We went to the park back in November to enjoy the nice weather and because Rick took the day off of work. This is one of my new favorite pictures of the kids. Little Luke (exactly 1 month old at the time) was in his little car seat. Maybe he can climb on the slide with everyone this summer. :)
Claire - 8, Miles - 22 months, Kate - 9, Sims - 3
Kate and Miles
Jack - 4
Sims, Jack, Henry - 6, Miles, Kate, Luke - 4 weeks, Claire
The 2015 Daxko kick-off is complete and the size of my family was an unplanned recurring humorous theme this year. I expect many people left last Friday evening with a few unanswered questions. Questions only I can answer.
Seven. That's how many kids I actually have. Comparing us to the Duggars is an insult to Michelle!
Yes. I know "how it happens"
No. I am not "Roman Catholic"
Yes. I do have cable. It doesn't help.
No. I have no idea how we will send them to college…but neither do you.
Yes. We know about and have used birth control.
Why do my wife and I have so many children? The Lord has given them to us. He has entrusted them to us. It is our great joy to teach them about Him. We believe the purpose of our lives is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. No, bearing and raising children is not the only way to honor and glorify God, but it is a rewarding work. It is edifying. It is sanctifying. It brings me joy. There are so many things people could laugh at me about so I'm glad they choose this.
Consider this. Everything we do on this earth will pass away. Very few people in history "make an impact" or are remembered for very long. Human souls are eternal. We have been given 7 eternal souls to care for and to teach about the Lord. It is not always easy. It often reveals my sin, but I do this work with the hope that they will one day stand eternally before the Lord with me in peace.
All the work I put into their lives has eternal value. This is HUGE! Most people miss this point. All the poopy diapers, long nights, sickness and general frustrations of parenting are not offset only by the happy moments captured on instagram. One great joy of parenting is the hope that the child you brought into this world will one day pass through death to an eternity with their creator in perfection and joy. Children are truly a blessing from the Lord!
Some may still think I am crazy. I am ok with that. Remember this. I have a really good chance of not ending up in a nursing home!
I know this is the third place I've posted these pictures but I think they are the most accessible for the future.
I love Jack's smile in this first picture because it's his "I have to smile" smile. He actually has one of the cutest natural smiles but it's hard to capture. He saw this picture and asked, "Is that how I really smile?"
First picture of our 5 sons.
I forgot to put this picture in my last post. Here is Rick with Luke. I still can hardly believe he has 7 children!!
Our dear son Luke Everett was born on October 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm. He weighed 9 lbs and 8 oz and was 21.5 inches long. He has dark brown/black hair like Claire and Sims. His eyes are blue for now but I'm sure they will change. He is the sweetest little baby and we cannot imagine our lives without him now. He is so new but it's like he has always been with us.
The delivery was the hardest one I've had and he broke his collar bone but we are both on the mend now and feeling better every day. But I would take the pain again and again to have Luke with us.
Luke means light in Greek and Everett means brave. Our prayer for Luke is that he will point people to the light of Christ and that the Lord will strengthen him to be brave in doing what the Lord has called him to do.
Thanks be to the Lord for His many, many blessings.
Thanks to our wonderful parents who have helped us tremendously with our other children during the past 9 days. We are all back together again and I hope to get a picture of everyone soon. And also, "Luke" was a character on LOST. :) He was an "Other" in 5 episodes of season 3. The LOST name streak lives on.