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Why We Choose To Have More Babies F.A.Q. (From Random Grocery Store Strangers)
This is dedicated to all those Grocery store strangers that can’t contain their curiosity at our family size. Yes, they are all mine…Yes, I Do know how it happens…No, we’re not done. Grocery store people crack me up- most of the time. My husband is usually the one that gets the offensive comments. I usually just get the questions.
Not too long ago a woman approached him as he shopped with our 2 older girls, aged 4 and 6. They are 2 of the most beautiful little ladies/princesses I know. The lady commented on how cute they were and then told my husband it was up to people like him to “put a lid on it” and not have anymore children for the sake of the environment. What? Seriously? Little did she know he had 3 x’s as many offspring as she was assuming! Good thing she didn’t stick around too long, that piece of info might have caused a meltdown in aisle 4…What made her leave so fast? Well, my husband just told her the bible tells us to, “take dominion, and” that’s about as far as he got before she freaked out and walked off talking to herself about how Jesus would never tell a Christian to take dominion and dominion was a bad word…
Here’s to you grocery store peoples, let me formally answer your FAQ:
Frequently Asked Questions Answered Here!
1. Regarding the Environment: I’m not afraid of “global warming” or the overpopulation of earth because God is the Creator of this great globe and He is the One that inspires me to, “Be Fruitful and Multiply. Fill the earth and subdue it.” Genesis 1:28 There actually are problems with our environment but they have to do with how people and large companies with a lack of concern for the impact their waste and practices will have on future generations – how these companies are choosing to run their buisnesses in irresponsible ways . Refusing to have babies will not solve these problems, innovation would be a better more hopeful solution than trying to make everyone feel guilty for being alive- and scolding them for having children. That’s just dumb and makes mothers that are shopping in grocery stores with children want to smack people…so I’ve heard.
2. Regarding Overpopulation: Most industrialized nations have populations that are diminishing because child raising and childbearing are not esteemed anymore for women. Careers and self-realization are what is promoted. Also, who the heck is gonna pay the needed taxes for the care of the much larger older populations?
3. Regarding how full my hands are: Yes, my hands are full, but my childbearing years are not yet at a conclusion…which brings me to the next F.A.Q….
4. Regarding if we’re done yet: Drumroll, please… Nope. How ‘ bout dem apples? (I was just looking for an excuse to say that.) Seriously, though…I’m hoping for at least 12. At least.
5. Regarding if we’re trying for a baseball team: No, soccer’s more my thing.
6. Regarding if they’re all mine: Yes, every blessed one. So far anyways. I do hope to adopt other children also someday in all honesty.
7. Regarding my bravery: Well I’m either brave or crazy. Some days I feel brave, some days I feel crazy. I think most parents will admit to feeling this way sometimes no matter how many children they have. Since I feel like I’m going against the grain of culture and society I do fancy myself brave sometimes. But I feel crazy when I go to Wal-mart during my 2-year-olds naptime and I’ve run out of Tic Tacs and Altoids. Yes, that’s crazy, never run out of Tic Tacs if you’re in public, overlapping naptime. You know what I’m talking about.
8. Regarding if we know how that happens: Yes. And we Love it! Hey, I got a license. (Does that weird anyone else out? That we get licensed to marry. It’s not like driving a car…) Or is it?
9. Regarding if they were all planned: No. They were accidently on purpose. I saw this quote that I love, “Parenthood is best left Planned by God” and it was a play on the Planned Parenthood logo.
10. Regarding if I’ve ever heard of Birth control: Um, Niner. Yes smarty pants, and it doesn’t always work. I have heard of these, how you say? Berth Contral? But actually, we don’t believe it’s the right way for us to function in our married life. We have used barrier methods before, but they only work if we remember or aren’t too lazy. Honestly though here is why I don’t believe in birth control anymore:
a.The hormonal forms of birth control have 3 methods of making sure you don’t get pregnant:
-Stops ovulation so no egg is released, if that doesn’t work…
-Interferes with mucous production so sperm can’t fertilize any eggs that might have been released in ovulation if that doesn’t work…
-Thins the lining of the uterus so that if ovulation occurs and an egg is released and it is fertilized it will be aborted because it won’t be able to attach to the uterus , and if it does it will basically starve and miscarry or the pregnancy will be aborted because of lack of blood supply .
We strongly believe that one of the main purposes of marriage is to bear fruit and produce godly offspring, so birth control is counter productive and a frustration of God’s will in our marriage.
So these are my 10 most frequently asked grocery store questions from random strangers. I have recently gotten some other strong reactions that I’ll probably write about in the future. Mostly because if it’s happening to me, it’s probably happening to others, and I want to do what I can to stop other kindred spirits from smacking annoying people in public places.