Big Families are a Blessing

Simcha shared this article, and I wanted to pass it along.

The Original 17 Kids and Counting

In 1938, BDN columnist Henry Buxton visted the Rancourts at their farmhouse, which Alice kept immaculately clean and organized. During a period of 14 days in the summer of 1938, the family — both parents and 10 children still at home — picked an average of two tons of beans per day for the canning factory.

“I have found that a mother can scratch for a dozen just as well as she can for 10,” said Alice in the 1938 article in the BDN. “I wouldn’t swap one of my children for all the money in the world.”

“I have brought them up to the idea that honesty is the best policy, and that only criminals refuse to work,” Alice told Buxton. “All the children at home have their work to do, and they take pride in doing that work well.”

I think I found my new role model!

I love comments. Tell me what you think!

  • Beth Anne December 5, 2011, 2:06 pm

    Love this article! People think the Duggars are the only ones that have 20 kids. But they aren’t. There are a TON of families that has a lot of kids they just aren’t on TV!

  • Melissa @ Dyno-mom December 5, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Yeah, I am seriously impressed. I am not picking two tons of beans a day and have all the latest and greatest luxuries in the the kitchen. I am one spoiled mama!

  • Birdie December 7, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this one.


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