I simply had to post another update after watching this uplifting message from a family that has welcomed a tenth child. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this film on about the last day it can be watched for free; I don't know how many of my readers will have time to benefit from this link, but I'm sharing it anyway.
I realize that this issue is controversial; that lives, circumstances, situations, capabilities are different; that there is infertility, health problems, family issues; that some people really do function better, others worse, in a setting of a large family. But I will always, in a secret place of my heart, wish I had been born to one - although of course, I realize it was all planned and arranged so that my destiny, my calling was to be born and raised an only child.
And I will always be thankful for belonging to a large family now, through my husband; I am lucky to have brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, people who are welcoming, embracing, and enjoying life, in all its varying circumstances, even its tragedies. Regardless of whether we ourselves ever have more children, or the number of such, my daughters have aunts, uncles and cousins.
Some families are destined to be small; they can then be embraced by larger, close-knit families. But once a small family unit became an ideal, and a widespread norm, our society fell apart.