1) We don't mind if you stop us in public and ask us about our family.
This is nice. This is sweet. If you are over 80 and your eyes tear up, it is especially sweet. A few weeks ago we set a sweet elderly women to mush in the thrift store as she told us all about how her two beautiful little girls both died of cancer decades and decades ago and admonished me that children are the greatest wealth. I love to meet you. I may even hug you.
Now, this doesn't always happen, but just as a caution to help you out a bit, cause I'm fond of you stopping us to say "hi", - the questioning in our minds turns sour when it devels into the intimate portion of our life as a couple with our children in the conversation. Would you like me to question your parents about their s@x lives in front of you? Oh, please, please, please don't go there.
2) We know we have our hands full.
Are you asking to help? I could use an Alice from the Brady Bunch. I could also use a good drywaller. If you could fill both positions, well then, I think I love you.
3)Having a large family does not mean I am gifted with supernatural patience.
Like most character issues, patience grows as it is challenged to grow. So does creativity and organization. Most days, I wish NOT to be challenged in these areas.
4) The thought of us fitting in your house may make your skin crawl, but please don't forsake fellowship with us.
We'll gladly meet at a park, the zoo, a museum... or get a sitter and do a double date. I would LOVE to have an adult conversation with you. You may have to remind me how this is done.
5) Having a large family neither means we are on state assistance or wealthy.
Lifestyles and debt are expensive, children aren't.
6) Once they turn three-ish, my kids generally dress themselves.
We have a *no camo* rule outside of hunting or going to the cabin, but all else is fair game. If you see the toddler's jeans tucked into his red rubber boots and it isn't raining out and he isn't in a barn, just smile. He's cute. The five year old is also adamant about what matches. Flowers and stripes are fair game. The brighter, the better. Just think about all the clashes of color God uses in creation. She's on to something.
Finally, thank you so very much for your encouragement. We'd love to encourage you in your mission of parenting as well. We know that our decision to have a large family makes us an attraction and oddity and we'll try not to park our abnormally large vehicles too close to yours. :)