I’m sure that two extremes come to mind when picturing a house filled with 9 children, 2 adults, 1 dog and a frog (yes, a frog). The first extreme would be to picture 11 of us crammed into a shack in someone else’s backyard. The second extreme would be that we are so filthy-rich that we live in a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion. After all, how can anyone have 9 kids and live in anything much smaller? LOL! Now, I do consider my home to be quite comfy and nice, but it is no gargantuan mansion. Neither is it a cardboard shack. It’s perfect for our 9 children and for any other children that God sends! It’s HOME!
Our home is 4000 square feet on 4 acres in a suburb of Charlotte, NC. Since our home is three levels, it is divided rather differently. When we moved in, the house was very much dated (1980’s) and needed a good dose of T.L.C. It had a mostly unfinished, walk-out basement with two bedrooms and a bath. Total renovation had to be done to the basement upon move-in just to make it livable down there. The main level has the master bedroom and another bedroom, as well as all the usual living spaces. We made plans to make the walk-up attic two additional bedrooms, but that didn’t happen for another 3 years. Since we only had 3 children when we moved here, we didn’t need any more than the 4 bedrooms at that time anyway.
Well, 6 children and almost 7 years after moving in, this is how we have our house situated for all the kiddos. The finished attic is beautiful! It’s “Perfectly-Prissy-Pepto-Pink” with white built-ins and window seats. You can guess whose domain that is! That’s right…Annalise (18), Kaitlyn (11), Julia (5) and Ellie (3). The room is one large room, divided into two. The three older girls live on one side of the stairwell with two canopy beds and a trundle (another trundle will be addedwhen Ellie outgrows her bed) and Ellie sleeps on the other side in a toddler bed. Right now we have room for another girl’s bed/crib on that side, for when Eva moves up there and there will be room for two on that side when Ellie moves to the second trundle bed! There is also one rocker, one dresser and a mirrored chest in their rooms. Their closet, which spans the length of the garage (couldn’t be used in any other way) is their humongous closet! We store Mommy & Daddy’s out of season clothing in there, as well as, coats during the summer, sheets, towels, sleeping bags, sewing supplies, doll necessities, etc. It’s the perfect closet for girls!