For some reason, some folks find it acceptable to openly comment and criticize the way a man and wife choose to raise their family. And when a couple makes decisions that take their family outside of the 'normal' or 'average' range, well... the commentary, it does begin to fly.
Since we've received a few such remarks from different directions lately, I thought I would take advantage of the ol' blog platform to address them.
#1 - To those of you concerned about our children's education and eventual preparedness for college and beyond:
I could tout all the benefits of homeschooling. All the research and data showing how well homeschoolers do in college. But that's not what you want to hear. I will tell you this: we know these children better than anyone. With the exception of their Creator, we love them more than anyone. Their entry into adulthood is why we do what we do. It is at the forefront of all we do.
If, along the way, we need professional help to aid us in that preparation, we have enough sense to know when to seek it.
#2 - To those of you concerned about potential overcrowding in our 3-bedroom home:
You can rest assured that each child has his (or her) own bed, pillow, and toothbrush. Believe it or not, we even each get our own plate, fork, and cup at every meal. (And what if we didn't? I don't remember Laura Ingalls feeling deprived or resentful when she and her sister Mary shared a tin cup as they traveled across the prairie.)
While sure, a little extra storage here and there might be nice, we see no need for a larger home. Why would we, when almost every day 3-5 of us voluntarily squeeze into spaces smaller than that of a department store dressing room, just because we like each other?
|Bigger home? Nah. Bigger chair? Maybe! ;)|
I provide for you a visual, shared with me by my very wise father:
When you have a baby, your heart is filled with a new, unique love.Some people believe that with each new addition, that love must be shared.
Heaven forbid you add 'too many' children, making your love splintered and small.
What they don't understand is that each new addition...
... swells your heart with a greater supply of love.Instead of anyone ending up short-changed, you find yourselves blessed with a houseful and heartful of love, care, and attention. In other words... love doesn't divide. Love multiplies.
Any questions? I promise you wouldn't be the first. ;)