Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cake Year Round!

      I was an only child for 11 years and can vividly remember the loneliness and sadness that comes with hours of playing Barbie alone or playing catch with a small rubber ball and a door. Granted, I learned how to properly handle myself around adults sooner than most children, my vocabulary became impressive and maturity was a given...and let's not downplay the joy of doting grandparents and a spoiling mother! But still, I didn't have 1 friend who was a singleton like me. In fact 3 of my closest friends had many siblings- one had 3 sisters and a brother, one had 2 sisters and a brother and the other had 2 sisters. School friends told stories of the eternally cool older brothers, annoying little brothers or sisters and flawlessly idolized older sisters. I used to dream of being a middle child; to be blessed with siblings who look up to you and siblings you can learn from would have been such a treat! But I was the firstborn and the only until 1992 when my fervent prayers for a little sister ended with a flaxen haired little brother. We were inseparable (not always by choice,lol) but I did everything possible I could to be the best big sister I could be.

     So having been both a singleton and a sibling for many years I know both sides of this fence very well.....and I would love to know at what point in our country children went from being a blessing to a bother?

     I myself only have 4 children: a son who just turned 4 and 3 daughters ages 8,5½ and 1½. To me, this is not a lot or too many. Yet I can't tell you the number of times I've heard one of these 10 top phrases:

10.I don't know how you do it! My ___(usually 1 or 2) just wear me out! (sorry to hear that- have you tried cardio?)
9.Nope, we had our 2 and WE ARE DONE!(um, I never asked...)
8.Someone needs to tell you where babies come from!(Really?Cuz, I think I pretty much got a handle on the subject,clearly.)
7.Are they all yours?!(Why yes they are!Are yours?)
6.Are they all from the same father???(Absolutely!And they came after our wedding!How about you?!)
5.Are you done yet?(just like these questions...apparently not!)
4.You trying to be like that Duggar family??(One could only pray to be so blessed and normal.)
3.How do you afford all them kids?(How do you afford all them cigarettes?)
2.(pointing to my 2nd oldest) Is she adopted?(no,why?were you interested?)
1.You must have your hands full!(1.To match my heart./ 2.You must have your head empty!)

     At first I would politely just smile and walk away or give a nervous laugh. Then I started actually answering these repetitive queries several times a day every day. Now I am in this half stage between angry/defensive and head shaking pity. I mean really, think whatever you want about me or my family but have the decorum to either keep it to yourself or at the very least connect your synapses and know not to blurt out whatever pops into your narrow mind in front of my children. (Sorry, there's that angry/defensive I warned you about).I'm not saying bigger families are better or even that smaller families are better.There is NO BETTER. There is only what works for you and me.

     For our family the belief that many children are a blessing and a gift runs deep. The practice of pray now, plan later means a lot. And many hands make work light....well, we're working on that,lol, they are still small. But I can tell you one thing. Not one child in this household has ever been an        " oops baby". Whether my husband and I were in agreeance at the time or not, each child was planned,prayed for and loved beyond human understanding. Every 2 years a family portrait has been taken and every 2 years we look back at the last picture and can easily see a space where a family member was missing and are so grateful to God that space was filled the following year or so. 
     I knew my husband and I were finally on the same page the day he said to me,"It's not a matter of whether or not we are done or if people think we have too many children. It's a matter of there is a member of this household missing, we just haven't met them yet".

     So now you know where I stand and my feelings on the subject...what are yours? (Keep it clean and respectful or it will be removed,thank you.)

some good website reading:
little emperors
Life Without Children
American Prejudice
The Breeders' Cup


  1. i love this! whenever i tell people about my friends who have larger families i feel myself get defensive. i use to be one of those people who judged...but that's because i was secretly jealous. it took us so long to have our daughter...i love seeing bigger families and pray to be blessed with at least one more if God has it in His plan.

  2. This is very good. Being your mom is very special. I believe you are going to have another baby soon. In Gods you. The more the merrier thats my feelings!

  3. Love it! So glad you visited me and invited me over. From the stares to the comments (some downright rude and yes, they care not that your children are present), I've walked/am walking in your shoes. I'm learning though that the One I must please is God and this is what He has called me to do. Children are a blessing, He said so, but our society would rather be blessed with more money, more space in their house, more vacations, more stuff, and if having another child keeps them (not all of them) from those things, we'll they just decide they would rather have the stuff than the blessings from God. I too have my moments of anger, especially when I feel like all eyes are on us or like one time, when my oldest (11 1/2) told that someone was whispering and pointing at us. I turned all the way around and looked squarely at this elderly Makes me laugh now, but I was caught up in the moment. Of course, my level headed hubby says I'm probably imagining the looks and maybe the elderly man was admiring our family. Hmmm.....

  4. Jess- I'm praying for the growth of your family size <3
    Mom-BabyV5 will be here in God's time, if it's His will!
    (and maybe BabyV6,7,
    Kristine-I wonder how awkward the world would feel if herds of large families just stared at them or made comments like,"aw, only 1?Don't you know where babies come from??LOL!