Jesus is just all right, said Paige.
She said more than that. I can’t pass an opportunity to quote that song, though. Paige Hamilton writes on life as a mom/wife/foster mom and more on her blog, Tales from the Laundry Room. She debuted here on the CD during a six-words post.
I asked what we’d upgrade in ourselves, if given the chance.
Her response: “My upgrade: More Jesus, Less Paige.” We’d all fare worse with less Paige, though. If you haven’t checked out her blog, do it. She writes of life and love and faith, of the random happenings of every day and profound thoughts, too.
Today, she’s here to share a conversation with a random stranger.
Please give Paige a warm CD welcome. Be sure to check out her blog, too.
A Conversation with a Random Stranger
That’s a mighty big crew. Are they all yours?
Yes, they are.
Your hands must be full!
Yes, but I like to think my hands are full of blessings.
How many do you have? I can’t keep track!
Seven. There are four teens, one tween and two toddlers.
You do know how this happens, right?
You must really love kids!
Yes, I do. Most of my favorite people are currently children, and those who aren’t were kids at one time.
What are you? A glutton for punishment?
Are you crazy?
What does your husband think?
He thinks I’m crazy. But he’s crazy too, so we make a good match.
Has anyone ever said you remind them of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe?
Until just now, no one has ever been audacious enough to make that comment to my face. However, I have been accused of collecting kids like old ladies collect cats. In fact, if I remember correctly, my husband was the one who made that comment, and afterwards he slept on the couch for a week.
If you don’t mind my asking, why do you have such a large family?
That’s a great question! I’m glad you asked! The reason is simple: Big families have more.
More? More what?
Well that’s obvious.
You’d think, but allow me to explain anyway.
Big families have more people. More people means more birthdays to celebrate, which means there are more days each year to eat birthday cake. And who doesn’t like more birthday cake?
Well, I guess I never thought about it that way.
Wait. There’s more. Eating more birthday cake means there will be more parties. And a big family is a ready-made party just waiting to happen. No guest list or invitations needed!
Birthdays aren’t the only time big families have more either. We have more holiday fun. There are more stockings to stuff, more candy to eat, and more gifts to wrap. Of course, more gifts means more books, more toys and more games for everyone to enjoy.
I can see where big families have more when it comes to birthdays and other celebrations, but what about daily life?
Well, because big families have more people, there are more day-to-day activities.
Between library story time for the toddlers, swim practice for the tween, and 4-H or Key Club activities for my middle and high school students, I’m constantly on the go! Trust me, no one is ever bored. And, if someone suggests they are, then I just point them to the pile of laundry that needs folding. Problem solved!
Speaking of laundry, I bet big families have more of that!
Sure we do. Obviously having more people means there will be more work. All those people mean more towels to wash and fold, more socks to mate, more shirts to iron. It’s not just laundry either. There are also more dishes to wash, dry and put away after every meal.
How do you ever get it all done?
You forget. Big families have more people. So while there might be more chores to do, there are also more sets of hands to help get the job done.
Honestly, we are just scratching the surface of all the ways big families have more.
What do you mean?
The truth is big families get more of the best things in life, from moments of laughter to bedtime prayers. Parents of large families have more hands to hold, get more hugs, and give more kisses. What I’m trying to say is that in a big family, there’s just more love!
I understand. But still … that’s a lot of people! I’m just not sure I’d like it.
It’s certainly not for everyone. But no matter how you feel about having a big family yourself, you can’t argue that big families just have more.
Personally, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Bio: Paige Hamilton lives with her husband Jon in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country, where they are raising their seven children, which includes biological, step and foster children. You can follow her adventures in parenting teens, tweens and toddlers on her blog, Tales from the Laundry Room. She also has a brand-new blog for women with PCOS, Hormonally Speaking, and is working on a book on the same topic.
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