"Are y'all done yet?"
"Are you still keeping count?"
"Yes, no, and why should I?" That is my response. I've heard these questions in various forms over the last several months. I'd really love to watch someone blush if I actually had the guts to FULLY answer that first question :) I know most people mean it as a joke - especially those that know me, but the truth is - there are perfect strangers who have asked me these things and made these types of comments to me. And others who have stared from a distance as I waddle into Wal-Mart and load up my just turned 3 year old and my almost 2 year old. When did that become appropriate? I even had a grown woman argue with me at the girls playgroup, telling me there was no way I could be happy with so many children so close together...all of this while her 2 year old attempted to beat up other kids in the group (Lynnsie included). I just smiled, assured that I absolutely was happy with my life - and was super tempted to tell her to focus on her own mothering skills/decisions and leave mine alone. After all, I have a beautiful wedding ring on my finger and we pay for our own kids, so what business was it of hers!!
Anyway, that's my soap box as a prelude to sharing a great article on Mommyhood. A fb friend shared the link earlier today. It's great, here's a quote:
"Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for."
I hope you mommies out there enjoy it as much as I did!