I have the seven children, and my DH and I. We outgrew our Dodge Caravan years ago. We now have a Ford 15 passanger van. It is WONDERFUL for space. And I love that I am bigger than most anything on the road. It is built like a tank. The down side is the gas mileage. Which, with gas prices the way they are, we can't afford to drive it around much. I am hoping to get another "smaller" vehicle (a 7 or 8 passanger) with better gas mileage for short trips with some of the children. My DH does have a work car, that is falling apart, but at least he can drive it to work and leave me with the van.
As for what my family thinks....They thougth I was smart when I had my first and did not have a baby for 4 years.
Then they thought I was OK, because everyone can afford to have two.
Then they thought I was "complete" because I had "finally" gotten my boy.
Then they thought I was a little strange for having four.
Then they thougth I was crazy for having five.
Then they thought I was really insaine for having six.
Then they thought I was beyond saving for having seven.
They never knew about our eighth.
And when we have our ninth, I am sure they will stop sending gifts to the children, they already say it's too expensive!
But they really do love us, they just don't understand us.