We’ve heard them all; those remarks from strangers and friends alike;

“Don’t you know what causes that?”

“You’re WHAT?? Again?? How are you going to send them all to college? Or buy them their first car? Or provide for their every need?”

“There’s a way to prevent them you know!”

“Are you Catholic? Mormon? Crazy?” (my husband would grin broadly and reply proudly,”No, we are passionate Protestants!)

“You know better than that! God gave us a brain!”

“The world is overpopulated already. How dare you bring another child into this world!”

The remarks came fast and furious, often when I felt most vulnerable; when I was pregnant, a bit tired and overwhelmed.

Finally, the baby would arrive and (often) the very same people who had sneered and scoffed at my pregnant belly were the first to chuckle at the little face staring up at them because, after all, they were face -to- face with a person.

This post at The Thinking Housewife blog sparked a lot of controversy and impelled me to share the story of how God convicted us of sin early in our marriage.

I shared some of our story at The Thinking Housewife.

“Now a child is the very sign and sacrament of personal freedom. He is a fresh free will added to the wills of the world; he is something that his parents have freely chosen to produce and which they freely agree to protect. They can feel that any amusement he gives (which is often considerable) really comes from him and from them and from nobody else.

He has been born without the intervention of any master or lord. He is a creation and a contribution; he is their own creative contribution to creation. He is also a much more beautiful, wonderful, amusing and astonishing thing than any of the stale stories or jingling jazz tunes turned out by the machines.”– GK Chesterton

Children transform the world, change the future and become mighty nations. Oh, how blessed we are when we say, “Yes, Lord, I will accept these little ones as gifts from you; embracing them with joy no matter how much I may need to give of my time, my love and my life.”

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

(Psalms 127:3-5 ESV)