Thursday, April 23, 2020

Baby blessings

***Warning*** This post may induce baby fever. 

Like everyone else, my life has its ups and downs. Life in any size family is not without challenges. My mother used to say, "Little children, little woes, big children, big woes" and that has held true. Not because the older kids are more trouble, but because as they turn into adults, their problems are adult problems, making them so much more relatable, while at the same time less fixable, and thus more painful to a parent's heart.

But oh, the joy that a baby in the house brings every single day without fail! I have been incredibly blessed to have had a baby in the house every day for over 18 years now. Incredible! God has been so good to us. We call the babies "joy bringers" because that's the best way to describe them. They are pure, innocent, perfect beings that daily spread joy just by their existence. And that's to say nothing of the fact that they are squishy cuddlebugs that smell like heaven. 

Little Eva has been an exceptionally easy and pleasant baby. She has literally never even caused us the typical baby "trouble," sleeping and eating nicely from birth, and always so content. On the rare occasion when she does cry, it is only ever for something major, like getting startled, and even then it's more of a whimper than an all-out scream.

With Chloe only 3 years old, I have two sweet little girls in the house right now. Chloe herself is a very gentle soul. She loves to sit, completely absorbed in an activity for long periods of time, quietly humming and singing to herself as she plays.

Every morning, Chloe likes to sleep in. Every morning, Chloe also likes to snuggle up with me in my bed. Due to her having 10 siblings, the two are incompatible. I typically get out of bed two hours before Chloe gets up. Every morning, the first words out of her mouth are, "Why did you get up before I could cuddle you?" It's both sad and cute. I would LOVE to stay in bed waiting for her until she gets up late into the morning, but it's simply not possible in a household our size. Occasionally, Chloe wakes up before dawn, and climbs into my bed for snuggles before I have gotten up yet. Those mornings are rare, but glorious. Most other days, when Eva wakes up (in my bed, and usually even later than Chloe), I go back to nurse her, and Chloe comes along to get those long-awaited snuggles while I take a short break. 

Chloe, like all of us, is smitten with Eva. As I lay next to Eva nursing her yesterday morning, Chloe hugged us both and said in her sweet little voice, "God gave us a very good gift," referring to Eva. Oh my soul! Later in the day, she again hugged me as I sat rocking Eva in the rocking chair, and said "God loves us very much." Oh the joy of glimpsing into a pure heart! Children are such precious souls. They must bring so much joy to God - like mankind before the fall.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. - James 1:17

God has blessed me abundantly in giving me 11 precious souls to care for in all these years. Not a day goes by that they don't remind me of His goodness and mercy. I thank and praise God for giving me these precious gifts.

Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 
- Hebrews 6:14


  1. This is beautiful. Chloe is so precious, as is baby Eva! I completely agree with everything you wrote. I am so addicted to babies, I
    just can't stop having them!

  2. Thank you! I have a month old baby. This made me realize more and feel His love.

  3. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. Babies bring smiles into one's life. We all need that. :)
    Babies grow up so fast, though, so it's good to write down these memories so that you can reflect on them in the future. We, also, have so many things to remember that many of the sweet little things get forgotten. My Mom tells me often that I need to write down the sweet things that my children say because I won't be able to remember them all later. So, I try to keep a record.

  4. Children bring so much joy. They're so pure and innocent. Every night I pray for all of the little innocent children in pain and suffering because of abusive parents, living in loveless homes and my heart breaks for all of the beautiful babies torn apart by abortion. I have a 1 year old son and I'm pregnant with my second. I thank God everyday for blessing me with my children and making me a mother. You have a lovely family Mrs. Anderson.

  5. Baby Eva is adorable. The sound of young children laughing and cooing is one of the most pleasant sounds of all.

  6. I was sure that this post was going to be a new-baby announcement! :)

    Your wonderful attitude toward babies and children has been such an encouragement and inspiration to me over the years. I really appreciate your amazing spirit - it is an example to Christian women.

    It has been very odd over here without a baby in the house now for quite some time! Very different from what we're used to!

    Baby Eva is a darling - she looks just like Chloe at her age, I think! :)

  7. Children are a blessing! You have a very lovely family!


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