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post #261 of 419
That's one thing I'm thankful for, DP and I have always seen eye to eye on almost all parenting/family decisions.
post #262 of 419
Subbing because I am seriously considering adopting a sibling set of 7. Yes, I said seven, Mom. I have 3 kids, 2 still at home, ages 11 & 12, and the kids I am am thinking of range in age from 6 to 16, with the 4 older girls and the younger ones boys. I am terrified! Could I really be a single, WAHM, unschooling, AP, relaxed, happy mama to 9?!? 10 if we count ElderSon, age 25!
post #263 of 419
Wow! What happened to their parents, if you don't mind my asking?
post #264 of 419
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Medieval and Renaissance style costumes (as well as historically-documented garb and fantasy for custom orders) is our original business and the second which is the one that pays the bills these days is selling natural fabrics (linen, organic cotton, wool, hemp, silk) and ecclesiastical brocades. The fabric selling started becoming the main business last year when my turnaround time reached 6 months for sewing!
That is just so cool! I love the Medieval times. That is my particular genre that my novels are set in. So it has always fascinated me. (Excluding all the magic and stuff.)

I have studied the times in great detail. Mostly regarding castles and systems of government. I have not found too much on the actual clothing beyond general facts, though. Do you have a web site that I could take a look at?
post #265 of 419
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Thanks, ladies!

BTW, can I join? I just had number 4. I know that's still an itty bitty family compared to some of you, but we're really starting to feel big!


Hi! Of course you can join. Most agree that 4 is considered large (even though for me, it does not feel like it.)

Welcome to the tribe!
post #266 of 419
Welcome christyc, to the tribe!

I love twins. I have always wanted a set of twins. I tease my older children that I have to keep trying until I finally get that set. (It always makes then groan!)

Of course, I don't really try to get pg. (That is not what I believe.)

But I do love teasing my children. And I do always hope for a set of twins when I get a positive test.
post #267 of 419
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Subbing because I am seriously considering adopting a sibling set of 7. Yes, I said seven, Mom. I have 3 kids, 2 still at home, ages 11 & 12, and the kids I am am thinking of range in age from 6 to 16, with the 4 older girls and the younger ones boys. I am terrified! Could I really be a single, WAHM, unschooling, AP, relaxed, happy mama to 9?!? 10 if we count ElderSon, age 25!
Just wanted to say hi!

Welcome to the forum.

I have been a temporary mom of 10 before, and it was not easy. But I had the support of my DH. However, six of those were six and under. Your children will be a bit older, so it should be easier.

It may be hard for you, but I am sure if you feel like this is something that you should do, those children would be truly blessed. No many places would keep that many children together in other circumstances.

Feel free to pick our brains for any help that we can offer. I know plenty here that would love to help in any way that we can.
post #268 of 419
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Unless anyone knows of any minivans with 5 rear shoulder belt.
We have an '04 Toyota Sienna with the optional 8th seat. It has 5 rear shoulder belts.
post #269 of 419
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We have an '04 Toyota Sienna with the optional 8th seat. It has 5 rear shoulder belts.

This is what we drive as well. I'm not quite ready to jump to the conversion van They are coming out with the Sienna as a hybrid next year or the year after but I think it will only be a 7 seater
post #270 of 419
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Originally Posted by mamarhu View Post
Subbing because I am seriously considering adopting a sibling set of 7. Yes, I said seven, Mom. I have 3 kids, 2 still at home, ages 11 & 12, and the kids I am am thinking of range in age from 6 to 16, with the 4 older girls and the younger ones boys. I am terrified! Could I really be a single, WAHM, unschooling, AP, relaxed, happy mama to 9?!? 10 if we count ElderSon, age 25!
Ok, off topic I suppose but I *just saw* a sibling set of seven listed waiting somewhere. I wonder if it is the same group! You know you are meant to have a large family when you see situations like that and think "I could do that! Wouldn't it be wonderful?"

We recently went from 7 to 4 and wow it feels EMPTY here. I almost left this tribe because 4 seems like nothing to me. But we are going to add at least 2 more in the near future through adoption and I'd really love to adopt a sibling set as well.

I'm not sure how adopting a sibling set would work, esp if they have a lot of behavioral problems. But I know that when we had 7 here, it was easy-peasy. Sometimes easier than our current 4. We had lots of help and support from the older kids. I'm not in the camp that believes that kids be little parents just because I want to have a lot of babies but all our older kids really want to help with the little ones so there are always hands to help out. I like that I could just do a shout out "Who would be willing to do xyz" and eventually someone would volunteer :-)
post #271 of 419
Well, I am putting that idea on hold for the moment, as my mother (lives with us, age 88) just started having some new health problems and I want to see how this plays out before I start anything. Sigh. Anyway, I know I could adopt a large sibling group someday, and I think I will plan in that direction for the future.
post #272 of 419
I'm planning on doing the same and am setting that as a goal. Adoption is very heavy on my heart. I want as large a sibling group as I can get!!! It breaks my heart to read of children who have to be broken up.
post #273 of 419
This morning I caught the end of a segment on the Today show where a woman was paying tribute to her father. She seemed to be the spokeswoman for herelf and her seven siblings. She said the reason she loved her dad most of all was that "he never seemed to understand the financial advantanges of having less than 8 children."
post #274 of 419
Subbing, funny I just subbed another thread about big families.. There must be multiple of these... I'm 36 years old and have 2 kids (6/02, 5/06) currently but would like more kids if God blesses us with more blessings. I would love to hear about other big families' lifestyles.
What age is too old for a women to have kids anyway?
post #275 of 419
Hi everyone! Im pregnant with our fourth. We plan to adopt and probably have at least one more biological child. Just wanted to pop in on the thread, but didnt have time to read today. Now Im subscribed!
post #276 of 419
Naturallyspeaking, welcome to this tribe (too!)!

We do have two tribes going, I just bounce back and forth. Glad you found this one too.

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What age is too old for a women to have kids anyway?
Tricky question. For ME, I will be too old to have kids when I can not longer naturally have children. And not a moment sooner!

My mom went through menopause at around 55. So that means I could have almost another 20 years!
post #277 of 419
IfMamaAintHappy, Welcome to the tribe!

Hope you like it here. There are a lot of good, insightful moms here.
post #278 of 419
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My mom went through menopause at around 55. So that means I could have almost another 20 years!
My mom went through around 42. As did her mom and her sister. So at 32 I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
post #279 of 419
I know what you mean. It does seem a little daunting to think I could be having babies for another TWENTY YEARS! But I am really not worried about it. I would be glad for any future children that we are blessed with.
post #280 of 419
My mom is 44 and no signs of menopause in sight! She could of had an additional dozen kids by now!

I feel that once your body is saying it's time to move on, then it's time to stop. JMPO.
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