Large Family Vacation

Hey hey! I can’t believe the time has actually arrived…but my fam is on a “large family vacation” with my side of the family. And by “large” – I mean 10 adults & 11 kids (7 years old & under).

You may remember my sister and her family are on their way to the Philippines as missionaries? They leave next month, so this is kind of our “last hurrah” before they go.

Did I mention we’re all staying in the same house? Ah yes. Memories are in the making, my friends.

We’re each taking turns with meals, so nobody has to bear the burden all alone. And that cuts down on $ since we’ll be eating at home the entire week. Anyway, with 11 kiddos in tow, eating out would be quite the … adventure … an adventure I think both we & whatever restaurant we chose would be happy not to experience!

One of our main goals during this time is to get a family picture. We’re attempting to take it ourselves using a tripod and camera timer. I’ve been researching large family poses. Here are 2 I’ve come up with that we’ll try.

family pose3fam pose2And I imagine we’ll try something where the parents and kids are kind of in a hodge podge together – not necessarily in a line. But that’s too difficult to make a graphic for, so … if it happens, I’ll share it with you after the fact.

5 families getting together is no small feat. I’m so thankful for the time God has given us to spend with each other…especially considering we won’t see my sister and her fam for a couple years. I will be a little absent on the blog & social media this week. Wanna soak up the family time. Oh yeah…and the sun. 😉

I will be instagramming, so feel free to follow me over there if you want to see some behind the scenes pics from our vaca. I’ll be back here on the blog next Monday!




  1. Michelle Duncan says:

    Enjoy you’re family vacation! We have 8 adults & 7 kiddos (6 & under) with 3 more on the way! Fun times!

  2. Karen E. says:

    Your sweet mom gave me a call about a week or so ago to check on me and our family. I’ve been waiting for a good time to call her when I actually had some time to talk, and I was planning to call her back tomorrow sometime. So I guess I’ll wait until next week 🙂 So please tell her I will call her soon and that I love and appreciate her. What was funny about her calling me is that just a day or two before she called, in one of my classes at school, we were talking about people that we look up to and just see Christ in them. I mentioned to my students that Mrs. MacAvoy was one of those people to me. She has always been a sweet example to me. I hope y’all have a great week together!

  3. Sarah says:

    Yay yay it’s time! Though I’ve enjoyed just looking forward to it, now is even better. And brownie points for you for doing it all in the last weeks of pregnancy! And I need you to show me how to use Instagram so I can be hooked.
    All of this from a couple rooms away, since the current youngest kid is hungry. 🙂

  4. Ashley W says:

    I’ve known for a while how small the world has become, but this proves my point! I randomly found your blog via Pinterest and have been following for a little while. When I read this post I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s neat, our church (in Michigan) recently started supporting some missionaries who are leaving for the Philippines next month” so I clicked on the link to see your sister and family and sure enough, your sister and the missionaries we support are one and the same 🙂 I hope you all have a great time at your last big family get together!

  5. Keren says:

    Yay for your family!

    I look forward to this photo! I will be duly impressed–I have a hard enough time getting my own 5-member family picture on the beach using a timer. 🙂

  6. Christa says:

    don’t count on being impressed yet. 😉 haha – basically, the goal is to get everyone all together in a picture.
    if people look nice, are smiling somewhat, and looking at the camera – well, that’s an added bonus. 😉

  7. Kristin says:

    I love summer vacations that happen in the fall. We just got back from our summer/fall vacation. My husband works in lawn care so as soon as work starts to slow down (the first time since April!!), we head out on a family vacation. Ours wasn’t as big as yours, but with 5 kids of our own, it’s busy and loud enough. 🙂

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