A mother of nine who is currently expecting her 10th child has revealed that she spends $1,150 each month on food for her family and “wants to have as many children as possible.”
Amanda Sellers, 29, of Roanoke, Virginia, explained how her husband Chris, 33, was not sold on her dream of having a super-sized family when they first started dating in January 2013.
But three months into their tumultuous relationship, Chris – who was already a father of two at the time – proposed to Amanda and the happy couple tied the knot in July.
The couple started trying for a baby almost immediately and welcomed their oldest son Liam, now eight, in February 2014.
In addition to welcoming Chris’s two boys into their home, Amanda had twin girls, Mya and Mia, now seven, in May 2015, and twin boys, Asher and Brycen, now five, in January 2017.
As part of Amanda’s plans to “have as many children as possible,” the couple welcomed Eli, three, in November 2018 and Emma, now two, in July 2020.
Amanda Sellers, 29, with children Mia (center), Mya, Asher, Brycen. The mother of nine is expecting her 10th child in January 2023
Amanda says her husband Chris, 33, (left) wasn’t sure about having many children at first, but her mindset changed when their first son Liam was born in February 2014. L to R: Chris, Amanda, Logan, Ryan, Liam, Mya, Mia, Asher, Brycen, Eli
Amanda and Chris have decided to raise their offspring from their home in Roanoke, Virginia. L to R: Logan, Ryan, Liam, Mya, Mia, Asher, Brycen, Eli, Emma pictured in 2021
They are now expecting their tenth baby – due in January 2023.
“There wasn’t a year I wasn’t pregnant from 2013 to 2020,” said the mom-to-be of 10. “I think 2021 is the only year I haven’t been.”
In addition, the parents decided to only take care of the education of their children by homeschooling them and had to buy a 15-seat van to transport their family – including Chris’s two sons from a previous relationship.
To keep their money going, the stay-at-home mom plans every meal they have for the month and then does one big $800 store.
The mother of nine spends $1130 each month to feed her super-sized family. Amanda Sellers with her twins Mia and Mya and Asher and Brycen.
The mother said their household can be “chaotic” at times. Chris, Logan, Ryan, Liam, Mya, Mia, Asher, Brycen, Eli and Emma pictured on a family outing
She will then spend another $300 to replenish fresh produce, such as milk and yogurt, each week.
Amanda and Chris’ children
Logan – 12
Ryan – 11
Liam – eight
Mya and Mia – seven
Brycen and Asher – five
Eli – three
Emma – two
Amanda explained, “I plan about 15 dinners and then double them. I don’t plan the exact days we have the meals, but I make sure we have enough.
‘We have a large chest freezer in the basement and a fridge freezer in the kitchen. I’d like another freezer if we had space.’
Shortly after Amanda had her first baby in February 2014, Chris’ sons Logan (12) and Ryan (11) moved into their three-bedroom house.
The mother described how having three young children under one roof was a crash course in parenting: “This was the biggest adjustment. I thought, ‘If I can have three young children, I can do anything.’
‘Having three young children is much more difficult in my view than having ten children.
“They all get along and are very outgoing. I try to teach them all to be independent so they can help with chores and arrange their own breakfast and lunch.
“Most of them know how to put on the laundry or make a peanut butter sandwich,” she said. I set a 10 minute timer most days to clear them all.
“It can be chaotic at times, but any household can do that.”
Although the parents consider ’10 a large number’ of children, they are still ‘open to more’. Chris, Amanda, Logan, Ryan, Liam, Mya, Mia, Asher, Brycen shortly after the birth of the couple’s second twins in January 2017.
To help with the upkeep of the house, Amanda and Chris’s older children are given chores that are adjusted weekly.
Explaining how homeschooling works in their household, the mother continued, “They all continue their work and then I will check once a day what they have done with each of them.”
This Christmas, Amanda and Chris have set themselves a budget of $450, which means they will spend $50 on each child.
However, the couple said they want their children to spend more time together as a family than material things.
The mother added: ‘I am very happy with our family size. 10 is a great number. We think this may be our last baby, but we’re open to more.”
Chris added: “At first I was afraid to have a big family, but now I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“If you had told me then that I was going to have nine children and one on the way, I would have thought you were crazy.
‘We try to build a healthy relationship with the children. I don’t think we could ever have too many children that we wouldn’t have the time or love for.’