Jan
27
2006

Moms of Large Families Are Barefoot, Fat and Ugly

Take a moment to imagine what a mother of 11 births looks like. Imagine this mother’s sanity, her weight, and her looks. If you are truthful, you will likely have a picture of someone like the title of this web log suggests: barefoot, fat and ugly.

This is a perspective most people have of mothers of large families. Now, I know many large families (we hang out with each other). I can think of a mother of 16, 12 and 9 right off the top of my head. Each of these women are beautiful women. In fact, I cannot think of one mother of more than, say, 6 kids who actually fit the stereotypical obese image that most people have of mothers of large families.

In fact, here’s a photo that’ll knock you over:

This is my wife, Wendy, a mother of 13 children. This was taken right before she got pregnant with the twins. So much for barefoot, fat and ugly, eh?

The lesson here is simple and so incredibly true: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a). The world has an negative view of what becomes a woman when she is blessed with children. The exact opposite is true, and I have seen this manifest in many families. This is the renewed vision for mothers of many children: they are beautiful, confident, and fulfilled when they allow God to bless them with the wonderful gift of children. Overcoming the negative stereotype of motherhood is a healthy step to understanding the choice of large families.

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • Mom of 8

    I’ve heard the same from many friends when I told them about the shows on TLC “wow, shes so skinny to have had that many kids” and while I know that it can certainly go either way, I dont think that its fair to classify moms of many by their weight or appearance. Certainly everyone of them is beautiful in Gods eyes, and weight is such a superficial thing to judge someone by. I wish that I did not struggle with my weight as I do, but I am not any heavier after 8 kids than I was after the first one….so its not the kids that got me where I am. ๐Ÿ˜€
    God wants to bless all of His children with more if they’ll but receive it, and the blessings are not just for the thin and beautiful.