We just found out that our 7th baby will be arriving sometime around January 7th. Yippee for us! It is amazing to me that our family still seems so small. Really, we aren’t a small family compared to what is usual and acceptable in today’s society. Many larger families are put on display because of the curiosity they generate and controversy they stir up.
Take the Duggers who are expecting number 18 in January. One Eight. You should see their house – built completely debt free! They have one of those indoor playgrounds for their kids. They homeschool and they spend quality time together regularly. I am perplexed by those who criticize them saying things like, “how can they spend enough time with each child?”, when the children aren’t leaving the family to go to school, their mom is a stay at home parent, and they eat dinner together every night. They get better time together than most families with just 2 kids!
And now there is this family, Jon & Kate who have 8 kids and their own reality show. They kinda cheated though, you think? Granted the woman grew 6 babies at once, but still. I haven’t ever seen the show but I have seen pictures of their family. Wow are they a cute bunch!
Whenever anybody hears that I have six kids I often get the question, “You have twins somewhere in there, right?” As if having multiples somehow softens the shock or voids any irresponsibility on my part. Like twins don’t actually count.
I guess you could compare it to money. Although it is the same amount of money in the end, it appears as if you have more money if you have a stack of ones opposed to having just one ten dollar bill.
I don’t have twins. I have a stack of ones.
I have wanted twins but I always realize after giving birth that God knew me too well to go and give me twins. It’s that whole ‘He won’t give me more than I can handle’ thing.
So, I guess having 7 kids with no multiples puts us permanently on the edge of crazy in most peoples’ eyes. I don’t know, maybe their right but we’re happy so what does it matter?