by Zsuzsanna Anderson of Are They All Yours? – Answering Large Family Objections: My, How Small Your House Is!
Editor’s note: Holy cow! I always thought her house looked teensy from the photos she’s posted but not that tiny. My house is bigger than that and we always felt cramped with two kids. I cannot imagine having to put 4 children, much less 8 in such a small space. Plus you cannot just say that everyone with a bigger house has decided that they wanted the house more than children.
Only update for today and likely tomorrow. Badly infected fingers/hand.
Finally, inevitably someone will inquire about the size of the house a large family lives in, as if that should be a major deciding factor. This is a thinking that I can sympathize with, because I, too, used to think that big family = big house, simply by necessity. However, over the years as I have talked to other large family moms, I have noticed that besides medium-sized families in average sized homes, there are pretty much two extremes: large families in small homes, and small families in large homes.
I don’t think this is a coincidence – people are choosing to have either a big house, or a big family. At approx. 1550 sq ft, our house is definitely considered on the small side for a family our size, at least by today’s standards (4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, plus dining/school room, kitchen, living room, no garage, but two good-sized sheds). Even just a hundred years ago, however, our house would have been considered a mansion, and that even long before indoor plumbing and heating/air conditioning were standard conveniences. No, judging by most of history, and even the vast majority of the world today, we live in the lap of luxury. There are those who suppose that “gain is godliness,” so to them, bigger equals better, but I think just the opposite is true.
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