"Like all mothers, I couldn’t believe, at first, that he was really for me and that I could keep him. I’m still filled with the wonder of his being, to be able to go out and come back and find that he’s still there." Audrey Hepburn
K If you squint, can you see the two oldest and possibly happiest people in the picture? They are in the very back between those to branches of those very old trees? Well, I want to be them someday in a picture like this.
My husband has 14 brothers and sisters. Yes, he was 13th of 15. I know what questions are running through your head right now and here are the answers. Yes, all single births. Yes, all the same mom and dad. Yes, she did know how to prevent this and chose not to. Yes, they all paid for their college careers on their own. There is 22 years about in between the oldest and youngest. There are soon to be 55 grandchildren and eventually more. BTW there were a few families missing in the picture too. Every year all 86 of us get together in some location we are lucky enough to find holds that many on a budget. It is the time all of us look forward to every year. We all laugh til we hurt every year for three days straight.
I want a lot of kids. I want to have a lot of grandkids. I have two SIL's that have eight and I just love it. I love seeing how happy they all are. I love seeing how the older siblings take care of the younger. I love how everyone learns to work hard, share, and be selfless. I was just reading a blog that was very inspiring. Check it out. They all call me mom She has nine.
Another interesting fact about my husbands family if you care is that the grandma you see in the picture is actually not his blood mom. His birth mom died when he was six and the youngest was two of Ovarian Cancer. His dad married this fabulous lady a year later. She had never been married and never had any kids and she took on all fifteen and raised them all. She is an absolutely amazing woman. My kids just love Grandma Sharon. I can't wait til the day I get to meet my other mother in law. I know what an incredible person she is and I have so many questions for her. I thank both my mother in laws for the faith they had in our Heavenly Father. You have to have to have incredible faith that you are raising our Father in Heaven's children to have that many. I know there are more little spirits up there waiting to come down to my family and I am going to try my hardest to not turn any away. I just pray I can be a good mother to them and make them happy and feel loved. Feel loved by me and my husband, their siblings, their Father in Heaven and their brother and Savior Jesus Christ.
I love Audrey's enthusiasm when she stated her quote above. I would like to think ALL mothers feel that way but I know some don't. Audrey was only able to have two children. She felt so blessed to have those two. I think that is why she went on to help UNICEF so much and take care of so many children in need.I have been able so far to have more and I hope to be able to continue to have lots more. Wish me luck as I work toward my "Mega Family." (over 7 kids as Katrina calls it)