Jan
04
2012

Thinking Ahead to What Life Will Be Like

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?

About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.

  • http://comptines.over-blog.com/ Nicole Snitselaar

    what are you going to do when they are all away from home, and they call you on the phone?
    I only have three in that case and I feel it so heavy spending so much time on the phone! I have already said: not more then one call everyday please!
    And My mother with 6 adult kids 20 grand children could spend the day on the phone!

  • Bwatson

    I have a question – I know $ is very tight.  How do you afford to travel so much with the debate teams????

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Well, we won’t be traveling as much as the good old days, unfortunately. For the ones we do travel to, we cut expenses by driving rather than flying, bringing as many debaters as possible, seeking host housing rather than hotels, packing lunches rather than eating out. These things all cut expenses.

  • http://www.adventurezinchildrearing.com Kelli- AdventurezNchildRearing

    I love your blog. I found you on fb and hopped over to read some about you – didn’t know you were a large family until I got here – We have 3 boys and people sometimes act like that is something – praying God will heal me from RA & if He wants to bless us with more children – its been in His control for many years :) We feel very blessed- our children are homeschooled- we’ve made big sacrifices to make that happen- we play together and have a close and Godly relationship. I guess our big family parties will have to include my sister and her three boys, cousins and such :) Then we might gather a good crowd! Your future parties sound fabulous! 
    I started reading – then immediately got sucked into your article from 3 mos ago about verses which say that children are a blessing. Whew, some of those people don’t quite make sense to me. I may not agree 100% with everything someone says, I have a slightly different interpretation of some of those verses- but don’t even understand how it could have been seen as condescending??? 
    Your family is beautiful – God bless

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      The feeling is mutual, Kelli. Your blog looks like you’re having a lot of love in life. 

      Eh, the trolls. The truth is, I love my enemies and enjoy their online visits. Keeps Wendy and I sitting up straight.

  • Ronaldstauffer

    Yup.  I have let my 9 children know that I ask one thing of them.  Sometime before I die I want them to put on a Stauffer Family Reunion with at least 100 of my descendants in attendance.  I want to look out on a sea of familiar smiling faces and know “These are my blessings, 100+ blessings!”  Can’t say for sure but I figure I’ll need to make it to about 90 years old, maybe sooner, depending.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Now THAT’S a vision!