Our Tribe of Ten

Our Tribe of Ten

I’m joining Kate Motaung and friends once again for 5-Minute Friday.  I was excited to learn that this week’s word is “Ten”.  The first thing I thought of was my family because there are 10 of us.  (I’m so creative!)  So here are 10 things about our family of ten.

  1.   We are loud.  Even if 10 people talk in normal voice tones, it can get noisy.  We don’t talk in normal voice tones.  We often have to raise our voices to be heard over the other 9 people who are also talking.
  2.  We keep the cows in business.  We consume several gallons of milk a week.
  3.  We spend approximately 94. 6 minutes a day looking for someone’s shoes.  Ten people each with at least 3-4 pairs of shoes—that’s over 70 shoes floating around the house.  There’s always at least one person who can’t find a matching pair when we were supposed to be in the car 5 minutes ago.


  1.  It takes a village to get our village out the door and into the car.  Everybody has to get themselves ready and help someone younger.  Except the 4 and 3-year olds.  They are usually too busy looking for their shoes.
  2.  Our laundry is never done. It is forever in various stages throughout the house:

On the floor

Washed, but not dry

Dry, but not folded

Folded, but not put away

Back on the floor

  1.  We can always find someone to snuggle with.
  2.  Our children learn personal responsibility early.  Mommy just can’t keep up with everybody’s details and I’ve quit trying to pretend that I can.
  3.  When some children are away, 4 or even 6 kids feels like a small family.  We always miss the ones who are gone.  No one is replaceable.
  4.  Our children are comfortable with all age groups from adult to infant.  Nothing melts my heart more than watching my 17-year old and 3-year old adore each other.


10. There’s no such thing as “too many children”.  Some people call me crazy.  Some people feel sorry for me.  My secret is that I am blessed far beyond the mess, the noise, the laundry, or the lost shoes.  I get to hang out with some pretty amazing people every day.  Sure, I’m stretched and some days are hard, but I wouldn’t trade our craziness for a more “manageable” life if I had to miss out on our tribe of ten.

"How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers."~Mother Teresa Click To Tweet

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  • Angelyn Edwall

    Love it! We have 8 children too. You reminded me just how great big family life is!

  • Wow, eight lovely babies! You’re truly blessed beyond the mess. Don’t ever dream of trading the chaos for a more manageable life, the chaos are worth it!!!!!!!!

  • What a beautiful post, Elizabeth! You have a beautiful tribe of 10! I think with only 2 kids, I’ve taken charge of WAY too many of their details! They help around the house, but I bet not as much as your kids do. I’m blessed with my 2 though. 🙂

    • Great to hear from you, Betsty! I tend to be one to take too much charge of other people’s details as well–especially people I care about. The thing about a big family is there is a lot of work to be done, but there are also a lot of people to help get it done. Children are always a blessing, no matter what their number. I hope you have a beautiful day!

  • What a sweet post, Elizabeth! I think it takes a special breed of woman to have and appreciate large families, and the fact that you are that kind of special woman really shines through here. Your kiddos are blessed to have you as their mother!

    • Thanks, Marie. That’s very kind of you. I believe God equips us to do what He calls us to do. God didn’t give me a big family because I have the right disposition. He gave me the right perspective to appreciate the big family He wanted me to have. Hope that makes sense! Have a beautiful day.

  • Your family is beautiful. You are blessed indeed!

    • Oh thank you so much. I am very blessed. I forget that sometimes in my craziness, but I really am. The name of my blog is mostly a good reminder for myself!

  • Beautiful, Elizabeth! Thank you! (And a big congratulations to your hubby, too!)

  • such an awesome family.

  • I’m in awe, Elizabeth. Your family is beautiful and my 3-people issues just seem to pale in comparison. 😉 My favorite had to be the picture of your 17 year old and 3 year old…what a sweet bond.

    • Tiffany, thanks for your sweet comments. When my husband was deployed for 6 months, my little guy got attached to his big brother as a type of father figure. It’s so sweet to see the special interaction between these two.

  • What a FUN post! Your family is beautiful! There are 6 of us, many of your 10 apply to our family too, especially the LOUD, lol. I’m your FMF neighbor today 🙂 Have a wonderful Friday!

  • unspeakablejoymccoy

    YES TO ALL OF THIS! EVERY SINGLE ONE! And no matter how organized you try to be with the shoes (we even have a designated shoe closet where everyone is supposed to put them), they are still lost. Sigh! But like you, I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything else in the world. It’s just too amazing! Love ya, friend!

    • Carrie, I hear ya, girl. And I didn’t even mention the socks. Oh the socks! I’ve told my kids a hundred times I would outlaw ALL socks if I could.

      • Isn’t that the truth? I thought of another one this evening while at the store…missing toothbrushes (mainly the twins). They go through more toothbrushes that I end up buying and later finding in some random place.

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