Large Families On Purpose is primarily a blog page where encouragement and resources can be found that will benefit families of all sizes but focus primarily on larger families and families who look forward to God growing into a large family.

Erika is a winner of Top 25 Moms With Big Families - 2013

What has having a big family taught you about motherhood?

That it's crucial for my own character to be growing, not just the children's, as the Lord leads me. That I must have a plan/schedule in place for our week in order to be productive and balanced. That I need to be *proactive* and *on purpose* instead of reactive in life with the children, and that this is far less draining than letting the urgent or whims rule everything. And that all these principles are Biblical - providing excellent examples of how the Lord's instructions to us in His Word are really the only to live life successfully in His eyes and with joy and *life*. *smile*

What tips do you have for meal planning?

Meal planning for our family of 11 takes me only 20-30 minutes per week - I strive for organization, and time efficiency especially while I strive for a low grocery budget. *smile* I am asked frequently how I orchestrate this, whether or not we have a "deep pantry" for longer term food storage, and also how I get the shopping done with so many children, so I'll share that with you today.

How do you get your children involved with chores? Please share what age these tips are appropriate for.

When Bob and I had only 2 children who were still taking long afternoon naps, I was able to get most all of the necessary up-keep of our small apartment home done during those 3 hours. But when our third child was born, and our first two were 3 and 4-years-old and not napping for so long, I began feeling over whelmed as to how I was going to keep up. I knew I needed to be teaching the oldest two to be helping, but that felt like so much more work than just doing it myself. Well, desiring to have my cake and eat it, too, I did not teach the children right away and rather continued trying to do it all myself. *cringe*... And I limped along this way for another few years... (not recommended *laugh*)