When we first helped plant the Church at The Well, we were a group of young couples, married just a few years at most. We had cool clothes, date nights, and extra money at the end of the month.
Then I got pregnant with Abigail. And less than five years later, the three original member families of The Well went from childless and carefree to this:
Did you do a head count? Well you might have missed someone, so take a look at this version:
That's right. 3 moms and 8 little ones under the age of 5 (with 2 more on the way!) It's so fun watching these guys play together. They've known each other since birth, and they're literally growing up with one another before our eyes.
Although there are definitely some unique challenges to having this many little ones, not a one of us would trade this season for anything in the world (including a return to those carefree days). Because for every morning of showering and drying our hair in our "former lives", we have the new joy of being showered by a zebra who spews water from his big, blue mouth.
And it's not even like the absence of our own showers has been replaced by the bathing of small, slippery humans. Because they're self-cleaning!
Gone are the days of watering our own gardens...
...but long live the days of cutting-edge fashion!
And besides, it's much more enjoyable watching the little ones exercise than doing it ourselves like we did in the days of old (and I've been told that it's equally as beneficial also).
I have to run now. There are diapers to be changed, mouths to be fed, and 32 loads of laundry to be done. But more importantly, there are bellies to tickle, cheeks to kiss, and cuddles to be had by all!!
"Children are a blessing from the Lord." Psalm 127:3