Do you ever think about what life will be like when you’re in your 70s or 80s? I’m reminded every once in a while, and it helps me keep the right perspective on life. It’s easy to lose sight when there are dishes to wash, bills to pay, and diapers to change.
Here’s an article worth reading from last month: Winterport siblings recall the blessings of being raised among 17 children. Another from a few days ago: Canadian Couple Welcomes 100th Grandchild. And just yesterday, I Facebook-friended a mom of 15 children who is up to 35 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. I grew up with her second-born son.
Then there’s us. Sixteen children, 14 of them in the home. Life around here is, well, full of life. Never a boring moment. It’s a miracle that Wendy and I have time to write blog posts everyday, but to tell you the truth, we love to talk about the life within these walls.
For a writer like me, there is content – life – all around me. Writing prompts everywhere. As of today:
- The teens are preparing for a debate tournament in Albuquerque this weekend, and in Denver the next.
- The littler children a getting into a daily writing lesson I drummed up last month.
- The baby is crawling all over the house, our earliest crawler to date.
Believe me, I could go on and on. A house of life is a house of blessing. Wendy and I (and the families in the articles mentioned above) naturally follow, “The more the merrier.” Why not? Love abounds inside these walls, and welcoming more to the home is not such an odd-ball idea. It makes perfect sense, really.
And years from now, when our family blossoms like a field of flowers, and we gather for our reunions and photo ops, I doubt our life will return to boring. My, how awesome those parties will be! Those will be water-to-wine bashes. Our children and grandchildren won’t know any different. Life will be full of family, people you grow up loving, a houseful of joy.
Do you ever think about what life will be like when you’re in your 70’s?