Year for babies: 2009

I got the wonderful news that my little sister is expecting her third child, due later this year. My kids are jumping for joy to welcome another cousin into the family. I spoke with my dad yesterday, and he shared with me, “I’m sure glad Heidi is having another child. I was afraid she was going to choose not to have any more.”

I seized the opportunity for a bad joke. “You have extreme kids, Dad,” I said. “With Heidi you hope she has more kids, with me you hope I don’t!”

That actually was really funny, and we laughed almost to the point of tears. You’d have to know our relationship, I suppose, to see the humor in that. My folks are about the coolest people you could ever sit down and have coffee with. They love life, love people, and love their family. But, you know, I’m the odd-ball kid who has 15 children. I realize that’s odd, and even though they love me and all their grandchildren (3/4 of their grandchildren come from 1/4 of their children), there is this skeptical worry in their eye that begs, “You sure you know what you’re doing, Chris?”

Our convictions to have children are from God, that’s for sure. Our book Love in the House goes into explaining much of this, how we struggled with the temptation to leave God in a box, and how years ago we almost refused to trust in the calling He had for us. Wendy and I hear from other parents who have in-laws who judge them harshly. That’s sad, for we all need encouragement to move forward in the story God has for each of us.

Speaking of stories, I received more wonderful news from a friend of mine who wrote a really good book, When God Writes Your Love Story. Eric and Leslie Ludy are having another child! They are ones who have struggled with fertility and have only one natural-born child. God’s story for them revealed two adoptions for a total of three children. God kept writing (a humorous twist that will make you laugh out loud!) and blessed Leslie with pregnancy. Her blog announcement brags, “Four kids, four and under!”

I emailed Eric this morning: “Wahoooo! The Jeubs are high-fiving you, doing back flips, and cheering for the Ludys! We are so incredibly happy for you. Four kids 4 and under? No sweat. With God taking care of the Ludys, anything is possible.” I gave him the P.S. that Wendy is due in 2009, too.

His response:

Thanks, Chris, for showing your exuberance. It’s always right when we are beginning to feel overwhelmed that Wendy gets pregnant again and puts everything in perspective. :) Pass on our congrats to your amazing wife! That’s incredible! We are cheering you guys on!

It looks like a good year to have babies. Remember, the year is still young. There’s still time, if you’re not expecting, to fit a child in. (Ha, I can hear my dad groaning at that one, but deep down he loves it.)

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.

  • Sarah M. in MI

    Babies are swell, aren’t they? Wendy and I almost share a birthday (2/68), and my youngest is going to be 3 in May. We lost a baby in both ’07, and ’08. Not sure if we will be blessed again, but I’d be happy if we were! If not, I can be content until the grandchildren come along. : )

    Sarah M. in MI, wife to John, mom to the maginificent seven

  • SLG

    Hey, thanks to families like yours, I can say “I only have 9 kids!” LOL!

  • Mollie

    I love to hear you talk about the reality of people not being supportive or understanding. Sounds like your family may not understand,but still supports! Thats a blessing. We have our 4th blessing coming this April! Only 18 months after our 3rd. Right after you guys in March! I wrote you guys a christmas letter telling you what God’s been laying on our hearts, to have a large family [don’t know what that means number wise] With the question of do you know what your doing? I don’t know what I’m doing!!! All I know is that God has opened my eyes and heart to something…. Do you and Wendy still feel like you don’t know what your doing sometimes????

  • http://www.creatingtreasures.blogspot.com tereza crump aka MyTreasuredCreations

    My brother just had his first baby a couple of days ago. it’s a baby girl and he is a proud and happy Daddy!! I have 2 more siblings but they aren’t producing much!! LOL We got 3 children under 6 years old and I sure want more. I love Eric Ludy…he was a great influence to re-affirm our believe on what the Bible says about dating and marriage. My husband was waiting on the Lord when He introduced us, and I was waiting for God to bring me to the husband He had chosen for me. And He sure did!! It’s a long story but one I like to remember all the time and Praise God for His faithfulness and love in ALL areas of our lives. :) Have a beautiful day!! Tereza

  • http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/COMamabear KatieCO

    Great post! #9 for us any day now – and no one in the extended family understands. That’s OK – God knows. :o)

  • http://homeschoolblogger.com/arrowsinourquiver CDMcConnell

    Hello! Yes, we, too are expecting number 4 this year! Caleb Marshall is due April 3! I am measuring a little big, so, earlier would be fine. My sister and both of my sister in laws are due this year too! All of us by July! What fun! Babies are such an amazing gift from the Lord. What joy and faith they bring into our lives! I never understand how people wouldn’t want more! For us, this will be 4 under 5. We are also hoping to become foster parents of infants and toddlers in the coming months, so maybe, 5 under 5!

  • http://www.kjllovemylife.blogspot.com Kristin

    We finally were able to announce the birth of #6 on Jan. 13. And the thought had occurred to me that, should God choose, we could very easily have another in 2009! LOL So good to read your post…

  • Wendi in Colorado Springs

    We just found out that we are expecting our 11th child and couldn’t be more thrilled! Unfortunately, we will not be sharing the news with our family any time too soon as we dread the reaction we always get. They love our children dearly but just don’t share our trust in God :(
    We live pretty close to you guys. Hope to meet you all some day!

  • http://www.theyoungpages.com/jodis_blog/ Jodi

    We’re due with #4 in about 6 weeks, so it’s definitely a baby year for us! We, too, will have four 4 and under. Congrats you you and to the Ludys – what a wonderful story!

    Thanks for the encouragement about trusting God even when family are not completely on board with our decisions. Your blog and your book have been a blessing to our family :)

  • http://www.theviewfromhiddenvalley.blogspot.com Amy

    YEA! WE LOVE BABIES TOO! Ours is coming in April! Praise the Lord! :)

  • http://jent-manyblessings.blogspot.com Jen

    That’s great news on the babies coming in 2009. We have friends (two couples) who married in 2008 and are both expecting in 2009. We had our 9th baby in Aug 2008 and would not be surprised to find out we expect one this year too. November would be a good month; we don’t have one that month. But so far nothing. :) Oh well, all in God’s own timing.

  • Wendi

    We just found out that we are expecting our 11th child and couldn’t be more thrilled! Unfortunately, we will not be sharing the news with our family any time too soon as we dread the reaction we always get. They love our children dearly but just don’t share our trust in God.
    We live pretty close to you guys(Colorado Springs). Hope to meet you all some day!

  • Deanna

    Hi Jeub family…I think of Wendy often as I think we are due around the same time…our 8th is due April 4th. Another boy…6 to 2! Our children are all close together..will be 9 and under by then. I thank you again for all the encouragment you had on our family and for your book..remember this one is our “Love in the House” baby, at a time that we struggled with what to do. God has blessed us greatly, even during a shaky time for many. May we continue to grasp on to the grace of the Lord and His promises.

  • http://friztime.blogspot.com Tammy

    Thank you so much for these encouraging words. Sometimes I feel so alone in the conviction that all of our children are a blessing from God. We are adding 3 by adoption this year! Praise God!

  • Becky

    I loved reading this! i just got your book and am anxious to read it! we are new to qf but are expecting our 9th child in June :) GOD IS SO GOOD! you inspire me :)

  • Lynda

    Ahh. It is the year for babies! I’ll be expecting at the end of October! Yay! This will be our 4th. Our youngest is 13 months right now. I can’t wait!