It’s always amazing to me how as soon as a new baby comes into the family I can’t imagine the family without them. I’m always a little sad when I hear people, especially mothers, talk about children and especially the choice to have another child as if a child is mostly an inconvenience and a burden. I’ll be the first to admit that pregnancy is hard, and in many ways parenting just gets harder from there–but–these little people coming into my family are so real and so wonderful. I’ve sometimes imagined what it would be like to have my potential future children lined up in front of me, and going down that line saying “OK, I’ll take this one, but not that one or that one…” –I just couldn’t do that.
We had a wonderful surprise visit yesterday from Dan’s oldest sister and her husband, and all twelve of their children. I only wish they could have stayed longer. Our families are scattered all over the country and beyond, we cherish every opportunity we have to spend time together. I feel incredibly blessed to have so many people to love and be loved by.