Kids Aren’t Expensive, But That Other Thing Sure Is

This House Is Our Home

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My husband and I have always wanted a lot of kids. (Of course, “a lot” is a relative term, depending what your social circles look like, but for the purpose of this post, we’re going to call “a lot” more than 3. Ha.) Over the last 6 years, when we’ve made our feelings known, we’ve often been met with one particular phrase: Kids are so expensive!!

Well, on the one hand, I suppose they are. Depending on your particular situation – medical bills, dental care, school tuition, etc. all definitely add up. So I’m not trying to be flippant with what I’m about to say, but I do think it’s an important distinction to be made when one is saying how “expensive” children are.

Kids aren’t expensive. Greed is.

Kids don’t “need” designer clothes, Etsy outfits, brand new everything, more shoes than they can wear before they grow out of…

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Waiting on Sissy

We’re less than 2 months out from the arrival of our little girl and our expansion to a family of four. John-Paul remains enamored with my rotundness that is his sister. We refer to her as “Sissy” (or as JP calls her “Seeeessssyyyyy”) and I think he is starting to connect Sissy with being a baby, but this kid probably will still be in for the shock of his life.

Although JP had quite the attitude on the day of our family photos, I’m so glad that we captured this moment in time… these extra special moments with John-Paul as we eagerly await his sister. (and some serious props to our photographer, Ashley Mauro, for her kind patience and mad photog skills!) I think we often operate in the mentality of scarcity – will there be enough love to go around? When really, love multiplies with each new life that joins our family. We love each other of course, and we love John-Paul. And now our baby girl will have parents to love and cherish her, plus she will have a big brother to love her (and  pinch her and poke her). And hopefully she loves all of us back 😉

Yes, children are a ton of work. Yes, it will feel like I have less time. Yes, I will have my hands full with two littles. Yes, I will be SO TIRED.  But as my favorite tote bag says: Hands Full, Heart Full. My prayer is to move from this mentality of “there’s not enough to go around!” and move into “Look how much love we have to give!”

July 16 – Three Blessed Years

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You know how sometimes you look back and think “man, it cannot have been ___ years! They went so fast!” I think I often feel that way. This year I don’t feel that way though. Three years seems accurate, just the right amount of time. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s a fruit of trying to live more presently. Maybe it’s because our 3 years in North Dakota are up and it seems like a natural time to transition into a new chapter. I’m not sure! Regardless, we are experiencing an abundance of peace. Sure, things are a bit chaotic right now trying to wrap up the loose ends with my job and getting ready to move…but still there’s peace. Last night Josh and I were talking about how he is going to take off work for the day that the movers come to our apartment and I said, “Thank goodness you’ll be home…right after the youth conference and with all that’s going on, we’re going to need each other!” I’m so thankful for my spouse, and knowing that we’re better when we’re by each others’ side.

Here’s to many more years of deep friendship, laughter, joy, and peace amid the chaos of family life! Come what may, my dear. Including, but not limited to, this little bundle of joy.

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