the love of siblings

so often when they were little, i’d be in a checkout of a store or ordering a meal out, and some want-to-be comedian would look at the five of them and say of my children, “don’t you know what causes that?!”  or still today, someone will take a look at my girl and say, “oh, you poor thing, FOUR brothers?”

 

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at first, i’d bristle, and then i learned to answer with a ready smile, “i know, isn’t God awesome?”  because really, even if they don’t know the One who made them, they deserve to stop in their tracks for a moment when they comment, even unintentionally, in a negative way about these precious people.  even if it’s a hairy day and i’m feeling overwhelmed by them all myself!

 

but gradually, they learned to answer for themselves.  my girl herself smiles and says, “i’m so lucky to have them,” or her brother himself bristles and then answers, “we take very good care of her.”  and more importantl than what they say is how they live.  they live together as if they are each other’s greatest gifts, and indeed, i think they are.  they’re built-in best friends, they’re iron sharpening iron in an every-day, in-the-trenches way as they learn community life firsthand before they must practice it with strangers.  they’re built-in accountability and they’re ever-present care-takers for one another, and it’s a way better gift than if they just had me and their dad.

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i used to envy my friends who only had one (grass is always greener and all that), because they had their full attention to devote to their children.  now, i watch them from a bit of a distance and i’m thankful that since i’m not designed to be “enough” for my children, they have each other, a taste of their Papa’s love here on earth.

 

how do your kiddos interact?  do you have one, or many, or none?  share your heart below…

 

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  1. Reply
    Poppy A.
    January 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    It’s a beautiful thing…and brings a smile to the heart of the One they love & serve!

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    Poppy A.
    January 3, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    It’s a beautiful thing…and brings a smile to the heart of the One they love and serve.

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    Natalie
    January 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    What a beautiful reflection on God’s gift to you and your children! I only have one, but hope that God will bless me with at least 2 more in the future (and the funds to give them a good life!) Thanks for sharing your perspective on a large family!
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      admin
      January 7, 2015 at 12:25 am

      Thank you for taking the time to respond, Natalie! I will pray along with you for God to multiply His blessings in your home and family. I love hearing of your longing, and knowing that He will use that longing to grow you and pour out himself on your “people.” 🙂

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    jordyn
    January 5, 2015 at 4:37 am

    ahhh…how I love each and every one of them. Love watching your family beautifully live out the gospel to one another.

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      admin
      January 7, 2015 at 12:26 am

      Jordyn, it is mutual. Seeing His light in your sweet boy’s face is precious evidence of God’s work in your home and family.

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