Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Having a Big Family

What does it take to have a big family?
How do you do it with out pulling your hair out?
Why do you feel the need to keep having kids?

I have been asked these questions and other similar ones.
Usually I laugh them off or give a sarcastic answer.

But sometimes I do really think about these things.
There are lots of great things about having a big family.
There is also lots of sacrifices to be made.

Each one of our children is a blessing.
They bring something unique and special to our family.
You'll never have a better friend than a sibling.
You have a built in playmate :)
The things you learn from being a sibling makes you a better person.
Sharing, putting others before yourself,loving someone with all your heart,
and how to be a good friend are just a few.
There is a lotta love in our house.

But it isn't all peaches and cream.
With every child your house feels a little smaller.
Pretty much no one has privacy.
You are limited to the kind of car you can fit in.
Your house is never quiet. Someone is almost
always whining,crying, or complaining.
Your budget is tightened and you make 
sacrifices as to what the world thinks you should own
and what you can actually live with.
Traveling is expensive, rare, and difficult.
Traveling alone is difficult as well.Who wants to leave the other parent 
home to take care of the whole household alone. Not me....
Date night is hard. Especially when you don't have family around to help.
And lastly, the worst in my opinion, sickness.
It spreads quickly. Everyone is cranky and sad.
Most things don't require medicine which means 
you have to just wait for it to run its course.
No fun at all I tell you, especially if the parents are sick too.

Now what do you think?
Wanna add a few more to your crew?
I wouldn't change my life for anything.
Being a homemaker is hard and its hectic.
But the rewards are daily!

Psalm 127:3-5

New American Standard Bible 
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate

Friday, October 5, 2012

DeGraeve News

Now ya'll know what this means.

Yep, that's right. 
We will officially be a family of 7.

This girl finally gets her chance at the big sister role.

We are all super excited.
Me and Derek were trying for about 3-4 months
and then we got that plus sign.

I really wanted a February baby but God has 
his own plans:)
My due date is April 20th.

baby head with hand on face and baby booty with legs in the air:)

I'm 12 weeks pregnant.
I've been greeting the toilet with my face far to much.
I've lost a couple of pounds and I 
haven't been able to cook literally in weeks.

I know my gramma spilt the beans,
but I wanted to officially announce it :)

We are blessed.