As my belly gets bigger, my patience level for unfiltered comments gets smaller. I've gotten all kinds of comments from "this is your fourth?!?" stated in a very loud and incredulous voice, to "What are trying to do, keep up with the Duggars?" All I'm sure are meant in good humor and I am able to shake it off or have a little jovial comment in response. But there has been one comment of late that has really irritated me more than anything else. The comment usually spews out of an ignorant mouth when I am out in public with one or more of the kids.
"Well, I guess you're really going to have your HANDS FULL"
Sure our lives are busy and full of appointments, extra curricular activities, sicknesses, homework, birthday parties and all the many other things that come along with having kids. And sure there are days when MY sin nature takes over and I don't have the patience to endure the day to day trials that arise while raising a family. But when did having children become a burden? It really breaks my heart to think that this comment is stated in such a way that people feel sorry for me or are judging me for the choices Matthew and I have made in bringing multiple children into this world.
So I have finally found a response that seems to put people in their place without me having to go all Preggo Hormonal on them. It is something I have found very comforting for myself as well on those days when I am not fully appreciating the fact that the Lord has blessed us with these beautiful children. My response to these people stated with a smile on my face is:
"Not a hand full a HEART FULL"
My children are a heart full of memories that no one will ever be able to take away from me. A heart full of dreams for what our days ahead will be filled with. But most importantly a heart full of blessings that can only come from our Lord and Savior above and for that I am truly grateful!