Yes I have more than 1/2 dozen kids!
I have been blessed with seven children -- very blessed. This article may seem like a rant, but truly it isn't. I just thought I would enlighten those who are perplexed by the fact that they have to use both hands to count my children.
Here are a few questions to the questions/comments I frequently get:
1.) There are seven. You are not seeing things. No, none are twins or aliens.
2.) Four boys, three girls. Or four boys, two tomboys, one girl,
3.) They are 2, 9, 11, 15, 16, 17, and 18 years old. Depending on their moods, that could mean four toddlers, two preteens, and one teen.
4.) Forty is around the corner, thank you! Seven kids keeps you young. I should of planned better; 13 kids would of put me back into puberty!
5.) Yes, they are all mine. Why, do you want to borrow one?
6.) Yes, they all have the same father. Johnny Depp is never around.
7.) Of course it's hard; you have to feed them, and they talk and stuff.
8.) No, we aren't rich, or on welfare; we recieve funding from a secret society for familes with seven kids.
9.) No, we don't sacrifice much of anything, except sanity (of course that's saying we had it to begin with).
10.) Only two of them share a room, the rest we keep in the pole barn.
11.) My all time favorite, I got this one at a women's conference: Would you do it again? Are you kidding me? All the nights of lost sleep, diaper after diaper, getting back to a size 4 only to have to dig out those maternity pants again, labor, c-sections, teething, tantrums, puberty, teenagers, would I do it again? Of course I would!
We chose to have a large family, and we love each and every one of our children with all our hearts. Next time you meet one of "us moms" (moms with so many kids we get our own zip code, yeah they do that) smile and congratulate us, we love to get compliments.