Living solutions for large families

Being part of a larger Catholic community who really, really love life..  I mean, we REALLY love life.  In all its messy, demanding and chaotic iterations.  This also means we LOVE babies, children, families, old people, grandparents, teenagers and even (sometimes) cranky mothers like me.  One of the challenges, however, in a “Culture of Death” as St John Paul 2 put it, is the the issue of shelter.  Adequate shelter to manage our lives which often includes more than one child if we are so blessed, as well as possibly extended family living with us or visiting regularly, and the odd bbq where inviting 2 families can often mean you have 20 people in your home.

So, what is the discerning Catholic to do with this conundrum?  I have the answer for you, formulated with some dear friends who at one point were homeless due to being repeatedly refused rental accommodation due to their gorgeous 6 children.  We came up with the concept of the Catholic Yurt.  It may not look much from the outside, but the advantages of this are that you will never be seen as a target by potential thieves.


The lowly mushroom-like yurt has gained rapid popularity in recent times, and why not?  They have been used in Mongolia for millennia, and are a sturdy and versatile dwelling.  For the more discerning woman of the home, the interior design options of the yurt are endless.

For those times when piano practice grates on the nerves of Mum, she can just add another room. Source
Why not install a kitchen like Celine Dion? There is ample space to play around with. Source
Sleeping quarters for multiple children need no longer be a problem. Have a child who will only sleep with the light on while the siblings require complete darkness? No problem with this versatile spaceship bunking system which allows for a curtain on each bed, or this one where each bunk is a double bed.   You can fit in  the whole family including the co-sleeping baby.  Wow.

If you are concerned that such extravagance may cause scandal to those who are less fortunate and unable to kit out their yurts with the latest architect designed mod-cons, then perhaps the penitentiary style would suit some.  It would certainly get around the need to vacuum.  You could just hose out the various family members’ cells as needs arose.  And you would certainly be able to keep tabs on those mischievously wandering toddlers.


Why not consider separate yurts for different functions?  You could have the “sleeping yurt”, the “dining yurt”, even the “guest yurt”.  Let’s not forget how they look from outside.


So, never fear all you families who love LIFE so much, there is always some way of working out that basic need for shelter.  And if you find yourself homeless and, dare I say, Yurtless, then St Joseph has always been a great back up for our family.  He did, after all, have to find shelter in Bethlehem when no one would let the Holy Family have a room, and again in Egypt as refugees.

St Joseph
Here he is pointing out a new house to an aspiring home owner.. notice the yurt-like shape on the top of the building. Source

So, rest assured.  Heaven loves life, too.  And you will never ever be abandoned in your crazy embracing of life.  Aspiring Yurters unite!  St Joseph, patron saint of accommodation requirements, pray for us.

“Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted.  Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection.  Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.” Source



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