Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Our Family of 5!

Five...The perfect number for us!
As many of you know, Jen over at Denton Sanitorium is having another linky party!
This assignment involves writing about your family and how it came to be. Fun, huh?

I am writing this in a bit of a hurry...and this was the quickest, most recent family photo I could find.
I would love to go into much more detail and maybe at some point soon I will....but for now I'll share this short story!
Let me start by saying...I am an only child.
So... I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would have more than one....not because I think having one is not enough, but because I always wanted to be a part of a larger family and this time it was my choice. If I had had several brothers and sisters I may have been satisfied with one or two...but because my childhood was calm and quiet and such, I thought I needed to produce the chaos that I had  always enjoyed when hanging out at the homes of my freinds with large families.

As a young girl, I had names picked out for girls and boys. I had the JC Penny catalog pages marked with crib bedding and strollers that I thought I'd have. I played house with my friends and always had a baby doll. When I was old enough to babysit...I remember saying "Oh, I'm not going to let my children act like that...or "My little girl will wear a hair bow everywhere just like her." etc...
What I am saying here is that there was never a question of whether or not I would have children. It was a part of me forever.

I was married at an early age to my High School sweetheart. We waited 5 years before having children. We were the ultimate planners...and our plans worked perfectly. As soon as Emily was born...we knew we would have another. 3 years later, Jonathan was born. Ah ha...a girl and a of each. A good place for many parents to stop...was not good enough for us. I knew that I had to give them more than one sibling....1 was not enough!
But the third one came as a surprise....we were thinking of starting to plan...but my Dad was dying of cancer at the time and that was a difficult time, as you can imagine! I wondered why I was so tired all the time. I thought I was just really sad and about life came when I really needed it. The best part was that I didn't find out I was pregnant until I was 13 weeks along. I already felt better and the pregnancy went by really quickly...and my Dad was able to meet all of my children!

The entire time I was pregnant with Zac, I declared he was the last. I said things like "This is the last time I'll wear these awful maternity clothes...and this is the last time I have to drink this awful glucola."
The moment he was born...I took all the words back to say "Oh! He can't be the last one!"

By the time he was 2....I was really wavering back and forth...but all along feeling that our family was complete. Once Emily said, "Mommy, we need to have another sister!" I said, "You know it could be another brother." To which she said "Oh! Let's don't do it then!"
Funny stuff!

Some of you know that I am a Mother~Baby nurse. I work every weekend on night shift.
I get my baby fix often...over and over again.
I also see and know things about pregnancy and child-birth that scare me and remind me that life is precious and miraculous for sure.

I am enjoying the ages and stages of my children and realize that 5 is our number.
I am certainly young enough to have another...and I'm sure my family would just love to have a baby around....but I am loving things as they are and feel good here in this place.
That is a huge blessing, I know!
And my house is plenty chaotic as it is!  In a fun way, of course!

Hop on over to Jen' blog to read some wonderful family stories...
she always has a great turn-out at her parties. 
I'm looking forward to reading your family story too.


  1. What a sweet post Jen. It was fun reading about your family. I did not know you were a nurse! Your family of five is beautiful!

  2. I love that God gave you Zac just when you needed it and that your dad got to meet him! what a miracle!

    Annika was born exactly a week before my Grandma died. There is something symbolic about birth and death close together. The hope of God!

  3. I've always hoped that I wouldn't know I was pregnant until the 2nd trimester... no luck.

    Your family is beautiful, thanks for sharing

  4. awesome Jen! You are a busy Momma. Being a neonatal nurse is tough stuff girl. Enjoyable but scary, too. I do envy your baby fixes though!! hugs, Cathy

  5. Thanks for sharing Jen! Beautiful family -- love your story. :)

  6. What a lovely story.
    I will head on over to the linky.

  7. Thanks for sharing!! Love your story. Beautiful pic!!

  8. I loved reading your story Jen. Thanks for sharing! Great picture of the five of you!

  9. I love the way your big family evolved. What a great story! And you clearly love being a mom.


  10. I love this. I also love that you were able to plan and get what you planned. Lucky.
    And I didn't know you were a mother-baby nurse. That would be the greatest nursing job ever! EVER! Now I'm saying it with my Napoleon voice--LUCKY!

  11. 5 is our blessed number too jen...

    i love this tale...this story of your families life...its beginning...

    & i really admire...& truthfully am pretty envious of your work....i'm sure you see the good and the bad...but i could do with a baby fix and some time with new families- that lovely beginning of the adventure of parenting every now and again....

    melissa xxx

  12. This is a beautiful story, loved reading it. I think it's amazing the way we all find our way to what's right for us. I didn't realize you were a mother baby nurse (did you even know I totally blog stalk you? hope that's not too creepy! :)

    I echo Jen-the greatest nursing job EVER!

  13. I love your daughter's response to possibly having another boy instead of a girl. classic!

  14. Beautiful family....loved getting to know you today through this little blog party. I'll be stopping back for sure!

  15. You have a beautiful family and lovely story! thanks for sharing!

  16. I just love this post, Jen. You have such a beautiful family!

  17. Well I think you have a beautiful family. My kids are all 3 years apart too - and my last one was a little unexpected, just like you! It all works out and we get what we didn't know we wanted all along.

  18. Thanks for sharing your story Jen.
    Isn't life amazing the way things work out.
    Enjoy the day

  19. I loved reading your story, Jen ... isn't that such a miracle about your sweet Zac, I loved that! Didn't realize your nursing specialty was in maternity, how wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing ...