We were watching the Today show this morning and saw that the Duggar Family was being featured. Jim Bob, Michelle, and their seventeen beautiful (and extremely well-behaved) children were happy to be in New York and welcomed to the show. As I listened briefly to their trip and the questions that were asked, I asked myself: “Why can’t I be on the ball like that?”
I don’t have seventeen children to teach, clean up after, take to lessons, feed, or clothe. Yet, I can’t seem to get our homeschool life to run so smoothly. I pray for a calm spirit and an open mind when it comes to teaching. However, I still get frustrated and raise my voice from time to time. My family isn’t always neatly dressed, my home isn’t always spotless, the chores aren’t always done. There are evenings when I have no clue what to make for dinner. I am not blessed with seventeen children, so why can’t I do that?
I have read some responses from other blogs regarding the Duggars. Many feel that having that many children is abuse. To these people I say, does a loving atmosphere where the Lord’s word and harmony prevail fall under abuse? Jim Bob and Michelle live DEBT FREE and raise seventeen children. How many that are putting this family down can say that are living debt free and raising their children to be well educated, caring adults?
For those that make fun of their clothing, educational practices, hairstyles, and way of life…”Let he who cast the first stone…”
Even after watching a special show on this amazing family, I just don’t see how they can do it. They are amazing. Although I can never see myself being the mother of so many, I have high respect for Michelle. I lose my patience with my children when our school doesn’t go well, chores aren’t done, whining occurs, etc.
I am secretly hoping that Michelle writes a book in the future. God has blended the patience of an oak tree with the energy of a thunder storm in Michelle. I would love some of that to rub off on me.