Note on a Paper Bag

Paper Bag Message

If you have a lot of kids, you are probably self-conscious of the negativity toward large families. We get our share of scowls and frowns from people who think we’re over populating the earth or draining society’s resources. Even though we reason and write books that show the immense blessing of children, such encounters are discouraging.

But then you get an anonymous note like this one. Someone noticed our family in the supermarket (we’re tough to miss). They connected with us, but probably thought it would be strange or a hassle to say hi. So, they tore a piece of paper bag from their groceries, wrote this nice note, and¬†placed it under our windshield wiper when we weren’t looking.

Wow, that totally made our day. Whoever it was, that was one of the kindest gestures ever.

Share this with a parent who could use some encouragement. That’d be a very nice gesture.

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.

  • Jennifer Mull

    Cool Christmas gift! :-)

  • Ann M. Barndt

    Children ARE society’s resource!

  • Karen Hamer

    We find people are largely positive: but perhaps I don’t get out enough; or maybe we are still running on the low side of large with only-nearly-10 …?! XO

  • kim dutt

    What a neat note and a great idea to keep in mind! Recently a woman approached me while we were standing in line at the grocery store. I had our four children with me and am obviously pregnant with our fifth. She told me how she had five children and would have loved to have more. She went on to say how close they all are and how she has been blessed with lots of grandchildren. I had been having a tough day with the kids and that was such a pick-me-up!

  • Sheila (UK)

    What a wonderful message of encouragement for you!
    Keep that in your hearts and remember that not everybody is negative towards large families.
    There are more and more people here in the UK embracing having larger families and I am sure that you and other families such as the Duggars are instrumental in changing people’s hearts in this area.
    Keep spreading the love.
    God bless you Chris and Wendy!

  • Amanda

    We’re active with our adoption agency while I’m surprisingly pregnant, so working on babies #6 and #7 right now. My family of origin is completely dysfunctional and scattered across the United States. Both of my parents, and all but one of my grandparents, are dead. The family I have is the one we’re creating, and while there are days I feel wildly ill-equipped for this precious work I’ve been called to (mothering), seeing sweet things like this note just make me feel all the more blessed by the Lord. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!

  • Amy Wells Facchini

    That’s nice. I am going to go out of my way to compliment women with large families when I see them now– heaven knows they need it in our mixed up society! My friend gets so many eye rolls and she only has four. People value things over people; so sad. Not everyone can or chooses to have a large family, but our God loves people!