When we reached checkout, the cashier asked increduously, "Are these all your children?"
After runnning some come-back lines in my head ("No, I rented them for the day", "No, I found them in the toy section. They're very real looking, aren't they? Do you want to scan their UPC?", or "No, I don't know whose they are. They just came up and started following me through the store."), I answered his question without any comeback. "Yep, they're all mine." I think four children is more on the small end of large families, so I was surprised he would ask that, but oh well!
Even though more than two children per family may not be all that popular (or smiled upon) in culture today, I thought it would be fun to look at other famous large families, both past and present. (I was asked to do a devotion for a baby shower a few weeks ago, and this is what I did).
- Ben Franklin—one of 17 children
- Mel Gibson—fathered 8 children (7 with his wife, one with his then-girlfriend)
- Author Danielle Steel--7 children, and she would write during the night so she did not need to take away family time for her work
- Sen. Rick Santorum—7 children
- The Von Trapp family-- 10
- George H.W. and Barbara Bush family—6
- George Washington--one of 13
- Susanna Wesley (mother of Charles Wesley and John Wesley)—19 (many died during childhood)
- Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie—6 children
- Comedian Eddie Murphy—8 children
- Actress Jane Seymour—6
- Actor Kirk Cameron—6
- Frank Gilbreth and Lillian Gilbreth (the "Cheaper by the Dozen" family)—12
- Celine Dion—youngest of 14
- Actor Mark Walhburg—youngest of 9
- Jim Bob & Michelle Dugar—19
- Justice Antonin Scalia—9 (5 boys, four girls)
- Joseph and Rose Kennedy (parents of J.F.K.) 9 (4 boys, 5 girls)
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed…” (Psalm 127:3-5, NASB)
The bottom line, whether you have one or ten, is that you are blessed and you need not be ashamed!
(linked to Raising Homemakers)