Our Halloween Secret is Coming out!

Yep that's right -- we've been keeping a secret, for quite some time now. And today's the day that we are letting it all out.

But first, here are some cute Halloween photos of the kids in their costumes: 

 Of course, Henry, Brandi, Metallia and baby Harley came too: 

Alright. So, the secret. It has to do with my 'costume'. 

I was a Mummy. A Mummy of Four.  

Yep. Four. 

Two princess ballerinas.
One little Biker.

And then  . . . . .   the little surprise in my Tummy::

We've known since about 6 weeks that we were going to be a family of SIX in April,
but we weren't ready to start telling people yet -- or at least, everyone that is.   

I am 16 weeks and 2 days.

I know that a lot of people may be thinking we are crazy (or irresponsible) for having so many babies. So I just want to write a bit about that. First of all, we don't try to conceive. And people might think this is equally as crazy -- but we leave that up to God. We know many couples who do the same -- some have been married for years and have never conceived, some have many children, some have only two. We even met a couple who had 5 kids in three years! And after that -- no more babies and they weren't stopping it from happening again.  Many adults who are older than us seem to think that because we are young, we just think this having kids thing is a big joke and something 'fun'. Well I can assure you that our level of maturity is way past any of that kind of attitude, and that even when we were pregnant with Lily -- we knew and could somewhat comprehend the amount of time and love that must go into raising children.

Secondly, a lot of people look at our financial situation and say that we aren't in any place to be having so many children. I'd like to point out that no one really knows what the situation is -- or if they do, they know that although we are certainly not even close to middle class and that we sometimes get behind on things or go without things some months --- we have always been able to provide for our children with very, very, very little help from my grandparents. (unlike a lot seem to think).  We have gotten somewhat farther by their help -- like for example, them buying us a washing machine, our computer (for Christmas) or borrowing us $100 every once and awhile and then us paying them back when we get paid -- etc. But we have never lived off of them, or had any type of substantial support in caring for our children from them. 

Anyways -- my point is that, I'd really really like people to be respectful and either trust that we are okay, pray for us, or just leave us alone and not talk bad about us. That especially goes for family who always seems to make some super cruel joke -- yet they have never once begun to take the time to get to know us. (and if they wanted, they could!).   

We are confident in ourselves, our hearts, our souls. We know what our God has promised us and He has never once let us down -- even if it has looked like it. What I've come to see from Him -- is that we are sooo much more blessed than we can ever imagine and that our countries standard of wealth and having it good -- is completely overexaggerated and only ruins families by making them strive to 'look' like they are supporting their families. What really, really matters, is how much you love your children. How blessed you feel just getting to see their faces everyday. And I will not look at something as evil as money and then look at this beautiful gift from Jesus and say that I am worried or stressed over the coming of him/her.  

Here are some bible verses that really have made me realize how much God has this under control.  (: 

Look at the birds. 
They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, 
for your heavenly Father feeds them. 
And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?

Matthew 6:26 

For You made the parts inside me.
You put me together inside my mother. 
I will give thanks to You, for the greatness of the way I was made brings fear. 
Your works are great and my soul knows it very well.  
My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in
secret and put together with care in the deep part of the earth.  
Your eyes saw me before I was put together.
And all the days of my life were written in
Your book before any of them came to be.  

Psalm 139: 13-16

How blessed are we really???  

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