If I ever....
...get to pile 9 kids into the car to go to church.
...have 50 dirty socks to wash on a given day.
...have 9 mouths to cook for (10 with a hubby). :)
...have 9 faces to kiss, 18 hands to hold, 9 little (or big) voices to listen to.
...sing 9 goodnight songs.
....get to hang a family picture on the wall like this one with children from my tummy, Guatemala, Ethiopia, around the world....
...I will be the most fortunate and blessed woman alive.
I will go to bed exhausted, I will stress out, I will worry about how to pay the bills. I will worry about those 9 (or however many) little lives and the 147 million more.
But I will still be so blessed.
I am so thankful that the Lord has placed families like the Blocks in my life, even if only to watch and learn from. Their simple blog posts that share honesty through the hard and scary times, through the joy and triumph. I'm learning what it means to LOVE. Love in marriage, love as a mom, love the orphan, the widow, the hurting, the poor. The Lord is shaping a vision, a dream, a hope for the future. It's easy to dwell on the future too much, but sometimes, it's okay to think of all that God could do. And I think He probably gets pretty excited when we're excited about serving Him.
So someday....if the Lord wills for me to be that mom of many, I'll post that family picture. And all the glory will be HIS, for He is the rescuer of orphans, and the Father of us all.