“Our Blessed Arrows” is from our families favorite Bible verse.

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them… Psalm 127

My husband and I have 5 children and counting. Our oldest and only girl, Kaitlyn, is 11. Joseph is 8, Gabriel is 5, Matthew is 3, and Benjamin as 18 months. I doubt we will reach the count of the the Duggar Family (15 kids!) but I know God will bless us with at least a few more children.

I have had to give up a lot to have this family. My ideas of life before kids were hanging out, partying, going to bed late and waking up around noon. I didn’t much like to clean, or even know how really. I cooked Mac N Cheese, Top Ramen, and made turkey sandwiches. My life was a mess. I had no ambition, no direction, no drive, no life. I was basically that kid that was never gonna grow up who would probably live in her parent’s basement forever jumping from one bad relationship to another except my parents didn’t have a basement and I wasn’t even together enough to have a bad relationship.

Having a family really set something off inside of me. I am passionate about being a wife and mother. I am a stay at home wife and mother and we homeschool our younguns. I have given up TV, staying out late, having an outside job, fancy clothes and cars (not that I ever had any of those), and so much more than I can even list.

Do I regret it? Not for a second. My goal is not to see how rich I can become, or how big a name I can make for myself. My goal in this life is to follow Gods will for me, acknowledge and accept his numerous gifts and blessings, and raise my children in a Christian household while training them up to be strong Christian adults.
There are many other things I want to have or do. There are earthly treasures that seem to call my name at every turn. I want and want and want. I am a selfish human. However, by giving up my strong will to God, something I find can only be learned by doing it over and over again, I have found an unearthly peace and comfort. I have discovered there is so much joy to be had by just being a wife and mother, by just living the life God intended for me.

By simply surrendering my earthly ideas of success I have come to understand what being truly content means. I know what peace feels like.

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