God Bless You!

One afternoon last week we headed toward the beach for a little break from the everyday. Despite the fact that we live within a few miles of shore, we don’t have a “view” nor do we visit the ocean each day. But, we try to work it in at least once a week. We had a gift card to a restaurant on the water so that seemed like a fun way to veer from the meal plan.

The hostess escorted us to our seats, her eyes wide. How many kids do you have?

Six.

God bless you!

Instantly the thought came into my mind: He already has.

And indeed, blessings are in the eye of the beholder. To think how we once struggled to have a second child, we are now rich people. To God be the glory!

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  1. Stephanie says:

    The Lord is wonderful. I just can’t believe how he has blessed me too!

  2. God is indeed awesome!
    And so are you for giving Him the Glory!

    Wisdom with perspective is a wonderful thing!

  3. Thank you so much for this post. I went back and read the previous one about your miscarriages. I cried all the way through. I myself have suffered three miscarriages as well. We spent thousands of dollars to find our why I couldn’t get pregnant only to be given the answer that we would never have children. Six months later I was pregnant with our daughter who will be two next month. I lost the third baby last March. It was a ruptured ectopic and I lost the tube as well. We don’t know if I will ever have more children now and I struggle with this each day. I’ve been angry with God and questioned why so much has been taken away. Just recently I looked at my daughter and realized that I was actually given the most precious gift ever. I think of those babies almost every day. In my heart I have four children, but God felt it best for me to be mother to only one. Thank you again for sharing your story. It has helped me heal a little more today.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Oh @Kristie, my heart goes out to you. And I’m so glad that you were helped today. The internet was nothing more than a squirrel in a cage back when I had my miscarriages – no blogs, just a few forums. And I was desperate to know that someone else knew what I felt. Hang in there. The pain does fade.

  4. Thanks so much for this post. I’m really struggling with this right now as I’ve had so many people look down on me for having 3 close together and today at the church potluck it was so hard to keep all the kids in line; I felt overwhelmed and like people must think, “They shouldn’t have had so many!” Thanks for the good reminder. I get dirty looks ALL THE TIME for only having 3 and I need to constantly preach to myself that kids are a blessing and God’s gift, not a burden to be avoided.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @Lindsey Swinborne, hang in there. Let people think “whatever.” You’re the one who has to walk in your shoes. Just smile and enjoy the chaos. It will be gone one day and we’ll miss it. Go figure!

  5. That is good. She said, “God Bless You.” I liked to read that one. Thanks for the beautiful picture. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! ;)

  6. I’ve been abit down and confused recently and this post has really cheered me up.

    I had a miscarriage and then nearly lost my last baby but luckly he’s okay now. I count my blessings every – babies are so special aren’t they?

  7. i love that response! i feel blessed with my 5 as well! Lindsey, it is hard to stay positive when the kids are acting up and people stare! just know that somewhere in America someone else is going through the same thing!

  8. I went back and read your previous post and just want to thank you for sharing your story. I, too, struggled with miscarriages. We lost 5 babies before conceiving our 3 1/2 year old. She is our miracle baby. Then we lost another baby when she was just more than a year. Then we conceived our son who is going to be 1 later this month. It has been a journey that I wouldn’t have asked for but that I wouldn’t change for anything. Our God is a great God….and He would still be great if He hadn’t given us our two precious children.

  9. Thanks for sharing. I always look forward to your posts!

  10. I have 6 boys, and I used to hear comments like that all the time (“You poor thing! How do you manage!”). At first, I just laughed along good-naturedly, but one day my eldest asked me if I was sad that I had so many boys (because he kept hearing strangers comment on his poor mother) and I realized that I needed to speak up, especially once the boys were old enough to understand the remarks. Now I always praise the benefits and joys of my large family. I know that some people don’t realize that they are being unkind to say negative things within earshot of the kids, but I still find it hurtful. It’s not like I woke up one day and someone had dumped 6 boys on my doorstep and I was expected to just deal with it. We wanted all our children. And yes…my husband and I are very conscious of HOW babies are made (that’s the comment I hate the most).

    Only once has someone said, “Six boys? You’re so lucky!” and it was an elderly woman who had raised 7 children and she said she missed having a housefull of her own. I think about her on my bad days and remind myself that in a few short years, my boys will start fleeing the nest and, oh, I will be lonely when they are all out of the house.

  11. kathleen says:

    Thank you so much, you put it beautifully. I have four. Three close together. I get thus comments all the time. Some are mean, intentional or not. I love all my children and thank god for them everyday. Some days are hard but I would not trade my babies for anything in the world.

  12. Thank you for sharing about your miscarriages. It’s true, God is our healer, our shepherd, our all in all. I have a similar story in that I had a serious illness related to pregnancy and childbirth that left me wondering if I could ever have another child. Since it happened after my fourth baby, hardly anyone understood that my heart was so sad for the future babies that wouldn’t be, since our family was already so large. But, God redeems. We have yet to welcome another baby, but we’ve been given the okay to have another by my doctor! Praise God for his sovereignty. He changes us, sometimes takes things away, but ultimately what we get back is so much more! We continue to await another baby – all in God’s timing. Thanks for sharing your story!

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