm in the Northern Cape as a child and have fond memories of a mulberry tree not far from the farm house. My aunt would send us to pick a bucket full of mulberries of which she would make jam and delicious sweet syrupy mulberry pie
    I decided that one day when I was grown up and owned my own home; the first thing I would do is plant a mulberry tree. Well it is about 18 years since I planted it and it is a beautiful tree. I picked a bowl full today.
    I love what you write about your large family. Your parents have done a wonderful thing. Well done Roxanne. I will try your recipe tomorrow, the Lord willing. God Bless

    1. Hi there! Awesome to hear from you! I am glad to hear that you too love “Little House on the Prarie”. They are much loved books in our family. Nice to hear about your mulberry tree. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope the recipe works for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to try mulberry jam as I have not yet made it. Hopefully I can soon as our mulberry tree is still loaded. Great hearing about your family! Have a blessed evening! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I tried your recipe Roxanne. Its the best mulberry pie recipe I have ever come across. Thank you!

        Love Roxanne

        1. Thank you! So glad it you liked it! Much love and blessings x

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