photo by the talented Jason of Backroads Photography
For those of you who are unaware, my husband and I have 9 kids. Why do we have such a large family? I am asked that question in various forms more often than expected. And I guess the simple answer is this: Why not?
I have always loved kids, for as long as I can remember. In high school I told everyone I wanted to have 32 kids. I even kept a notebook full of names that I heard and liked. When I was a teenager I would have told you that I would prefer babysitting to going out on a date on a Friday night. (Okay, maybe if I had actually been asked on any dates that would be different.) The fact is, kids just make me smile and laugh and I think they are some of the most fun and interesting people to be around. My husband comes from a family of 16 kids (same 2 parents, no multiple births, and no, we are not trying to match their number) and has always loved being from a large family and wanted one of his own someday. Simply put, we love kids.
However, when some stranger in the grocery store or mall sees me with all my kids in tow and asks one of the many questions I have become used to, they do not want the long answer.
So I now present for your reading pleasure: my favorite responses to give for some of the frequently asked questions I get about the size of my family.
Are all of these kids yours?
- No, this is not all of them; my oldest is at home with the other 9.
- I just figured out what I'm really, really good at. Why would I stop now?
- Well, as you can see by the size of our family, everything is working just fine.
And last of all, my personal favorite:
Haven't you heard of birth control?
- Yes, that's great stuff for people with ugly kids.