Why the world needs more children

Several years ago my husband read the following quote on the side of a Starbucks cup and emailed it to me because he liked it so much. I think of it every now and then:

“The day my son was born, I simultaneously died and was reborn. Every day before that day, my life had been about me and what I wanted the world to give me. Every day since, my life necessarily has been about what I can give to someone else. And that, I think, is why the world needs more children—and more parents.” 

Number four is arriving in a month or so. Life is busy. With three children, four and under, and one on the way, it can be easy to be overwhelmed — but life is so much bigger than fleeting frustrations. Because the thing is, I have a kicking human swimming around in my belly right now in the most mysterious and miraculous way.

I have a 17-month-old who loves to fall asleep holding my hand.

I have a 3-year-old who makes me belly laugh with her dance moves  — and a 4-year-old who asks questions that make me look at the world with child-like wonder.

I have a messy house, but an incredibly happy heart.

Are there tough moments? Yes. Are there frustrating days? Of course. But within that is the life-changing, heart-growing, good stuff. It is, as the Starbucks cup read,”what I can give.” And it’s the joy of serving others — whether as a parent, a caregiver, a friend, or otherwise:

Just when we think we’re doing all the giving, we realize how much we’ve received.

I love these recent words of Sarah over at the blog, Clover Lane:

“I know that I am not perfect for sure, far from it, no parents are. I have had my days when I can’t find even that little bit of patience.  I for sure have had days when I’ve complained about my children and their endless needs. And when I’ve had a sleepless fussy baby, I’ve cried about how hard it is to have a sleepless, fussy baby. But I’ve also learned over the last two decades that when I find the joy in mothering, yes, even when it requires every ounce of me, when I look through the world from the eyes of those who call me mommy, when I stop thinking “oh, this is hard” and started thinking “oh, I’m so lucky,” I’ve fully enjoyed all the aspects of parenting.”

Today I am a bit sleep-deprived. Walking with a waddle. Wading through loads of dirty clothes.

And so very grateful.

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4 Comments

  1. I just love, love this my friend.
    You are such a beautiful soul, and an amazing mama.

    I’ve found that the more babies I have, the more patient I get, the more I treasure the little things, and the more grateful I am. What a grace!

  2. Monica Sawyn, OblSB

    What you’re saying is so counter-cultural these days, but it’s so true! And each child that’s born is born into eternity. What a gift you’ve given by being unselfish. And beautifully written, too!

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