Who knew, 12.5 years ago, when this picture was taken
that I'd spend many mornings sitting on our couch looking at this same picture, thanking God for that faithful man, while holding our babies. Most recently, this sweet little girl.
I used to say that I only wanted 3 or 4 kids. Hurts my heart that if I had gotten what my younger self thought I wanted...I would have missed having her.
And, who knew that I'd be pregnant with our 6th?
Glad to be getting over the first trimester awfulness when the most common thing that comes out of my mouth - besides puke - is "this is our LAST child!"
I think I said that (over and over again) in at least three of our pregnancies.
|This was taken a couple weeks ago at 11 weeks pregnant. I am currently 13.5 weeks along.|
I never would have guessed that we'd have 5, soon to be 6 kids (Lord willing).
The year that Nate and I were engaged, I did my student teaching in a 2nd grade classroom. There was a cute little red-headed boy in the class who had 5 siblings. My mouth about hit the floor. A family of 6 kids?! "What's that like having so many siblings?!" I asked the boy who just shrugged and went off to play. No big deal to him, but it totally rocked my thought process about the size of a family. I had two brothers. Three seemed normal. Six seemed...so not normal.
I also never would have guessed that we'd homeschool.
Me? A homeschool mom? Not on your life! I was a huge public school advocate. I went to public school, I taught at public school, my kids were definitely going to public school... (I still have a fondness in my heart for public school)
Homeschool? Craziness, I'd tell you.
6 kids and homeschooling...
It's a craziness that I'm happy the Lord didn't reveal to me when He knew I couldn't handle the thought of it.
It's a craziness that I'm so happy he saw fit to give us a little at a time.
And I bet He chuckled at the thought of it when Nate and I were getting married 12.5 years ago.