Monday, November 28, 2011

Big Families

Sorry we have been M.I.A for the last few days.  We decided to take a break and enjoy the holidays and our time with our family.  We had an amazing Thanksgiving and hope that yours was great as well.  Pictures will come soon... we promise:)

So as you already know, us 6 sisters come from a big family.
6 girls, 3 boys.
9 kids.
And we all look back on our childhood with fondness.
Were we wealthy?
Live in a big house?
No...we grew up in a 1500 sq ft house.
But we didn't even realize it at the time.
I know as I look back I don't remember our house feeling small.
We lived happily.

I was watching Cheaper By the Dozen tonight with my 5 kiddos.
And I must admit, I teared up 2 different times.
I can relate to that show in a lot of ways.

1 - I can relate to the chaos that lots of children brings,
the times where you feel left out and that no one cares,
the fighting and bickering,
and the love and unity you feel for each other,
and the love you feel from a parent who takes time out for you and you alone.

2 - And now I can relate from a parents stand point,
raising lots of children and sometimes feeling like you are going to seriously lose it,
how you feel like all you do all day is chase kids and change diapers,
chaos and messes everywhere you turn,
your identity suddenly buried 6 feet deep,
under homework, bills, toys, laundry and sippy cup spills.

Sometimes I do feel like the dad from Cheaper By the Dozen,
standing on an empty football field, looking around and feeling like I am giving everything up.
Like I am swamped with all the daily grind of life that I forget what I am doing.
What is the ultimate goal?
Is it for ME to achieve what I want out of life?
Or is it for ME to follow HIS plan?
The day to day LITTLE stuff is what will lead me back to HIM.
Caring for HIS children,
teaching HIS children,
preparing HIS children,
loving HIS children.

I wouldn't want it any other way.

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Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

I have 5 sisters & 3 brothers too!!!!!!!!!!

JKclark said...

Same here! 5 sisters, 3 brothers, and to top it all off... I'm the middle child! :) I personally have never heard someone say they wish they had less siblings. I have however heard someone say they wish they had had another sister or brother. Yet there still seems to be so many people out there with so many bad things to say about large families.

tiffunny said...

Wow! Love this post. Just awesome in every way.

carrie said...

"Like" Ü

jessi bridges said...

So sweet! We have been praying and asking God for a big family. We've always wanted lots of kids. But, of course, it's up to Him not us. I love hearing about families with lots of children. They are such an incredible blessing!

Kendra Fletcher said...

Thank you for this. We have 5 boys and 3 girls, and there are days, you know? My girls in particular are on each other right now (they are 12, 10, and 8) and I have to remind them that they are building lifelong relationships right here in our home.

It isn't always easy, but it's the best thing I've ever done.

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