At first, when Ryan and I only had Trusten, I was constantly asked, "what do you do all day?"
Then people started telling me we needed to have another kid so that Trusten doesn't become spoiled, so he has a friend to play with, and on and on.
Even after Brahm people seemed so puzzled as to how I kept myself busy during the day "just staying at home all day". Geesh!
Well, now that we're a family of six, we get lots of comments...but they are nothing like what we used to hear!
Even though, in our eyes, we're still a small family, we still get lots of comments about our "big" family. I suppose that's because we have so many little ones so close in age.
Whenever we go out to eat or to the store, we get *at least* one comment about our "big" family. Most of the time, we don't mind the comments at all, but sometimes it does get a little old. Especially when it's the same people saying the same thing over and over.
Or when people are being down-right rude in front the kids (once someone said, "Just looking at all your kids gives me a headache" (rudely) right in front of the boys.) That was NOT okay with me and I let them know it. I never want my kids to think that way about themselves.
Because of that, there are now certain Wal*Mart associates that we avoid because they seem to feel very negative and outspoken about our blessings!
But for the most part, the comments are pretty harmless...and sometimes amusing. Instead of getting offended, we usually just tease back.
So here are a few of my favorite responses to some common comments.
"Your hands sure are full."
- "Yes they are!" because...well, they really are sometimes! or "Full of blessings!" especially if the boys are listening or "If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart!" which is corny, but old people like it! or "Not quite yet, I still have some fingers left" if I'm feeling ornery.
"Haven't you figured out how that happens?"
- We joke back, "Yes we have and apparently we're pretty good at it!" (if they say it in jest) or once I nicely replied, "They are children, not a disease" (because the person was being mean about it)
"Do you have your parade permit?"
- We've gotten this twice and both times I shot back, "We sure do! Do you want to join because you look like you'd make a perfect clown!" (Yes, I really said this but in a very loving way :) !)
- We've heard this a few times, but recently someone said it to my in-laws at an airport ("You need to buy them a T.V." was the comment) and my very sweet father-in-law just gave a courtesy laugh and said "Nah". To which I added, "They want more grandkids!". I mean, I don't think they have enough kids in their lap yet, do you??? :)
Okay, and just for kicks, here are just a few quotes I like...
"If evolution were true, mothers would have more than just two arms."
"The Bible calls children a blessing and debt a curse. But in our society, we reject the blessing and apply for the curse. Something is terribly wrong with this picture."
"'Be fruitful and multiply' means just that. Multiply. But you seem way too comfortable with simple addition!"
and my personal favorite...
"Birth control is for sissies." (although I'll admit that even I am a sissy sometimes :) !!!)