We are so thankful for our church, it has been such a blessing to our family this year. All of us feel this way, at Thanksgiving the oldest kids all mentioned being thankful for our church. One of the biggest encouragements to our family is how accepted and welcome the people there have made us feel. There is a long list of reasons why we love it there but here is one, I never expected.
Bethany makes the comment often that at our previous church some people made negative comments about how many kids we have. She really takes the things people say to us and about her family personal. As adults we can discern people's disbelief and shock, regarding our family, as that and not as personal attack. I think for my older kids they just view it as, some one is saying they are not an individual who is special. At our new church there are many elderly people and they always have something kind to say about our big family, even younger people have been positive and that has made our kids feel very accepted and loved.
A few funny things the Bethany and Brady said lately...
The four oldest kids slept in the living room on the floor in the Christmas tree lights one night this week. The next morning Bethany said, "I slept like a giraffe in a doghouse!" I asked her where she heard that and she said she made it up.
We took Joe to work early this morning and as a treat I stopped by McDonald's to get the kids breakfast. They were all still in their pj's and under blankets and Bethany said, "This is like breakfast in bed!"
While on the road with the kids, we were behind a State Trooper and I told the kids he had a dog in the back. K-9 was written on the car and there was a liscense plate that said, Max. A few minutes passed and Brady asked, "Mommy, what did dat doggy do?" I told him he helped the policeman to be safe. After a minute to think, Brady said, "Oh, he's not goin' to jail? I thought him be naughty."