I think we may have crossed some sort of line when it comes to the size of our family. Now that we have four children, we hear the question “Are they all yours?” often when we go out. It’s fun to see their response when we tell them they are indeed all our children! Frequently, they begin to assume two of them are twins, and start guessing which two it must be. 🙂 Other times, they just shake their head as they leave this crazy mother alone! At the very least, we see some eyebrow raising!
The other day a group of ladies passed me in the aisle as we were shopping. I had both girls in the back of the cart, Joey was seated in the front seat, and Calina was in the sling. (Okay, maybe I do understand why we get stared at!) One woman came back and incredulously asked me the infamous-
“Are they all yours?”
Of course, I confirmed that all this cuteness did indeed belong to me!
My new friend then began counting while bobbing her head up and down, “One.. two… three… four…” , and then began to shake her head while excitedly chattering in Chichewa to her friends as she continued her shopping.
A little later Felicia piped up from her spot in the cart, “Mommy, you like having a lot of children, right?”
I replied, “I sure do, Honey!” and told them how each of them were such a blessing to my heart.
A second later she said, “I love you, Mommy!”
Natalie then joined the conversation with a confident, “I yuv you, Mommy! I yuv my mommy 237!” Her way of assigning a number to her love cracks me up! Anyway…
I fail my children. Tremendously. I wish I could be the perfect mom who never shows impatience and perfectly handles each situation. But I don’t. Begging God for grace and wisdom and forgiveness is something that’s needed multiple times every single day. But it thrilled my heart to hear that, despite my failings, my children seem to know that I love them. That I want them. That I’m thrilled God made me their mommy!
Even if there are times that I want to join Calina and just do this-