Tonight at supper I was helping Bethany and Joseph fill their plates and Joe helped Jenna. Jenna said, "Daddy dealt me my food and Mommy dealt ya'll your food!"
So, today at the grocery we experienced the many looks and stares and comments. Most all of them positive I would say and the rest just shocked and in disbelief. The cashier asked, "Are THEY all YOURS???" I replied, "Yes, every single one of them!" and Bethany pipes up and says, "And we LIKE it TOO!" Thankfully she isn't embarrassed by her siblings but she does take the comments personal. I never have given much thought to how the comments make her feel until recently when she expressed irritation about people making them. It was really funny to hear her stick up for herself, well, for all of us.
Surprisingly, the most common question they get asked is if they like their little sister. I know that many people ask this just to make conversation with them, but I really think half of them ask expecting them to say no!? Bethany has picked up on this among other responses people will make to me like "I bet you don't get a moment's rest." "You got your hands full!" "Oh, bless your heart!" She takes it as a personal attack on her, like it's her fault I'm busy or they are assuming she is alot of trouble or that I am unhappy about having so many children.
I just really love her beyond myself. She is not a perfect oldest sister, she makes mistakes, can be bossy, very bossy, she can be downright mean and say nasty things to her younger siblings but I love the way she loves our family!
She is a huge help to me, she takes charge and jumps in when I need her all the time. She is daily very kind and sweet to her brothers and sisters, she goes out of her way to play with them and share with them. I am convinced that she is the perfect oldest child for our family. Her and Joesph both make a great team. They are like twins really, I often refer to their way of doing things as a little married couple, they just get each other and work well together.
His bike that some one had given him broke right before we were going to Berheim to ride. Joe told him if he spent $10 of his own money we would pay for the rest for a new bike. Joseph thought for a minute and thought, then he said, "Well, only if I can take that scope back and get the money for that, then I can use that money to buy the bike." At the store he picked out the cheapest bike and that is no coincidence. I know, because he is just like me. I was exactly like him as a child.
At the Dollar Store I had Anne in the front of the cart and Brady in the back, which was fine until we were checking out and the cart was still. He kept standing up and attempting to sit on the edge of the cart. After telling him to sit in the cart about 3 times, I got him out of the cart and told him to hold Bethany's hand. I turn to pay and Bethany yells, "MOMMY----" She couldn't get her words and at the same moment I look up to see Brady running out the open doors of the store straight for the parking lot. I took off running, leaving Anne in the cart, my wallet open and calling for him to stop, which of course he did not do until he was smack dab in the middle of the parking lot. He turned around with the biggest grin on his face laughing!
Thankful that he was fine, thank you Lord, I just took him by the hand and tried not to laugh. It really was kinda funny, the lady with 5 kids making a scene at the Dollar Store, I am that lady!
I like it and I am getting better about not caring what people think. So what if someone makes a judgement about me that is wrong or right. I really do love this life of mine!
This post has gotten so much longer that I had planned, I'll have to save the rest for later!