Did You WANT 7 kids?!

Over the weekend, I was asked a question. Bold and blunt.

(You know, some people the Lord gently reminds to keep their opinions to themselves and then there are those I believe He has to scream in their ear :

Keep your trap shut!

 I verge on that sort of person occasionally….)

Regardless, the question was:

Did you WANT 7 kids?!?!?!

I can honestly say that I did not start my parenthood journey thinking:

Oh, no sweat.  I think 7 would be easy. Yep, step-relationships are such a piece of cake. Oh, and special needs? Simple. I’ll take it. Rare, complicated disease for one child? Sure. Allergies? Bring. it. on. The more the merrier. And throw a huge age span in there too, just for good measure.  Nothing like having one daughter attending her senior awards ceremony on the day after the birth of another.

However, I can tell you that from the time I was little, I used to drag my little dolls around like crazy. And line them up to feed them and teach them. 

I even took them to church whenever I could get by with it.

I had various dreams of becoming a doctor, attorney, and writer. But I do have to say that in my heart of hearts, dream of dreams, more than anything, I really did want to be a wife.

and a mother.

So I have my dream.

However, the vision I had looked a little more like the Brady Bunch.

Housekeeper. Cook. Trips to Hawaii.

And so far…

I’m the Housekeeper.

And the Cook…

And a trip to Heaven is probably in the closer future than one to Hawaii.

The point is: Often God gives us our dreams. 

We just view them from a different perspective than His.

Maybe your dream has been given to you, but like me, you are missing the housekeeper and cook.  Those embellishing details that make you look good; where are those?

And work for that dream? What?

Praying: God, are you really saying I have responsibility with the privilege?

Perhaps your dream doesn’t need to change.

Just your perspective.

I Corinthians 13:12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.   All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

So to answer that question: Did you WANT 7 kids?!


Every. single. one.

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  1. LaughingEyes says:

    dont judge me because i already have all of their names picked out.yes, i have a note on my iPhone titled baby names and in there are 7 names that are near and dear to my heart.

    my grandmother on my mother’s side had 10 children by her husband and they were mostly one year apart. she was a stay at home mom and he was a mechanic. their lives were simple but i feel like her family enjoyed something her grandkids missed with busy parents. my grandmother kept her family fed with homemade food-all prepared from scratch, she knew how to sew and she would make clothes for the children (which would be handwashed and then ironed) , reared chickens, had a variety of fruit trees in the yard, and on top of all that had time to doll herself up. even to this day, she has something about her that none of her daughters took after her. all her 3 girls seem good at one thing that the others dont fancy that much and none of them on their best day can match her.

    in our present time, such a standard is almost next to prefection and thus unattainable but im still going to try to be something of the sort.

  2. 7 kids?!? I’m sure with friends over – you will probably have more. I NEVER just have 5. Lol!

    I always answer the question “are you going to have more kids?” with “Not today.” lol. I think it puts people at ease – well mostly me. Ha! 🙂

    1. I love that “not today” answer! I think I”ll borrow it if you don’t mind! 🙂

  3. I have three natural kids-all clos ein age. Boy, boy, girl. So the most blunt questions I have been asked is the “Where you trying for a girl?” Um, no. I just have always liked kids and am open to God’s little blessings. I too played school with my dolls…

  4. Well said! 🙂 We also have seven (blended family) and I’m loving the adventure!

    1. Ahhh! Thanks. Takes one to know one. 😉 (That applies to blended parenting and adventuring. ) 🙂

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