Growing up, I wanted two kids. One boy and one girl. When I met my husband, he wanted three kids, and we agreed that was what we both wanted. Well you know, life and God had other plans. When we tried for our second child, we found out we were pregnant with twins. When I delivered the twins, I knew in my heart, I was not done. Three years later, we had our fourth baby. She was everything our family needed and more. We are truly complete with two boys and two girls. I have loved kids my entire life, I knew in Elementary school that I wanted to be a pediatrician (once I learned just how much education went into that-I wanted to start a family) so I decided on pediatric nurse instead. Again, I knew in middle school that was my career path. So having a big family was just the icing on my cake.
I never imagined my life going in this direction, but I feel so very blessed to live it. I also never imagined that so many people would have opinions about how many kids we have or not want to be around us because of the number of kids we have. I never imagined being left out of invitations because of our crew.
It’s definitely been a learning curve for me. I am extremely extroverted and I believe the more, the merrier. That was even before I had four kiddos. It’s taken quite some time to find “our people!” The people that want to be around ALL of us. The people that invite us to things, no exclusion. The people that adore our kids as much as we do.
Don’t get me wrong, I know four kids is A LOT! I mean, I’m their momma, I KNOW they can be A LOT! I know they get loud and crazy. I know they all compete for your undivided attention and can be very overstimulating and overwhelming. I also know that they each have some of the most unique characteristics. They are all so smart, funny, brave, and sweet.
If you are willing to sit down and listen to ALLLLL the Pokemon, Minecraft, and planets. If you want a full makeover with hairdos and glitter. If you want help fixing something outside or you want to watch someone ride a bike real fast. And if you want sweet kisses, with lots of laughing and watching coco melon then I have the crew for you.
As a momma of four, that chose to have these babies (with God’s blessing of course), I ask that you see past the number. Look past the annoyances and embrace families that aren’t like yours. Your life will be more vibrant because of it!