Multiplication. It’s both a mathematics lesson and also a biblical command. ‘Be fruitful and multiply…fill the earth.’ My family seems to be taking that command quite seriously and here’s the deal, I love it. Being a photographer, I have implemented in my family that every year we will take a family photo and I say to them, ‘you may not appreciate it now, but you will years down the road so put on a happy face and smile.’ Well, it seems that lately, these family photos get ‘outdated’ more and more quickly. This Christmas, I texted them and said, ‘get ready for our family photo, it will be outdated in a matter of a few weeks after it is taken but, oh well.’ With two babies on the way, this photo will soon no longer be an adequate representation of our family but I’m still so glad that we took it. It reminds me of three things. 1. I love my family and the people that it includes. 2. God remains so faithful to us. 3. BOY are we outnumbered!
This Christmas was a little different than any we’ve had in the past because let’s be honest, it was a little more chaotic than usual. With four little ones, three of them being mobile, our few days together were filled with noise (notably, a good bit from laughter), movement and a honestly a few tears. It looked so very different from even just a few years ago when it was just us four women and our wonderful parents. In the last 7.5 years we have added EIGHT males! Eight! That means that the family dynamics have shifted entirely and I have to say…it’s been wonderful. The way we spend our time is different but boy (pun intended) is it sweet. Sports games are constantly playing, we throw balls, we make up games that include running and jumping on things, and we are focused on and all things cars, trucks and planes. Not to mention, the men of the family spent a full afternoon at the shooting range firing pistols. You can bet that NEVER happened when we were growing up. Yes, all my life the women dominated but now, we are significantly outnumbered. While I definitely hope there are some little women in our future, it is without a doubt a true benefit to have so many males added to our numbers and I am so very thankful for each one of them (maybe one a little more than others wink wink).
It was a chaotic few days but it was beautifully chaotic and I am so very thankful to have spent this holiday season with my dear family!
So, in the name of family, multiplication and being outnumbered 9 to 5,
I Say, Take Me Back!
We tried to get a grandparent picture but sitting still isn’t our greatest strength at this point. This is the best we got. This is my favorite though because let’s be real…it’s the most accurate. Love this three so very much. Thankful to watch and learn from them as they rock being wives and moms.