The definition of a large family is different for everyone. For some that might be 3 children and for others 12. With number 6 on the way, I feel like we are going into the big leauge of family sizes. Though raising a large family is not without it's challenges the benefits and blessings are innumerable!
I love shocking people when I am out alone and they ask me if my growing abodemen is going to be my first child. The look on their faces is priceless when I tell them it's my 6th! They always ask me how I do it. I sure don't do it perfectly. Just because you have a large family doesn't mean you are super mom it just means you have different priorities and have learned to adjust with each new baby.
It's so funny to me how when you have a big family people think they need to know what your family's intimate plans are.
"So are you done now?"
"Are you just trusting the Lord?" As if we are not if we only had 2 kids!?
"How many more are you going to have?"
"How do you feed them all?"
"How do you afford it?"
"You only have 2 bedrooms?"
"And you homeschool too?"
The truth is that though my husband and I hoped for a big family we had no idea what the Lord had in store for us. We have taken it one child at a time and have been so blessed with each one even if it might have not been our exact plans. God is ultimately in control and have been so glad each time he has changed our plans and blessed us beyond what we deserve or could have hoped for.
Though there are many challenges to raising a large family, the benefits far outweigh the difficulties. Unfortunately in our day and age when people see a large family, they just see $ signs. It's so sad that our culture often views them only as a burden instead of a blessing. But if you believe God's word you will see that children truly are such a blessing and you get far more than you give when you choose to embrace them as Jesus did.
"Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14 ESV
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