Now, 23 years later, they have nine children and twins on the way!
Realising there was a lot of curiosity surrounding large families, Tania started their blog www.largerfamilylife.com to give an insight into their every day lives. Three years on they decided to put the most commonly asked questions together in one place.
Here they explain how their convictions regarding family planning changed to how they rode through life's rollercoaster to reach where they are today. Along with their story they share the things they have learnt along the way, from budgeting tips, to homeschooling to introducing a new baby into the family.
Larger Family Life, the book, is a must read for anybody who has a large family of their own or is simply interested to know more about the logistics of having a large family