"It's a conversation I have most weeks — if not most days. This time, it happens when my 2-year-old daughter and I are buying milk at the supermarket. The cashiers fawn over her pink cheeks, and then I endure the usual dialogue.In stark contrast to the above viewpoint, one of the most touching things at the Baby Conference was the honoring of Michelle Duggar with the 2010 Mother of the Year award. With 19 children, the Duggar family has completely embraced without reserve the vision of the Scriptures that children are the heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Praise the Lord for families who want to throw off the culture of death to embrace the culture of life.
"Another one coming soon?"
"Nope — it might be just this one."
"You'll have more. You'll see."
I offer no retort, but if I did, I'd start by asking these young minimum-wage earners to consider the following: The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the average child in the U.S. costs his or her parents about $286,050 — before college. Those costs have risen during the recession. It's a marvel to me these days that anyone can manage a second kid — forget about a third." Read more.
Please see my later post on this delving a little more into a biblical vs. worldly perspective on life and children.