Not long ago, I came across the beautiful Eyes of Wonder blog, by a lovely lady who is the joyful mother of 10 treasured children and grandma to 1 precious grandchild. Her youngest child and very first grandchild are only 2 months apart! Now, how cool is that? She shares many beautiful photos of her home and family in their everyday soothing, simple life. I would like to thank Sherry from Lula’s Hardt for sharing the link! Sherry mentioned it after my post about dressing modestly during the summer, thinking I might want to take some tips from there.
I did love the way girls and women in that family dress. It seems they make most of their clothes themselves, and they look so pretty, modest, feminine and comfortable. But more than that, I love just taking the peak into their everyday life.
As an only child, I always wondered what life in a large family would be like. In our extended family, no one had more than 2 children. I often heard statements like for example, if you have ‘more children than you can afford’, it means you’re ‘depriving all of them’. Because if a child isn’t showered with expensive toys and taken on vacation every year he is, naturally, deprived! Something even more ridiculous is the opinion that, ‘it’s unfair to give older children the responsibility to take care of younger ones’!
Teaching children they should be responsible is unfair? Educating children in the spirit of patience, giving and sharing towards their siblings makes them feel deprived? I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t make any sense to me. My grandmother had 5 brothers and a sister, and not even once I heard her complain about how there wasn’t enough for everyone as they were growing up. Now we see children who have no siblings at all, or only one sibling, yet they complain all the time about not having those expensive brand-name jeans. What should it tell anyone who has a bit of common sense? Obviously, that things won’t make children happier. But somehow, people insist that having more, bigger and better is the path to bliss.