We are BEYOND excited to welcome another little Whitaker into the world. When we told the kids, you should’ve seen the smiles and heard the giggles. Besides the folks at EPT, they were the first to find out. Of course, by doing that, it’s been hard to keep things on the d-low. But, really, nothing beats having a slew of school moms calling you after one of the boys in Will’s class yells out in the lunchroom, “Hey guys, Will’s mom is having a baby!” Classic.
I suppose we’ll hear some comments – actually, we already have heard some whoppers – about our growing family. At first I didn’t really know how to process all that. But, life experience has taught me two invaluable lessons:
#1: You never know somebody’s situation. They may be longing for a child, but the womb is empty. Or, maybe their experience in a large family wasn’t what we hope our children will have. I’ve stopped telling people, “Oh you should have another baby!” or “Wow, don’t you know what causes that?” I’m quite positive they do.
#2: I can’t presume to know what the right number is for any family, except mine. And, heck, I’m still working on figuring that one out! I’ll never forget an “aha” moment I had back in 1997. Scott and I had been married just a touch over a year and we totally thought we had this marriage thing down pat. And, of course, we did. Nevertheless, we were meeting with a group of other married couples – married 1 to 25 years – preparing for a Pre-Cana weekend (engaged couple preparation in the Catholic church). We got to the topic of birth control. And, the couple that was scheduled to speak about NFP (Natural Family Planning) introduced themselves, and then proceeded to tell us they had 5 children. Me, in my infinite wisdom with a dash of sarcasm, piped up, “Well, I guess it didn’t work!” Their reply? “But, we wanted 5 children, so I guess it did.” If ever there was a black hole, I so wanted to climb into it. Funny how things work out.
I just know this…we have another life to love. Another one! How awesome is that?