Friday, February 1, 2008

QuiverFul Friday

The term "quiverful" is fairly new to me. I first heard it, oh, maybe 4 years ago. I specifically remember my dh saying "oh, those quiverful-freaks". So if your first impression upon reading the title of this post was, um, less than enthusiastic ~ that's okay. I don't blame you.

Just to set the record straight: our first two children were not "quiverful", meaning they were planned, predicted and decided upon BY US. We calmly decided we wanted to have a baby, got pregnant and there ya go. I didn't go back on birth control, well, 'cause we wanted another baby. We got preggo really fast that time and had our second. It was around this time that I started hearing about those "quiverful-freaks" and wondered what all the commotion was about.

From there on out, it's been a growing process ~ and I doubt we're done yet. I've had four c-sections....only God knows what my fertiility future holds. I've gone through stages of trying to figure it all out, how many more we could end up having, the different options if my uterus shows dangerous signs of "wear-n-tear", etc. It makes my brain hurt. Instead, I'm trying to live my life *today*.

*Today*, I have four beautiful children: Isaac (6yob), Selah (4yog), Talitha (2yog) and Elijah (almost 1yob). So my life is small children, day in and day out, diapers, baths, brushing teeth, wiping faces, and cleaning up all the messes 4 small children produce. It also involved teaching and training these four amazing blessings how to be a part of our family: i.e. chores! Yes, my 2yo does chores.

Luckily, it also involved reading books, smiling faces, toddler made-up songs, cuddling on the couch, swiping bites of food as we cook together, and holding hands. I am so awed by each of these gifts the Lord has given us....

Yet in reality, it's hard. There are days I cry. There are days I cry out to God in frustration, anger and despair. Yet if I had it all together, would I really be crying out to God at all??

Anyway.....QuiverFul Fridays will be about some of the more practical aspects of having a larger family (if you consider 6 a large family - we don't, but by American-standards and the looks we get at the store, some people do). Yes, we do things differently than a family of three or four. Our children won't have the typical "American" upbringing ~ and that couldn't make me happier!!

So here's to all those Quiverful Freaks!!
(Sorry honey, but it looks like we've joined the freaks......)
*Michigan Momma*

p.s. my dh just wants me to clarify that he meant the term "quiverful freaks" as a term of endearment (?)- he doesn't want everyone to think he's a big ol' jerk (he's totally not). The idea was just totally new to us, that's all. Just to clarify....


Dad said...


You are a great mom. I just told your mother how much I enjoyed visiting with you, when you and Elijah were here. There are just times I don't get enough of my daughters. Keep teaching Elijah the word "Papa". I love you all very much.

Thirdtimemomma said...

Your Husband and mine could be friends. My husband says that our quiver is full enough. :) Though we are still open to the Lords leading on more children. :) And your Papa is sweet!

Julie said...

YAY for quiverfull Friday. I love it already. LOL. Of course you teach your children chores...funny how my one or two child only family friends don't understand how important that is to our large household. LOL

Michele@Philoxenos said...

I looked for an email address for you, but couldn't find one. My ears (or eyes) perked up when I read that you had four c-sections. I've had two and have been wondering about having more because we want more children (we have three). I hate to impose, but would you mind emailing me so I can ask you some questions? :) In between diapers, wiping up spills, and reading books, of course :)
Michele AT philoxenos DOT info

*MichiganMomma* said...

I haven't forgotten you Michele, it just may be Monday before I get a chance to email you.

Holly said...


We used to snicker at the thought of someone being quiverfull. Sheesh. Were they crazy?

Wow. Did God EVER change our hearts!

I have a friend who is expecting her seventh...she has had all C-sections. She is doing very well. I'm sure it all depends upon the individual and God's plan for their family. (Well, guess I'm not SURE, but that's what I think, anyway...)

Miss you!

Raani said...

Great post. I like the idea of posting about a certain topic on a certain day of the week. I may do the same with my blog. I recently posted about the same subject. I highly recommend for essays and sermons that are proj-life and pro-quiverful

lilpeasinmypodfrom~God said...

haha add me to the freaks:0)

Janne said...

Welcome to the freak club. :)

I still remember going to a church several years ago where a family had seven kids. I (expecting #2 at the time) was shocked and amazed that ANYONE would have THAT MANY CHILDREN! The thought made my head spin!

Fast forward 14 years -- Our #10 is due in January.

Sarah said...

i think its best to have a couple kids and really love them, and teach them well, focus on them, than to have 15 kids and have to schedule "special time" for each who knows..

Anonymous said...

Blessings from one freaky family to another. ;)