Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
“Are they ALL yours?” is a question that we hear quite often. I don’t mind the question. It is actually a question that reminds me of the great number of sweet gifts God has entrusted to us.
It is a reasonable question, especially today. A day where you cannot find a table at Chipotle if you have more than two children. Gone are the days of the large families that were more common than not, just 100 years ago. The photo of my Great Great Grandfather and his 9 children that adorns my kitchen shelf was considered a normal sized family in the 1870’s. I am thankful for their faith and their family because out of it came my great grandfather who fathered my dear sweet grandmother who mothered my wonderful dad who fathered myself and three siblings who are parenting 31 children between us. The multiplication is amazing, isn’t it? I know they weren’t suppose to smile for photos back then, but I am guessing they were a very happy family based on the next generation down from this photo that I knew!
I have always loved children. Bob and I both love children.
We knew before we were even married that we desired to have many children, though there was no number. We even talked of adopting little girl’s from China if we couldn’t have our own. Bob’s heart was broken for the abandoned little girl’s he saw in the orphanages when he was in China. We knew what the Bible had to say, that children are a blessing, a reward, and a heritage- and Jesus sure LOVED them! So why wouldn’t we? We never considered having a big family to be “more spiritual” or some kind of “cool” thing, we just walked with God and trusted Him with each one. Our family doesn’t feel large…or small…it just feels right- what God has given us. Ten so far…
Each one is a treasure. Each one has their own amazing gifts and talents. Each one brings a different ray of light to our family and our home. Each one needs the others and I delight in how God uses their different strengths and weaknesses to grow and sharpen one another, and Bob and I.
Savannah (16): Makes everything pretty, Loves good things, nurturer
David (15): Hard worker, fast runner, brings life and energy wherever he is
Sarah (13): Loves babies, hard worker, animal/outdoor girl
Daniel (10): Servant, Compassionate, nurturer
Luke (9): Cheerful, hard-working, tender
Samuel (7): Funny, care-free, loves school and frogs
Naomi Joy (5): Cheerful, energetic, diligent
Isaac (4): Snuggler, smiley, LOVES frogs-bugs-snakes
Enid (2): Content, creative, funny
Charlie Grant (1 month): Warrior, gentle, loving…and SO cute!
“And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.”