That's what I found yesterday and today!
Ya'll have soft spots in your hearts and hard heads with your opinions! Woo! I gotta say, I love to read your stories! Please continue to tell me about your families! I love hearing about how big, small, far apart, close together, and varied your beautiful families are! I love hearing that you count your miscarriages, stillbirths, or early infant losses when you state your How-Many-Number. I love that you fight to call your stepchildren and adopted children your own! I love that your stories are so unusual. I love hearing I'm not the only one with Irish triplets (that never occurred to me - but Michelle pointed it out). I love hearing that you love your big or small families. And most of all... I love that you love your chaos.
Isn't chaos beautiful?
And aren't people amazing with their commentary? Andrea from Sgt and Mrs Hub put it well - what happens in my bedroom, with my husband, in NONE of your business. Amen! I don't understand why it would be anyone's business what I'm doing behind closed doors!
I had to laugh at the link Liz sent though! This list is hysterical! Have a look yourself. But here's a few favorites.
In response to "Are they all yours?" - "Of course they are...wait...who is that one? He's not ours.....Oh, yeah, #5, I forgot I had him."
In response to "Are you going to have more?" - "Check back in nine months and you'll see for yourself. "
I also like something to the effect of "They're like Lays Potato chips, can't have just one!"
In response to "Don't you know what causes that?" - "Oh yes, we finally figured it out and we now keep the tooth brushes in seperate glasses! "
That one made me laugh.
In response to "Are you planning to have any more?" - "We didn't plan the first six, I don't think we'll plan the next six, either. "
I think that one fits us pretty well. Except for the 6 part. Maybe another 3. Probably not another 9. Watch me eat my words.
In response to "Don't you own a TV!?" - "No, we have much better things to do at night! "
In response to "Do you ever get any time to yourself?" - "Obviously we get a little time to ourselves, or we wouldn't have six kids. "
Anyways, have a look at the list. You may laugh. You may not. I find it hilarious!
And on the subject of big families. I know they're not for everyone. It's a decision that has a lot of decisions wired into it. But I love big families. I was in the fledgling-big-family. I had 3 siblings, for a grand total of 4 children in 6 years. And would you believe that made check out girls gape. 4? Really? Are we that strange? What about the Mennonite family that just walked in the door with 9 - they're a big family. We're just above average!
I love being in a larger family. I love hanging out with my friends from large families! My aunt had 7 - spread over 22 years. And would you believe my great-grandmother was angry with my aunt when she announced the 7th was coming? I love spending time at their house! I have a theory - and it's completely untested and probably more of a joke than anything else. But "Kids come out better in bigger batches!"
I don't know if a large family is for me. But I'm already beyond the 2.2 kids - so I guess I'm already headed "that way".
And you know what? I don't care if I have another 5 kids. Or if I don't. I love children. I love Oceana. I love Joshua. I love Flip Flop. They are wonderful! They are blessings! God gave them to us! He wanted to bless us with absolutely awesome children!
Matt and I had a talk about Oceana last night and about how wonderful she really is! When I said, "She's really not a bad kid" (meaning, she's pretty wonderful) and Matt caught me and said, "No. She's a great kid!" Haha. Well, we both meant the same thing - but she is! She's awesome! So smiley, really well-behaved (in the scheme of 2-year-old-ness), really fun, really exciting to be around.
Like I said last night, "I'd rather have a child with personality who can't sit still, than a kid who can sit still without personality!"
Bring it on! And I know Flip Flop will be different again to Oceana. And I love it. That is going to be so exciting! I can't wait. Okay. I can. I have a lot to get done between now and then. So, please dear Flip Flop, you can come after 37 weeks okay? Full-baked? Good, now that we're on the same page. Obey Momma - that's the first rule in this house!
Someone commented on the size of my tummy the other day. (Well it is the third one...). To which I said, "Well, she's half-baked already!"
Hehe. Half-baked. However, this is not a pazookie scenario, babies are much better full-baked. Less stressful too.
Did I come off as nuts today? Oh good. I'm glad. I like being nuts.