Our Tribe of Ten
I’m joining Kate Motaung and friends once again for 5-Minute Friday. I was excited to learn that this week’s word is “Ten”. The first thing I thought of was my family because there are 10 of us. (I’m so creative!) So here are 10 things about our family of ten.
- We are loud. Even if 10 people talk in normal voice tones, it can get noisy. We don’t talk in normal voice tones. We often have to raise our voices to be heard over the other 9 people who are also talking.
- We keep the cows in business. We consume several gallons of milk a week.
- We spend approximately 94. 6 minutes a day looking for someone’s shoes. Ten people each with at least 3-4 pairs of shoes—that’s over 70 shoes floating around the house. There’s always at least one person who can’t find a matching pair when we were supposed to be in the car 5 minutes ago.
- It takes a village to get our village out the door and into the car. Everybody has to get themselves ready and help someone younger. Except the 4 and 3-year olds. They are usually too busy looking for their shoes.
- Our laundry is never done. It is forever in various stages throughout the house:
On the floor
Washed, but not dry
Dry, but not folded
Folded, but not put away
Back on the floor
- We can always find someone to snuggle with.
- Our children learn personal responsibility early. Mommy just can’t keep up with everybody’s details and I’ve quit trying to pretend that I can.
- When some children are away, 4 or even 6 kids feels like a small family. We always miss the ones who are gone. No one is replaceable.
- Our children are comfortable with all age groups from adult to infant. Nothing melts my heart more than watching my 17-year old and 3-year old adore each other.
10. There’s no such thing as “too many children”. Some people call me crazy. Some people feel sorry for me. My secret is that I am blessed far beyond the mess, the noise, the laundry, or the lost shoes. I get to hang out with some pretty amazing people every day. Sure, I’m stretched and some days are hard, but I wouldn’t trade our craziness for a more “manageable” life if I had to miss out on our tribe of ten.
Elizabeth is a military spouse, veteran, and mother of eight. Above and beyond caring for her family, her mission is to offer words that sustain the weary and equip people to live a life of faith filled with purpose.
Learn more at elizmeyers.com.