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. Psalm 127: 3-5
Monday, January 25, 2010
Why a large family?
I have answered some of the "how do you do it?" questions so now I thought I would share why we do it. We believe that children are a blessing from God and who are we to reject His blessings? It really was never anything my husband and I debated over or disagreed on, it just seemed to be something that God placed on both our hearts.
After we had Christiana there wasn't a question that we wanted another one so we didn't do anything to keep from getting pregnant we just let things happen naturally. After Josiah, we still wanted more so Kaitlyn came along, then Micah. After Micah, we thought that maybe we were done. Thinking that we had two girls and two boys we were satisfied. Then we unexpectedly got pregnant with Jonathan. After the shock wore off and he was born we felt so blessed to have him as part of our family. He is such a joy to all of us and so precious, I really would hate to think what we would have missed out on if we had decided to take our family size in our own hands instead of trusting God. Since Jonathan we have decided to trust God, since He knows best anyway. We now have seven children (Matthew and Joshua came after Jonathan) and we are open to whatever God chooses for us.
It is a step of faith to trust God in this area. So many times we want to think that we know better what we can or cannot handle, but God has shown us over and over again that if we trust Him to provide our family then He will provide for our family as well.