"Lo, Children are a heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies at the gate." Psalms 127:3-5
It seems like almost everyone I know is having a baby, or just had a baby. Everywhere I go I see babies! I love babies-it's my favorite stage of childhood. It's just something so sweet and innocent about a baby. I loved when my girls were that age. Emma and Maci have both grown so fast! Sometimes I just want to slow time down and soak up every second of each and every stage they go through.
I know most of you have probably seen the TV show on TLC called "19 Kids and Counting." Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have 20 children! They come under fire from the public so much about the number of children they've chosen to have. They don't believe in birth control and believe that God won't give you more children than you can handle. But how do you make that decision?
I know my God won't give me more than I can handle. I've put every aspect of my life into His hands. I've said "Here Lord, you take it." And he has...and it's a huge relief for me to know that He is in control and I don't have to be. But why as Christians are we so eager to put everything at His feet except for this?
I know I want more children. But I also want my girls to play sports and dance and have nice things and with several children, that isn't always a possibility. So what do you do? How do you know when enough is enough? How do you know when you're family is complete? I've heard other women say "I'm done!" But I just don't feel that way yet.
In 2012, is it frowned on to have several children? Should we stick to the cookie cutter 2.5 children? A sweet friend recently told me..."I'll be danged if I'll miss my calling to be the Mother of many.." And I can't seem to get that out of my head.
Am I missing my calling?