I just read a post from a friend who has 3 kids and is pregnant with her 4th. She has been sick and the kids are suffering from cabin fever and she is exhausted. Oh my, can I relate! She was so happy for bedtime.. yep, I can relate! As I read posts similar to this (as one I saw recently.. I’ve had 3 and survived)… it is a challenge!! I read these posts and think about my life with 8 kids.. I had 6 of them in 9 years and 8 in less than 15 years… I just kind of sigh… yes! It is hard.. it is work, it is a challenge! No doubt!! But at the end of the day… you will survive.. and every minute is worth it! So.. hang in there mom..
Challenges.. I get it… first child starts throwing up… I’m up all night with him.. then I get it.. I’m throwing up now.. and the next child gets it.. I’m up another night with them (and me too)… then the next 2 or 3 or 4 kids get it… everyone is racing to the bathroom or their bowls (we’ve only ever had one bathroom)… and then just when I think it may be over.. I get it again.. after 10 days I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel.. I spend the next day or two washing sheets, sanitizing everything in sight.. I get it..
Three kids in less than 3 years (and they were numbers 3, 4, & 5).. sleepless nights, nursing constantly.. 3 still in diapers (cloth no less).. 2 homeschooling… yeah.. I get it!
Six homeschooling, a baby, a toddler.. lots of work.. lots of my time.. yeah I get it!!!
Meals everyday.. breakfast, lunch, dinner.. and when feeding 10 people every day there is no such thing as ‘fast food’… every meal is a labor.. oatmeal (and LOTS of it.. it is cheap & filling).. lunch.. soup started at breakfast time, homemade bread started in the bread machine at breakfast, dinner.. whatever I can put together to feed 10 people and send with my hubby as he works hard every night (he has always worked graveyard shift)… fall into bed exhausted.. up the next day to do it again.. Yeah.. I get it!!
Is it easy? Is simple? NO!! It is work, and it is hard!! Would I do it again? .. have 8 kids if I could make that choice again? You BET!!!!! So much of the hardships fall to the wayside when you see your child finally pee in the potty chair!!! Or finally “get it” with long division! Or cook their first meal for the family.. or listen to them as they recite an entire chapter of the Bible that you have been working with them on forever… or when they hug you and tell you how much they love you, a day spent reading and playing together, seeing my children reach their goals as adults.. is it worth it? Oh my goodness.. yes… I would relive every sleepless night for the joys that I have experienced!
And at times… just when you think you could not be blessed more.. you have grandchildren.. and your whole family gathers together at your home (their home growing up).. and you are surrounded by children, spouses, grandchildren… and somehow.. those sleepless nights, the sickness, the work, the struggles, melt into nothing.. because all you see is the blessings that God has given you!! " Blessed is the man that has his quiver full".. Psalm 127:5 .. Yeah.. I get it!!
Hang in there mom.. you can do this!! The blessings are there!! I promise…