Family photo 2013

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Monday, December 20, 2010

It was a very big day for them

"Hey Flint, let me see your eyes."
2 showings of the Christmas play at our church yesterday (the 5 oldest participated - Jayla had a major part! Onyx did some speaking too! The rest sang and danced and looked adorable!) then a Christmas concert/pot luck dinner at Awana last night. Mr. Deutsch had to work and did not return home until after the young ones were fast asleep. Which means it was a very big day for me too.

After tucking them in, I lit a candle, made some tea, put on soft music in my bedroom, locked the door, and wrapped gifts. ♥

We are grateful for all the adults who have spent hours and hours pouring into these children's lives through volunteering their valuable time.

{Life with a large family side note: Of course they had to get out another big round table at the pot luck and pull up spare chairs from other tables so the kids and I could sit together. If we don't race to the open room and quickly save spots before they begin to fill in, this is always what happens. And it usually makes one of those *super highly pleasant* (look at the crazy people with their flock of kids - I don't know how she does it - she must be so patient - are they all hers? - don't they know what causes that? - how much money does her husband make? - and they homeschool too! - will they have more? surely not, that would just be bonkers) scenes while everyone watches. So, if you ever witness that family, the one who has long ago outgrown their minivan, running to grab seats, elbowing folks out of the way with a forceful flying forearm shiver at a large gathering of people sharing a meal together, you'll know why. It's not because they are that hungry.}
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Sonja said...

Tisha, I am 37 and homeschool 2, DS 12 and DS 4. My only regret in all of life has been that I did not have more kids. They are such a precious reflection of the life-giving third Person of the Trinity. Why did I ever think there could be too many children? Like Mother Teresa said, "How can there be too many children? That's like saying there are too many flowers."

I particularly LOVED the string of questions at the end of this post that people ask, sometimes silently, sometimes not-so-quietly whispered to another.

Families like yours occupy such an important place in modernity; I pray for them and their witness to life in our increasing culture of death. Bless you my dear, in the gritty, glorious, exhausting, thrilling, sweaty enterprise to which you have been called (and equipped!)

Sonja said...

AND (sorry!) the comment about Flint's eyes made me belly laugh!

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