When No One Celebrates
The more children you have, the fewer the celebratory responses.
Sad, but true--I've been there.
It can be difficult when people don't "get" you and your family life.
It's hard when you remember how excited friends and family used to be for your first or second baby . . . and then you watch as that excitement gives way to bewilderment, perplexities, rudeness, lack of understanding, compassion or tact . . .
It's one thing to be questioned or mocked by the random lady in the grocery store; it's a totally different thing to have those closest to you act just like that random lady in the grocery store . . .snide remarks, indifference, no kind words . . .
So, mama, what do you do when the baby showers stop and the "congratulations" end?
Here is what I am learning to do. . .
First, remember this above all else:
Each life should always be celebrated, no matter how many, as each one is a miracle straight from the hand of God. He gives life and calls it good.
Let that stand on it's own, let that be the "explanation" we give to others.
Blessed is every one who fears the Lord,Who walks in His ways.When you eat the labor of your hands,You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.Your wife shall be like a fruitful vineIn the very heart of your house,Your children like olive plantsAll around your table.Behold, thus shall the man be blessedWho fears the Lord.The Lord bless you out of Zion,And may you see the good of JerusalemAll the days of your life.Yes, may you see your children’s children.Peace be upon Israel!