The Bonell family: Mum-of-16 from Australia’s largest family welcomes another new member

Mum-of-16 from Australia’s largest family welcomes another new member – and reveals her very unique name

  • Mum-of-16 Jeni Bonell has welcomed a new member, a baby granddaughter
  • The mum from Australia’s largest family shared her unique name, Odette
  • Odette is a feminine name of French and German origin, meaning ‘wealthy’
  • Jeni has nine sons and seven daughters aged between seven and age 32
  • She updates her followers on how it is to look after such a large family

The mum-of-16 from Australia's largest family has officially welcomed another new member into the brood (Jeni Bonell pictured)

The mum-of-16 from Australia’s largest family has officially welcomed another new member into the brood (Jeni Bonell pictured)

The mum-of-16 from Australia’s largest family has officially welcomed another new member into the brood, after one of her daughters gave birth to a baby girl last weekend.

Jeni Bonell, 52, and her husband Ray, from Queensland, have a super-sized family consisting of 16 kids – nine sons and seven daughters aged between seven and 32.

Now, one of Jeni’s daughters, Brooke, has given birth to a little girl, who has been named Odette Faith.

The name Odette is a feminine name of French and German origin, meaning ‘wealthy’.

One of Jeni's daughters welcomed a baby girl into her family (pictured) last weekend, named Odette Faith

One of Jeni’s daughters welcomed a baby girl into her family (pictured) last weekend, named Odette Faith

'I was so honoured to be able to be in the delivery room with my daughter. She was amazing. What a warrior!' Jeni said (pictured with her daughter)

‘I was so honoured to be able to be in the delivery room with my daughter. She was amazing. What a warrior!’ Jeni said (pictured with her daughter)

‘Last weekend we welcomed a new family member,’ Jeni posted on Instagram

‘I was so honoured to be able to be in the delivery room with my daughter. She was amazing. What a warrior!

‘And aw, look at those teeny tiny feet. So soft and fresh to the world!’

She wrote in another post: ‘Welcome to the world Odette Faith. Congratulations to Brooke and Jamie, Aurora, Remington and Zariella.

‘We are all very excited and so in love with this precious baby girl.’ 

It wasn’t long before the congratulations messages poured in for Jeni and her super-sized family.

‘Congratulations, I love her name,’ one person commented.

‘I love her name! She is so precious,’ added another.

Jeni Bonell, 52, and her husband Ray, from Queensland, have a super-sized family consisting of 16 kids - nine sons and seven daughters aged between seven and 32 (the family pictured)

Jeni Bonell, 52, and her husband Ray, from Queensland, have a super-sized family consisting of 16 kids – nine sons and seven daughters aged between seven and 32 (the family pictured)

Jeni has a huge following on social media, where she shares the reality of looking after and feeding her large family. 

Previously, Jeni shared a snap that illustrates what it looks like for her to ‘pop to the shops for bread and milk’.

She usually does a huge supermarket shop at the start of the week to stock up on pantry staples, fresh meat, fruit and vegetables, spending an average of $450.

But the stock only lasts the family half of the week. Jeni returns to the store mid-way through the week to pick up essential items such as milk, bread and fresh produce.

Previously, Jeni shared a snap that illustrates what it looks like for her to 'pop to the shops for bread and milk' (pictured)

Previously, Jeni shared a snap that illustrates what it looks like for her to ‘pop to the shops for bread and milk’ (pictured)

Jeni has made a name for herself for sharing how she looks after her supersized family, and what she cooks for them (meals pictured)

Jeni has made a name for herself for sharing how she looks after her supersized family, and what she cooks for them (meals pictured)

Jeni has made a name for herself for sharing how she looks after her supersized family, and what she cooks for them (meals pictured)

In one of her mid-week shops, she picked up six bottles of 3L milk, three loaves of sliced bread and an array of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The haul included 2kg carrots, four punnets of strawberries, two punnets of blueberries, 1kg grapes, 400g of cherries, 600g of grape tomatoes, 4kg potatoes, two salad kits, a punnet of peaches and a bag of apricots.

‘When you just need milk, bread and some fruit and vegetables,’ Jeni wrote on Facebook, alongside a huge grocery haul of her ‘quick shop’.

Her grocery bill came to an estimate total of $132.67.

Dozens of people were amazed with her shop, with one joking: ‘You don’t need to join a gym. So much weight training going on, lifting the milk jugs.’

What’s typically in the Bonell family’s weekly shopping trolley?

  • 4kg potatoes
  • 2kg carrots
  • 2kg royal gala apples
  • 500g white cup mushrooms
  • 2 x bags of grapes
  • Thai-style salad kit
  • Crunchy noodle coleslaw kit
  • 400g of green beans
  • 1.5kg homebrand spaghetti
  • 700g homebrand pasta sauce
  • 3 x 12 white dinner rolls
  • 3 x cheese and back rolls 
  • 4 tins of corn kernels 
  • 2 tins of apricot nectar 
  • 500g homebrand peanut butter
  • Leg of ham under 1kg
  • 2 x 250g champagne leg ham
  • 2 x 80g roast beef
  • 10L of water
  • 4 x 700g homebrand bread slices
  • 24 rolls of toilet paper 
  • 18 hot dog rolls
  • Vegemite 280g 
  • 6 x bottles of 3L milk
  • 125g Salmon and lobster spread
  • 245g homebrand cream cheese
  • 250g homebrand mustard
  • 120g homebrand roast meat gravy
  • Nescafe instant cappuccino
  • Nescafe instant latte
  • 500g light tasty shredded cheese
  • 250g Mil Lel parmesan cheese
  • 2kg homebrand vanilla yoghurt
  • 600mL thickened cream
  • 3 x 12-pack Yoplait yoghurt
  • 12-pack Paul chocolate mousse
  • 6 x dozens of cage-free eggs
  • 3 x Ritz dips
  • 1kg short cut bacon
  • 4 x homebrand cereal
  • 2 x Uncle Tobys cereal
  • 3 x bottles homebrand lemonade
  • 24-pack Anzac biscuits 
  • 750mL homebrand canola oil
  • 400g homebrand canola oil spray
  • 4 x 1L Cottee’s cordial

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To keep costs down each week, the mother (pictured) said she always buys homebrand items, stocks up on half-price products and buys fresh meat and fresh produce in bulk

To keep costs down each week, the mother (pictured) said she always buys homebrand items, stocks up on half-price products and buys fresh meat and fresh produce in bulk 

To keep costs down each week, the mother previously said she always buys homebrand items, stocks up on half-price products and buys fresh meat and fresh produce in bulk.

‘I tend to buy up whatever we need to make meals for that week to add to our supplies or if I have something that I find that’s on special or half-price or it’s a great bargain, then I will buy up on that product and we will stockpile it,’ she said.

‘We’ve bought certain ingredients to go with certain meals that we are going to make this week – and the rest of it is basically we are just filling the cupboards back up to what fits in the pantry.’

Normally the family would drink through 50 litres of milk per week, but Ms Bonell said last year they are trying to cut back on the dairy.

‘We’re trying to pull back on milk for a little bit just for budget sake so [I bought] six three-litre bottles, and we’re trying to get by with just 12 three-litre of bottles per week,’ she said.

This means the family is currently drinking 36 litres of milk a week.

To find out more about the Bonell family, you can follow them on Instagram here

Budget tips for keeping your grocery costs down

* Bulk out pricier foods like seasoned rice with plain rice

* Shop the specials and stockpile things that are on sale

* Base your meals around what’s on sale

* Plan and make a budget you can definitely stick to

* If you see something you know you’ll want later and it’s on sale, even if it’s veggies, buy it, chop it and freeze it for a later date

* Involve your children in the shopping and the weekly budget 

* Make sure there is no food wastage

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