*Nana's visit (Brandon's mom)
*End of school
*5th grade graduation
*Start of summer
Instead, I'm waxing all philosophical and poetic. Correction: I'm attempting to wax philosophical and poetic...
I'm thinking about families and big families, in particular.
I'm part of a private group of women who have chosen, because of personal revelation, to have large families. These women are strong in the gospel, truly live their covenants, and have desired (along with their amazing husbands) to seek the will of the Lord when it comes to bearing children. They bothered to ask Him what He wanted them to do, and for the most part, this means they have children --even when it's hard.
Have I spoken of this before? Probably. But they are inspiring! And I love them so much.
One woman had four kids and then, through inspiration, had her tubes tied. Next, they adopted their foster baby. Then, in a miraculous way, the tubal was reversed and they've since had two more children!
One woman just gave birth to her 10th child (all single births).
One woman has had two sets of twins!
One woman is pregnant with her 12th.
Another woman's husband reversed a vasectomy and because of it, they've had three more children and will soon have their 9th child.
One woman has endured many, many miscarriages (after having many kids) and is finally pregnant with one that seems to be holding (we're praying for her!).
Many have had stillborns. Many (all of us?) have had miscarriages. There are several sets of twins. Some women are on bed-rest with each pregnancy, some have home-births, some have c-sections. Some women have had children with special needs. Some have had only boys or only girls. Some have had children quickly (close together) and some have waited years in between. Some use birth control, many do not. Some have reached the end of their child-bearing years and are entering a new stage of grand-mothering. Some are still pleading with the Lord to send them another child if it be His will.
These women are incredible. It's not because they have an "x" amount of children --it's because they have decided that they are willing to sacrifice money, time, and personal pursuits in order to follow the will of God. For whatever reason, Heavenly Father has asked them to have children, and they are obeying. For some, it is excruciatingly difficult to obey! And it's hard. So hard. But they are faithful in all things. I'm honored to be a part of them; I'm honored to learn from their examples and experiences!
One final note: For some, God has told them not to have many children. God has asked them to stop, and some He has asked not to have any. Some have adopted, some will never have children. For these women I want to tell you: You are doing exactly as these other faithful women are doing. You are faithfully honoring your covenants and turning your decisions over to God and He loves you and honors you. The goal is not a certain number of children --the goal is to follow God's will. And for that, you, dear reader, are amazing! Because you are bothering to include Him in your decisions. You are allowing Him to be a part of your lives. And He will bless you for it. I promise. I know this to be true!