please tell me it isn't only me that gets really tired of hearing that question? what is it with people? just because i am young and happily married does not mean i want to jump on the bandwagon and pop out three babies in three years.
first of all, poop scares me. vomit makes me shudder. and slobber? umm gag. i often think that i am not cut out to be a mom. unless God sends me a kid that comes vomit-proof, potty trained and with its final set of teeth that is. then i could maybe handle it.
emphasis on the maybe.
and let's not even mention things like the economy, over population, our meager income and the state of the world in general.
one other reason that i don't really want to have a baby is because i have tons of kids to love on and spoil that come free of poop-slash-vomit-slash-slobber issues. and i love these babies just as much as i could ever love my own so i want to brag on them a bit.
rebel and sadie. my fur babies. my snuggle muffins. my fun, sassy and loving babies that i can stick outside when i get tired of them
my perfect precious nephew thomas. as far as i am concerned this baby is as much mine as it is my brother's. well love wise. i mean i love him so much and would do pretty much anything for him. i think i get a glimpse of feeling a mother's love when i hold him but it doesn't leave me with an "empty arms" feeling longing for more.
oh yeah and let me mention this. he is one month and a couple weeks old and the kid is eating rice cereal out of a spoon. for realz. he is a beast. so proud.
my godson noah. this child is nothing short of a miracle considering all his momma went through to get him here. i cannot believe that he will be two years old this year.
his sister molly. one of the tiniest buttercup babies i have ever seen.
my pseudo-nephew grayson. this is him splashing and having fun at the waterpark for his first birthday a few weeks ago. this kid is full of personality and so much fun to be around!
this is jake and ben (jake on the left, ben on the right). chris worked with their mother when he lived in shreveport and her husband was deployed. he dropped them off and picked them up from school, spent many weekends babysitting them and eventually became a seriously big part of their lives. we are proud to know that their parents have entrusted their care to use should anything happen to them.
and finally the group of kiddos that i probably have the most impact on...
these are the girls in our youth group.
these are the boys. (i know they look like hollister models don't they!)
God has blessed my life beyond belief by allowing me to work with these young people. seeing them grow up (we get them in the sixth grade thru their graduation) and start to ask really hard questions about their spirituality, make mature decisions and really form their spiritual lives is a miracle. i have so much love in my heart for these kids i think it could burst. i am more than a little proud of them as well. their spiritual lives grew by leaps and bounds over the summer and i have seen some of them display such acts of courage and love that i was embarrassed to be called one of their leaders. they should certainly be leading me. if you ever get an opportunity to volunteer with young people don't hesitate. you will be blessed, i promise!
see? i have kids! i have love for children! i spoil babies! i would just prefer to send them to their parents after all of their indulgences have been met. *wink*
so i think the next time i am asked "when i am going to have babies" i think i am going to say...
i have more kids than i know how to love properly. when God sees me fit to be a mother to one of my own, i'm pretty sure He can take care of that. until then i will let my heart grow and fill up with love for the ones i have.
does anyone else share this feeling with me??