Packing for 9 children, myself and a household might seem a little much.
And it is. If I ever go down the path of-- maybe we should leave so and so with... my heart immediately stops me.
My husband and I decided long ago that 'no one gets left behind'. Yes, we have occasional date nights, but if we're going anywhere for more than an hour or two-- "Get everyone ready. We 're all going out for a bit."
The running theme in our home is that 'we do things as a family'.
One day my children will be all grown up and my husband and I will go many places-- just the two of us, but for now, I have 9 children and we do things together.
My children look forward to our Summer trips and I couldn't imagine leaving someone behind to make it easier on me or Chris.
That even goes for our annual Disneyland trips.
Everyone from our newborn on up goes along-- and enjoys the experience. That is just the way our family does things.
And with pre-planned, organized packing and trip planning, it is much easier than someone might think. Everyone participates in that too.
And right now---everyone is so excited to go to Bible conference and see all the cousins!