I asked earlier this week what question you would ask the children of a mega-family. I want your questions to help with a secret project, but in the meantime I thought it would be fun to put the questions to my own children.
I’m starting with one that we hear quite often from friends, family and strangers alike. I was really touched by how much their individual personalities came through in their answers. Believe it or not, these answers are totally uncoached and unrehearsed. Am I the only one cracking up over Perry Boy’s answer?
Do you want a big family when you grow up? Why or why not?
I like big families and I would feel perfectly comfortable having a big family but I don’t have my heart set on having a certain number of kids. I feel equipped to have a big family, but at the same time I wouldn’t be hugely heartbroken if I only ended up having 2 or 3 kids.
I don’t believe in using any form of birth control – I very strongly believe that because I believe that God won’t give me more kids than I can handle and He won’t give me any kid in particular that I couldn’t handle, like a child with Down’s syndrome or autism. If I couldn’t handle a challenge like that, He wouldn’t give it to me.
Besides all that, I want to have at least 20 grandbabies. I can’t wait to be a totally awesome grandma!
Of course! I love kids and wouldn’t want to miss out on any of my kids that I might have had . I love being a part of a big family and can’t imagine anything else (and I don’t want t0). Lord willing I’ll have at least 50 grandkids to love and if I do my job properly I’ll have a steady stream of babies for all my life…
I always feel very proud of my parents when we’re all together and get complimented and I can’t wait for people to see my family! I think having a big family is a great public witness too.
Besides just loving kids the Bible makes it very clear that God wants us to have lots of kids. “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…” I don’t think it gets any clearer than that! God doesn’t say “if you want to and if it’s convenient for you I’d like you to have some kids”.
Yes, partly because it would seem very boring to have just 1 or 2 kids. Also for Biblical reasons: “be fruitful and multiply…” and “children are a blessing from the Lord.” And I like babies!
If God did choose to give me only 2 kids, it would obviously be because He had other things in mind to occupy me. But right now 2 kids sounds very boring. I think it would be easy to be content with anything more than 8 kids, because less than that would seem like a small family to me.
Yes, I want at least 12 so I can say that kids are cheaper by the dozen. If I go above 12 – heck! I may as well aim to beat the Duggars! But why do I want kids? Growing up in a large family, I think if my parents had had less kids I would probably spend all my life wishing they’d had more.
I do, because kids are very fun and the older ones would be very helpful. I want my kids to have the same sort of life that I do, but I hope it’s even better for them – sometimes my sisters pick on me. I just want a big family so I can see how hard it is, and it’s fun to be loved by everyone in a big family. I think it would be nice to have between 10 and 20 kids.
Yes! I want a big family because it’s fun to see babies grow into kids. Baby toes are so cute, and it’s fun to look at all their tiny clothes. I like it when people say, “Wow! Your baby is so cute!” Also, I like to cook for a big family. I think it would be fun to teach kids how to cook and read.
I’m fine with how many kids God wants to give me. If He gives me a lot, I’ll be happy, but if He only gives me a little that’s ok too. But I hope He gives me a lot! I want 20 kids! – No, wait – I want as much as God gives me.
I want a bunch of kids! I’m gonna have as much as God gives me. If I stop having kids, then I want to adopt a little bit more. I’ll adopt as many as God gives me, too. I want to adopt ALL THE ORPHANS IN THE WHOLE WORLD! And I’ll build a huge house, with a lot of bedrooms – no, with just one bedroom like we have, but really huge so all the kids can share it! And I’ll be their dad, and my wife will be their mom.
And I want you to have some more babies. I want 2 more brothers so we can have 2 teams and 2 people on each team, and we can play good guys getting bad guys.
[slightly condensed because he repeats himself and because nobody can type as fast as that kid talks when he's excited.]