May 28, 2015

Large Families

A common sentiment against large families is that it is "selfish" to have so many kids. I completely disagree. Yes, we use "more" resources (water, electricity, food) than smaller families, but not proportionally so. If the tv is on, there are at least 3 of us watching a show. When the kids were small, they bathed 2 or 3 at a time in the tub. We eat more meals at home, thus reducing the gas emissions and monetary expenditures of eating out.

The God we worship is not up there slapping His forehead, saying, SIX BILLION??? What was I thinking????"  He did not make "too many" people for the Earth. We, who joyfully accept as many gifts from God as He wills to give us, will selflessly go hungry so they may eat. Work a job we hate, so they can have health insurance. Stay home and skip the extra income so that we can teach them at home about God and His creation. Wear old clothes so they can have school and team uniforms. Skip vacations and stay home and blow bubbles and make memories. Drive an old car so they can have dance lessons and soccer fees. We sacrifice for love. Gladly. Again and again. We wouldn't have it any other way.

If I didn't have all these kids, I would not be any richer. I'd be much, much poorer.

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