The following comments are as much to myself as to anyone else who has ever had the notion that a family has "TOO MANY" kids.
If you know someone who is pregnant and already has the number of kids you deem "enough" keep it to yourself. Instead, congratulate them. If they're your friend, support them. Encourage them.
Did you know that children are a gift from the Lord? Whether its the 2nd born or 10th, still a blessing.
So what if they need to buy a bigger car or perhaps a conversion van? It's a car. And you don't have to drive it. Or put gas in it. So why are you concerned?
So what if they need to put two or THREE kids in one room (gasp!)?
So what if they can't buy as many Christmas presents or have to dress their kids in hand-me-downs?
How are they going to pay for 4, 5, 6 college educations? Guess what? They don't have to worry about that for EIGHTEEN years. Let them get that van paid off first.
Am I done having kids? My friend was "done" three kids ago and here she is with five. I think God changed her mind for her ;)
Next time you see a mom with her oodles of kids at church, or in the store or wherever, resist the urge to say, "boy, you have your hands full!" say instead, "wow! you've been quadruply blessed!" It will remind them of that fact-especially if they are in the process of searching for kid #4 who ran off. Moms don't need to be reminded that they have their hands full. They need encouragement.
To my friend who just found out she's pregnant with her fourth, I congratulate you. You make super cute kids and I'm glad there will be another one running around soon ;) Soon enough, you will be holding that little one in your arms and wonder how you ever lived without him/ her! I think you'd feel that way if it was your 2nd or 10th.
Do you have a full quiver? I'd love to hear from you. What crazy comments have you received at the store or from someone in regards to the number of kids you have?
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. (Psalms 127:3-5 ESV)
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