Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bigger Is So Much Better; Mother-of-Seven Louise Nash's Only Regret Is That She Didn't Have More! Kathy Sundstrom Reports

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bigger Is So Much Better; Mother-of-Seven Louise Nash's Only Regret Is That She Didn't Have More! Kathy Sundstrom Reports

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom kathy.sundstrom@scnews.com.au

WHAT would a mother of seven regret most about having so many kids to take care of?

The mountains of washing? Preparing three meals a day for nine people? Or the inevitable noise?

Woombye's Louise Nash only has one regret - and that is that she didn't have more!

Mrs Nash adores being mother to Michael, 24, Sarah, 22, Lucy, 19, Sophie, 17, Rosy, 11, James, 8, and Eliza, 5.

She likes it so much that in addition to looking after them, they have all been homeschooled.

"From the moment I was born I thought I would love to be a mother. I always used to say I wanted six," she said.

"Six is nothing now when we know there are much bigger families and the amount of fun they have - I wish we had started sooner."

Mrs Nash can only smile in amusement when she reads about mothers who are "juggling three children" as she happily juggles seven without resorting to the television and computers as babysitters.

"It is a juggle, but it is a way of living," she said. "It is all in the way we think. To me, it's my life. Others have a career, my career is my children and my family and to do the best that I can do.

"I feel selfish that I am enjoying myself so much with what I'm doing. It is not an effort and the rewards are definitely there."

Mrs Nash and husband Harvey both come from families larger than the national average of 1.7 children.

"I come from a family of four girls and Harvey is one of six," Mrs Nash said.

She would have had more children if she hadn't listened to the opinion of others and had her "tubes tied" after number four, Sophie.

"I used to have difficulties with my pregnancies, so I took the advice of other people who said I was crazy to want to have so many, and had my tubes tied," she said.

"But I became convinced I had done the wrong thing and saved up to have the operation reversed. Then, thanks to God, we had the three youngest ones with no problems. …

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